KitchenAid Artisan vs Professional Series: 15 CRUCIAL Differences

Below we compare and contrast the mid-level Artisan and the professional-level series of stand mixers by KitchenAid.

KitchenAid Artisan KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus KitchenAid Professional 600
1. Motor 325 watts 450 watts 575 watts
Classic Plus, Artisan Mini, Artisan, Professional 5 Plus and Professional 600: all of these have AC motors (alternative current). They are great; but if you want even more power, you need a stand mixer with a DC motor (direct current) such as this 1.3 Horse Power KitchenAid mixer OR this 1.0 Horse Power KitchenAid mixer. If you do a lot of dough (bread, pizza, bagel) often and/or work with large batches/quantities, you need one of these DC motor-powered KitchenAid stand mixers.
2. Bowl size 5 quarts

Go here to check out the glass bowl option…

5 quarts 6 quarts
3. Flour power 9 cups 12 cups 14 cups
4. Bread power 4.5 loaves with a single mix ~6.5 loaves ~8 loaves with a single mix
5. Cookie power 9 dozens with a single mix 10 dozens with a single mix 13 dozens with a single mix
6. Mashed Potatoes 7 pounds with a single mix 7 pounds with a single mix 8 pounds with a single mix
7. Direct drive transmission Yes
8. All-steel gear transmission No Yes
9. Soft start feature No Yes

(minimizes splatter)

10. Electronic speed sensor No Yes

(monitors operation to maintain precise mixer speed)

11. Commercial style motor protection No Yes

(automatically shuts off the mixer when overload is sensed to protect the motor)

12. Flat Beater – Burnished metal or Nylon coated? Nylon coated, hence, Dishwasher safe. The WHITE COLOR is due to the nylon coating. ONLY White color attachments can go in the dishwasher

 

Burnished metal! They look metallic and fancier, but get discolored in the dishwasher.

Pros and Cons of Burnished Metal Mixer Attachments:

  1. Some people like the look and feel of metal over plastic-like attachments
  2. It has no coating, therefore nothing would peel off even after 20 years
  3. NOT dishwasher friendly: Go here to hear from this reviewer to find out what happens

Pros and Cons of Nylon-Coated Mixer Attachments:

  1. Some people find the burnished metal attachments too ‘shiny’ and ‘cheesy’. They like the look and feel of nylon-coated ones better.
  2. These are dishwasher friendly
  3. But they can have one small problem as they age: Read all about it from this helpful reviewer

Bottom line: what you should opt for depends on your preference on the looks and whether you will use the dishwasher or not, to wash them!

13. Dough Hook – Burnished metal or Nylon coated? Nylon coated, C-shaped hook. DW safe Nylon Coated White Spiral Dough Hook. Not burnished metal, hence dishwasher safe Burnished metal! (Powerknead Spiral), not DW safe
14. Price Cheaper  This KitchenAid Professional Model is roughly the SAME PRICE as the Artisan – Check it out here… ~$60 – 100 more expensive depending on the model

10 PROS of a PRO model compared to an Artisan

  1. More powerful motor – 575 watts vs 325 watts
  2. Larger bowl – 6 quarts vs 5 quarts
  3. Can accommodate more flour/batter, therefore more bread and cookies with a single mix
  4. All-steel gear transmission is more reliable and durable
  5. Soft start feature minimizes splatter
  6. Commercial-style motor protection – automatically shuts off the mixer when overload is sensed to protect the motor
  7. Built-in electronic speed sensor – monitors operation to maintain precise mixer speed
  8. The spiral ‘power knead’ dough hook included with the PRO is more efficient
  9. No need to tilt the head – some people prefer the bowl-lift over the tilt-head
  10. Shorter than the Artisan when the Artisan is tilted back (the PRO is 16.5 inches in height while the Artisan is 18″ tall when the head is tilted back)

5 CONS of a PRO model compared to an Artisan

 Problem Solution
1. Price – approx. $80 – 100 more expensive depending on the model
  1. Go for a smaller Professional Series KitchenAid Bowl-Lift mixer like the PRO 500 instead of the PRO 600. This is more or less the same price as the Artisan (may even be cheaper)
  2. Look for a refurbished/used KitchenAid PRO on KitchenAid.com, Amazon.com, Ebay.com or your local thrifty/Goodwill store
 2. The fancier, burnished metal flat beater and dough hook are NOT dishwasher safe Replace the ‘Burnished Metal’ attachments with ‘Nylon Coated’ attachments. Nylon coated accessories are dishwasher safe!1. Nylon Coated White Spiral Dough Hook2. Nylon Coated, White Flat Beater
 3. It’s not very good for small batches – the beater/whisk can’t get to the dry ingredients at the bottom of the bowl (true at the start of mixing when the ingredients are still dry)

 No mixer is good at mixing very small quantities. But if you must, there are not 1, but 2 solutions!

1. Buy a 3 quart bowl specifically made for working with small batches

2. And/or buy a Scraper Beater. The rubber ‘scraper’ brushes tight against the bowl-wall and picks up even the tiniest of amounts!

4. ~Five pounds heavier than the Artisan – A PRO model is ~30 pounds while an Artisan is ~25 pounds in weight

There aren’t any attachments to make it lighter  :-) It has to have a dedicated counter top space. Storing it in a cabinet and moving it to a counter top when you want to use it, may not be a healthy option for your back

5. ~2.5 inches taller than the Artisan – the artisan is generally about 14 inches while the Professional 600 is ~16.5 inches. This will be a problem only if the space between your kitchen counter top and the hanging cupboards above it is less than 16.5 inches.However, don’t forget that the shorter tilt-head model becomes taller than the bowl-lift professional model when the head is tilted back (from 14 inches to now ~18 inches).

Pull it out from under the cabinet when you’re ready to use it. Make sure you have some kind of a slippery mat under the mixer, so that you can easily pull it out and push it back under the hanging cabinets once your job is finished.

Bottom line

Clearly, the PROS of the Professional Series outweigh its CONS.

Our Recommendation

It’s common sense that features like (1) the all-steel gear transmission is more reliable and durable than a plastic gear-system, (2) the soft start feature minimizes splatter at the start of a round of mixing, (3) the commercial-style motor protection system which forces the machine to automatically shut down when overload is sensed, and (4) the built-in electronic speed sensor which continuously monitors mixer operation clearly give an edge to the professional series.

