The KitchenAid Artisan Series is the highest-rated stand mixer tested by the Good Housekeeping Institute. It is also the top-rated Kitchenaid mixer series on Amazon.com, with reviews averaging 4.7 out of 5 stars as of February 2015.
The Artisan is a 10-speed, feature-rich mixer offering a 5-quart bowl, tilting head and multiple accessory options. It is able to mix batter, grind meat and make pasta. Additionally, it is available in a variety of colors from traditional white to lavender cream.
Though rating it highly, reviewers also noted that the Artisan is noisy, needs a splash guard and weighs in at a heavy 26 pounds. Other favorably ranked mixers from Kitchenaid include the Professional and Classic series.