To Buy Or Not To Buy: KitchenAid Mixer Artisan Mini And Classic

Not sure whether to invest in a Kitchenaid Mixer Artisan Mini or the Classic? This guide will help you decide.

Which mixer is right for you?

– If you are looking for a perfect little mixer, then the Kitchenaid Artisan Mini might be your best bet. It’s small, lightweight, and affordable and makes baking more fun than ever before. Made with stainless steel, it also looks fantastic on any modern kitchen counter.

– On the other hand, if you are looking for an extra mixing bowl or want something that can serve as both a stand mixer and handheld mixer (like if you have an allergy), then Kitchenaid Classic might be your best bet. It’s huge, heavy, and expensive, but if you have extra room on your counter or want a very powerful mixer then it would be worth the investment.

– If you are looking for a premium product with excellent performance and build quality with unbeatable looks that will serve your family well for years down the road, then both of these mixers might be a good fit. Both are built with technology that will prove to be useful for years down the road.

– If you are looking for a mixers with excellent reviews from foodies, both of these mixers have amazing ratings. They have garnered the high praises from both professional bakers and home cooks alike.

– If you are looking for a mixer that can do it all in one product, then Kitchenaid Artisan is your best choice. It comes with all the features and functions normally found in a stand mixer but can also be used as a handheld mixer if you lack counter space or don’t want to store it in your kitchen center where it isn’t going to get used.

– If you are looking for a mixer that would turn your kitchen into a baking nirvana, then Kitchenaid Artisan Mini is your best bet. It’s been praised by the pros as the most powerful and best sounding mixer they have ever used.

– If you are looking for a mixer that looks like it belongs in the original Star Wars movies or the set of Mad Men, then Kitchenaid Classic is probably your best bet. It has cool retro looks with funky details that will make your kitchen drool over this little gadget.

The counter space:

– The Kitchenaid Artisan Mini is on the small side and will fit nicely on any modern smaller kitchen counter without taking up much space. It’s best suited for smaller kitchens.

– The Kitchenaid Classic is on the large side, it may not fit well in any tiny kitchen since it takes up a lot of room on your counter. You might want to keep this one with you or store it in a cabinet space prior to use so that it doesn’t take up too much space.

The power:

– This is where the Kitchenaid Artisan Mini comes out on top and seriously wins over the Kitchenaid Classic. It has 120+ watts of power while the Classic only has 100 watts of power, which means that it makes more cookies in one go and blends ice cream more effectively without melting the ice cream container.

The warranty:

– Since the Classic is an older model, it only comes with a one-year limited warranty. On the other hand, the Kitchenaid Artisan Mini comes with a three-year limited warranty. This means you can use this mixer for three years without paying additional money to get your company extended coverage.

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The sound:

– Both of these mixers sound fantastic and will make noise when in use. The Kitchenaid Artisan Mini is by far the best sounding model we tested, it makes noise like a real appliance. It also comes with an activated charcoal filter that reduces odors from being emitted from the unit when in use.

As a die-hard hardware enthusiast and long time owner of various Kitchenaid mixers (circa 1986), I’ve been tempted by the new artisan mini from Kitchenaid. The mini is a small, portable mixer that features an 11-speed controller for creating customized mixing tasks.

The mini comes in three colors, red, silver and empire (a dark-gray color) and weighs 4.5 pounds. The dimension of this relatively small machine is 13 x 13.2 x 9.7 inches, making it smaller than most hand-held mixers––or around the size of a large microwave oven.

The mixer has been designed for ease of storage; the attachments store on the machine and the cord wraps around to the body for easy storage or portability. The artisan mini is also designed to be used anywhere in the kitchen – like countertop or tableside – without taking up too much space or being an eye sore.

While I haven’t used it yet, I am looking forward to testing its capabilities next month for a review. My favorite features are the beater-crusher and its three speed modes. The beater-crusher makes the process of making bread doughs go more smoothly, giving me quality results every time. The three speed levels will allow me to make everything from muffins to meringues in one mixing process—from mixing batters and doughs to icing cakes and cakes. I can’t wait to try this!

While they’re still selling these kitchen staple mixers at retail cost of $299, these mixers are currently marked down at Amazon.com at only $228.71. Why? I don’t know. Go, get one!

The mini is the smallest mixer in the Kitchenaid line, but its super-speedy performance and accessories make it a vibrant addition to any kitchen’s arsenal.

The mixer comes with an 11-speed metal gear transmission, which allows complete control of mixing speeds; a metal bowl; metal beater; metal scrapper; six varied size stainless steel beaters (four short and two long); dough hooks (for stick-blending doughs); a stainless steel wire whip; smooth side treater and whisks (2 sizes); an extra drill spatula/spatula round (beater shaft) and a 6 quart work bowl for large jobs. If you’re ready to purchase one, head to Amazon and get it for $228! Thanks for reading and Happy Thanksgiving! 

When I heard about the device, it was love at first sight! From all accounts, the artisan mini is not breaking any new ground in terms of technologically advanced or innovative features; it’s just smaller than its competitors and therefore easier to carry around. Plus, with only 8kg weight and 40cm height, it’s lightweight enough to be carried anywhere with ease. The control panel is basic, but that’s alright: the beauty of this mixer is the speed and power in which it can mix.