  1. If you can afford to invest the extra ca$h, by all means, go for a Professional Series KitchenAid mixer.
  2. If you can’t afford to invest the extra ca$h, by all means, go for a Artisan or Classic Plus. 99% of the time, you wouldn’t have a problem

Yet, you might wonder why the Artisan is so much more popular than the Professional series mixers. Well… that’s likely because (1) of the huge color variations available with the Artisan, (2) the slightly competitive price of the Artisan, and (3) because home-use doesn’t necessarily call for those professional features.

 

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Deals – 2016 Christmas/Holiday Sales

Prices valid as of 9.00am CST December 6th, 2016. Deals, price cuts and special offers may expire anytime afterwards without further notice.

Most if not all deals are EXPIRED NOW!

KitchenAid Professional 6 Series

48% off on this Color Here…

47% off on this Color Here…

  • This is a special, ‘retail exclusive’ model released for the 2016 holiday season.
  • It is nearly identical to the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series. Only a few differences exist between the ‘6 Series’ and the ‘600 Series’:
    • (i) ‘6 Series’ (obviously) doesn’t have “Professional 600” engraved on the circular metal plate on the mixer head, and
    • (ii) ‘6 Series’ doesn’t have the plastic knob at the end of the ‘bowl-lift’ handle.
    • The steel gears and the rest of the mechanics is identical according to KitchenAid customer service (no, we did not tare them apart and examine the interior)
  • Click Here to read this verified buyer customer review
KitchenAid Artisan Series

Less than $200 on this model after the $50 Prepaid Visa Card

  • All colors will not qualify
  • Go to this page: Sort by Price “Low to High” : you’ll see the colors with the deepest discounts (and the $50 visa card) at the top left corner of the grid
KitchenAid Artisan-Like Model

Less than $220 on this model

  •  This model is very similar to the Artisan Series except for the following few features
    • Motor is 300 watts instead of the 325 watts on the Artisan Series
    • Has a glass bowl instead of the polished stainless steel bowl of the Artisan series
    • Comes with a Flex Edge Beater instead of the burnished Aluminum beater that comes with the Artisan series
  • Go here and scroll down to see a more detailed comparison of this model with other KitchenAid stand mixers
KitchenAid Artisan Designer Series

Less than $250 on this model after the $50 Prepaid Visa Card

  • The Artisan Designer Series is very similar to the Artisan Series the only significant difference being…. the glass bowl with markings on the side….
  • The glass bowl, (i) allows you to easily see how well mixed your batter is, (ii) makes it easy to measure ingredients due to the markings engraved on the side of the bowl, (iii) can be placed in a microwave oven, if your microwave is big enough, and (iv) you don’t need to split hairs about whether you should pick a burnished metal bowl or polished stainless steel bowl
  • The Artisan designer series just looks even better than the Artisan
  • And when the price is this good, not sure why anybody would not want to pick one!

Prices valid as of 9.00am CST December 6th, 2016. Deals, price cuts and special offers may expire anytime afterwards without further notice.

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The Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals below this point are now expired

2016 black friday kitchenaid ad kohlsKitchenAid Classic Plus (Total Savings = $189)

$210 out of pocket – $60 Kohl’s cash – $10 Yes2Yes Rewards – $30 mail in rebate = $110

  • Kohls KA PlusRegular Price: $299.99
  • Sale Price: $229.99
  • 15% savings with coupon: NOVSAVE15
  • Take home price after coupon: $229.99 – 15% = $195.49 + Tax = ~$210
  • Kohl’s cash = $60 ($15 for every $50 spent)
  • Yes2Yes rewards member points = $10
  • Mail in Rebate = $30
  • Final expenditure after Kohl’s cash, rebates etc. = $210 – $60 – $10 – $30 = $110 (note that you won’t receive any cash for $60 Kohl’s cash and $10 Yes2Yes rewards. But you can buy $70 worth of stuff from Kohl’s)
  • Where can I find this awesome Black Friday deal? Right here
  • If you don’t like dealing with coupons, rebates, rewards etc. –> Check out the KA Classic here

Also check prices on:


KitchenAid Artisan (Total Savings = $182.50)

$305 out of pocket – $75 Kohl’s cash – $12.50 Yes2Yes Rewards – $50 mail in rebate = $167.50

  • Kohls KA Artisan

    Regular Price: $349.99

  • Sale Price: $329.99
  • 15% savings with coupon: NOVSAVE15
  • Take home price after coupon: $329.99 – 15% = $280.49 + Tax = ~$305
  • Kohl’s cash = $75 ($15 for every $50 spent)
  • Yes2Yes rewards member points = $12.50
  • Mail in Rebate = $50
  • Final expenditure after Kohl’s cash, rebates etc. = $305 – $75 – $12.50 – $50 = $167.50 (note that you won’t receive any cash for $75 Kohl’s cash and $12.50 Yes2Yes rewards. But you can buy ~$90 worth of stuff from Kohl’s)
  • Where can I find this awesome Black Friday deal? Right here
  • If you loathe dealing with coupons, rewards, rebates etc. –> Check out the KA Artisan deals here

Also check prices on:


KitchenAid Professional 600 (Total Savings = $230)

$377 out of pocket – $90 Kohl’s cash – $17 Yes2Yes Rewards – $50 mail in rebate = $220

  • Kohls KA Pro 600Regular Price: $449.99
  • Sale Price: $409.99
  • 15% savings with coupon: NOVSAVE15
  • Take home price after coupon: $409.99 – 15% = $348.49 + Tax = ~$377.35
  • Kohl’s cash = $90 ($15 for every $50 spent)
  • Yes2Yes rewards member points = $17
  • Mail in Rebate = $50
  • Final expenditure after Kohl’s cash, rebates etc. = $377 – $90 – $17 – $50 = $220.50 (note that you won’t receive any cash for $75 Kohl’s cash and $12.50 Yes2Yes rewards. But you can buy ~$107 worth of stuff from Kohl’s)
  • Where can I find this awesome Black Friday deal? Right here
  • If you hate dealing with coupons, rebates, rewards etc. –> Check out the KA Pro-600 here

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KitchenAid Mini vs Regular: 20 Specs of the Mini Compared to Artisan and Classic Mixers

KitchenAid Classic KitchenAid Artisan Mini KitchenAid Artisan – Designer Series with Glass Bowl
1. Motor 250 watts 250 watts 325 watts
2. Bowl size 4.5 quarts 3.5 quarts 5 quarts
Artisan mini 3.5 quart bowl narrow space

