How to use KitchenAid stand mixer attachments

Maximize your machine's uses with KitchenAid mixer attachments that slice, grind, puree, and so much more

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While you'll consistently find us shouting out praise for the iconic KitchenAid stand mixer, its versatility goes far beyond kneading dough, mixing batter, and making whipped cream. KitchenAid has a rich assortment of stand mixer attachments that can help you accomplish a whole range of functions you might not have known about – from grinding meat to making ice cream to rolling pasta. 

Here, we tell you how these attachments can be used to maximize KitchenAid stand mixers, each of which comes with a flat-edge beater, whisk, and dough hook, with upgraded and replacement parts readily available. 

However, you also can boost your KitchenAid by using the attachment hub at the head of each stand mixer. This works with a range of extra accessories that you can buy separately. The good news? Our reviews team has tested them all, so we can speak with authority.

KitchenAid attachments come in several categories: Fresh Prep, Grinders, Pasta and Grain, and Dessert. Most attachments compatible across all KitchenAid stand mixers, whether a tilt-head or a bowl-lift design and our review team loved their functionality, effectiveness, quality and durability.

How to use KitchenAid stand mixer attachments

KitchenAid differentiates itself from many of the best stand mixers in offering a vast range of extra attachments. And while other brands like Cuisinart and Wolf also offer mixer attachments, their offerings are not as robust. 

Fresh Prep

Don't be shocked that your KitchenAid could replace the some of the best food processors and juicers. If it can automate your mixing, you bet it can also take on slicing and dicing. 


KitchenAid offers two core food grinders, a sturdy metal design, and a plastic one that has its own accessories that sell separately including a larger food tray, fruit and vegetable strainer, and a sausage stuffing kit.

Pasta & Grains

Expand your horizons with what you can do with dough, from mills to sifters, and pasta makers. From scratch is the way to go. 


Everyone's favorite topic: sweet treats, featuring home made ice cream and shaved ice.

Are KitchenAid mixer attachments universal?

Almost all of the KitchenAid attachments are compatible with all KitchenAid stand mixers. The exceptions are the ice cream maker, which is not compatible with the Mini, and a few Tilt-head and Bowl-Lift stand mixers (models KSM3316, KSM3317, K5SS, KSM5, KSM50, KSM500 and KSM450), and the Bread Bowl with Baking Lid, which pairs with 4.5 and 5-qt. tilt-head stand mixers. Regardless of your stand mixer's age, KitchenAid guarantees the universal design of its attachments and will likewise take the appropriate steps to ensure that you can effectively use attachments. 

Can you use other brands' stand mixer attachments? 

While other stand mixer brands like Cuisinart and some third-party brands offer their own stand mixer attachments, and technically they are interchangeable, KitchenAid does not recommend mixing between brands, and doing so can void the mixer’s warranty. 

Are KitchenAid attachments dishwasher safe?

The core attachments that come with your KitchenAid are typically dishwasher safe, though I advise you to hand-wash them when possible. Most models include white parts, which are nylon-coated and dishwasher-safe. They're easier to care for, though some users note that the coating may eventually chip or flake. 

Burnished metal designs are also available, and typically found on more professional models, but are not dishwasher safe and require more upkeep. 

For cookie dough, the flat edge beater can hold up to the medium weight of cookie dough.

Which Kitchenaid mixer attachment to use for bread?

Use the dough hooks to combine and knead heavier mixtures for bread, pizza dough, and pasta.

Which Kitchenaid mixer attachment to use for cake?

Depending on the thickness of your batter, you can use either the whisk or flat edge attachment to make cake.

Which Kitchenaid mixer attachment to use for mashed potatoes? 

Use the flat-edge beater to whip up creamy mashed potatoes with ease. 

Which Kitchenaid mixer attachment to use for shredded meat?

Use the flat edge beater to make shredded chicken or pork. 

Where to purchase KitchenAid stand mixer attachments

Jaclyn Turner
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Jaclyn is H&G's eCommerce editor and oversees all things shopping. She's also a bonafide sleep expert, and previously managed all sleep content on Homes & Gardens and Real Homes– in fact, she has passed our five-step certification process to become a verified customer advisor on mattresses. She regularly scouts out the best of the best for buying guides to help you fill your home with only the best. She joined the team in January 2021. She has previously worked with Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, and MyDomaine.  When Jaclyn's not working, she loves browsing real estate listings, unwinding with a chilled glass of Rosé, and entertaining her Cavapoo, Reese.