Modern KitchenAid mixers are able to perform many functions: beat, mix, cut, grind, grind and squeeze. Therefore, it can be said with confidence that such a mixer is an indispensable assistant in the kitchen, capable of significantly alleviating the mistress’s efforts in preparing even the most exquisite dishes.
KitchenAid is the clear favorite on the mixers market. The devices of this company, thanks to its performance and exquisite appearance, won the hearts of not only culinary amateurs, but also professional chefs.
Advantages and disadvantages
KitchenAid mixers are made in the USA in Ohio. Due to the excellent performance characteristics, KitchenAid mixers are assigned the status of professional and semi-professional equipment. And the company KitchenAid is a leader in the manufacture of these household appliances.
KitchenAid mixers are made from enamelled metal. At the same time, not only the case, but also all internal parts, nozzles, bowl, as well as all optional accessories, supplied separately, are made of metal or stainless steel. And the KitchenAid mixer metal itself is slightly stronger than that of similar devices from other manufacturers. Such equipment and manual assembly allow the device to withstand heavy loads, to be resistant to mechanical stress of various nature.
In addition to the excellent materials of components, it should be noted, and their strong attachment to each other. All connectors provided by the design of the device, one size, without any unnecessary gaps, protruding elements. This testifies to the excellent quality of the mixer assembly, allows, during operation, to keep the bowl and other elements of the device in a real state. Due to this, the mixer does not emit extraneous sounds and excessive vibrations.
It is noteworthy that the KitchenAid multifunctional mixer performs its function using the planetary mixing method. According to this method, the whisk and the drive during the work carry out circular movements in different directions. This mixing technology allows for more thorough mixing of products, leaving no uncovered points in any of the cavities of the bowl.
A very important quality characteristic of any mixer is its power. KitchenAid stationary mixers have a capacity of 300 watts and 10 speeds. It is extremely important that the power indicator is stable throughout the work with the unit, regardless of the selected mode of operation and speed. In contrast to KitchenAid, many manufacturers sin by indicating the peak power, which usually falls on the start of work with the device and lasts only a fraction of a minute. It is for this indicator that KitchenAid mixers were awarded the status of semi-professional and professional equipment.
Manual mixers of this company have a power of 85 watts and 8 modes of speeds. Power in this case is indicated in its pure form: throughout the work, it remains unchanged. This power is average but stable. For example, in comparing Kenwood and Bork, the KitchenAid mixer rotates not even at the last speed faster than the cited analogues.
Another positive characteristic of KitchenAid mixers is their stability, which is achieved due to the weight of the devices and the footprint: the legs are located quite widely from each other. Prevents sliding on the tabletop and the fact that the legs are made of rubber, which allows you to fix the device in one place.
You can not ignore the versatility of this device, which is achieved by an additional socket in front of the device, designed to connect additional nozzles. Thanks to the KitchenAid mixer, it is possible to perform kitchen work of varying complexity. So, with the help of additional nozzles, you can not only chop, rub, grind, but also make stuffing, grind flour, make bread, you can even use a mixer as a juicer. All additional nozzles are universal and suitable for all mixers from this manufacturer.
KitchenAid devices are available in a huge range, which allows the buyer to choose a model not only suitable in type and size, but also in color. At the moment, the manufacturer offers more than two dozen colors and the ability to choose between a matte or glossy coating on the surface of the device.
KitchenAid stationary models of mixers have a warranty period of five years. And, despite the fact that the devices are made by an American manufacturer, there are authorized service centers throughout Russia that can be contacted in the event of a breakdown. The reason for the failure of the KitchenAid appliance, as a rule, is improper operation, and not the presence of a factory defect.
Among the drawbacks can be noted only the high price of KitchenAid appliances.
Types and their characteristics
Based on the method of installation of the bowl and its capacity, KitchenAid planetary desktop mixers can be classified into three types. The smallest samples are equipped with a folding head, and the capacity of the bowl is usually from 3 to 5 liters. More massive models have a bowl, the capacity of which is 6.9 liters. In this case, the bowl is equipped with special mechanisms that bring it into working condition. Naturally, devices with a more spacious bowl are heavier, larger and will occupy significantly more space on the working surface.
All three types have very similar functions. Units have 10 speeds, equipped with a hole to fit additional nozzles. A metal bowl and three basic accessories are included in the kit for all devices: a nimbus, a special dough hook and a spatula. Optional accessories have fastenings that are absolutely suitable for all Kitchen Aid models. It should be noted that the choice of additional attachments is very wide and may include: a meat grinder, a juicer, a vegetable cutter.
