Hints for Using Your KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Updated February 21, 2017

KitchenAid offers a line of stand mixers designed with tilted heads, a 5-quart stainless steel bowl and three basic attachments--flat beater, dough hook and wire whip.The first tip when using your KitchenAid stand mixer is safety first; failure to follow safety instructions could result in fire, electrical shock or even death. Troubleshoot any issues you have promptly when using your mixer to restore it to operating properly. Base how you use the mixer on your recipe need, how the mixer's speeds adjust to combine ingredients thoroughly and to prevent causing mechanical issues.


Plug the KitchenAid stand mixer into a 120-volt, three-prong outlet before use. Refrain from using an extension cord. Do not place the mixer in water or near liquids. Keep the mixer away from children or provide close supervision when a child operates it. Unplug the mixer after each use and anytime you clean it or remove parts. Keep hair, clothing, hands and utensils away from moving parts when in use. Do not use the mixer if it has a damaged cord, has been dropped or has other damage. Contact KitchenAid Customer Service at 800-541-6390 for assistance with repairing it or if you have any other questions.


The mixer may feel hot when you are mixing heavy items for a long time; this heat is normal. The mixer may also have a strong odour, especially when new, and this is also normal. If the flat beater hits the bowl bottom or appears too far away from the bowl, it needs adjusting. This adjustment requires turning a screw underneath the mixer head counterclockwise to raise the beater or clockwise to lower it until the beater just clears the bowl's surface.

If the mixer fails to operate, check its plug. Plug it securely into the outlet. Also, check the circuit breaker or fuse in your home's electrical box. Replace if necessary. Try turning the mixer off for 10 to 15 seconds and then turning it back on. If it still doesn't work, leave it for 30 minutes before turning it on. Contact KitchenAid Customer Service if you are unable to resolve your issues.


Attach the flat beater for normal to heavy mixtures including cakes, frosting, candies, cookies, pie pastry, biscuits, quick breads, meat loaf and mashed potatoes. Attach the wire whip to incorporate air for eggs, double cream, boiled frosting, mayonnaise and lighter cakes such as sponge and angel food. When mixing and kneading yeast doughs attach the dough hook to make breads, rolls, buns and coffee cakes.

Mixing time is reduced when using your KitchenAid stand mixer. Mix a cake in half the time it calls for in the recipe. Watch the batter with other recipes to determine the mixing time. Turn off the mixer as soon as it reaches the desired consistency, as detailed in your recipe.

Add ingredients on the bowl's side. Add solid ingredients such as nuts, raisins or dried fruit during the last few seconds of mixing. If a mixture contains a large amount of liquid, start mixing it at a lower speed until it has thickened.

Choose the "Stir" speed for slow stirring, mashing, adding flour or dry ingredients to batter or adding liquid to dry ingredients. Select "2" for mashing potatoes or vegetables, cutting shortening into flour or mixing and kneading bread dough. If making cookies or combining sugar with shortening or egg whites, select "4." To cream or whip mixtures or for high speed cake mixing, choose "6." Select "8" to whipped cream, egg whites or boiled frostings. For the fastest whipping, primarily for small amounts of cream or egg whites, select "10."

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Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.