Facts About KitchenAid Classic Series Stand Mixer That Are Most Frequently Ignored

KitchenAid stand mixers are one of the most popular kitchen appliances in the world. From Oprah to Julia Child, from bakers to cake decorators – you can’t find a single celebrity chef who doesn’t have a KitchenAid mixer. What many people don’t know about this iconic kitchen appliance is:

They make three different sizes: 5-quart, 6-quart and 7-quart;

It has a 250-watt motor that can mix up to 18 cups of dry ingredients at once;

They offer 230+ attachments for various purposes (i.e. pasta making, ice cream and eggbeater);

It’s made in Greenville, Ohio;

They were the first kitchen appliance to be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

The KitchenAid mixer is an iconic appliance that started to hit kitchens in 1919. The founder of KitchenAid, Herbert Johnson, was on a business trip when he stopped by an ice cream store. He noticed that the workers were hand-spinning the ice cream mixture with a wooden spoon.

They were having grip problems from working with wet dough and had no other choice but to use their hands. Johnson found it laborious and decided to create a solution for this problem. He set his sights on creating kitchen appliances that are easy to use, aesthetically pleasing and efficient.

His vision turned into reality when he introduced the KitchenAid mixer. He called it “the greatest labour saver in the home…the quality of the work is incomparable and the motor is powerful.” The mixer wasn’t a commercial success at first, but after he secured an army contract during World War II, his creation was an instant hit.

The iconic design of the KitchenAid stand mixers has been attributed to Walter Dorwin Teague who was a graphic designer and architect who designed many iconic products back then including cars and typewriters. He was one of the first industrial designers to be included in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Hall of Fame. His designs became so popular that even a postage stamp was designed after him.

KitchenAid mixers come in three different sizes: 5-quart, 6-quart and 7-quart units. Although KitchenAid doesn’t specify the maximum amount of ingredients that can be mixed at once, 18 cups of dry ingredients is its “official” maximum capacity according to their website. However, many people have used it to mix as much as 25 cups at once; there are even YouTube videos showing how they do it.

The motor is a 250-watt one that can be adjusted from low to high. Unlike other stand mixers, KitchenAid’s five-quart model offers more power than the bigger ones.

The KitchenAid mixer has 230+ attachments for various purposes. These attachments are available in wire, paddle and dough hook versions. The wire and paddle attachments range from $30 to $60 with the dough hook version being just under $100.

KitchenAid mixers are made in Greenville, Ohio, USA at their appliance production plant. This iconic kitchen appliance is said to have been the world’s first on-site instant dishwasher, which was introduced in 1960 right after the introduction of their first stand mixer in 1949.

The first KitchenAid mixer was the model KHM-30. It came with an electric motor and a chrome bowl; it was also the first to include a dough hook feature.


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Stand mixers need to be handled with care and attention when used. The KitchenAid mixer is on the top of categories when it comes to SAFE use of related appliances, as evidenced by the stand mixer’s CE and UL approval.

The following tips will ensure that you don’t get injured:

Keep the mixer out of reach of children by using a countertop holder or a cover.

Keep the work space clean at all times – place it on a clean surface and allow for air to circulate around it;

Make sure that you have adequate ventilation around the work area, especially when working with dry ingredients like flour and sugar.

Keep your hands dry at all times; avoid touching the mixer with wet hands;

Use long-handled utensils whenever possible, such as offset spatulas, to prevent any accidents;

Don’t wear loose clothing such as a ripped shirt or clothing with high necklines. Also avoid items that can be easily caught in the moving parts of the mixer.

Carefully lift and move the mixer when working with it.

Sanitize all attachments before using them by soaking them in hot water or running them through a dishwasher cycle.

Don’t force anything into the bowl when mixing. Do not mix dense dough or batter too long;

Avoid making modifications to any attachments (i.e. replacing the dough hook with a whisk). Don’t use corrosive ingredients or abrasive cleaning solutions (i.e. bleach, stainless steel cleaner, rust remover).

Maintain the mixer by regularly cleaning and storing it; you should also disassemble or remove it for cleaning at least once a year.

Avoid overloading the bowl with ingredients. If you run out of space, gently tap the bowl so that air escapes to allow more ingredients to mix properly.

If the mixer becomes stuck during mixing, do not use excessive force and do not forcefully push it back and forth; instead, turn off the appliance and wait for any potential damage to be repaired before using it again.

When using attachments like a whisk or a paddle, pay attention to what is going on and make sure that everything works properly.

Having two people working with the mixer at the same time is not recommended.

Avoid using the bowl when it is empty or filled with just a little amount of ingredients. Empty it, and then fill in your ingredients after you have readjusted the mixers settings for dry products.

Thoroughly dry your bowl before attaching it back to the KitchenAid stand mixer. Make sure that you don’t leave any water trapped inside the attachments, as this might cause rusting or cracking of parts and can lead to severe injuries if you start mixing something and water gets ejected into your face.

If you are planning to store your mixer for a long period, then empty any remaining liquids, remove the attachments and set it in a safe place without pressing down the on/off button. This way, you will be able to use it anytime without worrying about damage.

