The KitchenAid Artisan series stand mixer has made a lasting impression on culinarians, amateur and professional alike. Falling in the former category, I’ve enjoyed whipping up batches of cupcakes and Italian meringue buttercream with my KitchenAid for more than five years now, and I haven’t had to repair or replace a single part. Cleanup is always quick and easy, the accessories are sturdy, and operation is simple, even for a beginner.
Absolutely. I can’t imagine my kitchen without my stand mixer; even if I’m not using it on a regular basis, it’s attractive enough to leave on the countertop with no need to cover or hide it (in fact, I think it looks rather charming). This mixer helped me discover my love of baking and lead to the purchase of many a Mary Berry cookbook. Easy enough to use for bakers of all ages, if you want to introduce your little one to a new hobby, or reignite an old spark for an elderly family member.
The Nitty Gritty
Of course, this KitchenAid Artisan mixer is perfect for bakers. The base and head lock are sturdy enough to handle high speed whipping without sloshing or tipping. KitchenAid’s product description notes that the bowl is big enough to make 4 ½ loaves of bread, 9 batches of cookies, or 7 pounds of mashed potatoes in one go. I haven’t had to feed that many mouths, but I have managed to double and triple some pastry recipes with ease.
Keep in mind, this review only covers the base model KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer (KSM150) and the four accessories included; it does not go over the use or value of any of the additional attachments. Even without spending the extra money to upgrade, this machine is versatile, durable, and efficient.
My only gripe about the shape of the bowl is that there’s a small “moat” around the bottom where some ingredients don’t get mixed evenly. Of course, you can stop the mixer, scrape it up, and restart it, as a good baker should, but I had to come up with at least a couple of gripes to lodge against this magical machine.
*NOTE: I have not personally used these attachments and cannot objectively rate or review them; I only list them here to note their availability.
Even if you’re not an avid baker, a KitchenAid Artisan is a welcome addition to any kitchen. I may be a little biased as my KA was my first love when it comes to baking, but a mixer like this with a few attachments would be a helpful tool in just about any household. Maybe some new attachments will help you expand your culinary horizons. I may test out a few competitors machines in the future, but you know where my heart lies.