Best KitchenAid stand mixers: a complete UK guide 2023

We’ve put a number of different stand mixers from the KitchenAid range to the test and found that they’re great for everything from classic bakes to challenging patisserie. With every stand mixer, you can whisk, beat and knead as standard. Plus, there’s a whole host of additional attachments and accessories to ensure you make the most of your new bit of kit. In this guide, we’ll be running you through every KitchenAid stand mixer, plus attachments, accessories and some handy advice to keep your new mixer in tip-top shape.

Ranging in price from around £350 to nearly £1000 for a professional model, KitchenAid stand mixers are a real investment piece. We encourage you to do your research to find which KitchenAid model is best for you, as each model offers something very different. Our guide to the best stand mixers houses everything you need to know before you buy. You’ll need bakeware, too – check out our best springform cake tins, best loaf tins, best bundt tins and best tart tins for perfect bakes every time.

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A guide to KitchenAid

KitchenAid offers three different sizes of stand mixer: small, medium and large. Within the medium and large categories, there are a couple of different models. Although all models on the KitchenAid website are suitable for home baking, those in the large category are very large, so are, in our opinion, better suited to those churning out bake after bake on an almost daily basis. The small- and medium-sized models are more than enough for even the most industrious home baker.

KitchenAid Mini

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Alone in the small category sits the KitchenAid mini. This model comes with a 3.3-litre mixing bowl, offering a maximum working capacity of eight egg whites, 1.8kg cake mix or 30 four-inch cookies. It comes with three attachments: a wire whisk, dough hook and beater, and is compatible with all other KitchenAid attachments.

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For the occasional baker or someone short on space, the KitchenAid mini is a good choice.

Read our full KitchenAid Mini review

KitchenAid Classic

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Equipped with a 4.3-litre mixing bowl, the Classic is a step up from the Mini. Although only a small jump up in terms of wattage (275W, compared to the Mini’s 250W), this model has been designed to tackle larger quantities. For example, its maximum working capacity for cake mix is 2.5kg. While KitchenAid is known for its bright and varied colours, the Classic range stands out for being only available in black or white.

For a home cook looking for a quality mixer to do the basics, but isn’t fussed about the colour.

Read the full KitchenAid Classic review

KitchenAid Artisan

KitchenAid Artisans

Perhaps KitchenAid’s most well-known product, the KitchenAid Artisan is the biggest model in the medium-sized range. These KitchenAids come with a couple of different model codes. Simply put, each model code dictates what comes with the stand mixer, but at their very core, the actual engineering of the machine is the same.

5KSM125: Available in red, black, silver or cream and comes with nylon-coated dough hook and flat beater, and a wire whisk.

5KSM175: Available in the largest range of colours (13). Comes with nylon-coated dough hook, flex-edge beater and flat beater, and a wire whisk. This model comes with an additional 3-litre bowl and splash guard.

5KSM185: Available in seven colours and comes with a stainless steel dough hook, flat beater and wire whisk, plus an additional 3-litre bowl and splash guard.

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5KSM195: KitchenAid’s colour of the year: hibiscus. Comes with silver-coated wire dough hook, flex-edge beater and flat beater, and a wire whisk. Also included is an additional 3-litre bowl, splash guard and bowl scraper.

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5KSM180: KitchenAid’s limited-edition “Blossom” model. The 4.7-litre bowl is copper in the same texture as the hammered steel bowls. Stainless steel dough hook, flat beater, pastry beater and wire whisk included.

Read the full KitchenAid Artisan review

KitchenAid Bowl Lift

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From the large collection of stand mixers comes the KitchenAid Bowl Lift range. Rather than having the traditional tilt head of the stand mixers above, as the name suggests, the main bowl sits on two pins on extending arms and simply lifts off. The Bowl Lift range is considerably taller than the other models, so may not fit underneath low-hanging cupboards. The main bowls in this range hold between 4.8 and 6.9 litres.

Heavy Duty 5KMP5: 315W. Includes 4.8-litre stainless steel bowl, plus nylon-coated dough hook and flat beater, a wire whisk, plastic bowl cover and pouring shield. Available in black, white and red.

Artisan 5KSM60SPX: 325W. Comes with 5.6L stainless steel bowl, and a wire whisk, sliver-coated paddle and silver-coated spiral dough-hook. Available in black, white, red and pistachio.

Artisan 5KSM7580: 500W. Comes with 6.9-litre stainless steel bowl and wire whisk, a spiral dough hook and flat beater, plus a pouring shield. Available in five colours.

Heavy Duty 5KSM7591: 500W. Comes with a 6.9-litre stainless steel bowl, plus nylon-coated dough hook and flat beater, wire whisk and pouring shield. Available in red or silver.

Professional 5KSM7990: Includes a wire guard, 6.9-litre stainless steel bowl, dough hook, wire whisk and flat beater, plus a removable pouring chute that attaches to the wire guard. 325W.

KitchenAid stand mixers vs Kenwood stand mixers

They’re two of the biggest names in the world of stand mixers, with some die-hard baking fanatics even going so far as to get a tattoo of their favourite mixer.

KitchenAid is now owned by the Whirlpool Corporation, which owns a range of small and large domestic appliance brands. Kenwood’s parent company is the De’Longhi group, which is famous for its coffee machines, but the group also owns a few small domestic appliance and grooming brands.

Where KitchenAid’s stand mixers are similar in design aesthetically, Kenwood’s mixers look very different from collection to collection. Kenwood’s mixers are powered by a much higher wattage – often two or even three times the wattage than their KitchenAid counterparts – meaning they work through tough mixes with total ease. But, it’s worth remembering, the higher the wattage, the more energy the appliance uses when running. KitchenAid’s stand mixers are a great choice for everyday baking, and many of the models we tested made light work of tough doughs. With a varied colour range and collection of accessories, KitchenAid’s mixers are also designed to be kept on display.

Best KitchenAid stand mixers to buy 2023

KitchenAid Artisan

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  • Comes in a variety of colours
  • Compatible with KitchenAid accessories
  • Good range of speed settings
  • High-quality, consistent results


  • Wire whisk isn’t dishwasher-safe
  • No high-tech features

Star rating: 4.5/5

Is the KitchenAid Artisan good value for money?

This model is great value for money. A mainstay on many of the best cooking shows, the KitchenAid Artisan is a stand mixer to keep on the kitchen counter. The basic model (5KSM125) comes with all the essential attachments, while the other Artisans come with a couple more that push the price up somewhat – consider whether the additions are worth the extra cost.

We found this model sturdy and powerful on test, working through a whole host of basic and challenging tests with absolute ease. The controls are intuitive and there are two simple levers: one to control the speed and one to lift or lock the head in place.

The Artisan is powered by 300W, which means dough comes together slower than expected, but this has no bearing on the overall result. This model produced just the results we were looking for in our cake and meringue tests.

Read our full KitchenAid Artisan review.

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