Personal needs, preferences and price range are key considerations when choosing a KitchenAid stand mixer. As of 2015, KitchenAid stand mixers range in price from $200 to $1000.
There are three classes of KitchenAid stand mixers: Classic, Artisan and Professional. The Classic line of KitchenAid stand mixers hold 4 1/2 quarts, while the Professional series holds up to 6 quarts. The Professional and Artisan lines have a much higher wattage and come with more attachments, settings and features, including bowl handles and bowl-lift design.
There are a few features that are exclusive to the Professional series: power kneading, a soft start option and electronic speed sensors. The Professional line bowls hold almost twice the amount of flour as the Classic bowls -- 14 cups compared to 8. KitchenAid stand mixers with the highest ratings are often the Artisan and Professional series. However, not every chef requires the extra functions of these mixers; a stand mixer from the Classic line will still be a useful kitchen investment.
If matching the design of the rest of the kitchen is an important consideration, color may alsoplay a role in the stand mixer that is chosen. KitchenAid stand mixers come in a large variety of colors.