After having the matching blender for a number of years, I took the plunge an bought one of the artisan mixers. I chose the grey colour so it would work with any kitchen setting.
The mixer comes with a metal bowl, - you can buy a replacement glass bowl if you prefer, and a splash guard with a pouring hole. The splash guard is brilliant as stops flour going everywhere!
The mixer has an easy to use speed lever to adjust the speed setting, dependent on what you are making, the instruction book is very clear and explains which speed to use for each type of mix which is very handy if you are new to baking.
You get a dough hook, a hard beater and a whisk as standard. The booklet also advises which to use for which activity.
The mixer looks stylish on the Worktop. It comes in a huge range of colours and designs.
My cakes and bakes have turned out fluffy and light with this mixer.
It is very easy to clean as all the parts can be easily disassembled.
You can buy additional attachments for different cooking activities, I purchased the pasta making kit, which although a bit of a gimmick is real fun to use. They also do a grinder, a can opener and other types if attachment. The attachment packs are quite expensive.
The mixer is sturdy and quite a weight, not that it is something that is usually moved around!
Definitely worth the investment.
Incredibly lucky girl that I am, my husband bought me one of these stand mixers for Christmas. I used to watch baking programmes and sigh wistfully at the television. If I had a KitchenAid mixer I could make the most wonderful cakes, I would think to myself. Well, hubby must have read my thoughts because on Christmas Day I found a large and incredibly heavy parcel under the tree. As it was a gift I don't know exactly how much it was but I know they retail at around £450. This may sound expensive, and it is, but these things are made to last for years. They are beautifully crafted in Michigan, USA, in fact I think mine looks like a piece of art standing majestically on my kitchen worktop. I have a fairly small kitchen but it has to be displayed, it would be sacrilege to hide it away in a cupboard but bear in mind that it will take up quite a lot of space if you are thinking of buying one.
My model is a shimmering cream colour with glittery bits in the paintwork but it comes in a huge range of different colours from silver to red to bright orange so it will match your decor. It has a stainless steel bowl with a sturdy handle which simply twists on or off the machine. This can be done easily with one hand which is handy when you are juggling ingredients in a small kitchen. There are ten speed settings. You start on the slowest to incorporate the ingredients then move up to give your mixture a good beating/whisking. I don't think I have ever used speed 10 as 6 or 7 is usually fast enough and if you leave it on and do something else it will sometimes overbeat and split the mixture so you need to keep one eye on it. The machine is also fairly quiet when it is going which surprised me.
With your machine you get a balloon whisk for whipping egg whites or cream, a paddle for beating cake mixtures and sauces, a dough hook and a visor attachment which protects from splashing while you add liquids to the bowl. On the whole, mess can be kept to a minimum unless you add all the flour/icing sugar at once and hit speed 8!
The dough hook makes baking bread a doddle. You can throw in all the ingredients and leave it to work its magic. I had never made bread before but I make it all the time now and the results are amazing. My cakes and puddings always come out wonderfully light too.
When I registered my mixer to validate the guarantee I was also sent a free hardback KitchenAid book full of unusual recipes and tips on how to get the most from your machine.
Using the mixer is simple. There is a knob on either side of the arm which you pull across and this enables the whole arm to lift up away from the bowl. The attachments go on easily with a push/twist action, a bit like fitting a lightbulb and then the arm can be lowered into the bowl using the knob to unlock the hinge again. Easy peasy!
All the removable components can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher and the main body only requires a wipe down if it has been splashed. The base is weighted so that the machine never moves when it is working, even when it is kneading bread dough but it does take two hands and strong arms to move it anywhere!
I would recommend this model to anyone who cooks regularly, it is like having an extra pair of hands in the kitchen, and it looks stylish too.
at nearly £400 this isn't cheap(there is one on amazon listed at £9999.00 but you do get free postsge?) but as soon as you get it out of the box you can tell it is a quality item that is built to last It comes with a stainless steel bowl, balloon whisk for whipping cream, a flat beater for beating eggs, mixing cakes etc, a dough hook and plastic splash guard.
It has ten speeds from very slow to very fast, you need to keep an eye on your cream if using the whisk on the faster settings as I have turned my cream into butter a few times.
