Best KitchenAid Alternatives 2023: Jump Menu
KitchenAids are iconic. After years of testing stand mixers we've found that they are always the best. They come with variable speed settings, attachable accessories, and a premium design – at a premium price point. If you're shopping for a stand mixer, but you don't have hundreds of dollars to spare, you'll need to find an alternative.
It's not just a question of cost, but of quality, too. Though KitchenAid make many of the best stand mixers, their products aren't perfect. More experienced bakers might appreciate a more powerful motor, while mass caterers will need larger bowls.
The best stand mixer isn't always a KitchenAid: it's the mixer that meets your needs. Our team of experts have tested all the best stand mixers to find the strongest alternatives to KitchenAid. We've narrowed it down to our top six to suit every size and style of kitchen.
These mixers can knead dough, whip cream, and fold flour. We've ranked them based on power, capacity, style, special features, and, of course, price.
The quick list
We'll get into the specifics later. For now, here are the best KitchenAid alternatives at a glance.
The best stand mixer overall
This stand mixer combines form and function. It has the same sleek style as a KitchenAid, with another two speed settings, for hundreds of dollars less.
The best small stand mixer
This compact mixer is perfect for budding bakers working in smaller kitchens. Much like a KitchenAid, this machine comes in a range of rich colors to complement your kitchen.
The best large stand mixer
This machine comes with an ultra-powerful motor, as well as several stainless steel baking accessories. This machine doesn't just mix: it can blend, slice, shred, and grate, too.
The best-looking stand mixer
This mixer marries the retro charm of old-school baking with all the modern conveniences, such as variable speed settings and anti-tip technology.
The best luxury stand mixer
While this mixer is even more expensive than a KitchenAid, you really do get what you pay for. This machine comes with a professional-grade stainless steel bowl and baking accessories.
The best KitchenAid Alternatives, in depth
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The best stand mixer overall
Reasons to buy
Reasons to avoid
Buy it if:
✅ You like to bake in bigger batches: this bowl is half a quart larger than the KitchenAid Artisan, so it's easier to cater for a crowd.
✅ You're a control freak: this machine comes with 12 speed settings, which is more than the KitchenAid, for greater granular control.
✅ You're looking for a colorful mixer: this machine comes in six bright shades.
Don't buy it if:
❌ You like to make the most of your ingredients: many of the mixer's attachments don't quite reach the bottom and edges of the bowl. On test, this meant that some flour wasn't worked into the dough.
❌ You like to bake smaller batches: this machine works best with larger quantities of ingredients.
❌ You hate washing up: you'll have to wash the whisk by hand, though the bowl and the rest of the baking accessories are dishwasher-safe.
The bottom line
🔎 Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer is best for large volume bakes and recipes.
KitchenAid vs Cuisinart: the debate rages on. If you're catering for a crowd, you'll appreciate the Precision's bigger bowls and larger selection of speed settings, as well as its much more reasonable price.
The Precision proved itself on test to be a capable mixer, especially when it comes to larger batches. This machine works best with double quantities, so you should make the most of the 5.5-qt. bowl space. It's less effective with smaller servings. Since some of the attachments can't reach right down inside the bowl, you might struggle to fully incorporate smaller quantities of ingredients.
But it's great at beating cream and kneading dough: heavy-duty tasks that allow the 500-watt motor to come into its own. Most of the accessories are dishwasher-safe, though you'll have to wash the whisk by hand.
If you tend to bake in bigger batches, and you need a kitchen workhorse, then the Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer would be a great choice.
You can find more detail in our Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer review.
|Power||Great for heavy-duty tasks||★★★★|
|Capacity||Ideal for bigger batches||★★★★★|
|Performance||Best with dough||★★★★|
|Style||Sleek and chic||★★★★|