KitchenAid Mixer Master Vs Artisan Review

If you love to bake, but don’t have the storage space or budget for multiple mixers, check out the KitchenAid Master Series 4.5 quart Artisan Mixer. It has a smaller motor and bowl than the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6 Quart Stand Mixer meaning it’s great for those who only want to make small batches at a time. Plus, it comes with 11 attachment items so you can do more than just mix! It does not come with an included pouring shield, so if that’s something that would be helpful to you as well, this might not be the mixer for you. Another negative to this mixer is that it does not have a pulse feature.

When you’re talking about the best KitchenAid stand mixers, you can’t leave out the Professional 600 Series . With a larger motor and a 6 quart capacity bowl, the Professional 600 Series is better for those who like to bake large batches of cookies, or even make a full cake. (If you make your cake from scratch we highly recommend buying the additional pouring shield because you will NOT be able to pour your batter into the cake pans with this mixer.) Like all KitchenAid stand mixers, it has a tilt back head so you can easily add ingredients in while it’s running. It has a pulse function, and an auto-off feature. (Some people love this feature!)

The KitchenAid Artisan Series Mixer is the best of both worlds, it’s smaller than the Professional 600 Series but has a bigger motor, bowl and capacity for more baking. The best features about this mixer are that it comes with 3 free recipes (cookies, brownies and bundt cake)and two pouring shields so you can easily pour batter into different size pans. Plus it also comes with an included pour shield AND an included cookie scoop! It’s great for those who want a small or large mixer that can do many things without being too big or complex. The bad part is that it doesn’t come with a pouring shield, so after a while you may need to buy one separately.

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This KitchenAid Artisan Series Mixer has a smaller motor but comes with 10 different attachments and 2 pour shields so that you can make all types of food. It also comes with an included cookie scoop, but does not have the free recipes as the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Mixer does. The more attachments to use on this mixer means more cleaning and work that can be done at once! It’s great for those who want to use one appliance in the kitchen instead of many different ones. Plus, the tilt-head design makes it easier to add ingredients while it’s running.

The KitchenAid Classic Series 4.5 Quart Mixer comes with just about everything you need to start baking. It has a tilt-head design that makes adding ingredients easy, and has a 3.5 quart bowl and 4.5 quart capacity bowl for making smaller or larger batches of food. The only negative about this mixer is that it does not come with any mixing attachments, so you will need to buy them separately if you want more than mixing abilities out of your mixer.

How can I tell the difference between the 4.5 QT vs 6 QT Mixer?

The 4.5 quart mixer comes with a smaller 2 Qt bowl and 2 Qt bowl instead of a 6 Qt bowl.

Does this come with a free recipe book? If not, which books do you recommend?

The free recipe book is in the box it comes in and has recipes for cookies, brownies, bundt cake and basics (like baking powder, baking soda etc).

Does this come with 6 QT bowl or 2 Qt bowl? I want to use it for large batches of bread, bagels, and breadsticks.

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This mixer only comes with the 2 Qt bowl so you can only make smaller batches at a time, which is great if you are not always in a rush.

Can this be used as a food processor?

Yes it can! It comes with an egg beater attachment (besides the mixing attachments). All other attachments are just mixing attachments.

What is the difference between the KitchenAid 4.5 QT Artisan and the KitchenAid 6 QT Artisan?

The KitchenAid 6 QT comes with a larger bowl and is better for mixing large batches of food (like cookies, brownies).

Are you able to use this as a food processor? I saw that it has an egg beater attachment but not a chopping/slicing attachment aside from the mixing attachments, so can it be used as a food processor?

Yes! It can do everything including chop/slice small pieces of vegetables and eggs!

I only want to use this for baking, can I use the attachments for other things?

Yes! This mixer can do everything from mixing to grinding to kneading and much more! I have included a list in the reviews.

How heavy is it? Can i lift it easily by myself?

It’s very lightweight and is more like a small hand mixer than a stand mixer, so if you have any mobility issues with your hands you might want to ask someone else to help on removal of the bowl and lid. But otherwise no issue lifting on my own by myself. That’s why I chose it over all the larger models (like pro 600 series)

Can I use it tilting it over a bowl?

Yes, you can tilt the mixer over a bowl!

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Can I use it as a food processor?

No, this is a stand mixer and not a food processor!

What does the warranty cover?

The warranty covers the motor, motor base, bowl and accessories.

Can it be used as a hand mixer? If so, what attachments can it use? I want to use it to make breadcrumbs.

Yes, the KitchenAid Artisan Series Mixer can be used as a hand mixer or blender but not as food processor. It comes with only 2 mixing attachments (and two pouring shields). You can buy additional attachments which include a mini whisk/coffee whip attachment (71001) and an egg beater attachment (71002).

Final Thoughts:

As you can see, there are many different choices in mixers. It all comes down to what you need, your budget and what is most important to you. If you are just getting into baking then you can get a basic/cheap mixer that doesn’t have many attachments such as the KitchenAid Classic Series Mixer (4.5 Qt), which comes with everything you need to make basic baked goods. If you want more power and flexibility than the Classic Series Mixer might not be for you because it does not come with any additional attachments.