kitchenaid artisan food processor Review
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This stand mixer from KitchenAid’s Artisan series gives you more choice than any other mixer – more than two dozen colors to choose from and more than a dozen additional attachments you can purchase – and it was the strongest performer in the benchmark tests we put it through.
When we tested this mixer and its paddle attachment with chocolate chip cookie dough, we found that the KitchenAid managed to mix most of the ingredients together fairly well. There was a little bit of butter on the side of the bowl, but it was negligible. When we folded in the chocolate chips at the end of the mixing process, we were surprised by how quickly they were fully incorporated and that the chips stayed intact.
Most impressive was what the KitchenAid stand mixer and its whisk attachment were able to do with egg whites. The machine was able to incorporate more air into the egg whites than any other mixer, and it did it faster, too. In fact, the egg whites fluffed up about 10 times their original volume, which means you can get tall meringues on top of your lemon meringue pies with fewer eggs.
If you compare the wattage of this mixer with others on our lineup that have higher wattage, all you’ll be able to determine is that this mixer draws less power than those others do, as this does not indicate the power of the motor. KitchenAid’s Artisan Series sports nine-cup capacity power, which means it can take on up to nine cups of all-purpose flour in a recipe along with other ingredients, which equates to about four-and-a-half loaves of bread.
You need to keep an eye on your mixer when it’s pushing around that much dough because the KitchenAid Artisan does not include overload protection. This means it won’t shut off to prevent motor burnout. The mixer has 10 different speeds, so you can fold, mix, beat, whip or aerate, and the planetary mixing action of its agitator ensures thorough mixing.
KITCHENAID ARTISAN – SOLID CONSTRUCTION
The only piece of plastic you’re going to find on this stand mixer is the pouring shield attachment.
The metal construction is incredibly durable: like I said, before my upgrade, my stand mixer was twenty-four years old and it’s still running fine. Even the bowl is stainless steel.
When well taken care of, your stand mixer should last decades. In fact, one of the most common comments in reviews is how sturdy this piece of equipment is.
Although some complain about the height of the beaters, that they either scrape the bottom of the bowl or don’t quite reach all the ingredients, there is a simple fix to adjust the height and make it work for you.
Performance – KitchenAid Artisan Food Processor
A workhorse. Reviewers say the KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer has enough power to handle large quantities of ingredients. It consistently outperforms other models when it comes to a variety of tasks, from mixing stiff dough to whipping cream. The 5-quart bowl accommodates enough dough for up to nine dozen cookies or four loaves of bread. It gets Excellent scores for whipping, mixing and kneading in one professional test, and other expert reviews confirm that superb performance. We read a number of owner reviews saying they use it for mixing ground meats for meatballs and meatloaves. It gets mixed reviews for noise, with some saying it’s loud and rattly; others disagree and note that it’s very quiet. The professional tests we see agree with that latter assessment.
Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer Appearance/durability
Complements any kitchen decor. You’ll want to be sure you have plenty of counter space to store your KitchenAid Artisan. It’s big — nearly 14 inches tall and 14 inches deep — and at 26 pounds it can be a beast to move. However, most owners want to keep it out on the counter because of its classic styling and multitude of color options. It’s an extremely durable machine and we saw very few complaints of breakage, wobbling, or “walking” across the counter. The one issue some have is with the nylon coating on the paddle and dough hook, which can chip. However, most say the best solution is to purchase the optional Burnished Flat Beater (Est. $12). The KitchenAid Artisan comes with a one-year warranty and customer service gets very high praise from those owners who have had to contact the company.