KitchenAid Classic vs Classic Plus vs Artisan Stand Mixer Comparison and Review
KitchenAid Classic Series
Discount not big enough to justify purchase.
KitchenAid Classic Plus Series
KitchenAid Artisan Series
|2018 Deal Prices||Above deal prices were valid as of 11.30 AM CST 02/07/2018. The deals may expire anytime after, please click the above links to check current price|
|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||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
|7. Cookie power||6.75 dozens with a single mix
|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
|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.
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
|18. Price||The list price on KitchenAid.com is $349.99. However, we constantly see this on SALE for less than $200
|The list price on KitchenAid.com is $349.99. However, we constantly see this on SALE for less than $200
|The list price on KitchenAid.com is $459.99. However, we constantly see this on SALE for under $250
|Above deal prices were valid as of 10 AM CST, Nov 18th, 2017. The deals may expire anytime after, please click the above links to check current price. Thank you.
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