KitchenAid Classic vs. KitchenAid Artisan

So you’re in the market for a new mixer. That’s understandable. The problem is, with so many options on the market, it can be tough to know where to start. This blog post covers everything you need to know about the KitchenAid Classic, a mixer which is available in three different models: 5.5 Quart, 6 Quart, and 7 Quart. It also covers two other mixers, the more expensive KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer which has endless options for attachments, and the affordable KitchenAid Artisan Mini stand mixer. In this blog post you will learn how to identify a good deal on one of these mixers as well as what each model’s strengths are.

The old KitchenAid Classic stand mixer still sells under the model number K5SS, but it is no longer in production. It may still be available from some retailers. See the notes at the bottom of this article for more information.

I’ve split this article into two sections: The Classic Stand Mixer and The Artisan Stand Mixer . In each section I explain what sets each model apart from the other and how to get a good deal on one of these mixers, as well as where to find current prices on these mixers and what accessories you will need for them.

In this section we will discuss the KitchenAid Classic models: The 5.5 Quart, 6 Quart, and 7 Quart stand mixers. These models are quite similar, with a few key differences which set each apart.

The  5.5 Quart Model KSM150PS is the most basic of the three models, but it has all of the functionality that most people need in a stand mixer. This model offers a tilt head which allows you to move your mixer from bowl to storage or countertop easily, has an on/off switch and speed controls as well as a power hub for additional accessories including cookie paddles and dough hooks all for about $200 dollars.

The 6 Quart Model KSM150PSX is a step up from the basic model in terms of functionality, offering the same functionality as the 5.5 quart and adding a few additional features. This model also has a tilt head and most accessories are interchangeable between it and the 5.5 quart model, however, you will only be able to purchase the attachments listed below with this model. This mixer has all of the same features as its smaller brother but adds a few more options such as an internal light for evening tasks and two-speed control which allows you to control motion speed when using an accessory basket or dough hook. The 5.5 Quart model is still available but it is a bit more difficult to locate. The 6 Quart model will still be more readily available.

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The 7 Quart Model KSM150PSSX offers the same features as the 6 quart model plus some additional options and accessories. This model does not offer a tilt head, nor does it offer options for a cookie paddle or dough hook, but it does have an adjustable speed control and all of the other features that come standard with the 6 quart machine including an internal light for evening tasks and two-speed internal motion control (which means all accessories are interchangeable between models).

What is the difference between Artisan and classic KitchenAid mixer?

KitchenAid has made some significant changes to the classic series (which includes both the Artisan and Classic models). Besides the obvious name change, KitchenAid has added 3 additional features: tilt head, two speed control, and a light. Some of these features are not available in all models.

The most apparent difference between the two is that the classic series has a traditional metal drive system while the Artisan has a ball bearing drive system. The advantage of this change is that it provides more durability than just going with a simple metal drive system. Take a look at this video clip from KitchenAid to see what I mean.

Is the KitchenAid Classic any good?

The KitchenAid Classic stand mixer is an exceptional value for the price. In fact, it’s hard to find a better deal when it comes to a stand mixer. This mixer will have all of the functionality that most people need, including attachments for all of your baking needs.

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If you are looking for a heavy duty mixer that will last you many years and can handle all sorts of tasks, the Artisan might be the better option for you. This mixer has all sorts of different attachments options available and has some more advanced features such as tilt head and two speed settings. However, some people may not want to pay significantly more money just to get these features when they can work with what they get in the Classic series.

How many watts is the KitchenAid Classic?

The 5.5 quart Classic Series has a power rating of 1500 watts and the 6 quart and 7 quart have a rating of 1830 watts.

The Artisan Series has a power rating of 1775 watts. The 7 quart model is 1750 watts and the 6 Quart model is 1675 watts. I will discuss in more detail about why this is a difference in wattage level in the accessories section below.

What attachments does KitchenAid offer for the Classic Series?

The Classic series offered a good assortment of attachments for when it was first inception, however, KitchenAid has made some significant changes to these mixers and unfortunately some of these attachments are only available for Artisan series mixers. I will talk more about this below. Anyway, the list of attachments available when the Classic series first came out was:

The 5.5 Quart Stand Mixer comes with a flat beater, dough hook, wire whip, and pouring shield. The 6 Quart and 7 Quart Stand Mixer comes with all of these attachments plus the additional flat beater (so you have two in total). The 7 Quart comes with an additional dry ingredient bowl for easy dumping of your ingredients and both models come with a 3 year warranty from KitchenAid.

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Tilt Head: This feature allows you to easily tilt your mixer from bowl to counter or storage and back again without having to pick it up each time.

Is KitchenAid discontinuing the Artisan Series?

No, they are not discontinuing the Artisan series but they have made some serious changes to it. The main change is the addition of a tilt head. This has been around for a while in the KSM250 model, but finally KitchenAid has added it to all of their other models as well including their Classic series. The 7 quart Artisan model is still available, however, it has some limitations such as only offering 2 speed control and not having a tilt head or dough hook options. The 6 quart comes with both of the important attachments (flat beater and dough hook), but does not offer any other accessories like the 5.5 or 7 quart models do (a pouring shield is available for this machine though).

Are all KitchenAid Artisan mixers the same?

The KitchenAid Artisan series mixers are all the same except for the certain attachments that they offer. If you are looking for a mixer that has all of the most important attachments and options then the Classic series is probably your best choice.

I personally think that it’s a good idea to pick up a KitchenAid mixer, and I’m not just saying that because I own one myself, which is why we are talking about this subject today. There are some great mixers out there, but I would argue that KitchenAid mixers (especially the Artisan line) have one of the best reputations and there is a reason for that. It’s not just because they are the most functional, but also because they last longer than most other brands. Here are some good reviews of KitchenAid Artisan mixers:

Final Thoughts:

I hope that you found this blog post helpful. If you did, please share it as this blog gets exposure and more people will realize just how great the Artisan series really is!

If you have any questions, or want to leave feedback, please leave a comment, I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Also feel free to contact me if you are interested in learning more about KitchenAid products.

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