Some would say that, compared to their other mixer series, the KitchenAid Classic is rather dull looking. So does a rather uninspiring appearance make the KitchenAid Classic stand mixer the runt of the litter, or is it more of a basic Rolls-Royce in disguise?
What is it that makes one happy customer wax poetic over her Classic, comparing it to this icon of automobiles? Our KitchenAid Classic mixer review will help you peek under the hood and find out the true facts…
KitchenAid Classic Mixer Features
KitchenAid Classic mixers feature the least powerful motors of all KitchenAid mixers – ranging between 250 and 300 watts.
Their accessories also vary slightly. While the stainless steel whip is the same for all series, the flat beater and dough hook are nylon-coated for the Classic and burnished metal (not dishwasher safe) for the other two series.
4 ½-Quart Bowl Capacity
The KitchenAid mixer Classic model comes with a 4 1/2-quart brushed stainless steel bowl (without handle) which has an 8-cup average capacity, allowing you to mix 3 ¾ loaves of bread, 6 ¾ dozen cookies, or 6 ½ pounds of mashed potatoes.
The fact that the Classic’s bowl has no handle should concern people with weak fingers like mine. It will make the bowl harder to maneuver and remove from its base.
Planetary Mixing Action
The trademarked KitchenAid planetary mixing action guarantees the highest beater-to-bowl coverage in the industry. The beater’s spiralling action to 59 different touching points within the bowl ensures maximum mixing efficiency, in other words less time in the kitchen!
The KitchenAid Classic 4.5-qt stand mixer’s 10-Speed Solid-State Control with direct-drive transmission ranging from a very slow stir to a very fast whip means better control when you add ingredients. It also makes it easier to achieve perfect results.
Direct Drive Transmission
Adding direct drive transmission to this mixer made it possible to build a more powerful stand mixer in a smaller appliance. It is more efficient than regular transmission in that it requires less space as well as fewer parts.
Kitchen Aid Classic Series
The Classic line of KitchenAid mixers comprises three series:
The Classic’s 250-watt motor is the smallest of the bunch.
Three accessories are included with this series:
. a nylon-coated flat beater
. a nylon-coated C-shape dough hook
. a stainless steel 6-wire whip
The Kitchen Aid Classic Plus mixer sports a 275-watt motor (25 watts more than the Classic).
Like the Classic, it weighs 25 lbs.
Accessories include the same stainless steel 6-wire whip, but the flat beater and dough hook are burnished metal (not dishwasher safe).
The motor of the Ultra Power KitchenAid KSM95ER does slightly better at 300 watts and also weighs an extra pound (26 lbs).
Like the Classic Plus, accessories include a stainless steel 6-wire whip, but the flat beater and dough hook are burnished metal and must be washed by hand.
KitchenAid Classic Color
While the KSM95 Classic Ultra Power now comes in a variety of colors (14) to complement any kitchen, the K45SS Classic and KSM75 Classic Plus sport a limited wardrobe – White or Black, and White or Orange respectively.
KitchenAid Classic Mixer Attachments (Optional)
Citrus Juicer JE
Dough Hook K45DH
Flat Beater Burnished K5THB
Food Grinder FGA
Food Tray FT
Fruit & Vegetable Strainer Parts FVSP
Fruit & Vegetable Strainer & Grinder FVSFGA
Gourmet Specialty Attachment Pack KGSA
Ice Cream Maker KICA0WH
Mixer Attachment Pack w/ Citrus Juicer KN12AP
Mixer Attachment Pack FPPA
Pasta Excellence Kit KPEX
Pasta Cutter KPCA
Ravioli Maker KRAV
Roto Slicer w/ Shredder RSVA
Sausage Stuffer Kit SSA
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Polished KN13PB
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl KB3SS
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl K5THSBP
Wire Whip K45WW
Kitchen Aid Classic Mixer Reviews: the Pros
The KitchenAid Classic boasts hundreds of highly positive reviews on Amazon. Here are the features consumers enjoy the most:
Many satisfied customers have commented on the strength of their Classic mixer’s motor.
The Classic (K45SS) and Classic Plus Series (KSM75WH) both weigh 25 lbs – add an extra pound for the Ultra – which makes these small appliances relatively easy to carry.
The Classics measure 14-1/8″ D, 8-3/4″ W, and at 13-15/16″ H fit under most top cabinets.
The fact that optional attachments can be purchased to extend the versatility of KitchenAid mixers is also a plus, enabling homemakers to use their mixer for tasks like grinding, making pasta or frozen desserts, shredding, plus a slew of other uses, without buying separate small appliances.
Owners also appreciate the reliability of their KitchenAid Classic mixer, stressing how solidly it is built – in the USA to boot!
Classic Reviews: the Cons
This may be the Classic’s weakest point:
. At 4 ½ quarts, it has the smallest bowl of all KitchenAid stand mixers. While it can handle single recipes like a champ, it won’t always allow for double recipes (the Artisan offers greater capacity);
. The slightly narrower diameter makes it harder to add ingredients;
. The lack of a handle makes it more difficulty to empty as well as to remove it from its base.
Equipped with 250-, 275- and 300-watt motors, Classic KitchenAid mixers can truly hold their own in the kitchen. The drawback is that none of them is built to mix a lot of heavy dough. Serious bread or pizza makers may want to consider instead a KitchenAid Professional stand mixer.
While the KSM95 Classic Ultra Power now comes in a variety of colors to complement any kitchen, the K45SS Classic and KSM95 Classic Ultra Power sport a limited wardrobe.
KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer Price
Amazon allows you to compare offers from participating merchants on the KitchenAid mixer Classic so that you can easily find the best price. Keep in mind that Amazon often includes free shipping when ordering directly from them.
The KitchenAid Classic mixers are a perfect fit if you don’t bake for a lot of people, specially if you are not much into kneading heavy doughs. But bear in mind that a bowl with comfortable handle is much more user-friendly if you have weak fingers.
Love to bake bread or pizza? Have a look at the KitchenAid Artisan mixer. For a little extra, you will have a more powerful stand mixer, and wait till you see the colors…!