(Closed) KitchenAid Mixers!

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My Fiance got me the Pro for Christmas three years back. I LOVE to bake and we LOVE to cook so that thing gets A LOT of use. I think the accessories for the Pro are a little nicer? The Artisan one (FI’s parents have that) some of the accessories look like they are just plastic? My Pro ones are all metal! It looks like the Artisan is smaller too. I think the artisan has more colors? I’m a straight up stainless steel/white kind of girl so I really don’t care of color kitchen electrics.

ETA:The Artisan also has the tilt head which the Pro doesn’t. The Artisan is 325 Watts while the Pro is 575 Watts. So a little more oomph. And the Pro is 6 Qts vs the Artisans 5 Qts.

So depends on how much you would use it?

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

We bought the Artisan – didn’t register for it, bought it ourselves because I cook all the time. I love it! It’s definitely worth the extra to me. You can use the dough hook for all sorts of doughs and breads, it’s great for making layer cakes, whipping homemade whipped cream, etc. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We just got the regular one and it’s great.  We use it all the time and rarely buy bread anymore, it mixes dough wonderfully.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have the Artisan but my mom has the Pro – we both love them!! I find I have no problem with the attachments – have made really heavy bread doughs etc and no issues at all and when my mom made hers from the same recipe I found it didn’t turn out as well as mine (hers became too fluffy for a really dense bread). I’m guessing that the Pro is stronger/has more wattage or power but I really find that mine works really really well!!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

There’s also a size in between, which is the one we’re going with. It’s 5 quarts and 450 watts with a lift. (We’re in the weird position of having an older version of the little one already—4 qt, 300 watts—and it’s often TOO little and I’m not a fan of the tilt-head, so I’m taking advantage of not really needing anything else to put the mid-size one on the registry!)

I love our current KA in general—the main issues with the 300W one (which I’m not even sure they make anymore? mine is 10 years old…) are that it doesn’t have a very slow stir like the bigger ones do, for some reason, which has been a big issue with adding things (they go flying) and with some recipes with the ice cream attachment (which is otherwise awesome—but some recipes need a slower mix than “stir” offers on this model). Only rarely do I find the bowl too small; the power is a bigger issue than the capacity. I think I’d get a second bowl (for double batches) before worrying about 6 v. 5 quarts.

My mom has the Cuisinart stand mixer and thinks it’s far, far better than her old KitchenAid (which was one of the old school, supposedly far superior ones). But I don’t love the look of it, and we already have the KA ice cream attachment, which was a big investment. So we’re sticking with KitchenAid.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I registered for the artisan one and REALLY hope I get it 🙂

what colors did you ladies get?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Oh man, I was not going to include this in our registry but you girls are super convincing…..hmmm

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@virginia you GOTTA 🙂 it is one of those things that *must* be on there even if you don’t think you’ll ever get it…and maybe you won’t, but you could (people sometimes like to go in on things together in groups) and it is fun to dream!!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Sulli – our Artisan is grey, which I like, but I would have loved the French blue one! We got it off Craigslist barely used for $150. 

ETA: our attachments are all metal and ceramic. Maybe it’s the step below Artisan that’s otherwise? I can’t remember what it’s called, but R’s parents have one. It’s smaller as well. 

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m guessing I have the Artisan because I have all metal and ceramic attachments.  I haven’t used it much yet (I’ve had it a long time but not much chance to bake) but I love it so far!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

Love the Artisan, which I got as a wedding gift.  Definitely outbeats any other mixer I’ve ever had.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have the Kitchen Aid with the lift. I think my bowl is 5 quarts. I don’t remember the wattage. It is Red. My Aunt AN Uncle got it for a combined wedding/shower gift. They got an awesome deal at Costco. I love it. It does have a slow stir speed, just remember to use it. I forgot once and had flour all over the place.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

I bake a lot, so I went with the Pro.  I really like the colors you can get with the artisan, but for me, it made more sense to go with the Pro because of the bigger bowl, the power and the lift.  So, I have a plain old white one, but I love it.  I really don’t like the tilt head after using one with a lift.  Just a personal preference.  

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