||Tilt-head stand mixers
||Bowl-lift stand mixers
|Different models of Tilt-head mixers
- KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer, White
- KitchenAid Classic Plus Stand Mixer, White
- KitchenAid Artisan Series Mixer, Pistachio
- KitchenAid Artisan Design Series, Candy Apple
- KitchenAid Custom Metallic Series, Brushed Nickel
|Different models of Tilt-head mixers
- KitchenAid Pro 450 Series, Empire Red
- KitchenAid Pro 500 Series, Onyx Black
- KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus, Cobalt Blue
- KitchenAid Professional 600 Series, Copper Pearl
- KitchenAid 8-Qt Commercial Mixer, Onyx Black
||250, 275, 300, or 325 watt motor depending on the model
||300, 325, 450, or 575 watt motor depending on the model
||All KitchenAid models have 10 speeds
||4.5 – 5 quarts depending on the model
||4.5 – 8 quarts depending on the model
||8 – 9 cups depending on the model
||8 – 14 cups depending on the model
||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
- Lighter in weight ~ 25 pounds
- 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!
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
- These are generally less powerful. Ideal for a small family.
- 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!
- Gears are NOT all steel
- Some models come with nylon coated beaters and dough looks while other models come with burnished metal beaters and dough looks.
- Does not come with an electronic speed sensor
- Generally more expensive
- Heavier ~ 30 pounds
- 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!
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- ALL steel gears transmission
- Only one model comes with a nylon coated beater and dough hook. All others come with burnished metal beaters and dough looks.
- Comes with a built-in electronic speed sensor
- 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