The narrow space around the mixer head can be a challenge when adding ingredients. (image credits: youtube.com)

You need to realize that the “Mini” really is miniature in size. 3.5 quarts may not sound too small, but look at the image on the right hand side and you’ll see that it is indeed tiny. We all know that the whole idea behind the KA Artisan Mini is to have a KitchenAid stand mixer that’ll suit the modern ‘mini’ lifestyle. Have no doubt; the mini will look great on those small, modern kitchen counter-tops. But, know that ‘space’ is really tight in all departments. Pouring in ingredients (sugar, flour, milk, eggs etc.) through that relatively narrow gap in to the bowl can be a little challenging and annoying at times. However, the limited space wouldn’t be a big deal if you’re not a frequent user of the mini mixer. However, if this is your ONLY stand mixer and you intend to use it at least every 1-2 weeks, the limited room can become really frustrating!

3. Bowl has handle No Yes
4. Bowl finish Brushed Stainless Steel Polished Stainless Steel or Glass

Brushed vs Polished Stainless Steel – Pros and Cons

polished-vs-brushed-stainless-steel-bowls-of-ka-artisan-and-mini

  • Polished SS is easier to clean and shine up. Cleaning brushed SS surfaces is a tad-bit harder due to its rougher surface
  • Maintenance of polished SS can be challenging. Scratches, scuffs and finger prints show more easily on polished SS surfaces
  • If brushed SS gets a scratch, you can use a Scotch-Brite pad to make it scratch-free again! Using Scotch-Brite on polished stainless steel will only make the scratches worse!
  • Caustic detergents of dishwasher liquids can make polished SS look dull!
  • The ‘mirror-bright’ polished SS can definitely brighten up your kitchen though
  • Bottom-line: At the end of the day, it’s not a HUGE deal whether you go with brushed or polished SS. Both of them have their own pluses and minuses. It’s more a thing of personal preference than anything else. Don’t let this be the decisive factor in your choice for which mixer to go with!
5. Bread power 3.75 loaves with a single mix
1 loaf with a single mix 4.5 loaves
6. Cookie power 6.75 dozens with a single mix
5 dozens with a single mix 9 dozens
The book says that the mini can make 5 dozens of cookies. Sure, it ACTUALLY can make 5 dozens of cookies. However, for the mini, it’s not a cake walk! When mixing up thick and ‘difficult’ batter/dough, the mini will at times make a lot of noise or even make gasping sounds like an old train engine struggling up a steep hill. Will the old engine climb the steep hill eventually? Sure it will, but the journey wouldn’t be a pleasant one for the engine or the passengers!

This is why we don’t/can’t recommend the KitchenAid Mini for mid to heavy users. If you’re a light user that will bake the odd pound cake, beat up a few eggs, make guacamole by mashing avocados, mash up a few potatoes, whisk up mini meringues, and make cake frosting, the KitchenAid Artisan Mini will be more than enough. However, if you will use it to make artisan bread dough, pizza dough etc. on a regular basis, do yourself a favor and grab this model or this model of stand mixer.

Here is a Must Read Customer Review that critically analyzes his/her experience with the KitchenAid Mini.

7. Planetary Mixing Action

Yes, 59 point planetary mixing action

8. Pouring shield Need to buy separately Not included, has to buy separately 1-piece pouring shield included in the Artisan purchase
9. It can be locked in the ‘up’ and ‘down’ positions Can be locked only when the mixer is running (‘down’ position)  Can be locked when the mixer is running (‘down’ position) as well as when the head is tilted back (‘up’ position)

Artisan Mini lock-unlock mechanism

Notice that the lock is in the ‘locked’ position. When it’s locked, the head won’t dance/gets thrown up when kneading tough bread dough etc.

10. Soft-start® feature No YES No
Whatever you speed you set on the mini, it will  automatically start at a lower speed. This ‘slowness’ helps avoid dry, dusty ingredients splashing (flour puff) all over the kitchen. Once the ingredients get mixed and moist, the mini automatically increases its speed to the speed you originally selected.
This was previously only available on the Professional and Pro Line series
11. All-steel gear transmission

Not available on any of these three models

Only available on this range of KA stand mixers

12. Electronic speed sensor
13. Commercial style motor protection
14. Flat beater and dough hook Both the flat beater and dough hook that come with these 3 models are nylon coated.

Here are the PROS and CONS of nylon coated attachments compared to burnished metal attachments.

  • The burnished metal attachments cannot go in the dishwasher. Washing them in the dishwasher will make them turn a dark grey and shed gunpowder-like dust on hands and food! You need to wash them by hand in hot soapy water and if that doesn’t take away the oil, you should scrub them with a plastic scrubber.
  • On the other hand, nylon coated attachments are ‘top-rack dishwasher safe’
  • Unfortunately, with time, the nylon coating on the metal attachments can come off/chip away. There have been instances where the coating has started coming off as early as the first use
  • In contrast, there will be no chipping on burnished metal attachments!

KitchenAid Flex Edge Beater for Classic and Artisan Series

As you can see, both metal and nylon-coated attachments have their own pluses and minuses.

15. C-shaped vs S-shaped dough hook The Classic, Artisan and Artisan Mini come with a nylon-coated, C-shaped dough hook. There’s nothing wrong with it, however, S-shaped dough hooks that come with the professional series are generally more efficient when it comes to kneading bread dough.
16. Wire whip/whisk All of them come with a 6 wire-whip

KA 6 wire whip beater

17. Optional attachments

The attachment hub of the Artisan Mini will accommodate most attachments like the spiralizer, pasta extruder, pasta roller, ravioli maker, sausage stuffer, slicer shredder, fruit and vegetable strainer, food processor, juicer, food grinder, grain mill, citrus juicer and the food grinder. However, it cannot accommodate the ice-cream maker. So, if you’re planing on making ice-cream on your stand mixer, you’re gonna have to skip the mini 😥

Given below is a list of the KitchenAid attachments available for stand mixers. The awesome image was originally published on www.kitchenaid.ca

various-attachments-for-kitchenaid-standmixers

18. Speed control  

Artisan Mini 10 speeds

All of these three models come with 10 speeds

Note that even though all 3 of them have 10 speeds, only the Artisan Mini has the “Soft-start® feature”. So, for example if you set the KA Classic to speed 5 setting, the mixer will straightaway raise to speed 5; if you happened to have dry powdery ingredients in there (like flour), it may splatter all over the bowl and even on to the counter top. But, on the Artisan Mini, thanks to the built in Soft-start® feature, even if you set the speed to ’10’, it won’t raise to speed 10 right off the bat. If will start off slow and then gradually increase speed. This ‘slow or soft start’ lets the dry ingredients to mix with the rest (e.g. eggs, butter) and become moist before the speed increases.

