KitchenAid mixers have become a staple in modern kitchens. With its outstanding build quality, unrivaled power and tried-and-true reliability, the KitchenAid Artisan is the best stand mixer we reviewed, and earns our highest ranking as the TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner. If you are a mother that truly feels like an army of one in the kitchen and could use some relief making that perfect meal, the Artisan kitchen mixer is perfect for relieving some of those time-consuming mixing duties.
This machine comes out of the package with a flat beater used for mixing cake batters and cookie dough; a balloon whisk used for adding some fluff into scrambled eggs and meringues; and a dough hook used for making loaves of bread. This food mixer comes in 29 different color options, meaning it will meet your needs while complementing your kitchen décor.
This stand mixer comes with a 59-point planetary mixing action. This means the mixing head hits 59 different points of the bowl to ensure that all of your ingredients are completely mixed together. If you've ever bitten into a cookie and got a mouth full of salt you know that this is a great feature to have. Combine that with the slow-start feature, which will start out slowly churning your ingredients and gradually pick up speed so the contents of the mixing bowl don't fly all over your counter, your wall or your face. Your food mixer will weave your ingredients into an artistic culinary delight, and on top of that, it practically cleans up after itself.
The muscle of this kitchen mixer became apparent when we realized that it is equipped with a nine cup "flour power." That means this electric mixer will churn a whopping nine cups of flour at one time. No more having to add it in one cup at a time because your old machine couldn't handle the load. We found this to be a great time-saver.
The KitchenAid Artisan also comes equipped with an auto-off function. Chances are that if you are mixing heavy dough such as bread or cookie dough, your stand mixer will get quite a workout. If the motor overheats, your unit could burn up inside and become an expensive paperweight. However, if your stand mixer is equipped with an auto shutoff feature, like the one found on the KitchenAid Artisan, you have nothing to worry about. Once the mixer begins to heat up to potentially damaging temperatures, the unit it will shut itself off. This is an especially important feature when you are engaged in another task and aren't paying close attention to your stand mixer.
There are no plastic pieces used in the construction of these stand mixers, so it's extremely rare for anything in these machines to break. A lesser device might use plastic gears inside the mixer's motor, but KitchenAid doesn't hide any plastic behind a metal façade – what you see is what you get. That's why they consistently last such an incredibly long time. Further evidence of quality engineering comes in the form of this stand mixer's transmission, which uses a direct drive motion. This means that there is not a pulley system within the unit, which is one less thing that can wear out. Direct drive transmissions are generally found in commercial-grade mixers instead of consumer mixers, which further adds to the durability of the KitchenAid.
The basic functionality of any stand mixer is to make the culinary artist's life easier. The KitchenAid Artisan offers a tilt-head design, which allows easy access to both the bowl and the beater. Using the C-shaped dough hook allows the stand mixer to knead dough for bread and cookies with ease. This kitchen mixer also comes with a clear pouring shield that will allow you to view the ingredients as you add them to your mixture, while saving you from a possible mess that could occur without a shield.
Many people choose to purchase an electric mixer for baking and cooking. However, this stand mixer does much more than just offer you the basics of mixing, whipping and whisking. With its multi-purpose attachment hub, the KitchenAid Artisan easily converts to a citrus juicer when you purchase the juicing accessory. This tool allows you to juice citrus fruit with ease, and it comes with a strainer basket, which will collect the pulp and seeds when you juice your fruit. This ensures that your guests will only find fresh juice in their glasses.
Traditionally, this stand mixer comes with a 5-quart stainless steel mixing bowl that is equipped with a handle, which is very effective when you are separating the bowl from the kitchen mixer. If you are looking for a glass bowl to use with your electric mixer, you have the option of purchasing one of those as well. The KitchenAid Artisan is so user-friendly that it allows you to customize it in almost any way you want.
People have put their trust in the KitchenAid brand for over 90 years. With that kind of longevity, you have to know that they are doing something right. However, we would have liked to see KitchenAid offer a longer product and motor warranty than just one year. On the other hand, with a machine of this quality, it is unlikely that you will run into any problems. If you do run into problems while mixing a meringue, KitchenAid offers an online chat that is sure to help you solve your problem and get back to the task at hand. We also found a FAQs section that was helpful as we were searching the KitchenAid website, and we located a telephone number for customer service and support as well as a physical address.
One of the highlights we found is this food mixer comes with a complete instruction booklet and several recipes to try out. We were excited to find that these recipes even included full color pictures. This is great for those who can't wait to try out their new kitchen mixer.
From whipping up meringue for your freshly made lemon pie to creating your own freshly squeezed orange juice, the KitchenAid Artisan offers so many different features and capabilities that it will definitely be one of the most important and most-used tools in your kitchen. With its durable all-metal construction, including metal gears and direct drive transmission, it is a powerhouse of a stand mixer that will stand the test of time.
The Artisan is durable. It can handle any mixing job.
KitchenAid only offers a one-year warranty on the machine and motor.
This is the best kitchen mixer you are going to come across.