Best KitchenAid stand mixer 2024: how to choose your ideal kitchen companion

I've found the best KitchenAid stand mixer to suit budding bakers and experienced chefs

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Best KitchenAid stand mixers 2024: Jump Menu

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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt.
3. Best power: KitchenAid Pro Line Series 7-Qt.
4. Best compact: KitchenAid Artisan Series Mini
5. Best value: KitchenAid Classic Series 4.5 Qt.
6. Best control: KitchenAid Artisan Series 6-Qt.
7. Best bowl-lift: KitchenAid Professional Plus Series 5-Qt.
8. How we test
9. Meet the team
10. FAQs

My kitchen wouldn't feel complete without a KitchenAid stand mixer. It's capacious enough to hold the dough for 10 dozen cookies, yet short enough to clear my low cabinets. It's powerful enough to knead thicker mixtures for sourdough loaves, yet not so powerful that the motor whirs while it works. 

There's more than one kind of KitchenAid stand mixer. You'll see KitchenAid Artisans in the homes of celebrity chefs and budding bakers, while the Pro Line and Professional Plus Series are more suitable for cooks looking to bake in bigger batches. There's even the KitchenAid Classic, which delivers premium mixing performance without the premium price tag. With so many models to choose from, it's easy to feel spoiled for choice.

I'm part of a product testing team here at H&G. Together, we've worked with some of the best stand mixers on the market. I know my tilt-heads from my bowl-lifts, and I know what I'm looking for in a machine: a quick, quiet worker that can beat batter, knead dough, and whip cream. 

The quick list

If you've already got your eye on a particular KitchenAid stand mixer, you can skip straight to that section using our jump menu. If you'd rather take stock of your options, then you can browse all the best KitchenAid stand mixers below. 

Best KitchenAid stand mixer 2024

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Not all KitchenAids are created equal. Some of their mini stand mixers are less suitable for ambitious bakers, while their professional-grade machines would crowd the counters in smaller kitchens. To help you compare and contrast, I've assessed each KitchenAid stand mixer by the same criteria: versatility; ease of use; appearance; and the all-important price. 

The best KitchenAid stand mixer overall

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The best KitchenAid stand mixer overall

Specifications

Power: 325W
Capacity: 5 qt.
Dimensions: 8.75 x 14.3 x 13.3"
Attachments: Dough hook, flat beater, wire whisk

Reasons to buy

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Excels at whipping, whisking, and kneading
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Easy to use and store
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Suitable for smaller kitchens

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most capacious mixer
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Shakes a little when kneading dough
Buy it if

✅ You want the real deal: this is the most iconic KitchenAid, trusted by celebrity chefs and home cooks.
✅ You're keen to experiment in the kitchen: this stand mixer can whip, knead, beat, and whisk.
✅ You're on a budget: for a KitchenAid, this stand mixer is reasonably priced and regularly discounted.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You want to bake in batches: the KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixers are more capacious.
❌You're working with a smaller kitchen: you might get on better with the KitchenAid Artisan Mini.
❌ Your kitchen counters are uneven: this mixer shakes a little as it kneads. 

The bottom line

🔎 When you think of a stand mixer, you're probably picturing the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Qt Stand Mixer. It's the best kitchen companion for just about any baking task.

This isn't just the best KitchenAid stand mixer: it's the best stand mixer, bar none. Measuring just 14 inches tall, the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Qt. Stand Mixer should easily clear low cabinets, but it's deceptively capacious. You could mix enough batter to make 10 dozen cookies in this thing. 

Our expert tester put this appliance through its paces in our dedicated test kitchen, using it to make cakes, loaves, and bowls of cream. The KitchenAid Artisan 5-Qt. Stand Mixer passed each test with flying colors. It works quickly and quietly to incorporate wet and dry ingredients into creamy batters, supple doughs, and fluffy peaks of whipped cream. You can taste the difference; our tests found that cakes made in this mixer simply taste better than those made in other mixers. The Artisan makes lighter, moister, sweeter cakes than anything else out there. 

Whatever you want to bake, the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Qt. Stand Mixer has an accessory for that. Our tester was particularly impressed with the wire whisk, which can reach right around the edges of the mixing bowl without scratching the steel. 

The KitchenAid Artisan 5-Qt. Stand Mixer isn't perfect. The body of the mixer shakes a little as it kneads dough, and a few of the attachments aren't dishwasher-safe, so you'll need to wash each piece by hand. However, these are sacrifices I'd be willing to make to work with the world's best stand mixer. 