This shouldn’t be a deal breaker for those of you that are interested in the Classic series or full-size Artisan because all you need to do is start off slow, stay there for 30-60 seconds until the flour is nicely mixed-up and moist, ramp up the speed, and walk away! That cannot be too big of a deal to most of us!

19. Color options 2 colors 10 colors >30 colors
10-colours-of-the-artisan-mini-mixer

The 10 different colors that the Artisan Mini comes in

kitchenaid-artisan-mixer-colors

The 30+ colors the Full-Size Artisan comes in

20. Warranty 1 Year (this has a 5-Year Warranty)

You’ve seen how 20 specs of the Artisan Mini compare to the regular, full-sized Artisan and Classic

“What’s the bottom line?” you ask :roll: 

Major PROS of the Artisan Mini compared to the Classic and Artisan big sister

It’s cute, it’s cuddlable, and even the smallest of modern kitchen countertops can make room for it

Major CONS of the Artisan Mini compared to the Classic and Artisan big sister

  1. Small Bowl: The 3.5 quart bowl is on the small side; pouring in ingredients through the narrow space between the mixer head and the edge/rim of the bowl can be challenging. Also, remember, “You can cook small in a big wok, but you can’t cook big in a small wok!” Making extra at a family/friend get together would be near-impossible with the Artisan Mini
  2. Insufficient Power: You might disagree if I say the Artisan Mini is not powerful enough because the Classic Series also has a 250 watt motor. But 250 watts is not the output. It’s the input! The output depends on the efficiency of the motor, the friction between different parts etc. etc. Similar to its bowl and the motor, the Mini has a 20% smaller body. KitchenAid has achieved this feat by compacting and rearranging certain parts of the motor, gears and other moving parts inside the body. May be as a result of all these things (small motor, small body, rearrangement of parts etc.) many users have reported that the Mini struggles when mixing relatively large quantities at high-speeds. If you will put the Mini through ‘mega’ quantities, we advise you to stay from the Mini and to go with a Classic Plus or an Artisan.
  3. Pouring shield: Given the narrow space available for pouring ingredients into the mixer bowl, a pouring shield is a must for the Mini. However, a pouring shield is NOT included in the purchase of a Mini Artisan. In fact, as of November 2016, pouring shields were near impossible to find online

The Artisan Mini is Suitable for the following types of users

  1. You have a small kitchen and you would rarely use your stand mixer. You might bake that pound cake and a couple dozen cookies once a week. You might even have to make 5 dozens of cookies when your grand kids visit you over summer. When your grand kids visit, you might even knead dough to bake a loaf of bread and some muffins. Rarely, your husband asks for homemade pasta and you’re compelled to make some because he gifted a pasta extruder for your last b’day. You hate bagels and you never knead pizza dough because, let’s face it, homemade pizza is not quite as ‘nourishing’ as pizza from Pizza Hut! In other words, you’re a very light user and the KitchenAid Artisan Mini stand mixer may suit you well.
  2. You have a chic kitchen, you hate cooking, but a KitchenAid Mini would look gorgeous on that corner
  3. You already have the KitchenAid Professional 600, the Artisan Designer Series and the Classic Plus you got from your mom. The Artisan Mini is all you need to complete your collection

The Artisan Mini is NOT Suitable for the following types of users

  1. You have a large kitchen. You’re a stay-at-home mom/dad. You love cooking, baking, frying, boiling… you name it! Not only do you bake cookies and chocolate cakes every weekend, but you also knead bread, bagel and pizza dough every fortnight. Sometimes it’s just for the two of you, but more often than not, you have to make extra for your family/friends/co-workers. Forget the Mini; go for a Professional series mixer or a full-size Artisan at the least.
  2. Your kitchen is small; there’s just enough room to fit a Mini Artisan on your Kitchen countertop. If you use the stand mixer, that’ll be for something really trivial like beating a couple of egg yolks or baking the rare marble cake. Because you’re such a light-user, you can’t justify buying a full-size Artisan or a Classic Plus mixer. You feel that the Mini was made just for you! WRONG! This is what you really need!

The woman in the video has to do 6 additional things because of the ‘lack’ of room on the small bowl of the Artisan Mini

The following is a video shot as a POSITIVE REVIEW for the Artisan Mini. At 2 minutes 55 seconds (2.55) of the video, the woman goes “Now, I’m going to just add in my flour” and tries to pour in the flour directly on to the bowl. But then she realizes that there isn’t enough space to do that; so she goes “You know what? I’m going to stop this” and then she stops the mixer, raises the mixer-head and pours in the flour. Then she lowers the mixer-head and restarts the Artisan Mini.

In contrast, if the bowl was big enough and there was enough room to pour in the flour, she wouldn’t have to (1) stop the mixer, (2) unlock the head, (3) raise the head, (4) lower the head, (5) lock the head and (6) turn it back on! Phew, SIX ADDITIONAL steps she could have saved had she used a full-sized Artisan. Actually, she could have saved those six steps on an Artisan Mini too, if she used a pouring shield!

On the following video is NOT a positive review of the Artisan Mini. The reviewer is a professional and she clearly downplays the KitchenAid Artisan Mini.

Now that you’ve seen our KitchenAid Mini vs Regular stand mixer (Classic Plus and Artisan) comparison, what are your thoughts? Do you agree with our views? Or do you disagree? Either way, we’d love to hear your point-of-view.