It mixes cakes well and there is ample room to add ingredients without stopping the machine and lifting the blade out of the bowl. When you want to lift blade or whisk out you pull the knob on the side and the top half of the machine simply hinges effortlessly up and locks in position. the advantage of this is that any mixture on your attachment drops back into the bowl and not all over your work surface.
The dough hook is really good and because of the weight of the machine you can leave to knead for five minutes while you go and do something else, something I have not been able to do with other mixers I have had because I was always worried that they would start bouncing along the worktop if the mix got too heavy. I found myself a simple bread recipe and you can tip in the ingredients and turn the machine on, maybe giving it a faster kneading at the end and adding a little more water or flour as needed. Then just cover it in the bowl and an hour or so later you have got bread or pizza dough. You can probably tell that I really like making bread with this machine because it is so good, bread making was something that I had tried in the past but gave up because of the mess, time and effort required, now I make bread at least once a week( my next purchase might be a bread maker for Christmas).
Having trained as a chef(the catering college used these machines which is a testament to durability) I appreciate the solidity and reliability of this machine, however one of its best attributes is also one of it downfalls and that is its weight. Whilst being so heavy is a bonus when it comes to the machine not vibrating and jumping about it is a bit of a brute when it comes to lifting it in and out of a cupboard- this isn't a problem if like me you leave it permanently out, after all I like the slightly retro look and they are available in lots of colours, but you wouldn't want to drop this on your floor tiles, or even you!r foot !
The dough hook and cake mixing blade are enamelled which is now getting a bit chipped so be careful with their storage but this machine has been around for years so spare parts are easy to order unlike some appliances which to change by the minute.
The only other problem I have had is with the hinge pin vibrating loose and every now and again I have to push it back in, but it's nothing major, I would be interested to hear if anyone else has had this problem.
It you are serious about your baking and can afford this then I would certainly recommend this machine
This Kitchen Aid stand mixer is a replacement for a previous one. I must point out here that there was absolutley nothing at all wrong with the previous Kitchen Aid stand mixer, it was approx 6 years old and it still worked perfectly. I only replaced it as I wanted a colour change. I have given the old one to a friend and she is happily using it.
Kitchen Aid appliances are expensive, you can get cheaper brands, but Kitchen Aid products do look good out on display, they have that iconic sleek retro look. They are also brilliant quality and are built to last for years and years. So yes they are an expensive purchase initially, but they will last you virtually forever, and you will get your moneys worth out of them
This is definately the stand mixer to beat all stand mixers, everyone covets them, and they definately do live up to the hype.
You get perfect light fluffy sponges and cakes when mixing in this, whipping cream and whipping egg whiyes for merangues is a doddle, bread or pizza bases are so easy to do in this.
The stand mixer comes with a stainless steel bowl which is easy to clean and can go in the dishwasher, a stainless steel wire whick for cream or egg whites - you do have to hand wash this, a flat beater for cakes - again dishwasher safe, a dough hook for bread, and a spatter guard/pouring shield.
It is really quiet when in use, and has ten speeds to enable you mix anything. It is reaaly heavy, but this just means that it is sturdy and robust, you probably don't want to be getting it out of a cupboard each time you use it, but then why do you want to hide it away in a cupboard anyway!
I use mine all the time, I couldn't go back to beating anything by hand, I would be last without this now
How have I coveted a Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer? It is truly the Jimmy Choo of kitchenware. Every time I passed a shop selling these for over three years I would just stop and admire them. It is true that these mixers are simply beautiful pieces, if you were to make a choice on asthetics there isn't any other brand that can touch it. They come in a whole range of colours. I do like some of the newer ones like Boysenberry (Deep purple) and Cobalt Blue. There is a colour for everybody!
This christmas has been all about our little girl having a wonderful time. On christmas day, after all everybody else's presents were open I had the biggest and most amazing shock of my life. My very own Kitchenaid Artisan, indeed the 90th Anniversary Edition in Candy Apple Red, the exact colour I liked the best of all ...... Speechless, is probably all I can say. Two weeks on I am still in awe of what is sitting on my worktop.
