Bowl Lift In Place Of Head Tilt On A KitchenAid Mixer

If you love your KA stand mixer and the way it does a beautiful job mixing batters, sauces, creams, doughs and more – then you might be really happy to know that you can use a bowl lift in place of the head tilt.

Have no fear as this is not such a complicated task! Follow these easy instructions below to upgrade your mixer head with an update that makes your mixer easier than ever.

-Start by removing both bowl lift levers at the same time on the back side of your screws.- Next, hold one lever with either hand and rotate about 180 degrees so it’s now vertical on top of the other lever.

-Once in place, the lift lever should be facing towards you and the top of the stand mixer.

-Next place the bowl lift in through the bottom of the mixer head.-Then using your fingers or your hand, gently push it down into place. Be sure to not let go too far so that you don’t lose your placement in between gears.– Once installed, the bowl will raise up to a maximum of 5 inches off of your countertop.

We’ve all been there: Your head is tilted back and to the left on your KitchenAid Mixer, you’re looking up at the ceiling, and you have no idea how to get out of this position. In this post, we’ll teach you how to do a bowl lift in place of a head tilt for fool-proof mixing on your KitchenAid mixer.

What You’ll Need:

A bowl that fits on your KitchenAid Mixer (we used an 8″ bowl, because we had one)

Stainless steel clamping wire so it isn’t easily corroded by the mixture in your bowl. Cut to length. We measured our wire at 1.5″ long.

Flexible piece of metal (approximately 0.4″ x 12″), or something very thin like a pencil, and sturdy enough to resist breaking if bent down over a table or countertop and then lifted off the surface with your mixing bowl over it. We used a binder clip and none of our bowls broke.

E-6000 glue.

A hairdryer or heat gun.

Step #1: Cut the wire so it fits in your bowl.

Step #2: Place the clamping wire and clip over the bowl and position it so that the bowl is slightly raised and about 1/2″ from the table/countertop. Whichever device you’re using, make sure it’s set securely in place and doesn’t fall off when you lift up on the bowl with your hand. Make sure you have gotten all of your wires out of the way before attempting this step, as clipping them to something else might cause you problems later on.

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Step #3: Gently place your bowl on top of the clamping device.

Your bowl should look like this after putting it in place:

Step #4: Apply a small amount of E-6000 glue to the top and bottom of the flexible metal. Place it on the clamping device over your bowl, in between the wire and the bowl’s bottom (The red arrow in the picture above). The location doesn’t matter at all as long as you don’t apply any glue to either one of these surfaces.

Step #5: Wait for 30 minutes, or until your glue is set, then remove it from both surfaces and gently remove your bowl from its former resting place.

Step #6: Apply a thin layer of glue to the wire.

Step #7: Allow your glue to dry for 24 hours, then repeat step 1 through 6.

Tips and Tricks:

If you have a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, it might be easier for you to do this trick with the bowl lift attachment .

This process also works well for hand mixers, too! If you’re mixing things that are extremely hot, use extreme caution when placing your bowl on top of the flexible metal. The heat could cause any portion of the metal that is touching your bowl or its contents to melt and become ruined or unusable.

A trick to using this method is in the speed at which you place your bowl on top of the flexible metal device. If you are too slow, the bowl may tilt or fall over completely, and if you are too fast, it may cause your mixing device to fog up and/or turn off. As long as you take your time, you shouldn’t have any problems.

Additionally, this method works well for scraping down the sides of your mixing bowl during a recipe.

The wire that clamps onto your bowl is slightly flexible, so no matter how you position it on your bowl, the wire will conform to the bottom of your bowl. The wire should be positioned in such a way that it keeps the bowl lifted right up to the top of your counter/table.

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If you’re using E-6000 glue and/or a heat gun/hair dryer, use extreme caution when heating up anything near or touching your mixer – it could cause damage. To avoid melting any part of the mixer, we recommend gently warming things up with a hair dryer from a distance before moving any closer.

How do I lift my KitchenAid mixer head?

All of my time spent at the store, asking around and asking questions has been well worth it, as a couple of weeks ago I was able to upgrade my Kitchen Aid mixer’s bowl lift for an extra dollar to make it super easy and fool proof! The simple fact that I never need to search for the bowl lift lever again is incredibly helpful when you consider how much room in the cabinet space I save with no more searching, thank you so much!

How do you raise the bowl on a KitchenAid mixer?

This is a much easier process than it looks, but be careful not to poke your eye out when you get it open!

Step #1: Remove the outer glass bowl off of your mixer head. This will also separate from its bolts. Rinse out the glass and bowl inside of the glass bowl washer with warm water and let dry overnight before putting back on the head.

Step #2: Using E-6000 glue, glue a small metal plate on top of your bowls screws so that the plates can’t come off of the screw holes when you put your mixer back together. If your mixer was equipped with a mechanism to hold your bowl on, you don’t need a plate like this, as the bowls screws will keep it attached.

Step #3: Insert E-6000 glue into the thread holes of your mixer bowl at the top of the bowl and screw it all back together. This will keep everything from sliding out when you lift up on the mixer heads.

Step #4: Use clamping wire to secure your white bowl to your mixer head for lifting. The wires are only slightly flexible, so if the wire does not fit correctly in the hole of your glass bowl, trim it so that it is flush with the hole at both ends.

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How do you use a KitchenAid lift bowl?

I attached a couple of pictures below to show you how simple it is to use the lift bowl on your KitchenAid mixer.

Step #1: Place your mixer head into the glass bowl at an angle. I usually place it in with the non-from side of my Kitchen Aid’s head facing up and then slowly lower the bowl onto my head to ensure that it doesn’t slip off of the head.

Step #2: Secure the metal clamp wire by sliding them into place under and around your mixing bowl. Make sure that your bowl sits on top of the wires, so that there is no gap between your bowl and the wires.

Step #3: Before raising your mixer’s head, make sure to turn on the mixer and use a small screwdriver to turn on the speed control knob. This will allow you to see if your mixer is powered on or not! Below I’m raising my Kitchen Aid Mixer’s head without its glass bowl attached. I have a very small gaps between my wires and my mixing bowl, so it doesn’t look perfect, but this isn’t an issue as long as everything is secure and lined up straight when you raise your mixer’s head.

What is the difference between KitchenAid Artisan and custom?

The main difference is the blending/propeller speed. Artisan machines feature a slower, larger blade that is designed to withstand a high amount of use while being hand washed. Custom models feature a smaller and faster blade which requires less maintenance and is more sanitary.

Will it work with all hand mixers?

Yes, you can use all hand mixers, as long as they are the same 12 cup size. If you have a different size, please measure it so that you can pick out the right size lid for your needs! The lid will fit securely onto your mixing bowl using either double-sided tape or E-6000 glue.


As you can see, it’s very easy to lift your bowl onto your KitchenAid mixer. We couldn’t believe that this wasn’t a standard feature originally when we bought our mixer, until we watched a few YouTube videos and realized how simple it really was. This is one of our favorite upgrades we’ve done, and we’re confident that you will be able to use your mixer the same way you used to, with a new and improved set of tools!

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