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KitchenAid Mixer Bowls: Mystery Uncovered

...industrial size capacity!KitchenAid mixer bowls are one of the main features to consider when purchasing one of those seductive mixers. It’s so easy to be spellbound by these beauties and forget all about your own practical baking needs. But capacity dictates the amount you can mix in one go. With bowl sizes ranging from 3-quart up to 8-quart capacity, KitchenAid has got you covered!

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Bowl Sizes

One of the most important considerations when purchasing a KitchenAid mixer is its mixing capacity, i.e. the amount that its bowl can mix in a single batch. Here are the various KitchenAid stand mixers available, listed in descending bowl size and capacity:

8-quart (16 cups flour, 14 dozen cookies, 8¼ loaves bread):
.NSL Certified Commercial Series KSM8990
.NSL Certified Commercial Series with Bowl Guard KSMC895

7-quart (16 cups flour, 14 dozen cookies, 8 pounds bread or pizza dough):
.Pro Line KSM7586P

6-quart (14 cups flour, 13 dozen cookies, 8 loaves bread, 8 pounds mashed potatoes):
.Professional 600 Series KP26M1X
.Professional 6 KL26M1X
.Professional 600 Design Series with Glass Bowl KF26M22
.Professional 6500 Design Series with Glass Bowl KSM6521X
.Professional 6000 HD with Tulip Bowl KSM6573C

5-quart (9 cups flour, 9 dozen cookies, 4 loaves bread, 7 pounds mashed potatoes):
.Artisan Series KSM150PS
.Custom Metallic Series KSM152PS
.Artisan Design Series KSM155GB
.Artisan with Glass Bowl & Flex Edge Beater KSM105GB
.Pro 500 Series KSM500PS
.Professional 5 Plus Series KV25GOX (discontinued)

4.5-quart (9 cups flour, 6 dozen cookies, 3 loaves bread, 6 pounds mashed potatoes):
.Classic Series K45SS
.Classic Plus Series KSM75
.Classic Ultra Power KSM95

3.5-quart (5 dozen cookies, 1 loaf bread):
.Artisan Mini KSM3311X

Capacity

One of the most important considerations when purchasing a KitchenAid mixer is its mixing capacity. In a nutshell, here’s what each size bowl can mix in a single batch:
8-quart: up to 16 cups of flour, 14 dozen cookies or kneads dough for 8 ¼ loaves of bread;
7-quart: 16 cups of flour, up to 14 dozen cookies, 8-lb. of bread or pizza dough;
6-quart: 13 dozen cookies, 8 loaves of bread or 8 pounds of mashed potatoes;
5-quart: up to 9 dozen cookies, 4 loaves of bread or 7 pounds of mashed potatoes;
4.5-quart: up to 6 dozen cookies, 3 loaves of bread or 6 pounds of mashed potatoes;
3.5-quart: up to 5 dozen cookies, a loaf of bread, a batch of guacamole, pulled pork, etc.;
3-quart: use for smaller tasks: whip egg whites, cream, frosting

KitchenAid Mixer Bowls – Glass

KitchenAid glass bowlIn March of 2009, the KitchenAid glass bowl was introduced in order to help celebrate KitchenAid’s 90th Anniversary. A major advantage of the glass KitchenAid bowl over stainless steel is that measurement markings were incorporated into the design, eliminating the need for measuring cups – less mess to clean up! 🙂

Equipped with a handle and pouring spout, this multitasker is microwave-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe. An optional tight-sealing lid comes in handy for storing batter in the refrigerator or for dust-free accessory storage on your countertop. Prepping, mixing, heating, storing and even serving can all be accomplished from one single sturdy vessel… and it’s gorgeous too!

KitchenAid Mixer Glass Bowl 5-Qt

kitchenaid 5 quart glass mixing bowlThe KitchenAid KSM5GB Stand Mixer Bowl, 5 quart, Glass with Measurement Markings can be purchased separately with or without lid and will fit all 5-qt (KSM150PS, KSM152PS and KSM155GB) and 4.5-qt tilt-head KitchenAid Artisan mixer models except the Accolade. Note that the 5-quart Artisan Series mixer comes with a standard stainless steel bowl, while the Artisan Design series’ is made of glass with pouring spout and a wide handle for comfortable gripping. This bowl is not designed for bowl-lift mixers; there is also no KitchenAid 4.5-quart glass bowl available.

KitchenAid Glass Bowl 6 Quart

kitchenaid mixer glass bowl 6 qtThe KitchenAid Professional 600 Design Series (KF26M22CA) and 6500 Design Series (KSM6521XCA) bowl-lift mixers both sport a 6-quart glass bowl. The KitchenAid 6-qt glass bowl for Professional 6500 Design Series (KSMF6GBA) has not been well received and is currently only available from the manufacturer.

