Stand mixers have eased the messes and stresses of baking. The basic stand mixer design includes a heavy-duty base, mixing bowl and mixing head. Once ingredients are placed in the bowl, the mixer does much of the work, allowing the busy homemaker to go about her business in the meanwhile. KitchenAid offers an array of stand mixers, among them the Classic and Artisan models. Knowing something of the features of each model can prove beneficial when selecting between the two.
Both the KitchenAid Classic and Artisan models include a nylon-coated dough hook, flat beater and 6-wire whip. Each of these accessories attaches to the mixing head in seconds and provides the unusual beating action required by certain recipes. The Artisan model also includes a pouring shield, which attaches to the side of the bowl for mess-free inclusion of ingredients. The KitchenAid Classic does not include this accessory.
The KitchenAid Classic and Artisan models alike feature 10-speed control for customisation of beater speed. The tilt-head design of both models allows for easy access to the mixing bowl and removal of beater attachments. Each model includes a power hub on the mixing head for the attachment of optional accessories, such as the ravioli maker, pasta roller and pasta cutter. The KitchenAid Classic is offered in white only while the Artisan is available in 27 different colours.
Performance and dimensions
The KitchenAid Classic and Artisan models include a 4 1/2 and 5 litre (4 1/2- and 5-quart) bowl, respectively. The Classic 4 1/2 litre (4 1/2 quart) bowl allows for a yield of 3 3/4 loaves of bread, 6 3/4 dozen biscuits, and 2.94 kg (1/2 lb) of potatoes. By comparison, the KitchenAid 5 litre (5 quart) Artisan model can yield 4 1/2 loaves of bread, 9 dozen cookies, and 3.18 kg (7 lb) of potatoes. Both models weigh 11.3 kg (25 lb) and share a height of 34.75 cm (13 15/16 inches) and a width of 21.8 cm (8 3/4 inches). The Artisan features a 325-watt motor. The Classic is driven by a 250-watt motor.
The KitchenAid Artisan model bowl is made of polished stainless steel and includes a handle for increased ease of handling. The KitchenAid Classic bowl is made of brushed stainless steel and does not include a handle. Both bowls twist on and off for quick installation and removal. The KitchenAid Classic retails for £435 as of May 2014. The KitchenAid Artisan sells for £430.