KitchenAid Artisan vs Classic Plus – 7 Potential Deal Breakers

Here we compare three ‘entry-level’ KitchenAid stand mixers suitable for regular home use

KitchenAid Classic KitchenAid Classic Plus KitchenAid Artisan
1. Motor 250 watts 275 watts 325 watts
All of the above stand mixers (even the Professional 5 Plus and Professional 600) have AC motors that work on Alternative Current (AC). They will do wonders for an ‘average’ US home! However, if you are a power-user, you need a KitchenAid that is powered by a DC motor (DC stand for Direct Current). The most popular KitchenAid stand mixers with DC motors are this 1.3 Horse Power KA stand mixer and this 1.0 Horse Power KA mixer. If you are a frequent kneader of dough (bread, pizza, bagel) and/or play with large-sized batches of cookies, cake batter, bread etc., we highly recommend that you check out one of these DC motor-powered KitchenAid mixers.
2. Bowl size 4.5 quarts 5 quarts
3. Bowl has handle No handle

(OPTIONAL Bowl with handle available)

Yes, comes with handle
4. Bowl finish Stainless steel Check out the Designer Artisan with Glass Bowl on this page..

5. Flour power 8 cups 9 cups
6. Bread power 3.75 loaves with a single mix
4.5 loaves
7. Cookie power 6.75 dozens with a single mix
9 dozens
8. Mashed Potatoes 6.5 pounds with a single mix 7 pounds
9. Planetary Mixing Action Yes, 59 points

In contrast, this KitchenAid mixer has a 67-point planetary mixing action for complete and thorough mixing of ingredients!You can read more about the planetary mixing action on “Planetary Mixing Action – WTF?

10. Pouring shield Not included. OPTIONAL: available for purchase Included in the Artisan purchase
11. It can be locked in the ‘up’ and ‘down’ positions Can be locked in the ‘down’ position only (when the mixer is running) Can be locked in both positions – when the mixer is running as well as when the head is tilted back
12. All-steel gear transmission, Soft-start feature, Electronic speed sensor and Commercial style motor protection NO: only available on Professional level KitchenAid models. Read our KitchenAid Artisan vs Professional Mixer Comparison – 15 PROS and CONS to learn more about these premium features
13. Flat beater
The flat beater on all 3 models are nylon coated, hence, Dishwasher safe. The WHITE COLOR comes from the nylon coating. Only nylon coated attachments and stainless steel attachments can go in the dishwasher.WARNING: It’s the burnished metal attachments that CANNOT go in the dishwasher. They become dark (burnt like), if you put them in the dishwasher. So always pay attention to what your attachments are made out of, before throwing them in the DW!

Burnished Metal Attachments vs Nylon-Coated Attachments.

BIG DEAL or NO DEAL?

Burnished Metal Mixer Attachments: PROS and CONS

  1. For some, the look and feel of metal is definitely better than those of nylon-coated attachments
  2. Nothing will ever peel out of it even after decades of use
  3. NOT Dishwasher Safe: this can be a deal breaker for some: Hear all about it from this reviewer

Nylon-Coated Mixer Attachments: Pros and Cons

  1. Others find the burnished metal attachments too gaudy looking. For them, nylon-coated attachments look and feel way better.
  2. Dishwasher SAFE
  3. They are known for one small problem, espencially when they age: Read about it here..

Bottom line: what you should opt for depends on (1) your preference based on aesthetics and (2) whether you are willing to hand wash them or not

14. Dough hook  All 3 models come with a C-shaped dough hook which is nylon coated and, hence, Dishwasher safe. If you can spare the extra cash, we recommend the S-shaped dough hook because it’s more efficient in kneading bread dough.
15. Wire whip/whisk A 6 wire-whip is included.
16. KitchenAid Warranty 1 Year Hassle-Free Warranty
17. Bottom line. 7 Differences

1. Classic OR Classic Plus?

This one is easy! They’re nearly identical models with a bit of extra power on the Classic Plus (275 watts vs 250 watts). Generally, they’re priced the same.

Classic Plus wins this one


2. Classic Plus or Artisan?

This is tricky! There are several differences between the Classic Plus and Artisan.

  1. The Artisan is more powerful (325 vs 275 watts),
  2. has a bigger capacity (5 vs 4.5 quarts) and a handle,
  3. a pouring shield is included in the purchase,
  4. it comes in up to 20 different colors,
  5. its planetary mixing action coverage is better (67-point vs 59-point),
  6. it can be locked in both ‘up’ and ‘down’ positions
  7. All of the above comes at around $50 – 75 extra depending on the color you pick. The Artisan Design Series and Artisan Custom Metallic Series are more expensive.

Are the above differences CRUCIAL to you? If so, you should go with an Artisan. If the above differences are not very important to you, go with a Classic Plus and save up to $75.


3 recommendations for 3 types of users

  1. You’re a light user. You bake cakes, cookies often, but you don’t need to knead bread dough, bagel dough or pizza dough all that often. Also, you can live without the fancy colors on the Artisan series. Go get yourself a KitchenAid Classic Plus.
  2. You’re a heavy user.  Not only do you bake cakes and cookies often, you also knead bread dough, bagel dough or pizza dough regularly. Also, you want a chic stand mixer that matches your kitchen and you can afford the extra $75 or so. Go get yourself a KitchenAid Artisan.
  3. You’re an EXTRA HEAVY USER: You need to knead large batches of dough every week => Read our KitchenAid Artisan vs Professional Series Mixer Comparison – 15 PROS and CONS to see if you need something more than an Artisan.
18. Price The list price on KitchenAid.com is $349.99. However, we constantly see this on SALE for less than $250(Deals may have expired, please click the above link to check current price)Also don’t forget to check our page on BEST Stand Mixer DEALS The list price on KitchenAid.com is $349.99. However, we constantly see this on SALE for less than $250(Deals may have expired, please click the above link to check current price)Also don’t forget to check our page on BEST Stand Mixer DEALS The list price on KitchenAid.com is $459.99. However, we constantly see this on SALE for $275 – $300(Deals may have expired, please click the above link to check current price)Also don’t forget to check our page on BEST Stand Mixer DEALS

Recommended Reads for you:

  1. Tilt-head vs bowl-lift mixer comparison
  2. TOP 4 tilting-head stand mixers
  3. TOP 3 Professional stand mixers (bowl-lift type)
  4. KitchenAid Artisan vs Professional 5 Plus and Professional 600 comparison
  5. KitchenAid Mini vs Regular (Artisan) Mixers
  6. Daily updated Stand Mixer DEALS

Stand Mixer Buying Guide

There are just too many questions to answer before buying a stand mixer, like, should I buy a;

  1. A tilt-head mixer or stand mixer?
  2. A KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Breville or Hamilton Beach?
  3. A KitchenAid Classic or Classic Plus?
  4. A KitchenAid Classic Plus or Artisan?
  5. A Kitchen Aid Artisan or Professional?
  6. A KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus, 600 or Commercial?