The advantage of hinged head models such as the KitchenAid Classic and the KitchenAid Artisan 5KSM175PSE, is that such a package provides an easy change of the basic nozzles, the installation of the bowl, as well as a comfortable addition of ingredients. The bowl of such mixers is fixed at the base thanks to a special lock that ensures the completely safe operation of the device. The stability of the models with a hinged head is due to the fact that the device engine is installed in the hinged part of the device.
Model KitchenAid Artisan 5KSM175PSE, unlike the classic, has an expanded complete set. In addition to the additional three nozzles, the kit also includes a paddle with a silicone rib for working with products that are thick in consistency. A three-liter mini-bowl and rim are included in the standard bowl to prevent splashing of food. To a mixer with a 4.8 liter bowl, you can buy a separate glass bowl, which will allow you to effectively monitor the work process, make it possible to store food in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave.
Model KitchenAid Artisan 5KSM7580 equipped with a very large bowl, designed for 6.9 liters. This is a very smart model with a power of 500 Watts, which works 1.5 times faster than any other mixers. This model, thanks to a special mechanism, is very stable when working with a large volume of products.
In addition, compared to mixers with a capacity of 4.8 liters, the KitchenAid Artisan has an improved shape of the dough hook and whisk. These nozzles are made with the expectation of working with large volumes of ingredients. This mixer will suit professionals who have to cook regularly and in large quantities.
The smallest model is the 250 watt KitchenAid Artisan MINI. Despite its compactness, this model has a set of functions identical to the previously discussed models. This mixer is designed for home use, is a real boon for small kitchens. The moderate weight of this device, which is only 6.5 kg, allows you to put it in a closet.
Thus, when choosing the KitchenAid mixer, it is more correct to focus on kitchen parameters, budget and cooking volumes. So, for a family consisting of 2-4 households with a small kitchen, the KitchenAid Artisan MINI model is perfect. In addition, for the price it is more affordable than the more powerful and massive counterparts.
The KitchenAid model, which has a bowl of 4.8 or 4.28 liters, is suitable for preparing dishes for an audience of 4 to 6 people. But, acquiring such a model, it is worth considering the fact that it is rather cumbersome and heavy. Plus is a set of optional accessories that come with the mixer. For regular cooking, designed for an audience of up to 12 people, the best solution is a mixer with a 6.9 liter bowl.
In addition to other advantages, the KitchenAid equipment is also very stylish. The style in which KitchenAid appliances are made is similar to retro or futurism. The golden mean between these two currents is skillfully underlined by the necessary shades, materials and lines. Therefore, KitchenAid devices do not want to be removed to the far box and hidden from prying eyes, but, on the contrary, to demonstrate this status and very stylish device. KitchenAid's design solution remains relevant and interesting out of time.
KitchenAid mixer color palette is so diverse that it is not difficult to choose a device that blends harmoniously with almost any kitchen interior. Only on the shelves of Russian stores can you find more than 20 different colors of these devices: from red to delicate pistachio. At the same time, there are both matte and glossy models. And for lovers of originality there is a series of mixers decorated with exquisite patterns and inscriptions.
Many KitchenAid owners have noted the great design of these mixers, the high degree of reliability, the presence of different speeds and nozzles. It is especially noted that the mixers of this brand beat the ingredients much faster and more qualitatively and, thanks to a good cooling regulator, can work for a long period of time.
The design of KitchenAid mixers was also appreciated. According to customer reviews, it is simple and very reliable.
However, you can find reviews and users of this technology, complaining that during operation of the mill the device is overheated. And such overheating can cause combustion.
You can also find reviews that talk about poor quality nozzles. Many users complain that after working with a meat grinder in the stuffing, you can detect metal particles. And, for example, the ice cream maker after some time begins to flow. Many consider ravioli to be useless, referring to the fact that it is much easier to make them manually or with the help of other devices.
In addition, according to many buyers, some mixers of this brand require rework for 220-volt mains. Some owners of this household equipment solve this problem with the help of a special transformer. However, this is not the safest option, it is better in this case not to install the device in close proximity to a water source.
There is another aspect in which all owners of KitchenAid mixers are of the same opinion: the high price of appliances. These devices are especially expensive in Russia. In the case of ordering the device, for example, from North America, the cost will not be more profitable due to an extra charge for delivery.
Thus, KitchenAid mixers have proven themselves in the market of home appliances and, despite the high price, are in quite good demand. To determine whether this technique is worth the money that the manufacturer requests for it, everyone must decide for himself, based on individual requests and priorities.