KitchenAid Mixer Ceramic Bowls

KitchenAid mixer ceramic bowl
KitchenAid has done it again! Pair one of these ceramic beauties with the iconic Artisan stand mixer, and you’ll likely never look back. Granted, it is a little on the heavy side, but it does make its standard stainless steel alternative look so blah in comparison…

Made of non-porous ceramic to increase resistance to chipping, cracking, it is built to last. Eventual natural crazing will not allow for absorption of oils, foods, flavors or odors. An easy-pour spout and a comfortable handle were integrated into the design in order to facilitate the transfer of ingredients.

Dishwasher-, freezer-, microwave- as well as oven-safe (up to 475 degrees), it allows you to use the same bowl from start to finish and save on cleanup. What’s there not to like?

All ceramic bowls fit all of the 4.5- and 5-quart tilt-head stand mixer models, but keep in mind that a pouring shield will simply not fit. This KitchenAid KSMCB5MY 5-Qt Tilt-Head Ceramic Bowl currently comes in three colors, but it’s got stiff competition nipping at its heels. Meet the newcomers!

KitchenAid Custom Bowls

The artist in you will appreciate KitchenAid’s new custom line of 5-quart bowls which come in an array of materials, patterns, colors and textures that almost guarantee that you will find your perfect match…

Ceramic Bowls
Made of titanium-reinforced ceramic to resist chipping, cracking, crazing and staining, these custom ceramic bowls are 30% lighter than previous model KSMCB5/5KSMCB5 seen above. A pouring spout and a comfortable handle make it easier to transfer ingredients. Choose between plain or textured white ceramic bowls, pretty painted floral bowls or a variety of patterns to coordinate with your kitchen.
KitchenAid mixer custom ceramic bowls

Stainless Steel Bowls
Equipped with an ergonomic handle for easy use, these dashing stainless steel bowls are dishwasher as well as freezer safe and come in a choice of painted or textured finish. They have a 5-quart capacity and fit all 4.5- and 5-quart tilt-head stand mixers.
Custom KitchenAid mixer stainless steel bowls

KitchenAid Custom Bowl Safe Usage
.All of the above KitchenAid bowls are dishwasher and freezer safe;
.ceramic and glass bowls are microwave safe;
.ceramic bowls are oven safe up to 475°F.

KitchenAid Precise Heat Mixing Bowl

Precise Heat vesselPerfect for tempering chocolate, this double-wall insulated work bowl can be used to make fondue, yogurt, soup, melt marshmallow, proof bread dough, and more. Its Precision Temperature Technology lets you select any temperature from 70°-220°F (21°-104°C) in two degree increments. The Digital Display with Timer shows temperature and timer for up to 10 hours. Use the convenient Easy View Glass Lid to monitor progress. It is also easy to clean: both removable cooking bowl and lid are dishwasher safe, while the flex edge beater, wire whip and dough hook can be washed by hand in hot, soapy water. Just wipe the base clean with a cloth.

Both models of the Precise Heat mixing bowl can be used as a standalone unit and include a Flex Edge Beater, a Wire Whip and a Dough Hook:
.the KSM1CBL Precise Heat accessory for bowl-lift stand mixers fits KitchenAid Professional, Professional Design Series and Pro Line bowl-lift stand mixers.
.the KSM1CBT Precise Heat accessory for tilt-head stand mixers can be used with the KitchenAid Artisan, Metallic Series and Design Series tilt-head stand mixers.
Unfortunately, these products have left customers highly disappointed and therefore are not recommended.

KitchenAid Replacement Bowls

If you’re serious about baking, an extra KitchenAid mixer replacement bowl (or two or three) will make things easier and provide extra flexibility. But this begs the question: are KitchenAid mixer bowls interchangeable? Not necessarily so – you just need to make sure you first check compatibility with your stand mixer model. Check out the whole KitchenAid collection of mixer bowls here.

8-Quart

KSMC8QBOWL bowl-lift NSF certified polished stainless steel with J hook handle (for stacking and hanging) fits 7-qt models.

7-Quart

KSMC7QBOWL bowl-lift NSF certified polished stainless steel with J hook handle (for stacking and hanging) fits 7-qt models KSM7990 and KSM7581P.

6-Quart

KN2B6PEH bowl-lift polished stainless steel with ergonomic handle fits model KP26M1X.
KSMF6GB bowl-lift glass bowl with accessories (F-Series coated flat beater, coated Power Knead spiral dough hook, 6-wire whip and lid) fits models KV25, KP26, KSM652 and KSM758.

5-Quart

Kitchen Aid Bowl-Lift Mixer
K5ASBP polished stainless steel with flat handle fits models K4, K5, KP50, KSM5, KSM50, KSM500PS and KSM450.
KN25PBH brushed stainless steel with flat handle fits models KV25G0X and KV25G8X.
KN25WPBH polished stainless steel with flat handle fits model KV25G.
KN25NSF NSF certified polished stainless steel with flat handle fits models starting with KM.
KSMC5QBOWL NSF certified polished stainless steel with J hook handle (for stacking and hanging) fits bowl-lift stand mixer models.