You could either spend hours and hours on the internet visiting dozens of websites trying to decide which mixer suits you best, OR you could look at the simple table below and make a highly educated decision!

 How do you plan to use your mixer? What’s the best suited mixer?
I will mainly use it for baking cakes, that is whipping eggs and mixing batter. I will occasionally use it to make small batches or cookies and bread also. Most likely, I will not knead more than a 1-2 loaves of bread at a time. KitchenAid Classic Plus should do. If you want a little extra power, you’re welcome to go for a KitchenAid Artisan
In addition to cakes, I will use it for kneading cookie dough, bread dough and even pastry, pizza and bagel dough. However, I will only knead small batches of dough and it will be about once in 2 – 4 weeks. KitchenAid Artisan
I’ll do all of above, but my batches are usually big because all my kids and grand kids visit me every weekend. You’re leaning towards a KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus OR Professional 600
I’m planning on starting a small home-run bakery. I’ll be using my stand mixer on a daily basis You may need one of more of this NSF certified commercial mixer

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I don’t trust your judgement! I want to compare the specs and make the decision myself.

Absolutely! We completely get that! That’s exactly why we want you to read through the following.

  1. KitchenAid Classic vs Classic Plus vs Artisan mixer comparison
  2. KitchenAid Artisan vs Professional Series comparison
  3. KitchenAid Artisan vs Cuisinart vs Breville vs Hamilton Beach mixer comparison
  4. KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus vs 600 vs Commercial mixer comparison
  5. Daily updated mixer DEALS

TOP 3 Professional Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer Comparison

Here we compare three popular professional grade stand mixers from KitchenAid.

  1. KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus
  2. KitchenAid Professional 600
  3. KitchenAid 8-Qt Commercial Stand Mixer
Professional 5 Plus Professional 600Also check out the 7 Quart Pro Line Series Commercial Mixer
(Approved for commercial use; NSF certified)
1. Motor 450 watts 575 watts 500 watts; 1.3 Horse Power. Most Powerful, yet, the Quietest motor from KitchenAid
2. Bowl size 5 quarts 6 quarts 8 quarts
3. Flour power 12 cups 14 cups 16 cups
4. Bread power ~6.5 loaves ~8 loaves with a single mix
5. Cookie power 10 dozens with a single mix 13 dozens with a single mix
6. Mashed Potatoes 7 pounds with a single mix 8 pounds with a single mix
7. Direct drive transmission Yes
8. All-steel gear transmission Yes
9. Soft start feature Yes
(minimizes splatter)
10. Electronic speed sensor Yes
(monitors operation to maintain precise mixer speed)
11. Commercial style motor protection Yes
(automatically shuts off the mixer when overload is sensed to protect the motor)
12. KitchenAid Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 2 YEARS
13. Flat Beater and Wire Whip – Burnished metal, Nylon coated or Stainless Steel? Nylon coated, hence, Dishwasher safe. The WHITE COLOR is due to the nylon coating. ONLY White color attachments can go in the dishwasher Burnished metal! They look metallic and fancier, but get discolored in the dishwasher. Provided flat beater is Stainless Steel, therefore dishwasher safe. Wire Whip is also Staineless Steel and Dishwasher Safe Also, NSF approved for commercial use
14. Dough Hook – Burnished metal, Nylon coated or Stainless Steel? Nylon Coated White Spiral Dough Hook. Not burnished metal, hence dishwasher safe Burnished metal! (Powerknead Spiral), not DW safe Provided flat beater is Stainless Steel, therefore dishwasher safe.
15. Price  Cheapest of the three. We’ve seen as cheap as $250. Check Current Price Here… $100 off SALE going on (at the time of writing, noon, 10/31/2014) Different sellers have different prices. Check each one to get the BEST DEAL Cheapest with this vendor (at the time of writing, noon, 10/31/2014)

 Other high-quality, popular mixers

Bosch Universal Plus Kitchen Machine

 

 

Planetary Mixing Action of Stand Mixers – WTF?

If mixers were designed this way, the batter in A and B areas would not get properly mixed

Planetary mixing action of stand mixers

Assume that the red line is the wall of the bowl and the blue line is the path of the beater. Assume that the beater is at “0” at the start. After turning on, it would go from 1 – 6 in an elliptical shape, in a clockwise direction. This is similar to the pathway of planets. If it takes the same path every time, the batter on A and B areas won’t get mixed.

An 8-point planetary action is much better than the former, but still far from perfect

Planetary mixing action 8 point system

This shows the pathway of a beater in an 8-point planetary mixing action. Kind of like 8 planets going around the sun! The batter in A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H areas still don’t get mixed properly.

A 16-point planetary mixing action is better, but the 67-point system of the KitchenAid Artisan would be awesome

Planetary mixing action 16 point system

This shows the pathway of a beater in an 16-point planetary mixing action. That is, the beater touches the wall of the bowl at 16 points! Now, the areas that won’t get mixed is much less. Now, can you imagine how well your batter gets mixed when it’s a 67-point planetary mixing action like on the KitchenAid Artisan mixer!!

TOP 4 Tilt-Head Stand Mixer Comparison

The following 4 Tilt-head mixers are from 4 different brands. They’re the best rated stand mixers in the tilt-head category from the respective brands.

KitchenAid Artisan Series

There are 3 types of Artisan mixers. Same mechanics, but different ‘looks/finishes’. WARNING: Trendier ones are more expensive.