The artisan mini also features a standard 2.2L bowl and a detachable dough hook. The bowl has an Easy Pour Spout for mess free use, and easy to be taken apart for washing. The detachable dough hook, on the other hand, allows for easy cleaning of both your mixer container and the attached dough ring.

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The bread hook and dough hook are both all metal, made out of chrome-plated steel. The steady metal hook is what makes this mixer work. It can be used for making batter for pancakes, cupcakes, cookies, or anything else that needs stiffening.

Now I already have other mixers from the previous generation, so I was browsing reviews from people who were looking into buying their first mixer – something smaller and easier to use because they already own an older model from Kitchenaid (or any other brand). Most of the mini artisan reviews I read indicated that it was a good mixer for smaller tasks like preparing cake batter or cookie dough; but not strongly recommended for bigger tasks like bread dough.

The mini artisan has about 12X more power than the original model from the 80’s. It has a strong motor, and its ability to mix is much better than other brands at this size.

In an interview that I read on the web, the Kitchenaid artisan design manager said something like, “…it’s essential that people feel that they have gotten their money’s worth if they spend $200 on a mixer.”

I agree! For the price paid, I’ve gotten my money’s worth. I’m excited to see how this mixer performs with its new size, power, and functionality. It will be interesting to see how it performs on larger batches of bread dough or even in whole grain bread.

I usually enjoy using my Kitchenaid Professional 600 as a stand mixer and then use an attachment for the large bowl for small batch cake batter or cookie dough. I also make bread in my hand mixer, but with a large mixer tends to have too much power to mix small batches of bread dough. For baking a big batch of bread, I usually find myself switching between my Kitchenaid Professional 600 and Pro 2000.

A few weeks ago I got an opportunity to use the artisan mini with all its top features, including the speed control panel, detachable dough hook and bowl, and 1.1L bowl capacity. The video below shows what this mixer can do!

What is the difference between an artisan and a classic KitchenAid?

The differences between the classic and the artisan models, at this time, is that the classic KitchenAid mixer has a non-stick bowl and plastic beaters. The new artisan mixer has an aluminum core which replaces the bake drum in traditional KitchenAid mixers. This is part of the reason why the mixer does not have toasted paddles as well as a recipe book.

For quite some time now, I’ve been on the hunt for a new KitchenAid mixer to replace my previous model (see my review here). My main criteria are that it should be small, powerful, and easy to clean. My current model has about 10 power settings and it’s a pain for me to adjust it to use in making cakes, cookies and other small batch tasks. I also have a sense of style in my kitchen and prefer metallic beaters with clear blades so as not to mix up my appliances when cleaning.

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Is KitchenAid discontinuing the Artisan mixer?

No, you probably won’t be buying the new Artisan mixer. I read on the web that this is only available in limited quantities until they decide to discontinue it. I think this is why the prices on Amazon.com are still relatively high. I’ve also heard that they have plans to release an Artisan model that has a stainless steel core and brushed steel beaters as well as a bowl that can go in the dishwasher.

For the mixers with the stainless steel core, where can I get one?

I see on Amazon that KitchenAid offers a special promotion for buying some of their products at a considerable savings on retail compared to their regular prices. For example, for this Artisan mixer, it shows a discount from $299 to $228.71 .

How do I deal with my Artisan mini mixers?

Although it’s said that KitchenAid was so pleased that people are buying their products even when they were not readily available, I wonder if there is enough demand for the Artisan Mixer to make a permanent or a long-term investment of this brand.

I wish that KitchenAid would come up with a more attractive and design oriented Artisan mixer with some upgrades and functions that will make it worth an investment. I think the Artisan is a great idea, but it seems like they need to follow this up and make their mixer better – not just change their model numbering system and call it something different. The Mini-Artisan is a good start, but I think they have some more improvements that could be made. Maybe calling it the Mini-artisan or even the mini-artisan hybrid would be good for them, since it can work in conjunction with the classic KitchenAid or on its own.

Is Artisan MINI good?

I think it’s a great idea. It’s a fairly powerful mixer for its size, and it has all of the features that I need in a mixer. However, there is some room for improvement in this design. Like what? What could be improved upon? I understand that the Artisan is essentially a metal replacement for the plastic bowl on traditional KitchenAid mixers and plastic paddles with metal blades. This makes it hard to mix tough dough because of the attachment to the bowl not being strong enough to handle this task. It is recommended to remove the plastic paddle and use an all-metal attachment like a dough hook or dough blender.

Is KitchenAid mini powerful enough?

This mixer is powerful enough for a good sized batch of dough. But the mixing power seems to vary depending on what attachment you’re using with it. The motor is strong enough to mix small batches of bread dough or lighter cake mix or cookie dough with not too much effort. I think that if KitchenAid would have included a dough hook in this set, it would have been nice. However, I have noticed that the larger bowl attachment works well too.


I think that I will enjoy using the Artisan mixer because it offers a lot of features and functions that I need in a small mixer. It is compact and powerful enough to mix just about any small batch job. I think it’s also worth noting that this is not only a KitchenAid product, but an artisan one as well. This means that there will be no “glitches” with the mixer or accessories and you can’t get special deals on them like you normally can with KitchenAid mixers. However, like all KitchenAid products, this one comes at a premium price compared to its competitors.

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