Tilt-Head
K5THSBP polished stainless steel with comfort handle fits models KSM150PS, KSM152PS and KSM155GB.
K5GB glass with measurement markings and lid fits models KSM150PS, KSM152PS and KSM155GB.
K5GBF frosted glass with measurement markings and lid fits models KSM150PS, KSM152PS and KSM155GB.
K5GBH hammered glass with lid fits models KSM150PS, KSM152PS and KSM155GB.
KSMCB5GB/MY/BM/LW/RP ceramic bowl fits all 4.5 and 5 quart tilt head stand mixer models.

4.5-Quart

The KitchenAid K45 bowl (K45SBWH polished stainless steel with handle) also fits models K45SS, KSM75, KSM90, KSM95, KSM100, KSM103, KSM110.

3-Quart

Add flexibility with this smaller bowl, the perfect tool for small tasks such as whipping up egg whites or cream or mixing small batches of icing, batter, filling, or dough. The versatile combo-whip combines the functions of a wire whip and a flat beater and can whip cream or knead dough as needed.
KB3SS tilt-head polished stainless steel bowl fits models K45, K45SS, KSM75, KSM90, KSM95, KSM100, KSM103 and KSM110.
KN13PB polished stainless steel bowl only fits models that start with KN15E1X (Accolade).
KN3CW bowl-lift stainless steel bowl & combo whip fits models KV25G and KP26M1X.

KitchenAid Accessories

Last but not least, mixer bowl accessories have been added to the mix and were created to help make home cooks’ lives a little easier.

KitchenAid Mixer Bowl Covers

Storage coversUse to store your mixer accessories out of sight, or to cover leftover cookie batter, mashed potatoes, or cool-rise yeast doughs for chilling in the fridge. These KitchenAid 2-Pack Bowl Covers for Tilt-Head Stand Mixers are dishwasher safe on the top rack:
. KitchenAid KBC90N 2-pack covers for 5-quart tilt-head stand mixer models K45SS, KSM75, KSM95, KSM150PS, KSM152PS and KSM155GB;
. KitchenAid KNBC 2-pack covers for 6-quart bowl-lift models KV25G and KP26M1X fits only models KP2671X, KT2651X, KD2661X, KB26G1X, KP26M1X, KV25G0X, KV25G8X. KV25HOX, KP26M8X.

KitchenAid Pouring Shield

Pouring shieldA dishwasher-safe pouring shield will help prevent splattering while adding ingredients. Not all shields will fit all bowls. Designed to fit only the original bowl included with the mixer, these shields will not fit accessory or glass bowls. It is recommended that you check the bottom of your mixer for the correct model number as other sources could be misleading.
. KitchenAid KN1PS Pouring Shield, 1-Piece fits all KitchenAid 4.5-qt and 5-qt stainless steel bowls with the exception of the 5-qt lift models: K45SS, KSM75 KSM95, KSM150PS, KSM152PS, K4, K5, KP50, KSM5, KSM50, KSM500PS and KSM450 (replaces KPS2CL no longer produced);
. KitchenAid KN256PS 1-Piece Pouring Shield only fits models KV25G and KP26M1X.

Q & As

Are KitchenAid mixer bowls dishwasher safe?
Kitchen Aid mixer bowls, whether made of glass or stainless steel, are all dishwasher safe.

What are the benefits of the KitchenAid stainless steel bowl over the glass one?
.Lightweight;
.Durable;
.Achieve optimum volume faster when beating egg whites (mousse, meringue, etc.);
.Maintains temperature while beating which helps avoid issues in warm locations (curdling, splitting, etc.).

What are the benefits of the glass bowl?
.Tempered glass means that it is freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe – just make sure you remove the thread ring before putting in the microwave;
.Glass is less affected by temperature than metal which can facilitate some tasks (creaming butter, whipping cream, etc.)
.Transparency makes it easy to check quantities from moulded measurements (standard and metric) on the side as well as achieved consistency from any angle;
.An easy-hold handle helps balance the weight;
.A moulded pouring spout makes it easy to pour without spilling;
.A silicone lid (either included or purchased separately depending on model) can be placed on the bowl to proof dough. It also keep the bowl clean when not in use.

Why is there residue left in my stainless steel bowl even after washing?
This is an occasional complaint a few customers have expressed. According to KitchenAid, the mechanical polishing process used in order to make the stainless steel shiny sometimes leaves residue behind. Though apparently not harmful, who wants this in their food? Here is what the manufacturer recommends:
. Use either a mixture of lemon juice and salt or a baking soda paste to clean the bowl; OR
. Spread a small amount of olive oil on the inside of the bowl;
. Let it sit for several minutes;
. Empty and wash with HOT water and a good detergent.

Baking up a storm!Who would have thought that a simple Kitchen Aid mixer bowl could be at once so useful and so complicated to figure out? Whether you opt for smashing ceramic, stylish stainless steel or practical glass, baking up a storm is guaranteed to be much more fun!

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