  1. Artisan (non-fancy) series (KSM150PS)
  2. Artisan Design Series (KSM155GB)
  3. Artisan Custom Metallic Series (KSM152PS)
Cuisinart SM-55BK Stand Mixer Breville Scraper Mixer Pro Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 63221 All-Metal Stand Mixer
1. Ranking #1 #2 #3 #4
2. Motor Wattage 325 watts 800 watts 550 watts 400 watts
Motor wattage doesn’t necessarily indicate how powerful a motor is. The above wattage indicates the INPUT watts. To know which motor is more powerful, you need to know the OUTPUT power, preferably in horse power units (HP). However, none of the manufacturers list that for the consumer. You’ll see that the KitchenAid Artisan has a relatively lower input than others. That is because they have a variety of stand mixers with a variety of motor wattages to choose from depending on the power one needs. For example, the Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer has a 575 watt motor
3. Bowl Size 5 quarts 5.5 quarts 5 quarts 4.5 quarts
4. Speeds 10 12 12 12
5. Country of manufacture Assembled in Ohio, USA (but parts may be produced in the USA, Canada and China) China China China
6. Bowl has a handle Yes Yes Yes Yes
7. Attachments included
  1. Pouring shield
  2. Dough hook
  3. Flat beater
  4. Wire whip
  1. Splashguard
  2. Dough hook
  3. Flat beater
  4. Wire whip
  1. Pouring shield
  2. Dough hook
  3. Flat beater
  4. Wire whip
  5. Scraper beater
  1. Pouring shield
  2. Dough hook
  3. Flat beater
  4. Wire whip
8. Planetary mixing action Planetary mixing action 16 point systemWith a 16-point planetary mixing action, the beater will touch the bowl at 16 places, as shown on the image to the left. The KA Artisan touches 67 points on the bowl wall making it a very complete mixing.All of above stand mixers have planetary action mixing. Only, KitchenAid goes on to say that their Artisan has a 67-point mixing action. That means, the beater spirals to 67 different points on the bowl wall, mixing the batter completely and eliminating the need to manually rotate the bowl.

In response to some of our readers that emailed us, we did a pictorial explanation of what Planetary action mixing is on this page.

9. All-metal build Yes No No Yes
10. Timer No Yes. Handy feature. You can turn the mixer on, set the timer for X minutes, walk away and be in peace knowing that the mixer will automatically stop after X minutes No
11. Accessories available
  1. Food Grinder
  2. KitchenAid FPPA Mixer Attachment Pack
  3. Pasta Roller attachment
  4. Flex Edge Beater
  5. Scraper Beater
  6. RVSA Slicer/Shredder
  7. Ice Cream Maker
  8. Sausage Stuffer Kit
  9. Rotor Slicer/Shredder
  10. Fruit and Vegetable Strainer
  11. Citrus Juicer  Attachment
  12. Pasta-Extruder
  13. Glass Bowl
  14. Ravioli Maker
  15. Cloth Cover

All the attachments are also listed on this page of KitchenAid.com. Please compare current prices on the two sites and buy from whoever gives you the better deal.

  1. Cutting blades
  2. Blender attachment
  3. Food Processor attachment
  4. Citrus Juicer attachment
  5. Pasta Maker attachment
  6. Meat Grinder attachment

All accessories listed on https://www.cuisinart.com/parts/stand_mixers/sm-55.html

Amazon didn’t have all the accessories at the time of writing this. But please check Amazon.com because usually almost anything is cheaper on Amazon. Plus you don’t pay taxes in most states when you buy from Amazon.

  1. Scraper Whisk Attachment with 3 Quart Mixing Bowl on Amazon
  2. Please compare current prices with Breville.com and buy from the cheapest place!
NONE!!
12. Choice of colors over 30 colors to choose from White, Black, and Brushed Chrome Silver, Black Seseme, and Cranberry Red, Licorice, Sterling, and Sugar
13. Sturdiness The KitchenAid Artisan was the sturdiest by far. We hate to say this, but the Cuisinart we tested wobbled a little too much for our liking. I don’t know if all Cuisinart mixers wobble or if it was just the one we tested.
14. Noise This is a difficult one. None of them were super-quiet. However, we felt that the the noise on the Breville mixer was the most annoying. We didn’t have any scientific sound measuring equipment, so we won’t say it was also the loudest.
15. Mixing To give a 100% accurate answer, we would need to take all 4 mixers, put them side-by-side, and mix the same batter, same dough, or the same number of eggs etc. and compare results after mixing the same number of minutes. We didn’t do it. Nobody in the solar system has done it as far as we know.

The Artisan is TOO expensive for me. What is the Best Budget-friendly KitchenAid stand mixer?

There are basically 6 categories of tilt-head KitchenAid stand mixers. They are:

  1. KitchenAid Classic
  2. KitchenAid Classic Plus
  3. KitchenAid Ultra Power
  4. KitchenAid Artisan
  5. KitchenAid Artisan Design Series
  6. KitchenAid Artisan Custom Metallic (NOT CHEAP)

Brand New KitchenAid for $149?

KitchenAid Classic mixer on sale

Credits: Screenshot taken from Amazon.com on August 7th, 2014

We’ve seen the Classic for as little as $149 on this page for a brand new mixer and as little as $129 for a used mixer (this was on August 7th, 2014 and we don’t know if the deal still exists. Who knows, may be today, it’s even less than $149, only one way to find out).

Click here to check if the deal is still on

All KitchenAids are too expensive for me. I want a non KitchenAid Budget-friendly Stand Mixer

Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Stand Mixer We compared the following 3 budget friendly stand mixers.

  1. Sunbeam 5-Speed Hand and Stand Mixer Combo
  2. this Hamilton Beach Mixer
  3. Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Stand MixerWINNER
Pros Cons
  1. Unbeatable price for a mixer of this quality – we’ve seen it for less than $70 on this page
  2. Decent 300 watt motor
  3. ‘Planetary action’ mixing – the mixer head rotates giving complete bowl coverage
  4. Flat beater, wire beater and dough hook included
  5. Light weight ~ 11 pounds
  1. The bowl is only 3.5 quarts compared to 4.5 quarts of this model
  2. It can mix cookie dough and bread dough, but is best suited for softer tasks
  3. Only 6 speeds compared to 10 speeds on KitchenAid mixers – but not a big deal
  4. No handle for bowl
  5. Additional accessories not available e.g. pasta roller/cutter, meat grinder/mincer, fruit/vegetable juicer/strainer, ice cream maker etc.
Bottomline: If your budget allows, we recommend this stand mixer over the above budget-friendly Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Stand Mixer. However, the latter works just fine

  1. If you’re on a budget
  2. If you will work with small quantities
  3. If you don’t need all the bells and whistles

 

Tilt-head vs Bowl-lift Stand Mixer Comparison

There are mainly 2 types of Stand Mixers

Tilt-head stand mixers Bowl-lift stand mixers
Tilt-head Kitchenaid Stand Mixer Bowl-lift Stand Mixer
Different models of Tilt-head mixers

  1. KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer, White
  2. KitchenAid Classic Plus Stand Mixer, White
  3. KitchenAid Artisan Series Mixer, Pistachio
  4. KitchenAid Artisan Design Series, Candy Apple
  5. KitchenAid Custom Metallic Series, Brushed Nickel
Different models of Tilt-head mixers

