My KitchenAid was a gift to me many years ago, and I absolutely love it! But, there are still some people who don’t know What a KitchenAid does! So lets talk about why I think a KitchenAid is worth the price, for the right person!
A KitchenAid stand mixer is often just known as a “KitchenAid”. It can be used to mix, whisk or knead without any additional attachments. However, you can purchase additional attachments to do things including slicing, pasta making, meat grinding, ice cream making and much more.
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What is a KitchenAid?
KitchenAid is a brand that creates appliances for people who love to cook (according to their website). However, if you hear say someone say “I just love my KitchenAid” they are most likely talking about their KitchenAid stand mixer. The KitchenAid stand mixer is a favorite of many home cookies, and they even sell them in industrial sizes.
KitchenAid stand mixers are a huge help when mixing up brownies, cookies, cakes but also much more. It replacing needing to have a bowl and a handheld mixer. I also use it to whip up sourdough bread, frosting and have even used to a couple times to shred chicken over the years (although I do still prefer just doing that task by hand with two forks!)
What are the Different Types of KitchenAid Mixers?
KitchenAid offers a variety of different types of mixers, but generally they can put into these groups:
- Tilt-head mixers – this is the type I have, and the most common I’ve seen with my friends and family. The head of the mixer (where the paddle, whisk, etc.) attachment goes in, lifts up, so you can change out the tool you’re using. These start at 5 quart size.
- Bowl-Lift mixers – a fancy upgrade, instead of the head tilting back, the mixer actually lifts the bowl. These start 6 quarts.
- Mini Mixers – These are 3.5 quart mixers, smaller than the other sizes. People often choose due to the smaller size available on their counters.
If you’d like to read more about the different mixers offered by KitchenAid, check out their website here.
Before deciding what mixer is you for you, it will be important to know what attachments you might be interested in, so that you can make sure the mixer you buy can use it!
What Attachments Does KitchenAid offer?
After you have a KitchenAid, its only natural to want to start dabbling in some of their attachments. They offer many different choices. You’ll want to think about what kind of attachments you’ll be interested in before purchasing the mini stand mixer. From what I’ve seen, not all attachments are compatible with the smaller mixer. Here is a list of all the various attachments KitchenAid offers for its stand mixers:
- Food Grinder – I used this attachment a TON back in my weight watcher days (don’t get me started) because ground chicken was “free”. This attachment actually works great, and it is still my preference to use this to grind chicken if I need it in a recipe. A little bit of a hassle to clean, but overall the ground chicken comes out great and was worth it for me!
- Slicer/Shredder Attachment – comes with a couple blade options so you can slice and shred veggies and cheese. I must confess, I own this attachment, but have never used it. I might try to break it out this summer though when we are canning a large amount of veggies!
- Ice Cream – I LOVE the ice cream maker attachment. Easy to use and easy to clean. I am currently having so much fun with this attachment – check out this article I wrote on it! How do I use my KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker? I’ve also used to to make wine slushies, which is definitely an added bonus to this attachment!
- Pasta Roller – a pasta roller attachment for when you’re making homemade pasta. I personally don’t have this, but I also do not make pasta from scratch. My mother has it, and loves this attachment!
- Food processor attachment – I don’t own this one, and honestly for the cost – don’t think it will ever be an addition. I already own a food processor, and I don’t use it often enough to even probably justify the price I paid for it (which was a fraction of the cost of this version!) I bought this one back in 2015, and its still doing a great job for me!
- Spiralizer – another one I probably will never own. Cannot justify the cost. I do love spiralizing Zucchini in the summer when its coming out of the garden – but this little spiralizer is a fraction of the cost and works great. However, this spiralizer attachment for your KitchenAid might be great for someone with mobility issues.
- Juicer – they also sell a juicer attachment. If you make a lot of juice, this looks like a great option with overall good reviews. I don’t make nearly enough juice to go down this road yet!
Other KitchenAid Accessories
- A pouring shield – this helps pouring items into your mixer a less messy job. I do not have one of these, but do see one in my near future!
- Pastry beater – which is designed to help break up butter when making baked treats!
- Dust Cover – protect your mixer from dust
- Sliding mat – a must have if you’re tucking this under the counter and pulling it out a few times a week to use!
Is a KitchenAid Worth It?
As someone who has owned the same KitchenAid mixer for almost 10 years, and uses it sometimes several times a week, it really has been worth it for me. I love some of the attachments I have for it as well, and I love using it to whip up a batch of brownies with the kids. If you’re someone who is already using hand mixers regularly, or maybe kneading bread and you’d like to utilize the mixer for it – this is a great choice. If you don’t cook a lot and don’t use your electric beaters on the regular, not sure this is the right investment for you yet!
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