I found this review at My Best Baking and think it is a great review of the KitchenAid Artisan stand up mixer.
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Up Mixer
One of the most important purchases for any kitchen is a good stand mixer. Whether baking or cooking you will find that you are using you mixer a lot and you want to make sure you have picked a durable appliance. The KitchenAid Artisan Series comes with a 5 quart bowl and is our choice as the best stand mixer in our tests. Well made, this mixer will handle any task from beating eggs to the bulkiest dough. It is our #1 choice in this category.
A Durable Stand Mixer
KitchenAid has a reputation for quality, durable kitchen appliances and this stand mixer is no exception. Well made with easy to use controls, you will have this mixer a long time. If you are trying to keep a color scheme with your kitchen you will love the options you have with this mixer. Up to 20 different colors can be found, guaranteeing a match with your decor.
The KitchenAid Artisan mix can easily handle your favorite cakes,multiple batches of cookie dough as well as any bread dough that you are making, We really like the 5-quart stainless steel mixing bowl with a comfortable handle. It is large enough to contain almost every recipe that you may try. With 10 speeds, this stand mixer will quickly become your kitchen’s culinary hub as you mix, knead and whip ingredients at any speed. Another great feature is the power hub that you can with optional attachments from food grinders to pasta makers and more.
Along with the 10 speeds to ensure consistent mixing this unit has a well designed tilt-head. This feature allows you clean access to the bowl and attached beater, allowing you to easily add ingredients for a recipe. Locking the head into place during operation keeps the beater-to-bowl contact close and efficient. The included attachments are basic but well made. You will receive a splash guard, a whisk, a bread hook and a flat beater paddle. A couple of good options to consider would be a silicon edged beater paddle and a meat grinder. Both are well designed, work with this mixer and are useful to have.
KitchenAid touts their mixing system as 59-Point Planetary Mixing Action. The more touch points there are the more your ingredients are mixed. Your goal is always to have thorough ingredient incorporation and this mix does a great job of doing just that. The beater, dough hook or wire whip rotates around the bowl, giving incredible bowl coverage for comprehensive mixing.
We rated this the best stand mixer that we tested. The quality is outstanding and this stand mixer is extremely durable. You will have this mixer for a long time and it should serve you very well.