So, incredible looks aside, a little about Kitchenaid Mixers. These have been around for nearly a century. They were designed by a guy called Herbert Johnson in 1919 who adapted his commercial mixer the Hobart Model H to make it suitable for the home. In 1936, Egmont Arens (designer and also the editor of Vanity Fair) joined forces with Johnson and redesigned the machine into three different models. Its selling success was sealed in 1955 when the mixer became available in a range of colours including Petal Pink and Sunny Yellow. It was this never before seen choice of colours that made the Kitchenaid Mixer so popular. The mixer remains in the same design as that from 1936 with virtually no change.
*Made in America?*
Amazingly in this day and age the mixers are still built / assembled by hand in the United States (although I would imagine the parts come from elsewhere). The Kitchenaid brand is now owned by Whirlpool though so the factory isn't in the same place anymore, it got moved. I saw that at the factory they have a Cobalt Blue K5A model on display that belonged to Julia Childs and that was signed 'Bon Appetit' by her; how cool! I do hope that they carry on with the factory there, it seems to be a rarer and rare thing these days to see things made in the US or here for that matter. From my random readings on the web over the last few years it seems that the general opinion is that these mixers aren't built to last in the way they used to be. I can't really comment as I have only had mine two weeks but it is working like a dream so far. There is also a number of reviews that mention that the gears and gearbox are now made from plastic, I don't know about that personally as I haven't looked inside it!
*What does it come with and what capacity ingredients does it take?*
The Artisan mixer comes with a 4.8 litre stainless steel bowl. It seems we were lucky as ours also came with a free glass bowl of the same capacity (RRP £61). It also comes with a flat beater, a wire whisk, a dough hook and a pouring shield. These are the ones most amateur home cooks would mainly use. There is a huge range of other accessories including a ice cream maker, pasta shape press, grain mill and even a sausage stuffer. However, it must be noted that these attachments are expensive and a number of them are quite hard to find in the UK. Hmmmm, guess it might be worth saving for a trip to the states!
The mixer is guaranteed for parts and labour for five years. You register for the warranty online and when you do so they send you a hardback copy of Kitchenaid the Cookbook in hardback. This is a lovely book in itself and I like how it tells a bit about the history of Kitchenaid. The downside though is I think they are trying to encourage you to buy more attachments as many of the recipies need some of the other attachments. From reading many of the individual reviews on Amazon for some of the attachments I think I would probably stick to food processors for some of those things in many cases because some have quite poor reviews (although some are very positive).
*Instructions and ease of use*
The machine itself is very simple to use. The head is just on a lever so you push the lever and lift the head up. Similarly the attachments it comes with just click in and out and how to do this is clearly explained in the instructions. I do think it could offer more on the subject of mixing speeds and so on though. I found it quite tricky to work out exactly how best to try and make bread in it for example, without over kneading the dough. However, there is a general guide to the ten speeds that the machine has and what you should use them for. The electric lead is a decent length and easily reaches where I plug it in.
*Value for Money*
I am going to drop one star off my review for value for money. I think you definitely pay for the looks and the brand with this mixer. For me, I am happy with this as I am just a home cook and it meets everything I could need or expect. However, I don't think it would be right to rave about this without being honest that you can get machines that do just a good a job or even better for less. Still, i wouldn't change it for the world, I love it!
*How have things turned out to date?*
I have used the mixer four times so far, wish it was more but had a backlog of cakes / bread etc from christmas.
I have made bead twice, one wholemeal and one white. I didn't quite get this right (touch dense) but it was still very yummy. From quite a bit of research I eventually worked out that you don't knead the bread for very long at all maybe three minutes or so, so I think I probably over kneaded a bit. Just remember to get your water temp right for the yeast and that it is mixer setting 2 for the kneading. I only made a 500g loaf, the book suggests it can cope with a 1kg loaf but I suspect it might struggle a little. I reckon above that would be a no go. I think if you want to make 3 small loaves at a go regularly you will need something a bit more heavy duty.
I also made the Hummingbird Buttermilk Pound Cake, it was so fast using the mixer, in the oven in no time and very very nice!
