KitchenAid Artisan Mixer – Fact or Fiction
“The KitchenAid Artisan is the bomb”….”It’s perfect”….”It’s everything I will ever need in a mixer.”
I’ve been hearing all this stuff for years. Friends, family and co-bloggers and co-workers talking about just how great KitchenAid mixers are. So after, my sister getting one, that was it! I had to find out….I wanted to know for myself if what all these people are saying is really true.
You know how it is, right? You hear people just going on and on about something. You can see and hear the excitement. Now you want one. Well, at least you think you do…OR do you?
When it comes to investment in a high quality product, the one thing you want to be sure of is that you really want and/or need it. You don’t want another piece of shiny object syndrome or a new basement decoration.
You know what I’m talking about.
Folks see bright, shiny new toys and they think they are the greatest thing since peanut butter and jelly! We run out and buy stuff and then never use it. It sets around and gathers dust, then goes to the yard sale or the basement.
Well, I had heard so much about Kitchenaid mixers and specifically the artisan, I knew it was time. I figured that most of what I heard was probably hoopla because it doesn’t seem anything is made like it used to be (really well and to last).
As years passed I found myself doing more heavy duty cooking, experimenting and even blogging 🙂 (of all things) 🙂 and began to think about how nice it would be to have something that worked that well. When my sister got one, I knew the time had come.
So here’s what I found out when researching the facts and fiction details of the Kitchenaid mixer line.
I evaluated the mixer on several criteria or specs. I wanted to know how it matched up to other mixers both for price, quality, functionality and all that kind of stuff. You know how it is nowadays. If you’re gonna spend dollars, you need to make sure you are getting your money’s worth.
So…Here are the specific criteria I was interested in:
- color – well…only a little bit
- mixing ability
- attachments – types & functions
- bowl – size & type
I’ll be the first to admit, the gorgeous color ranges are spectacular. You can find classics like onyx black or white on white or even try out something new. There are yummy flavors… ahem…I mean colors, like buttercup and boysenberry. I’ll share a pic of my choice in a bit 🙂
So depending on how important the color of your mixer is, KitchenAid has most likely got you covered. They have just about every color imaginable and then some. Pick out the one that makes you and your kitchen just as unique as you are.
I’ve heard it said that KitchenAid Artisan mixers are pure pleasure for those who thrive on cooking and baking. Having one is like a dream. My curiosity just can’t help but wonder what makes it so.
So what do I do…I read hundreds of reviews and talk to salespeople at the stores. After awhile I just got more confused. What did I do then????
Of course, I had to buy one and test it out! I figured if it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, it would wind up in their return bin. Here’s what I found out…
This mixer and motor definitely does the job! We have put this sucker to the test to see if it really had the muscle it claims. Here’s how:
- 8 dozen cookie batch of gingerbread cookie (heard you can do 9 dozen)
- Mashed potatoes enough for a big chunk of my kids and crews (round about 8 lbs.)
- pizza dough
- bread dough
- and more
The motor handles the heavy duty tasks without griping one iota. It handles the ooey, gooey, sticky and super thick likes it’s as thin as water. I guess it kind of put me in my place because I sure didn’t expect it to do that stuff like they were nothing!
I did notice a little jump in the head with the really heavy duty loads even though it was locked in place. I figured it’s because on a couple I put a bit too much in the bowl for it’s capacity. Anyway, it still managed it, just with a little more mess.
I wanted to know how and why this mixer was able to make mince meat out of some pretty tough projects, so I decided to investigate. Here’s what I found out.
- Heavy duty motor supplies the ummph
- Mixer manufacturers use watts to talk about power so it’s hard to understand. Just because there’s higher wattage doesn’t mean the motor performs better necessarily.
- For instance, the Cuisinart SM-55 5 1/2-Quart 12-Speed Stand Mixer reports higher watts used but the motor and speeds are about equal to the KitchenAid Artisan.
- Planetary motion rotation supplies the momentum and counterbalance. The mixing head spins on its own axis and makes sure the sides of the bowl are swiped clean. Love this cause I hate having to always scrape, scrape, scrape.
Now….let’s see what else do I just love about this thing? Oh yeah, facts or fiction, right?
Well, here’s a super cool fact for ya. I have to admit I was stunned and half scared to death when it came time to engage with the power head. I’d never seen anything like it.
You attach different contraptions to the front motor port on the mixers head and you essentially create a whole new type of machine. It all depends on what you are trying to accomplish and having the right attachment, but these things freaking rock!
We’ll go over a list of these awesome attachments here shortly. We will also talk a bit about what they do.
- It also comes with to add to it and of course there are even more awesome attachments available for purchase that are on a few wish lists.
