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KitchenAid Mixer Bowls: Mystery Uncovered

...easier with KitchenAid mixer bowls!KitchenAid mixer bowls are one of the most important features when it comes to 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 the bowl capacity dictates the amount you can mix in one go. Whatever your needs may be, KitchenAid has got you covered. Their stand mixers come in various models, offering a range of bowl sizes starting from 4.5 quarts’ capacity up to 8 quarts.

And that’s not all. Your choice of mixer series will determine whether or not you have the option to choose between a stainless steel or a glass bowl. But what if your bowl gets damaged? Just get a new replacement bowl, and you’re good to go!

Quintessential KitchenAid Stand Mixer Bowls

If you’re on the hunt for a new stand mixer, keep mixing capacity in mind, as it will vary based on which of the KitchenAid mixer bowls comes with the mixer you select. Here are the various KitchenAid stand mixers available, listed in descending bowl size and capacity:

KitchenAid 8-quart mixers were created with devoted bakers in mind. Featuring a 16-cup flour power rating, they let you easily mix a whopping 14 dozen cookies or knead dough for 8 1⁄4 loaves of bread in a single batch.

    NSL Certified Commercial Series KSM8990
    NSL Certified Commercial Series with Bowl Guard KSMC895

The KitchenAid 7-quart mixer features a 16-cup flour power rating and allows you to mix a whopping 14 dozen cookies and knead over 8 pounds of dough.

    Pro Line KSM7586P

KitchenAid 6-quart mixer series all feature a 14-cup flour power rating and allow you to bake 8 loaves of bread, 13 dozen cookies, or mash up to 8 pounds of potatoes at once.

    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

KitchenAid 5-quart stand mixers feature a 9-cup flour power rating and let you mix 4 loaves of bread, 9 dozen cookies, or mash up to 7 pounds of potatoes in one go.

    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)

KitchenAid 4.5-quart mixers feature an 8-cup flour power rating and can mix enough dough for up to 6 dozen cookies, 3 loaves of bread or 6 pounds of mashed potatoes in a single batch.

    Classic Series K45SS
    Classic Plus Series KSM75
    Classic Ultra Power KSM95

KitchenAid 3.5-quart mixer bowl can accommodate up to 5 dozen cookies or one loaf of bread.

    Artisan Mini KSM3311X

Bowl Capacity

One of the most important considerations when purchasing a KitchenAid mixer is its mixing bowl 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

Bowl Residue Complaint

Customers occasionally complain about residue remaining on their bowls even after thorough washing. According to KitchenAid, a mechanical polishing process is used in order to make stainless steel bowls shiny which leaves residue behind. Though it is apparently not harmful, who wants this in their food?

Here is what KitchenAid recommends:

. Spread a small amount of olive oil on the inside of the bowl
. Let it sit for several minutes
. Empty the bowl
. Wash with HOT water and a good detergent


. Use a mixture of lemon juice and salt or a baking soda paste to clean the bowl

An Amazon customer suggested using Bon Ami or Barkeep’s Friend to remove this residual buffing compound.

KitchenAid Glass Bowls

KitchenAid glass bowlIn March of 2009, the KitchenAid glass bowl was introduced to celebrate KitchenAid’s 90th Anniversary. The 5-quart Artisan Series mixer comes with the standard stainless steel bowl, while the Artisan Design series features a glass bowl with pouring spout and a wide handle for comfortable gripping.

A tight-sealing lid comes in handy if you wish to store batter in the refrigerator for later use or for dust-free accessory storage on your countertop. Microwave- and freezer-safe, it can even be cleaned in your dishwasher.

Another advantage of the glass bowl over the stainless steel one: being transparent, measuring lines were incorporated into the design, so most of the time you won’t need measuring cups – less mess to clean up! 🙂

This KitchenAid mixer glass bowl comes equipped for battle with a handle, pouring spout, measuring lines and tight-sealing, dishwasher-safe lid. It also multitasks and can safely go into the microwave or the freezer. Prepping, mixing, heating, storing and even serving can all be accomplished from one single sturdy vessel… and it’s gorgeous too! Fits all tilt-head models with the exception of the Accolade.

5-Quart Glass Bowl

The above glass bowl can also be purchased separately and will fit all 5-qt tilt-head KitchenAid Artisan mixer models – KSM150PS, KSM152PS and KSM155GB (except the Accolade) – as well as the 4.5-qt. Note that this bowl is not designed for bowl-lift mixers.

Glass Bowl Finishes

If you crave one of these beauties, you will need to decide which of three finishes appeals the most: clear, frosted or hammered.

6-Quart Glass Bowl

6-Quart Glass Bowl SetThe KitchenAid Professional 600 Design Series (KF26M22CA) and 6500 Design Series (KSM6521XCA) bowl-lift mixers both sport a 6-quart glass bowl.

This 6-quart glass bowl can also be purchased as part of a set (KSMF6GB) which also includes an F-Series coated flat beater, a coated PowerKnead spiral dough hook, a 6-wire whip plus a bowl lid.

Note that this bowl was designed exclusively for use with the KV25, KP26, KSM652, and KSM758 KitchenAid bowl-lift Stand Mixers.

