Since KitchenAid Makes Six Standing Mixers, How Do You Know Which One to Buy?

Since KitchenAid Makes Six Standing Mixers, How Do You Know Which One to Buy?

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.