The KitchenAid Artisan Series stand mixer is one of the best kitchen tools that bakers of all skill levels can find and use. Durable, well made and with a wide variety of features, this is one very good stand mixer.
Is This The Best Stand Up Mixer For Baking?
KitchenAid may be one of the most recognizable brands when it comes to kitchen appliances and their Artisan Series tilt-head may be the best stand up mixer for baking in the market. This mixer gives you everything you ask for in a mixer – a powerful quiet motor, a good sized stainless-steel bowl and easy to use controls. It has excelled in all of our tests and can do more than other mixers on the market.
Too many stand mixers can’t handle heavy bread dough, but this KitchenAid mixer handled the densest bread dough with no problems. After 10 minutes of kneading two loaves of bread dough we ended up with a dough was smooth and not sticky, exactly what you want with a bread dough.
Even more impressive was what this stand mixer and its whisk could do with room temperature egg whites. The KitchenAid incorporated more air into the egg whites than the other mixers we have used and it did it in less time, only three minutes, than the 4 to 4 1/2 minutes it took other mixers.
For the price this is definitely the best stand up mixer on the market. It’s available in a wide variety of colors and has some great attachments. You can’t go wrong with this mixer.
Another test for a good stand mixer is how well it handles a recipe like a thick cookie mix or a scone batter. Believe it or not, I have had motors on some mixers actually start smoking when mixing a heavy batter, teaching me an expensive lesson in going cheap for a kitchen appliance. The large motor on the KitchenAid can handle almost anything that you try to mix with ease.
Often missed when shopping for a mixer is the availability of attachments. KitchenAid does a great job of offering some handy add-ons including a meat grinder (which also can be used to grind fruits and vegetables) and a very handy pasta roller. With such a powerful motor you can use these attachments with ease.