The triumph was the pizza dough, which just blew us away. I have never made anything so amazing, ever! This is from Dan Stevens the River Cottage Handbook 3 - Bread. Thanks Dan, you are a genius! This can be found in full on the Guardian's website put 'river cottage pizza' in google and look for the Guardian Article.
- 250g strong white bread flour
- 250g plain white flour
- 5g powdered dried yeast
- 10g salt
- 325ml warm water
- About 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 handful coarse flour (rye, semolina or polenta), for dusting
Put the flour, yeast, salt and water in the mixer bowl. Using the dough hook mix for a few seconds then add the oil. Knead on mixer speed 2 (it says ten min but I was happy with it after about 4-5 min). Then I rolled it into a ball and left it to prove for a couple of hours in a lightly oiled bowl in a plastic bag (warm place).
I think you can use the dough straight after knocking it back but I knocked it back and then let it prove a second time in the fridge for about 6 hours as didn't need it until the evening. Make sure you roll it super thin and cook in an oven on max heat until the cheese is golden and bubbling. I used the batch cook tomato sauce recipe from BBC Good Food for the tomato base.
This mixer was a present from my husband and, although I was a tad sceptical at first due to the price (over £400), I have to say that I think it's worth every penny. The original mixer that was bought for me actually blew up when I first used it (yes really) and Kitchenaid customer services were fantastic. They had no problems with replacing the mixer and a replacement was with me in only days. Since getting the mixer I've used all of the attachments and made bread, cakes, meringues, pastry, jams and more in it, all with fab results. I've also splashed out on the pasta attachments and had a bash at making fresh pasta - brilliant. In a nut shell, this mixer is excellent; not only is it functional and practical but I'm also not fussed about leaving it out on the work top as it looks so good too! I appreciate it's a lot to pay for a mixer, but it really is worth it
I should start by saying that I run a cupcake business from home. When I started, I was using an electric whisk! My first big purchase was the Kitchenaid and by big, I mean the price. Priced around the £400 mark, I would suggest that you only buy one if you need one. They look stunning as a piece of kit on the worktop but if its going to sit there looking fab and gathering dust, then there's no point. As beautiful as it looks, however, it works like a dream! Honestly, the best money I've ever spent - but that's beacuse I use it for bulk cake-making on a daily basis.
The Artisan range comes in a vast array of colours, with limited edition colours coming out from time to time. They also produce other kitchen gadgets to match the mixer (only available is selected colours) such as toasters, blenders and coffee makers. These are all very expensive, with the coffee machine priced at around £400 and the blender at £250.
The body of the artisan mixer itself is highly lacquered steel which stays shiny and is super easy to clean. It does, however, weigh an absolute ton! Really heavy and sturdy, you can feel the quality as well as see it. The top, which holds the motors and the attachments is lifted from its working position over the bowl by a manual lever rather than anything high-tech and I think that this adds to its overall honestly as a genuine hard-working machine. Its extremely powerful and has 10 speed settings, again controlled by manual lever. At the higher speeds, the mixer is quite loud which is, I admit, one of its negative points. However, given that it is a 300watt machine, it is to be expected to some extent. it has a reasonable long power cord, so I find it easy to position in the kitchen.
As standard, it comes with a 4.8litre stainless steel bowl but glass bowls are available from Kitchenaid stockists, as are replacement steel ones (both priced at around £50). The steel bowl is not suitable for the dishwasher and neither is the balloon whisk attachment which is somewhat irritating.
The whisk attachment itself is excellent though. It'll whip eggwhites in a few minutes, but be careful not to overwhip as it is very quick! You may end up with butter rather than whipped cream sooner than you'd think!
The other standard attachments are a beating blade and dough hook - both of which are dishwasher friendly due to the white enamel coating. The blade is fabulous for cakes, buttercreams and batters and the bowl is of sufficient capacity to mix an eight egg sponge or madeira recipe. I also use it for mashing potatoes believe it or not! The dough hook is very well angled and makes a very good loaf of bread. It also comes with a pouring guard which sits on top of the bowl for the purposes of avoiding spillage when adding ingredients to the mixer when the blades are still moving. This is made of clear plastic and is of quite a sturdy construction.
