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Review: KitchenAid Artisan Mini Mixer
If you're going to invest your hard-earned money on a new mixer, you'll want one that will perfectly perform all of the tasks you ask of it, for years to come. Not all mixers are created equally, however. Some mixers are better at kneading doughs, some mixers also transform into a multi-use appliance. At Everything Kitchens, we rigorously tested our top-selling mixers to find the perfect match for every cooking style. We literally got out our stopwatches and went through these mixers with a fine-tooth comb to see where each excels and where each could do better.
The mini is going to be best for people who are making smaller batches or not using their mixer too often. The size is just right 1- or 2-person household. This model has a small footprint, great for RVs, apartments, and tiny houses that need to save space.
Design & Construction
When you hear the name KitchenAid, the image of their iconic mixer pops into your head. KitchenAid's timeless design hasn't varied in many years because it works - if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The Artisan Mini is KitchenAid's traditional tilt-head design, just scaled down into a more compact size.
The Artisan Mini mixer weighs 18 pounds (a bit less than the full-size Artisan weighing 26 pounds) and stands a little over 12" tall. Underneath the hood is a 250W DC motor that powers the mixer. Comparable to the power of the KitchenAid Classic, the Artisan Mini just packs that power in a machine that's 25% lighter and 20% smaller!
If the attachment was made for the powerhub, it will work in the Kitchenaid Artisan Mini!
On the front of the mixer underneath the silver logo cap is the attachment hub. This is my favorite feature about KitchenAid mixers - the attachment hub allows you to utilize the powerful motor to power a slew of attachments that connect into it. Everything from pasta rollers and cutters to vegetable spiralizers can be attached to your mixer to make it a true multitasking machine.
Classic KitchenAid design, but fun-size!
On the sides, you'll see the speed control switch and the locking switch. Both are pretty self-explanatory and work simply. Move the speed control switch forward to increase speed and backward to decrease speed. The locking switch anchors the tilt-head down while mixing so it does not jump around.
The paddle has a slightly different design compared to the full-size Artisan, still works just as well.
When you have the locking switch unlocked, you can tilt the head of the mixer backward to insert the stainless steel mixing bowl and load your mixing attachment.
KitchenAid includes all the tools you need to for all your basic mixing task: the flat beater, dough hook, and wire whip.
The three musketeers: wire whip, flat beater, and dough hook.
The flat beater is metal coated with an epoxy/polyester hybrid which makes the beater non-stick and dishwasher safe. The coating makes the tool easy to rinse off in the sink as nothing really sticks to it, so my beater blade never hits the dishwasher. The only downfall is that the coating can chip if dropped.
The dough hook (also coated like the beater blade) is shaped and designed to knead doughs right in the mixer bowl.
The wire whip is very sturdy feeling and plenty large enough to whip multiple batches of meringue or whipped cream. The wire whip is not coated, so handwash only or it can corrode over time if it's continually put through the dishwasher.
The brushed stainless steel mixing bowl is 3.5 qts. and large enough to mix 5 dozen cookies. The bowl is dishwasher safe. There is no handle on the mixing bowl like on its bigger brother Artisan mixer bowl, but KitchenAid does offer a mini bowl with handle if that is your true desire.
To test the beater blade, we made 5 dozen of my great aunt Rose's Chicago chocolate chip cookies, full of chocolate chips, oats, and corn flakes. The KitchenAid Artisan Mini did a great job creaming butter and sugar together. After adding in the rest of the ingredients, the mixing bowl was filled to the top with cookie dough. Even at maximum capacity, the mixer evenly incorporated all ingredients with no unmixed streaks. That's quite impressive for a mixer of such a small size.
At max capacity, the Mini was able to mix 5 dozen cookies worth of dough evenly.
For the wire whip, we tested whipping an egg white. When enough air is incorporated into egg whites, they become foamy and fluffy and can be used for meringue or souffle. If you've ever tried to do this by hand, you know how much of a workout it is. The Mini did a perfect job whipping a single egg white to stiff peaks showing that this mixer is great for smaller batches
What I love most about the KitchenAid Artisan Mini is that it's more than just a mixer. The attachment hub in front of the mixer can be loaded with one of many attachments. Turn your mixer into a grain mill, meat grinder, or vegetable spiralizer - there are over 15 attachments for your KitchenAid Artisan Mini that will transform it into another appliance.
Even the attachments that need a little more torque worked perfectly with the Artisan Mini.
We tested the meat grinder, Exact-Slice food processor, and juicer - all attachments that require lots of torque to operate. I'm surprised to say that all operated perfectly on the fun-size mixer. The only issues we ran into was with the juicer. Since the Artisan Mini is shorter, the included juice cups would not fit underneath the juicer attachment. Also, the Artisan Mini's light-weight design caused the mixer to slightly tip forward when pushing down fruits into the juicer. If you do use the juicer, keep your hand on the back of the mixer to stabilize it while juicing.
There are a couple attachments that are not compatible with the Artisan Mini. The ice cream maker and the precision heat mixing bowl are the two attachments that are not compatible with the smaller Artisan Mini - KitchenAid at this time has not made versions for this model mixer yet.
The Artisan Mini really surprised me when I saw it mix a full 5 dozen cookies at once and mix it well. Going into testing this mixer, I expected a lackluster experience and results, but KitchenAid really impressed me with the power they packed into their smaller footprint mixer. From whipping egg whites to shredding potatoes with the food processor attachment, the Mini performed at par with the full-size Artisan. Personally, I need a little more mixing space, but if you're only cooking and baking for a couple people or live somewhere where saving space is a priority, then the Mini is my top recommendation for small mixers.
The Artisan Mini is one of the most popular KitchenAid mixers we sell, but it may not be the right fit for you. We have full-size mixers and huge professional mixers from KitchenAid too. For a complete overview of what KitchenAid has to offer, check out our KitchenAid Stand Mixer Shopping Guide to find the one that fits your kitchen.
About the Author:
Chef Austin Merath is Everything Kitchen's Culinary Wizard, Kitchen-Gadget Reviewer, and New-Product Tester. He studied under chefs in College of the Ozarks' Culinary Program. It's his job to make sure you choose the kitchen tools that are right for you by testing the best we have to offer. When not cooking, Austin is tinkering with computers or exploring the Ozarks with his wife Amy. Click here for his full bio.