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Best KitchenAid stand mixers 2021

Woman using KitchenAid mixer in kitchen
Woman using KitchenAid mixer in kitchen (Image credit: KitchenAid)

If you’re a serious home baker, the best KitchenAid stand mixers are the gold standard in the world of baking. With its iconic, retro appeal and impressive power to quickly beat, knead and whip up a storm, the KitchenAid stand mixer is a home essential. 

It’s no surprise that the KitchenAid ranked highly on our best stand mixers guide, which makes it more of a worthwhile purchase. But deciding on which KitchenAid mixer to buy can be challenging. Luckily, we've done the research for you so you don't have to.

So whether you’re a home baking connoisseur, amateur or simply want some eye candy for your countertop, find your bake-off match with these KitchenAid stand mixers.

Best KitchenAid stand mixers to buy now

KitchenAid tilt-head stand mixer on kitchen worktop

KitchenAid tilt-head stand mixer on kitchen worktop (Image credit: KitchenAid)

KitchenAid Artisan 5-quart tilt-head stand mixer

Best KitchenAid mixer for most people

Size: 9 x 16 inches
Weight: 26 pounds
Bowl capacity: 5 quarts
Motor: 300 watts
Color options: 30 plus
Reasons to buy
+Heavy-duty+Powerful to handle dense doughs+Bowl has cushioned handle
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy to lift and carry-Wire whip attachment isn’t dishwasher safe

If you’re a regular home baker, the KitchenAid tilt-head will get the job done and is the best KitchenAid stand mixer for most people. It comes with a generous bowl size of 5 quarts, which is large enough to fit up to 16 cups of flour — this is more than enough capacity for your large batch-baking treats. 

What’s more, it’s a beast of a machine, making light work of whipping up batters and cream to kneading tough dough mixtures. Bear in mind, it is heavy to lift and store, but why would you want to store such a beauty in a cupboard anyway?

KitchenAid bowl-lift on worktop next to cake

Blue KitchenAid bowl-lift stand mixer (Image credit: KitchenAid)

KitchenAid Pro 7-quart heavy duty mixer

Best KitchenAid mixer for serious bakers

Size: 16.5 x 12 inches
Weight: 30 pounds
Bowl capacity: 7-quart
Motor: 575 watts
Color options: Empire Red, Candy Apple, Medallion Silver, Onxy Black, Cast Iron Black, Dried Rose,
Reasons to buy
+Huge bowl capacity for large quantities+Can knead dough to perfection+Powerful
Reasons to avoid
-Very heavy to lift-The attachments are not dishwasher safe-Not ideal if you’re only making small batches

For any bread making lover, this KitchenAid mixer bowl-lift is an ideal choice for kneading bread. Thanks to its powerful 575-watt motor, it can quickly knead dough (without damaging the mixer) and handle large cake mixtures in one go. The bowl-lift design gives it a more thorough mixing performance, while the soft start feature ensures you don’t get flour or ingredients spilling everywhere. 

Since it weighs in at 30 pounds, it is incredibly heavy to lift and store. So if you’re going to invest in this premium model, be sure it’s in a designated spot in your kitchen where you don’t have to keep moving it. Considering that this is a sizable stand mixer, it would be overkill for those only baking small batches.

KitchenAid artisan mini stand mixer on kitchen worktop with macaroons

KitchenAid artisan mini stand mixer (Image credit: KitchenAid)

KitchenAid Artisan mini 3.5 stand mixer

Best KitchenAid mixer for the baking amateur

Size: 12.3 x 12.3 inches
Weight: 16 pounds
Bowl capacity: 3.5 quart
Motor: 250 watts
Color options: Black Matte, Candy Apple Red, Contour Silver, Empire Red, Hot Sauce, Imperial Black, Matte Avocado Cream, Matte White, White
Reasons to buy
+Compact for small kitchens+Easy to store+Great for small batch baking
Reasons to avoid
-Cannot cope with larger quantities-Not as powerful

If you’re new to the world of baking, this KitchenAid Artisan mini makes for a great entry-level stand mixer. This miniature version looks exactly the same as its larger counterparts, but it's designed to be more space-friendly. It has a 3.5 quart bowl, but considering its small stature, it does pack a punch.

With its 250-watt motor, it has ample kneading power to quickly rustle up cakes, cookies, brownies and other small batch recipes. In addition, this is also a suitable stand mixer for children to help out in the kitchen (and lick the bowl at the end!).  It may not be as powerful as the other models, but it will certainly get the job done well. Those with small kitchens or with cluttered countertops will appreciate this KitchenAid Artisan mini.

What should I look for when buying a KitchenAid mixer?

  • Tilt-head or bowl-lift? — These two main styles to determine how the mixing bowl is attached and how you access it. Tilt-head mixers hinge back, and the bowl twists on and off at the base. A bowl-lift’s head is stationary and has arms to hold up the mixing bowl. The handy lever raises the mixing bowl up and down, so you can add ingredients by lowering the bowl. The tilt-head is easier to access and add ingredients to the bowl (for quick small to medium baking), while the bowl-lift is more sturdy for heavy dough mixtures.
  • Capacity — Do you make regular small batches or bake-up a feast? Another factor to consider is bowl capacity. A tilt-head stand mixer starts from 3.5 quarts to 5 quarts and is ideal for home bakers who often rustle up small quantities or cater to small households. The bowl-lift mixers start from 5 quarts up to 7 quarts, which is great for making up large batches or big families.  
  • Power and weight — Typically, KitchenAid stand mixers start from 275 Watts, which are powerful enough for small-medium batch baking. Bowl-lift mixers, designed to handle heavy dough mixtures, have 575-Watt motors. Bear in mind the larger the mixer, the heavier they are to carry or move around your worktop. So if you have a compact kitchen space, it’s best to buy a KitchenAid Mini to easily move or store. 
  • Colors KitchenAid stand mixers are known for their range of vibrant, retro colors, and there are over 40 to choose from. Classic colors include, Empire Red, Blue Velvet, Pistachio, and Black Matte.  
  • Dishwasher safe  It’s worthwhile checking which parts are safe to put in the dishwasher. Generally, the bowl, coated flat beaters and dough hook are dishwasher safe. But, you would need to handwash the wire whisk.
  • What else can I do with my KitchenAid stand mixer? The KitchenAid stand mixer can make much more than a mean cake or brownie batch. From pasta and sauces to ice-cream, there are plenty of handy accessories available as add-ons. You can purchase attachments such as a pasta maker, a food grinder, food processor, blender, spiralizer, and citrus juicer.   
Cynthia Lawrence

Cynthia Lawrence specialises in Homes ecommerce, covering all things homes and garden-related. She has a wealth of editorial experience testing the latest, ‘must-have’ home appliances, writing buying guides and the handy ‘how to’ features. 

Her work has been published in various titles including, T3, Top Ten Reviews, Ideal Home, Real Homes, Livingetc. and House Beautiful, amongst many.

With a rather unhealthy obsession for all things homes and interiors, she also has an interior design blog for style inspiration and savvy storage solutions (get rid of that clutter!). When she’s not testing cool products, she’ll be searching online for more decor ideas to spruce up her family home or looking for a great bargain!