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KitchenAid Stand Mixer Comparison 2017

May 8, 2017
KitchenAid Stand Mixer Comparison and Rebate

Ever since I started baking, a KitchenAid Stand Mixer is all I want to have. But, there are so many models and different attachments that make my head dizzy. To make sure my KitchenAid investment is correct, I spent some time to do my homework. I learnt the differences between different models and found Rebates too. If you are also looking for a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, this post may answer most of your questions !

How big do you need? 3.5qt,4.5qt,5qt?

The bigger the quart size , the more cookies or cake you can make in one batch.

  • 3.5 quart can make 1 loaf of bread, 5 dozens of cookies & 4 cups flour yield
  • 4.5 quart can make 4 loafs of bread, 7 dozens of cookies & 8 cups flour yield
  • 5 quart can make 4 loafs of bread, 9 dozens of cookies & 9 cups of flour yield.

Cookie Yield Kitchen Aid Mixer

3.5-Quart4.5 Quart5 Quart6 Quart7 Quart

Tilt-head / bowl-lift ?

Tilt Head Vs Bowl Lift KitchenAid Stand mixer

What is tilt-head stand mixer?

The head of the mixer tilts back from the base, and the bowl is attached to the base. Tilt-head mixer is 14 inches tall, which is 2.5″-3″ shorter.

Advantage of tilt-head stand mixer

  • Easier access for cleaning, loading, or removal of the bowl
  • More room for adding ingredients

What is bowl-lift stand mixer?

The bowl sits on the “arms” of the mixer and is raised with a lever.  The head of the mixer is stationary.  The height of bowl lift stand mixer varies from 16 7/16″ to 17″.

Advantage of bowl-lift stand mixer

  • Bowl-lift stand mixer comes with higher motor power and larger quart size.
  • Steadier during operation

Motor Size for Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Comparison 2017

Stronger motors can manage larger quantities of ingredients, can handle stiffer doughs, and can be used more frequently than weaker motors. Kitchen Aid stand mixers come with AC (alternative current) and DC (direct current).

Advantage of a DC motor stand mixer

  • Higher power
  • Larger batches for one time
  • Stiffer dough , e.g. bread, pizza and bagel
  • Longer working time
  • Models with a DC motor, KSM6521X, KSM7586P & KSM7588P

DC motor Stand Mixer may be very noisy. Take a look at this customer review.

Advantage of a AC motor stand mixer

  • Quieter
AC MotorDC Motor

Planetary mixing action

Planetary mixing action refers to the number of points that the blender attachment (whip, dough hook, etc.) will touch in the mixing bowl during operation. The more the touch points, the more evenly incorporation.

67-point KP26M1X
69-point KSM3311XKSM3316X
72-point KSM6521XKSM7586PKSM7588P

Direct drive transmission

Direct drive is a system of gears that transfers power directly to the bowl and contents. It uses power efficiently resulting in less electricity consumption.

Bowl finish

Stainless Steel or Glass or Ceramic?

Advantage of Stainless Steel bowl

  • Cheapest among the 3 finishings.
  • Wider quart size options from 3 quarts to 8 quarts.

You may find grey residue at the 1st time of operation. Take a look at the customer review. Kitchen Aid recommends to clean the stainless steel bowl with baking soda paste before first time use. Most KA users found  Bar Keeper’s Friend works well.

Advantage of Glass bowl 

  • Pouring spout
  • Easy-to-read measurement markings
  • Microwave & Freezer Safe

Advantage of Ceramic bowl 

  • Microwave, Freezer & Oven Safe
  • Pouring Spout
  • Different color options


Flat Beater

Burnished Flat Beater

  • Looks shiny and fancy
  • Hand Wash only
  • Made by aluminum. Some users complain that it leaves grey residue and mental taste to the pastry. Take a look at the user reviews.
  • Flat Beater comes with KSM155GB and KP26M1X .

White Coated Flat Beater

  • Dishwasher Friendly
  • Cost only half the price of the burnished one
  • Made by Nylon. Coating may come off as time goes by.
  • Flat Beater comes with KSM3311XKSM150PS and KSM152PS.

Flex Edge Beater

  • Coated metal beater with flexible silicone edge
  • Able to thoroughly scrapes ingredients into the bowl
  • Maintains safe wattage draw
  • Dishwasher Friendly
  • Flat Beater comes with KSM3316X

F-Series Diamond Silver Coating Beater

  • Flex Edge Beater for 6 Quart Glass Bowl Lift “F Series” Stand Mixers
  • Made of aluminum, nylon, silicone – no BPA plastics used
  • Dishwasher friendly
  • Flat Beater comes with KSM6521X

Soft Nickel Coated Flat Beater

  • Dishwasher Friendly
  • Users complained that coating chipped off
  • Flat Beater comes with KSM7586P


Stainless Steel, NSF Flat Beater

  • Made of Polished stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Friendly
  • NSF Listed
  • Flat Beater comes with KSM7588P

Dough Hook

White Coated Dough Hook

  • Original style of KitchenAid dough hook and gets its name from its “C” shape
  • Kneads the dough by pushing it off the side of the bowl
  • Dishwasher Friendly
  • Come with KSM3311XKSM3316XKSM150PS &KSM152PS.

Burnished Dough Hook

  • Shiny and fancy finishing
  • Hand Wash only
  • Come with KSM155GB


Powerknead Spiral Burnished Dough Hook

  • Burnished finish for easy cleaning and no stick mixing
  • Spiral design kneads up to 25% more dough
  • Coated metal is easy to clean and resists sticking to food
  • Come with KP26M1X


Powerknead Spiral Soft Nickel Coated Dough Hook

  • Burnished finish for easy cleaning and no stick mixing
  • Spiral design kneads up to 25% more dough
  • Come with KSM7586P


Powerknead Spiral Stainless Steel

  • Solid stainless steel
  • 2 years warranty
  • Spiral design kneads up to 25% more dough
  • Dishwasher Friendly
  • Commercial Use
  •  Mixes thick dough for fresh bread loaves and yeast rolls
  • Come with KSM7588P

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Comparison – Residential Use

Infographic for KitchenAid Residential Use Stand Mixer Comparison

Before you buy,,,

Don’t miss the REBATE

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Coupon Rebate

KitchenAid offers mail-in rebate for Stand Mixers. The offer changes from time to time, from $50 grinder, $80 ice cream maker to $50 prepaid Visa Card. Remember to check out the current offer before you make purchase. The process is easy as follow;

Step-by-Step guide for KitchenAid Rebate

  1. Download the KitchenAid Mail-in Rebate Form
  2. Fill in the Form
  3. Attach the supporting documents;
    -The ORIGINAL UPC code from the product packaging *copies are not accepted
    -The original or a copy of your cash register receipt or packing slip
  4. Mail the form and supporting documents to KitchenAid
    -Address: P.O. Box 750452 El Paso, TX 88575-0452

KitchenAid Rebate Step-by-step guide

Offer valid within a certain period of time only. Remember to check before you buy or mail. The whole redeem process may take 8 weeks.

Hope my research helps you to understand more about the KitchenAid Stand Mixer. By the way, you may earn extra cash rebate from Ebates or TopCashBack. FlyFlyEnjoyLife aims to help you to shop smarter and save more 🙂 .


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  • Reply Kitchen Master May 16, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Great comparison thanks. Do you have an overall favorite? There’s so much information to digest.

    • Reply FLY May 17, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you. I like the artisan mini personally, it’s smaller and more powerful. How about you?

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