Best Overall: KitchenAid KSM150PSCU Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer
The Artisan series mixers are very popular with users, with good reason. They’re large enough for home cooking and baking, but not so large that you’ll need a helper to move the mixer into storage if you don’t keep it on your counter. Reviewers say the 5-quart stainless steel bowl is big enough to hold double batches of cookies and royal icing.
There’s nothing this model can’t do! It has a motor powerful enough to knead dough or whip cream with ease, and the front power hub is compatible with more than 15 different attachments. It’s available in over 20 different colors, so you’re guaranteed to find one that you love.
Best Design: KitchenAid KSM180QHSD 100 Year Limited Edition Queen of Hearts Stand Mixer, Passion Red
If you’re looking for a mixer that makes a statement, this limited edition Queen of Hearts mixer in passion red might be the one you’re looking for. The trim band is covered with tiny red hearts, and the custom power hub cover celebrates KitchenAid’s 100 year anniversary.
The mixer comes with a 5-quart polished stainless steel mixing bowl with a handle. There are 14 different attachments sold separately so you can roll out pasta to the perfect thickness, make ice cream, or grind your own meat.
Best for Kneading Bread: KitchenAid KP26M1XNP 6-Quart Professional 600 Series Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer
The Professional 600 Series mixer is the perfect piece of equipment for serious bakers. Users found the 575-watt motor strong enough to knead dough for long periods of time without damaging the machine, even when baking back-to-back bread loaves.
This model comes complete with a soft-start feature, which means the mixer starts at a slower speed so you’re less likely to spew flour all over the kitchen or splatter wet ingredients before it’s all neatly incorporated.
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Best Professional: KitchenAid KSMC895ER 8-Quart Commercial Countertop Mixer with Bowl-Guard
Choosing a mixer for a professional kitchen? Then this commercial-grade pick is the best KitchenAid mixer for you. This bowl-lift mixer is NSF-certified and features an 8-quart brushed stainless steel bowl. Its 1.3 horsepower motor is more than enough power for large or small batches, so the motor won’t get overheated. You can choose to purchase it with or without a metal bowl-guard, which prevents extra ingredients from being added while the mixer is in motion.
Best Attachment: Original Beater Blade for Bowl Lift Stand Mixer and Universal Pour Chute Set
The Beater Blade looks a lot like the flat beater that’s included with KitchenAid mixers, but it has silicone wipers that swipe the sides of the bowl with every turn. Those wipers make sure your mix is combined fully, without pockets of dry ingredients hiding on the sides of the bowl. Since the beater needs to match your particular mixer model, make sure you’re choosing one that fits.
The pour chute attaches easily to the sides of the bowl and helps guide wet or dry ingredients into the mixer while it’s running without making a mess. It fits almost any bowl, so you can even use it when you’re whipping something up with your hand mixer.
Still can’t decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best KitchenAid attachments can help you find what you’re looking for.