KitchenAid 175 Artisan 4.8L
The KitchenAid brand is a titan name in the baking world and their stand mixers are timeless classics. With an elegant, stylish finish, the high-quality fittings and fixtures make this machine the perfect all-round baking companion. If you’re particular about the colour of appliances, the range of 17 colours will ensure you find your perfect fit.
As well as the wire whisk, dough hook, flex edge beater and mixing bowl, this model comes with the Artisan® Flat beater. This means you can not only prepare your cake mixes and batters but your mashed potatoes too. The bowl has a large, easy to grab handle, making it perfect when transferring to a baking tray.
The range of extra attachments available is massive, from can openers and food grinders to pasta and ice cream makers. This single machine can become your absolute go-to for preparing almost anything you would ever need to cook. The quality of the mixing is superior to a lot of others, which is unsurprising given the price tag.
There’s several mixers under the KitchenAid brand name, but this is their best and most popular on the market. The newer Artisan 5KSM7580XBER model is available here, and comes with an unbeatable 6.9L capacity bowl which is the best option if you are likely to be cooking large, professional-scale batches regularly.
The head is fixed rather than moveable, so a crank lever raises and lifts the bowl. If it is the best value for money KitchenAid mixer you are after, this is the top one for the job, and just as attractive.
- High-quality finish, look and end product
- Massive range of colours
- Quality investment piece
- Noisier than other mixers depending on the contents of bowl
A kitchen classic, and our top pick of the high-end food mixers.
- Dimensions: (H36 x W24 x D37) CM
- Capacity: 4.8L
- Power: 300W
- Weight: 10.4kg
KitchenAid 175 Artisan user manual
Cuisinart SM50U Precision 5.2L
Cuisinart have been in the kitchen appliance market for over 30 years, but this is their first ever mixing product on the market. This high-performance machine is sleek, stylish and simple to use, making it even easier for you to bake like a professional in the comfort of your own kitchen.
With a massive 12 speed settings available, this product gives you complete freedom to either smoothly mix a whole range of ingredients in just seconds or choose a slower setting to gently fold delicate components together.
As it comes with a sturdy whisk, flat paddle and dough hook, the ability to prepare dough and whipping cream or mix batters and sauces is at your fingertips. The 5.2L mixing bowl is larger than most of its competitors and also offers a pour spout and transparent splash guard to help you cut down on mess.
The easiness continues after the work is done, with all extra parts except the Chef’s whisk being dishwasher safe. Price wise, it creeps into the mid-range category, and bearing this in mind the 500W motor is not as powerful as some of it’s less expensive competitors. Thankfully this doesn’t take away from performance thanks to the wide variety of speed settings.
- Clean, stylish design looks great in any kitchen
- Easy to wash with most products being dishwasher safe
- Robust die-cast metal casing and base makes it sturdy
- Only available in black and white
A high capacity, high performance mid-range mixer which won’t break the bank.
- Dimensions: H41cm x W29cm x D42.5cm
- Capacity: 5.2L
- Power: 500W
- Weight: 8.7kg
Cuisinart SM50U Precision 5.2L user manual
Kenwood kMix KMX754
The kMix group of products from Kenwood is one of the most respected ranges, and the KMX754 is rated very highly for its ease of use, modern look and powerful 1000W motor.
The stainless-steel whisk, K beater and dough hook tools are easy to interchange and are also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. The product delivers 5 different speed settings, plus a unique separate fold function that aids with the layering of ingredient components.
Unlike the majority of other mixers, the splashguard contains a feeding tube, meaning you can safely add to your mix whilst the machine is on without the hassle of having to remove the bowl and clear up any mess as a result (particularly handy if you are prone to forgetting to add any components).
For those concerned about safety, the kMix automatically stops when the head is lifted and there is a light to warn you if it is not properly turned off.
It is a very heavy and sturdy product, which means there is very little movement or shaking when mixing more demanding items, even on the highest of speed settings. The glass bowl included is rather heavy and cumbersome but is great for being able to see the mixing progress and product volumes easily, and it does not move about when the mixer is in use. It is also fantastic for those who do not like the annoying sound that using a metal mixing bowl can produce.
Although it is quite expensive, it is perfect if you want a mixer that fits into the professional category and will stay with you for years through excessive use. However, it is slightly louder and lighter than previous kMix versions, if noise and robustness is of particular concern to you.
- Heavy duty tools
- Ease of cleaning
- Handy splash guard
- Good safety features
- Unique fold function
- Lighter but noisier than previous kMix versions
- Few speed settings for the price
An extremely well-made and sturdy mixer with a unique glass mixing bowl. Reliable and quieter than it’s predecessors.
- Dimensions: H35.5cm x W24cm x D38.5cm
- Capacity: 5L
- Power: 1000W
- Weight: 11kg
Kenwood kMix KMX754 user manual
KENWOOD Multione KHH321SI
When KENWOOD named this product the ‘Multione’, they were definitely not exaggerating. This all-in-one product finds everyday mixing a breeze, and ensures your recipes are prepared in no time at all.
The usual whisk, beater and dough hook are all included, and to give it an extra professional edge there is also a food processor attachment, citrus press and 1.2L glass liquidiser included in the price – perfect for smaller kitchens which struggle to accommodate all of the different tools necessary for these jobs.
The components of this 1000W, 4.3L capacity mixer all fit together easily to ensure easy storage for anybody unable to keep it in a central position on their countertop. The product can be very noisy when in use, particularly on the higher mixing settings, and due to its multifunction nature, it is quite bulky; not ideal if you prefer to use a sleek design. The pre-mix occasionally flies out of the bowl as well as it isn’t very deep, so prepare to have to do a bit of kitchen cleaning afterwards.
NOTE: a newer version of this product, the Kenwood KHH326WH, is available here and comes with an added meat grinder.
- One tool for most kitchen jobs
- Great price
- Can be messy and hard to clean
- Noisy even on lowest settings
Highly versatile with many functions and attachments, making this a great all-round addition to your kitchen.
- Dimensions: H29.0cm x W24.7cm x D40.0cm
- Capacity: 4.3L
- Power: 1000W
- Weight: 8.7kg
KENWOOD Multione KHH321SI user manual