Always keep an eye on your kitchenaid stand mixer when it is in use. If you find that the work bowl is not spinning properly or has stopped revolving during mixing, power off the device and take out the bowl before things get out of control and mix starts flying out of the bowl.

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Never test the motor while it is in operation.

Always use heavy-duty, non-plastic mixing bowls to prevent the mixer from slipping or sliding on different surfaces like a pan or a work surface. Always ensure that the bowl sits squarely on your work area with two safety edges or rim around its rim; this will ensure that it does not slip and slide on the countertop, your table or the floor.

When using the stand mixer for doughs and batters, it is highly recommended that you use a large mixing bowl – at least 6 inches deep and at least 2 inches wide. You should always make sure that your mixing bowl stays cool at all times during mixing process.

Never use the appliance on high speed while the bowl is empty.

Do not leave the appliance unattended in case you need to stop or pause its operation before resuming it. It is very important that you are in control of your KitchenAid stand mixer at all times.

Keep the motor running on medium to low with all attachments properly installed and seated into place, when possible. If you notice that any attachment has come loose, remove it and fix it before resuming operation.

Use only those attachments that are recommended for use with your specific appliance; do not mix items that are not recommended for use with your KitchenAid stand mixer. Never store the appliance in an area with extreme temperature changes.

Make sure that the mixing bowl and the attachments remain cool at all times during mixing process.

Do not mix or use hot ingredients or liquids when your appliance has been exposed to a sudden temperature change, such as leaving it on for a few seconds after it stopped spinning, where heat is then drawn out of the bowl and onto the table, floor or other surfaces. Keep all food that you will be using from being mixed in a room where the air conditioner is running. Use care when handling delicate food items such as nuts, spices, etc. and follow safety guidelines whenever possible.

What’s the difference between the classic and the Artisan KitchenAid?

The Classic KitchenAid stand mixer has the same body and design as the Artisan KitchenAid Stand Mixer. The only difference is that the Classic model has a white bowl instead of a metallic grey bowl with knurled design in the Artisan Series. The Classic KitchenAid mixers are made in the USA and weigh about 56 pounds (depending on bowl size), while Artisan Series stand mixers are made in China. The Classic KitchenAid models are available in a range of colors/patterns, which include White Marble, Silver Pearl, Silver Metallic, Silver Glitter and Black/Granite. As for the Artisan Series model stand mixers, they come only in Grey Metallic. The maximum bowl size is 9 inches while that of the Classic KitchenAid is 6½ inches.

Which stand mixer lasts longest?

The more expensive the mixer, the better it is. The life cycle of KitchenAid stand mixers vary based on model. A Classic Artisan 570 series has a life cycle of over 20 years…if you don’t abuse it and use proper protection for it. The Classic Series KSM150PSER does not have a clear life expectancy; however, most customers say that they’ve had their mixer for over 15 years without any major issues.

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When I run food color through my KitchenAid with the whisk attachment, will it damage my machine?

Mixer runs on a belt system, which is very similar to a timing belt or engine timing belt on vehicles (except in this case there are 2 belts). Food coloring, even small amounts, can ruin your machine. Even the smallest amounts of food coloring will have a significant effect on the life of your mixer. If you run food color through the mixer it is recommended that a new bowl be purchased for use with your mixer to avoid any issues with this.

How do I clean my KitchenAid stand mixer?

You can use warm soapy water and a nylon brush (make sure it is nylon as not all brushes are nylon and some are not safe to use on plastic) or sponge to loosen any crumbs or sticky spots that may still be stuck on or beneath the rubber end cap stickers (on Classic series models only). You can then wipe down the appliance with a damp rag or a wet towel and use a dry cloth for the final touch.

How do I clean my KitchenAid stand mixer’s motor?

You can take your blender apart and wash it, but you shouldn’t immerse all parts in water. The motor is made of plastic, so you should use small amounts of warm water and dish soap to clean the parts. Don’t put any metal objects or sharp items inside your blender — they can damage the blades. To avoid any health issues, make sure that you’ve rinsed all food particles out of your blender before using it again.

Why is there a shortage of KitchenAid stand mixers?

The shortage of KitchenAid stand mixers is not an issue with the KitchenAid mixer itself. It is more of a supply and demand issue. Most stand mixers sold in the market are manufactured in China and to keep up with the high demand from customers, KitchenAid has decided to outsource their production to India. The high demand for KitchenAid stand mixers has made it difficult for them to keep up with production as they continue to expand their manufacturing facilities in China while also trying to maintain their quality control standards.

Which KitchenAid stand mixer is the quietest?

The quietest KitchenAid stand mixer is the KSM150PSER. It is not silent, but it is by far the quietest appliance on their line up. The KitchenAid Artisan Series are even quieter and have been tested at 99dB and 78dBA at the highest setting of their respective speeds. The maximum noise level was determined to be 98dB at the highest speed.


The noise level sounds like a lot of decibels and different models are different, but it is not that significant if you’re in a room and your dog is asleep. In fact, you might not even notice it. If you will be using it in another room, yes; it will be noisy to you. But overall, all the stand mixers from KitchenAid are relatively quiet and very easy to use.

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