You can find more detail in our KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer review.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
VersatilityExcels in all areas★★★★★
Ease of useBeginner-friendly★★★★★
AppearanceThe iconic KitchenAid★★★★★
PriceReasonable RRP★★★★

The best KitchenAid stand mixer for power

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The best KitchenAid stand mixer for power

Specifications

Power: 969W
Capacity: 7-qt.
Dimensions: 14.6 x 13.3 x 16.4"
Attachments: Dough book, whisk, splash guard, flat beater

Reasons to buy

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Ideal for experienced bakers
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Great for kneading bread
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Dishwasher-safe attachments 

Reasons to avoid

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Less suitable for beginner bakers
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Missing the ease of movement of a tilt-head
Buy it if

✅ You want to batch-bake: this is the most capacious KitchenAid stand mixer.
✅ You want to work with heavier mixtures: the bowl-lift design should keep your ingredients securely in place.
✅ You hate washing up: each of the attachments is dishwasher-safe.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're just starting out in the kitchen: you might be better off with something simpler, such as the KitchenAid Classic.
❌ You want to bake in smaller batches: you don't need such a capacious machine.
❌ You like KitchenAid's bright colors: the Pro Line comes in comparatively fewer colorways. 

The bottom line

🔎 The KitchenAid Pro Line Series 7-Qt. Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer is designed for batch-baking and mass-catering, so it might be less suitable for budding bakers.

If you like the look and feel of the Artisan, but you're looking for something more capacious, you might get along better with the KitchenAid Pro Line Series Stand Mixer. Powered by a 969W motor and equipped with a 7-qt. mixing bowl, this stand mixer means business. Once you've learned your way around the machine, you could whip up enough batter for a bake sale. 

Where most KitchenAid stand mixers feature a tilt-head design, the KitchenAid Pro Line makes use of a bowl-lift mechanism, which is less complicated than it sounds. All you need to do is push the bowl onto the handles, then turn the screw on the side to lift it into place. 

The bowl-lift holds your ingredients securely in place, which is ideal when you're working with thicker ingredients and heavier mixtures. It also makes it that much easier to store your KitchenAid beneath your kitchen cabinets without the head of the mixer hitting the bottom of your store cupboards.

Budding bakers who just want to make cakes might not need such a strong and sturdy mixer. That's alright. The KitchenAid Pro Line Stand Mixer isn't for them: it's for accomplished cooks looking for a reliable kitchen companion.

You can find more detail in our KitchenAid Pro Line Stand Mixer review. 

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
VersatilityExcels in all areas★★★★★
Ease of useNot for beginners★★★
AppearanceFewer colors than the Artisan★★★★
PriceOn the more expensive side★★★

The best compact KitchenAid stand mixer

KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer against a white background.

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Most affordable KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Specifications

Power: 250W
Capacity: 3.5 qt.
Dimensions: 12.3 x 7.8 x 12.3"
Attachments: Flex edge beater, dough hook, wire whip

Reasons to buy

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Ideal for smaller kitchens
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Lightweight and easy to store
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Fully functional

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most capacious mixer
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Expensive for the size
Buy it if

✅ You're working with a smaller kitchen: the KitchenAid Artisan Mini is ideally sized for smaller spaces.
✅ You're just starting out in the kitchen: you might not need a more capacious machine.
✅ You struggle to lift heavy weights: this is the lightest KitchenAid on the market.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You want all the bells and whistles of a full-sized mixer: the KitchenAid Artisan Mini features smaller attachments.
❌ You want to bake in bigger batches: this mini mixer is the least capacious KitchenAid.
❌ You're on a budget: the KitchenAid Artisan Mini costs almost as much as the full-sized model.

The bottom line

🔎 KitchenAid Artisan Mini might not be capacious enough for batch-baking, but it's ideally sized for starter chefs working with smaller kitchens.

If you've always wanted a KitchenAid stand mixer, but you just couldn't accommodate one in your smaller kitchen, then you're in luck: the KitchenAid Artisan Mini offers the same sleek style and quick mixing in a cute and compact machine.

The Artisan Mini comes with all the usual KitchenAid attachments, from a flex-edge beater to a coated dough hook, re-sized to fit the mini mixing bowl. For a smaller machine, it packs a punch, and managed to beat batter, knead dough, and whip cream in no time. 

The Artisan Mini proved easier to clean than some of the more capacious KitchenAids. Almost all of the attachments can go straight in the dishwasher when you're done, even the mixing bowl, though it's best to wash the wire whip by hand. As for the body of the machine, all it needs is a quick wipe with a damp cloth to mop up any flour spills and batter splatters.

While the KitchenAid Artisan Mini isn't as powerful nor as capacious as the full-sized models, it is almost as expensive. This mini mixer would still be a significant investment for budding bakers. If you're looking for something cheap and cheerful, you might get along better with the Beautiful by Drew Barrymore stand mixer.

You can find more detail in our KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer review

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
VersatilityFully functional★★★★
Ease of useIdeal for beginners★★★★★
AppearanceClassic KitchenAid style★★★★★
PriceExpensive for what you get★★★

The best value KitchenAid stand mixer