Purchasing a stand mixer is an exciting and often daunting task. There are so many mixers on the market, all with great claims. So how do you know which one is best for your kitchen? Could a KitchenAid Artisan Mixer be the perfect fit? Here are a few advantages and disadvantages of the KitchenAid Artisan series.
Reasons why the KitchenAid Artisan Mixer might be right for your kitchen
- Large capacity – The 5 quart bowl allows artisan peintre 94 multiple batches to be mixed at once.
- Powerful motor – With 325 Watts and 10 speeds, the Artisan KitchenAid can handle recipes and multiple batches containing up to 9 cups of all-purpose flour.
- Even mixing – A 10 speed slide control adjusts smoothly between whipping, stirring, and mixing. Since the beaters touch the bowl in 67 places, the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
- Easy clean-up – The stainless steel bowl and the nylon-coated attachments are dishwasher safe. An included pouring shield keeps the ingredients in the bowl and off the counter. The mixer can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
- Possibility for expansion – With the purchase of optional accessories, the Artisan Mixer can become a complete kitchen machine performing numerous tasks including making ice cream and pasta, opening cans, grinding meats, and slicing vegetables.
- Variety of colors – With over 20 colors available, you can easily color-coordinate your kitchen and other appliances with your KitchenAid Artisan mixer.
- Tilt-head for easy access to the bowl, beaters, and ingredients – The Artisan Mixer is the largest capacity tilt-head mixer made by KitchenAid.
- Hassle-free warranty – If the machine fails for any reason during the first year, KitchenAid will replace it without any hassles, delivering a new product to your doorstep and arranging for the return of the failed one.
Reasons why the KitchenAid Artisan Mixer might not be right for your kitchen:
- Clearance required – Since the head tilts back, the KitchenAid Artisan might not fit under your kitchen cabinet while it is running. Make sure you have room to pull it forward on the counter when you are ready to work.
- Inadequate capacity or power- If you frequently make large batches or use whole grain flours, the Artisan may not be large enough or strong enough to fit your needs. KitchenAid makes two models with more power: the Pro 5 Plus and the Pro 600.
- Less stability for heavier doughs – The bowl-lift machines are more stable when handling heavy batches than the tilt-head models.
- Heavy-duty dough hook not available – The KitchenAid Artisan Series comes with a nylon-coated C dough hook rather than the PowerKnead dough hook available in the Pro 5 Plus or Pro 600 models.