Kitchenaid Classic Vs. Artisan

Updated July 19, 2017

A stand mixer is a handy addition to any kitchen, and, though purchasing one can be expensive, the investment may be worth the time and energy you'll save. If you're torn between KitchenAid's Classic and Artisan models, there are some important differences between the two versions to note.

What Is A KitchenAid Mixer?

A KitchenAid mixer is a stand mixer. The body of the mixer has a head that can tilt back or lock into place while the engine is running, and the bowl of the mixer can be removed or snapped securely onto the base of the mixer.

The first stand mixer was created in 1919 and, shortly thereafter, the KitchenAid brand was born. That first mixer had attachments that promised to slice and do other food prep. KitchenAid mixer models have not changed dramatically in the past 90 years. The KitchenAid Classic model, which was first called Model K45, was introduced in 1962.

KitchenAid Classic Features

The KitchenAid Classic stand mixer features a 250-watt, 10-speed motor. It comes with a 4½-quart stainless steel bowl, and the mixer body is only available in white. The mixer includes a wire beater, a flat beater and a dough hook. The retail value of the KitchenAid Classic is about £156.

KitchenAid Artisan Features

The KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer improves upon the classic design slightly by offering a 325-watt, 10-speed motor and a 5-quart stainless steel bowl. The body is available in 25 colours. The mixer comes with a wire beater, a flat beater and a dough hook, as well as a plastic pouring shield. The KitchenAid Artisan series has a retail value of about £227.

Pros and Cons

The Artisan edition of the KitchenAid stand mixer has quite a few advantages. Unlike the Classic version, the Artisan features a handle on its bowl, making it easier to turn and hold the bowl. The more powerful motor and bigger bowl size of the Artisan make it easier to work with larger quantities or denser doughs, such as bread dough. In addition, for style-conscious cooks, the many colour varieties of the Artisan edition are an advantage, allowing you to match the mixer to the kitchen decor The Classic, on the other hand, is a more economic option.

Other Considerations

If neither the KitchenAid Classic or the Artisan seems powerful enough for your cooking needs, you could opt instead for the KitchenAid Professional 600 model, which has a 575-watt motor and a 6-quart bowl. It has a dozen colour options and is about £97 more than the KitchenAid Artisan. For any KitchenAid mixer, keep in mind that you can purchase additional attachments to perform more tasks, such as making pasta, creating juice or grinding meat. One advantage of these add-ons is that they are interchangeable with any KitchenAid stand mixer, so if you purchase a Classic version now and upgrade to an Artisan version later, your attachments won't need to be replaced.

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Kate Carpenter is a reporter and designer based in Pocatello, Idaho. She has worked as a writer, designer and copy editor for three years, and she earned a degree in magazine editing and design from the University of Missouri in 2007.