  1. KitchenAid Pro 450 Series, Empire Red
  2. KitchenAid Pro 500 Series, Onyx Black
  3. KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus, Cobalt Blue
  4. KitchenAid Professional 600 Series, Copper Pearl
  5. KitchenAid 8-Qt Commercial Mixer, Onyx Black
Motor Power 250, 275, 300, or 325 watt motor depending on the model 300, 325, 450, or 575 watt motor depending on the model
Gears/Speeds All KitchenAid models have 10 speeds
Bowl size 4.5 – 5 quarts depending on the model 4.5 – 8 quarts depending on the model
Flour Power 8 – 9 cups depending on the model 8 – 14 cups depending on the model
Bread Power Dough of 4 – 4.5 loaves of bread can be mixed at once Dough of 4.5 – 8 loaves of bread can be mixed at once
Pros & Cons
  1. Cheaper
  2. Lighter in weight ~ 25 pounds
  3. Shorter in height ~ 14 inches when the head is not tilted backwards. Therefore, fits between the shelf/cabinet and counter on most kitchens. However, you need clearance above the mixer to tilt the head back/open. Generally, you can’t operate a tilt-head mixer in the space between the counter top and the cabinet. You either need to pull it out from under the cabinet, or keep it in a cabinetless-spot on your counter top!
  4. You can tilt the head back and let the icing/batter ‘drip’ in to the bowl. Cleaning the beater/whisk with a rubber spatula is less of a hassle
  5. You can tilt the head back and scrape the bowl easily. You don’t have to worry about removing the attachments or removing the bowl out of the mixer
  6. You can tilt the head back and remove the bowl without having to remove the beater/whisk. Tilting the head back is not something difficult to do.
  7. When you tilt the head back, the attachments (whisk/beater) are kind of ‘in your face’. Some people find this annoying. But those who are used to tilt-head mixers don’t even notice this!
  8. These are generally less powerful. Ideal for a small family.
  9. Works great for small quantities – up to 4.5 loaves of bread, 9 dozens of cookies etc. Well… those are not so small quantities are they? Not many of us need bigger mixers!
  10. Gears are NOT all steel
  11. Some models come with nylon coated beaters and dough looks while other models come with burnished metal beaters and dough looks.
  12. Does not come with an electronic speed sensor
  1. Generally more expensive
  2. Heavier ~ 30 pounds
  3. Taller in height ~ 16.5 inches. Sometimes, this is too tall to fit in between the counter top and the cabinet above it. However, you don’t need extra clearance space above the mixer. The height of the mixer is the total height you need. If it fits in the space between the counter top and the cabinet, you’re good to go!
  4. Getting the batter off the whisk/beater while it’s still attached to the mixer head is more difficult than on a tilt-head model. You can lower the bowl and use a spatula to clean the beater, but more often than not, the bowl still gets in the way. However, those who are used to bowl-lift models will tell you that it doesn’t bother them at all
  5. You can’t tilt the head back. So you can sometimes be a little pressed for room when you have to scrape the sides of the bowl if you want to do it without taking the attachments off
  6. You need to first lower the bowl and then loosen the attachments, and then remove them through that gap between the head and the bowl. You need to do all that before you remove the bowl. Removing or fixing the attachments, or removing the bowl takes a little bit more effort than with a tilt-head model.
  7. You don’t tilt the head backwards (you can’t, there’s no hinge). So the attachments won’t be in your face! This is a good thing!
  8. More powerful – if you will be kneading bread/pizza dough regularly, instead of baking cakes and whipping up cream, you need one of these. Some models are also approved for commercial use.
  9. Too big for small quantities like to beat a few egg whites, a half a cup of cream etc. Can handle up to 8 loaves of bread, 13 dozen cookies or 8 pounds of mashed potatoes!
  10. ALL steel gears transmission
  11. Only one model comes with a nylon coated beater and dough hook. All others come with burnished metal beaters and dough looks.
  12. Comes with a built-in electronic speed sensor
Bottomline
  • The inconveniences of scraping the beater and the bowl or removing the bowl in a bowl-lift mixer OR the extra height of a tilt-head when you tilt the head back are relatively minor problems. With time, you get used to these ‘inconveniences’.
  • The deciding factors are ‘power’ and ‘volume’. If you knead bread frequently and in relatively large quantities, you need a powerful bowl-lift model. If you don’t need that much power, a tilting model will do just fine! It’s really that simple. Choosing the right color is a lot more difficult :)

 Watch the following two videos and you’ll get an idea about how tilt-head mixers and bowl-lift mixers work


Here’s the second video

Stand Mixer Complaints

Features on spec sheets are great, but what’s really important is the feedback from actual customers that have been using the product for months/years. Here are some of the commonest complaints from mixer users. These complaints come from not only poor-quality mixers that we don’t recommend, but also from high-quality models we highly recommend.

  1. Motor isn’t powerful enough to knead bread/pizza dough – depending on what you knead (bread, pizza, bagel), how often you knead, and how big of a batch you knead, you will want to decide whether you want to go for a less powerful model like 275 watts to 325 watts OR a MORE POWERFUL model like 450 watts to 575 watts
  2. Poor locking mechanisms on head-tilt models making the mixer head pop out especially when mixing dough
  3. Wrecking the gear system: “stripped two teeth while mixing pizza dough”. Usually happens when kneading thick dough like pizza dough or bagel dough at high speeds. Staying at a low speed helps avoid this. Also, going for a all-steel gear stand mixer model helps minimize this. Plastic gears are obviously much more easily wrecked than steel gears.
  4. Dripping oil on to the batter: not an uncommon problem when the mixers get old. What this says is that the grease lubricating the gear system has lost its ‘solidity’ and has liquefied. Solution? Replace with new grease! WTF you say. Haven’t you heard the saying that “there’s a YouTube Video for everything”? I say :)
  5. Too much vibrating and grinding noises when operating at high speeds – a nut may have gotten loose somewhere. Do a thorough check and tighten all them nuts. It may also be damaged gears.
  6. Doesn’t spin at all – again it could be completely jammed up gears. Usually happens after an extra heavy load of dough or extra long cycle of mixing. But worry not, it ain’t the end of the world. If there’s a problem, there’s always a solution :) Check the video below