As of 2015, a KitchenAid Classic mixer is considered one of the best quality brands available. Although the KitchenAid Artisan mixer comes in as the number one stand mixer, the Classic is a quality, less expensive choice.
Some people believe that the classic KitchenAid stand mixer was of the highest quality before Whirlpool bought out KitchenAid in the 1980s. However, the makers insist that the quality has not gone down and is still the best stand mixer on the market. Although the most recent 2015 comparison of stand mixers doesn't include the KitchenAid Classic mixer, it does include the KitchenAid Artisan mixer that was declared the top-performing highest-quality stand mixer available. The KitchenAid Ultra Power mixer came in at number two. Reviews of stand mixers in earlier years does consistently place the KitchenAid Classic in the top rank.
The KitchenAid Classic stand mixer comes with a stainless steel mixing bowl, a flat beater, a dough hook and a wire whip. This 10-speed machine has a power hub at the front of the machine where more accessories and attachments can be added, such as a food grinder, a pasta maker, a food slicer and shredder, a juicer and an ice cream maker.