The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer is probably the most iconic and most easily recognizable kitchen appliance out there. It is by far KitchenAid's most popular stand mixer and with good reason. The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer line consists of a number of models to suit every taste and lifestyle, from the Artisan Stand Mixer to the high-end Custom Metallic Mixers. A few things are consistent between all of the KitchenAid Artisan stand mixers including each coming with KitchenAid's 1-year hassle-free replacement warranty, the attachment hub to accommodate over 12 different attachments (sold separately), and the iconic tilt-head design that KitchenAid is so well known for. Let's look at a side by side overview of the KitchenAid Artisan Mixers, then dig into some of the finer points, and offer some suggestions on what mixer will work best for your needs.
The most popular mixer in the Artisan line is by far the KitchenAid Artisan KSM150 stand mixer. The KSM150 KitchenAid Artisan comes in the widest range of colors - over 32 actually to suit almost every kitchen and personality. The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer comes standard with a 5 qt polished stainless steel bowl with handle, a coated flat beater, wire whip, dough hook and pouring shield. Essentially all of the Kitchen Artisans are the same machine with 5 qt bowl capacities, tilt head design, and 325 watts of power. The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer differences are mainly in the color options, finishes, bowls, and accessories that are included with them.
The KitchenAid Artisan, Artisan Design Mixers, and Custom Metallic mixers are perfect for larger families and for people that enjoy baking and cooking for larger groups of people. The 5qt bowl and higher wattage is enough a double batch of sugar cookie dough or mash up 7 pounds of potatoes (that's enough for about 10 servings of mashed potatoes!) at max capacity.
The Artisan comes standard with a 5 qt stainless steel bowl, a coated flat beater, wire whip, dough hook and pouring shield. The KitchenAid Artisan Designer Series comes in its own range of colors with a double coating giving them added luster and shine. A glass 5 qt bowl with measurement markings, flat beater, wire whip and dough hook is included with this model mixer. The Custom Metallic series is the upper crust of the Artisan models with stunning, high end metal finishes. This Artisan Mixer comes with the same accessories as the standard KitchenAid Artisan Mixer with a stainless steel bowl with handle, coated beater, coated dough hook and wire whip.
The Artisan Mixer Power
The Artisan models all come with the same 325 watt AC motor which is perfect for making recipes calling for up to 9 cups of flour. This power and the KitchenAid Artisan mixer's 5 qt bowl size is perfectly suited for mixing a standard size batch of 4 dozen chocolate chip cookies but can easily handle a double batch (8 dozen cookies) or as much as 9 dozen cookies, which is its max capacity.
Overloading the mixer or trying to mix up very chunky, thick cookie dough higher than the recommended 4 speed setting can cause the head to bounce or shake. So be sure you know the recommended mixing speeds for the type of recipe you are making. The mixer does have a fail-safe in the form of a single nylon gear that will strip itself before burning out the motor in the event of the mixer being overloaded. Replacing this gear is more cost effective than replacing the entire motor.
Storing Your Artisan Mixer
Thinking about how you will be storing your mixer could be an important factor when making your mixer purchase. The tilt head design gives the KitchenAid Artisan the ability to fit and operate underneath a standard sized cabinet, being only 18" tall with the head tilted up and 14.5" tall with the head down and locked. However, many people, including myself, prefer to pull the mixer out from under the cabinet and close to the counter top edge to operate it. This is not so bad as the mixer has rubber pads on the bottom which makes it easy to pull and push it a few inches. The 28+ lbs of the regular Artisans mixers can be a lot to pick up and carry around frequently so keep that in mind is an Artisan mixer is what you have your eyes on.
The Artisan Mixer Color
Once you know what mixer you want the next big thing is choosing what color. One of the biggest appeals of the Artisan mixer line is the wide array of colors that are available. Probably the most common color questions we get at Everything Kitchens is "What silver color will best match my stainless steel appliances?" While stainless steel can vary from brushed to high polished we have found, that generally the Contour Silver KitchenAid Artisan KSM150PSCU is usually the best match. Don't be afraid of color. If the Majestic yellow mixer makes you happy go for it! Proudly display that color and let it be the brightest thing in your kitchen.
The Designer Series features a double coating paint process that gives more of a candied finish that is higher gloss and almost shimmers. If a high-end chrome, nickel or copper finish is more what you are wanting for your kitchen the Custom Metallic mixers are your best bet.
One thing we tell our customers when they are deciding on a color is that we all perceive colors differently. The way one person perceives a color may be different than how you see it. Colors can appear different from one screen to another depending on your computer settings. Also, the type of lighting in your home can cause colors to look very different than they do when the mixer is is a professionally lit photo studio. One of the colors we hear about the most in regards to color differences is the Cobalt Blue Artisan mixer. In warmer light this mixer can almost look deep purple while in cooler light it can look a navy or even royal blue.
Everything Kitchens mixer recommendations are based on our over 10 years of experience selling KitchenAid Mixers and feedback from our customers. Please be sure to do your research about the mixer you are purchasing to further ensure that it is, indeed, the right one for your needs. Always feel free to call our customer service agents at 866-852-4268 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm CST if you have further questions about the mixer you are looking at purchasing.