The range of additional attachments avaiable includes an icecream maker, mincer, juicer, vegetable chopper and even a tin opener. Depending on the attachment they either attach to the rotor over the bowl, or by the attachment hub at the front. of the machine Attachment prices vary, but they aren't cheap! The icecream maker, for example costs around £60.
Over the course of time, the rotor tends to move slightly out of position, causing the mixer attachment to bump against the sides of the bowl when mixing. This can damage both the machine and the bowl, so do make sure that you adjust the holding bolt as needed. This is located just above the hinge and can be easily seen when the top of the machine is lifted from its working position over the bowl. It is easily adjusted with a standard flat head screwdriver.
The other piece of advice I can give is to make sure that you mail your guarantee! You get a free recipe book which is very good - a proper hardback book, not some leaflet! and it means that you are covered for mechanical fault for 5 years.
Treat your kitchenaid well and it will last you a lifetime! Fabulous piece of kit!
My KitchenAid mixer was a Christmas present from my husband last year, a fact which has caused a few funny/pitying looks - but for people who like cooking it must be one of the ultimate gadgets. I was highly delighted and still am!
The KitchenAid mixer is a near-perfect combination of quality engineering and great design. It has a good, powerful motor with 10 speed settings, allowing everything from a fairly gentle mixing to rapid beating of ingredients. Mine came with a roomy stainless steel bowl (though a little tight for a double quantity of bread dough!) and I was able to send off for a free glass pouring bowl for use with the mixer as well. It has 3 standard attachments - whisk, beater and dough hook - all of which work efficiently. I haven't really used the pouring shield and haven't ventured into any of the many other accessory attachments which can be bought separately.
I've found the mixer to be very reliable (though admittedly it's still very new), powerful and efficient. Its design is super-stylish, truly a thing of beauty. My mixer is in candy apple red, and there are a whole range of colours to suit every taste and fit in every kitchen (including metallic options, white, black and a range of vibrant colours).
But what I also love is the practical thought gone into the design. The controls are simple and effective. The beautiful rounded corners not only look cool but make cleaning really easy - an important thing in an applicance like this!
While using it is very simple, there is also a handy instruction booklet to guide you where you need it on suitable speeds/attachments for different tasks.
Simply a brilliant kitchen gadget!
Whilst I hesitated to cook meals up until I was nearly finished with my undergraduate degree, I had always found such a pleasure in baking with my mom and my sister. My parents invested in a KitchenAid mixer to facilitate this bonding experience, and it has been well worth the money!
The great thing about this mixer is that it really makes things so easy - whipping up egg whites for a souffle or a meringue is as easy as flipping a switch and reading a magazine for 5 to 10 minutes. Mixing peanut butter cooking dough, typically such a chore as the peanut butter is so sticky, is simplified as well - any peanut butter stuck to the whisk is loosened once the mixer is kicked up to its highest speed!
It also has to be said that this is a great looking kitchen device - we have it in black, but the stainless steel bowl is stunning enough.
My only warning to would-be owners is that it's pretty massive - make sure you've cleared a place in your kitchen for it!
This mixer is worth the money! Although more expensive than most of its rivals, the quality of this American built machine is obvious as soon as you take it out of the box. It comes in so many beautiful colours and is sturdy on the work surface. I use it to make cakes, dough and whip cream most often and find that the attachments are easy to position and remove. The spill guard that comes with the mixer makes it less messy to add ingredients whilst the mixer is still going - ideal for cakes that you need to add more too without having to turn it off. The attachment plate on the front for other extras such as pasta makers, juicers is easy to remove and although I don't yet own any attachments I will definitely look into them if I need them. The Artisan comes with a 5 year guarantee and I am now a Kitchenaid convert!!!
Artisan stand mixers (KSM150PS) bring a powerful 325-watt motor, a generous 5-quart mixing bowl, and the popular KitchenAid tilt-back head to the well-equipped kitchen / The Artisan mixes cookie doughs and cake batters, mashes potatoes, beats egg whites, whips cream, kneads two loaves of bread dough, and can accommodate the full range of KitchenAid attachments / Short name: Kitchenaid KSM150PS