KitchenAid 5-Qt Tilt-Head Ceramic Bowls

Scrumptious KitchenAid mixer ceramic bowlsKitchenAid has done it again! Pair the sheer beauty of one of these ceramic bowls with the iconic Artisan stand mixer, and you’ll likely never look back. Granted, they are on the heavy side, but they do make the standard stainless steel bowl look so blah in comparison…

Made of non-porous ceramic to increase resistance to chipping, cracking, these little beauties are 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.

Being dishwasher-safe, these bowls are not only easy to clean, but also freezer- and microwave-safe. Oh, and to a degree, they are oven-safe up to 475 degrees. In other words, keep using the same bowl from start to finish. What’s there not to like?

All ceramic bowls fit all of the 4.5- and 5-quart tilt-head stand mixer models. If you MUST use a pouring shield, it will not fit on these bowls. This popular KSMCB5MY ceramic bowl comes in five scrumptious colors, including White Chocolate (!) and a decadent Majestic Yellow which reminds me of rich clotted cream. 🙂

Textured ceramic bowlAnother addition to the KitchenAid ceramic bowls is the textured KSMCB5TLW ceramic bowl which features an embossed diamond design.

But this fancy bowl may hide a blemish: a few disgruntled customers have complained that it scratches easily.

The KitchenAid Precise Heat Mixing Bowl

KitchenAid Precise Heat Mixing BowlPerfect 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 while in process.

This specialty mixing bowl is also easy to clean: the 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 mixing bowl for bowl-lift stand mixers fits KitchenAid Professional, Professional Design Series and Pro Line bowl-lift stand mixers.

The KSM1CBT KitchenAid Precise Heat Mixing Bowl for tilt-head stand mixers can be used with the KitchenAid Artisan, Metallic Series and Design Series tilt-head stand mixers.

KitchenAid Mixer Replacement Bowls

If you’re serious about baking, an extra bowl will make things easier and provide extra flexibility. You can buy additional or replacement KitchenAid mixer bowls, based on their compatibility with your stand mixer model:

8-Quart KitchenAid Mixer Bowl

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

7-Quart KitchenAid Mixer Bowl

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

6-Quart KitchenAid Mixer Bowl

KN2B6PEH bowl-lift polished stainless steel bowl 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 bowl lid) fits models KV25, KP26, KSM652 and KSM758.

5-Quart KitchenAid Stand Mixer Bowls

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

K5THSBP polished stainless steel with comfort handle fits models KSM150PS, KSM152PS and KSM155GB.
K5GB glass bowl with measurement markings and lid fits models KSM150PS, KSM152PS and KSM155GB.
K5GBF frosted glass bowl with measurement markings and lid fits models KSM150PS, KSM152PS and KSM155GB.
K5GBH hammered glass bowl 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 KitchenAid Stand Mixer Bowl

K45SBWH polished stainless steel bowl with handle fits models K45, K45SS, KSM75, KSM90, KSM95, KSM100, KSM103, KSM110.

3-Quart KitchenAid Mixer Bowls

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 Mixer Bowl 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.

Water Jacket (K5AWJ)

Water jacket bowlThe KitchenAid Water-Jacket Bowl is designed exclusively for 5-quart bowl-lift design stand mixers but will only fit older mixers with a bowl lift mechanism that features two little nubs on the outside of the lift mechanism arms – not the newer models! Built-in hooks hold the bowl securely to the mixing bowl and prevent any accidental movement. All you need to do is place this unit beneath a standard mixing bowl and lock it in using the built-in hooks.

Fill the water jacket around the bowl with ice when mixing whipped cream, making homemade ice cream or other cold confections. Fill with hot water to maintain the ideal temperature when creaming mashed potatoes or making gravies and sauces.

KitchenAid Mixer Bowl Covers

Mixer bowl coversUse these bowl covers 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. They are dishwasher safe, but only on the top rack.

Each pack includes two dishwasher-safe (top-rack) polyethylene covers:

KitchenAid KBC90N 2-pack bowl covers for 5-quart tilt-head stand mixer models K45SS, KSM75, KSM95, KSM150PS, KSM152PS and KSM155GB;

KitchenAid KNBC 2-pack bowl 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 shieldFit this dishwasher-safe pouring shield on top of your KitchenAid bowl to help prevent splattering while adding ingredients.

Not all shields will fit all mixer bowls. Designed to fit only the original bowl included with the mixer, these shields will not fit accessory bowls or accommodate 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
Fits models K45SS, KSM75 KSM95, KSM150PS, KSM152PS, K4, K5, KP50, KSM5, KSM50, KSM500PS and KSM450

KitchenAid KN256PS
Only Fits Bowl-Lift models KV25G and KP26M1X

KitchenAid KN1PS (replaces KPS2CL no longer produced by KitchenAid)
Fits all KitchenAid 4.5-qt and 5-qt stainless steel bowls with the exception of the 5-qt lift-bowl models.

Happy baking!

Here’s hoping that we’ve helped you uncover all the mystery surrounding KitchenAid stand mixer bowls, whether you were looking for a smashing glass or ceramic bowl for your mixer, or an extra accessory for added versatility. Now go have fun and cook up a storm!

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