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KitchenAid vs Cuisinart stand mixers: which mixer should you choose?

KitchenAid vs Cuisinart stand mixers - which is best? We put them to the test

KitchenAid vs Cuisinart stand mixers
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If you're shopping for a new stand mixer, the decision often comes down to KitchenAid vs Cuisinart. Famous for their range of brilliant mixers, KitchenAid mixers are built in the USA and come in a range of different colors and sizes. This means they're a more versatile choice for both large bakes and single-serve dishes. 

With that said, others consider the much-loved Cuisinart Precision stand mixer to be an excellent alternative to the classic KitchenAid Artisan, with a larger mixing bowl and similar attachments for cooking anything from bread to cupcakes. 

Many of us will be trying to decide which option is the best stand mixer for their kitchen, and it's a tough call, because the specs are very similar, and both stand mixers are very popular with buyers.

We've tested both the Cuisinart Precision and the KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer independently, so if you're trying to decide between the two, our reviews can help. Side-by-side these mixers may look similar, but there are important differences in price and capabilities, as well as that all-important performance test. In this piece we will explain the differences between the two mixers and help you decide which is right for you.

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KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart |Was $449.99, now $349.99 at KitchenAid
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KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart | Was $449.99, now $349.99 at KitchenAid 
Always trending on sales days, the Artisan Series 5-quart is our favorite ever stand mixer.  I've found that the deals on this are identical everywhere, so I think you're best off going direct to KitchenAid. KitchenAid have the biggest color selection, as well as a free laser engraving which makes it perfect for a gift.

Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer, 500W, Black, SM50BU | Was $210.58

Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer, 500W, Black, SM50BU | Was $210.58, now $168.99 at Amazon
The Cuisinart Precision is almost always hundreds of dollars less than the Artisan. We found that it's actually slightly better on bread doughs than the Artisan, but looks and feels flimsier.

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Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie Fender is Head of Reviews at Homes & Gardens. She was formerly our Small Appliance Editor, and has tested many of the leading stand mixers on the market side-by-side to see how they compare on looks, power, and that all-important taste-test. 

Comparing the KitchenAid and Cuisinart mixers

KitchenAid has an immense range of stand mixers - the brand appears three separate times in our stand mixers buying guide. Cuisinart, by contrast, is best known for its Precision stand mixer. This is most directly comparable to the

, which is also KitchenAid's most popular stand mixer. If you've ever seen a KitchenAid mixer on someone's Instagram or on a cooking show, it was likely an Artisan. 

Differences between the KitchenAid Artisan and Cuisinart Precision

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When you look at the spec differences between the KitchenAid Artisan and

, the Cuisinart is – on paper – the front-runner. It has a more powerful motor, more speeds, a marginally larger capacity, and the same attachments.

One other difference is that the bowl on the Cuisinart has a handle included, which is useful for pouring and scraping out cake batter and bread dough.

Which is better on price?

The KitchenAid Artisan usually retails for $399.99, whereas the Cuisinart Precision costs $249.99. You can keep reading to find out which mixer performs better, but if budget is a big part of your evaluation, the Cuisinart is a better value pick. 

Cuisinart Precision stand mixer and attachments

Cuisinart Precision stand mixer and attachments

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Which has better features?

On paper, the Cuisinart is a better value stand mixer. However, there are some perks to buying a KitchenAid too. The Cuisinart used to only have six colors: Onyx, Red, Bright Blue, Blue Mint, Chrome, and White. Recently, Cuisinart added some gorgeous pastels including Blushing Coral, Agave Green, and Arctic Blue. However, there's still no comparison between this range and the available colors for the KitchenAid Artisan. 

KitchenAid and Cuisinart stand mixers side-by-side, making cake

KitchenAid and Cuisinart stand mixers mixing cake, head-to-head on test

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We cannot even list every color you can buy the KitchenAid Artisan in, but the total number is in excess of 40. If you want to pick a stand mixer to suit a specific look in your kitchen, the KitchenAid will be the best choice for you.

Aesthetically, the KitchenAid also wins out for me. The Cuisinart is slightly curvier and bulkier, but the KitchenAid has a classic sloping design. It's all subjective, though.

Which is better at making cake?

The flat beater with the Cuisinart and the KitchenAid both work effectively at making cake, but we did find that the KitchenAid Artisan did a better job of creaming butter and sugar together without assistance. When we tested the Cuisinart, we had to go in with a spatula multiple times to scrape butter and sugar away from the sides of the bowl. 

If you make a lot of cake, the KitchenAid is better for this. Because the Cuisinart has a larger bowl it is also more wide, which means the flat beater doesn't touch all sides of the bowl when beating and whipping.

KitchenAid and Cuisinart stand mixers side-by-side, making bread

KitchenAid and Cuisinart stand mixers making bread, head-to-head on test

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Which is better for bread?

We followed the same recipe when testing both the Artisan and Precision mixers. While it was close, Cuisinart did a better job. 

The KitchenAid's smaller motor had an effect here because you have to work on the lower speeds in order to not damage the machine. The mixer moved around the counter when kneading, and we felt like we had to supervise to make sure it didn't move too much or even fall over.

By contrast, Cuisinart did a very good job of working the bread dough. The motor was able to work at a higher speed, and we were able to make a great loaf of bread when working with this machine. 

Which is best for speed control?