There’s a color sure to please you too. There are 25 colors available for the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer. Here are just a few…
- Metallic Chrome
- Raspberry Ice
- Candy Apple
- Ice (a pretty pastel blue)
- Cobolt Blue
- Aqua Sky
- Electric Blue
And this list goes on…but you get the point, right?
Interesting to know…that the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer – all stainless steel is the most popular. It’s definitely beautiful and it comes in so many colors that it’s easy to match any décor.
Since it weighs approximately 22 pounds, you won’t want to have to carry it from a storing place to your counter each time you want to use it. So, if you have the space on your counter, just leave it out. It’s a beautiful decoration anyway. Plus, it will be so much more convenient to already have it ready to put to work for you and not have to stop and go get it and blah, blah, ya know? Anyone that comes to visit will most likely have a compliment or 2 for you about your beautiful KitchenAid mixer that you’ve got sitting on your countertop. Trust me. 😉
How Much Speed does the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Have?
A lot. 325 watts and ten speeds. It will even cream cold, hard butter. Have you tried to do that with a mixer that isn’t so powerful? :-/ Not so fun. Anyway, this machine has enough power to get the job done plus some. It’s does a magnificent job at kneading dough too.
If you think the 325 watts isn’t going to do everything you need, there is a KitchenAid mixer more along the professional line called the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer. It has a 575 watt motor. This is what chefs use.
One feature of the KitchenAid Artisan mixer that is unique and sets it apart (and I think is really neat!) from others is its mixing action. The shaft spins counter-clockwise, while the beater attachment spins clockwise. It reaches all areas of the bowl. You won’t have to scrape the sides like you do with other mixers. The ingredients are thoroughly mixed every time. I love, love, love this feature because it gives you the chance to multitask a little and to grab that pan that you’re getting ready to use. 😉
So, to sum up its power and speed…KitchenAid Artisan Mixers have awesome power and speed. And I do mean awesome.
I’ve had some people tell me that their machine is loud. And some also have told me that it is loud at first but after you get it “broke in” the noise decreases. My opinion is that it’s quality far outweighs any noise anyway. The mixer works so good that noise just isn’t an issue at all.
What about Attachments for the KitchenAid Stand Mixer?
Usually you will get the wire whip, flat beater and dough hook with your mixer. This by no means is all of the attachments available though! There’s a lot more like a slicer/shredder attachment, pasta-roller attachment, ravioli maker, food grinder, citrus juicer, and sausage stuffer.
In fact, these attachments (OR the MIXER itself ;)) would make a great gift for birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas, etc. There are also attachment packs available too. They come with an instruction book with tips and recipes that you’ll be anxious to try out. They really are great recipes. I’ve tried some of them! J
The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer comes with a one-year-warranty. You’ll have the name and reputation of KitchenAid on your side and you know that says a lot. KitchenAid is well-known for durability and reliability.
This machine will easily do task after task even on a daily basis. You can use it for a myriad of things like cakes, cookies, mashed potatoes, omelet, making dough for breads and pasta, pastries, and any other recipe that requires a mixer. It’s truly a reliable, heavy duty household mixer.
The KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer is a breeze to set up. The instruction manual that comes with it is written in user friendly language and is super easy to follow. Simply take the mixer out of the box, choose the attachment you’d like to try out and you’re all set to mix away.
Clean-up is easy thanks to non-stick parts, a nice finish, and an awesome pouring shield that keeps the ingredients in the bowl and off of you, your mixer, and the walls. It tilts easily, making it even easier to wipe down the mixer. The metal accessories are metal but they do have a non-stick coating that makes ingredients wash away easily.
The KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer is worth every cent you pay for it. Be prepared to be amazed. 😉
You will not need to buy a mixer again for years – maybe not at all. The cost may be more than the average mixer but it will save you money over time. If you had bought the ‘other’ mixer – you know…the one that was cheaper, you would most likely have to replace that one with another one and then another one. It really can add up over time.
Speed and Ability: A powerful 325-watt motor that will accomplish all your mixing tasks with ease. Unique mixing action ensures that ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
Noise: With such a powerful motor there will be some noise when mixing. Some users have mentioned the noise but most say (and I agree) that it does such a great job at mixing that the noise isn’t an issue anyway.
Attachments: You will get the wire whip, flat beater and dough hook with your mixer. Other attachments are available for purchase separately – a slicer/shredder, pasta cutter, ravioli maker, meat grinder, citrus juicer, sausage stuffer, and more.
Durability: KitchenAid is well known for its durability and reliability reputation.
Assembly: Ready to use right out of the box. Just add an attachment and mix.
Clean Up: Metal attachments have non-stick coating, making clean up easy – not recommended for dishwashers.
Cost: The KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer is a little higher priced than an average mixer, but it is pure quality. It is lower in price than the more powerful KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer stand mixer, but is outstanding in its performance!