I’ve been using KitchenAid stand mixers for the last 10 years, and they still get the job done. That said, a few other companies have their own stand mixers that are also worth considering. In this article, I will discuss which KitchenAid model is best for you: Classic Stand Mixer or Classic Plus Stand Mixer?
To find the answer to this question, we need to first go over what makes these two models unique. The difference between them boils down to a few key features that may or may not be important to you. This article does a good job at discussing the differences between Classic and Classic Plus, but it doesn’t go into the details and inner workings of both mixers. So, in this article, I will help you find the best choice for your needs by going over what makes these two models different from each other.
Classic vs. Classic Plus
Classic KitchenAid stand mixers are built well and perform their intended function well for many years. But a few things about them have changed since they were first sold in 1948:
As you can see, both mixers were made with a hefty steel body that weighed 10+ pounds with attachments. Classic KitchenAid stand mixers still have these same feature today, but they are now made of high-tech reinforced plastics. This also helps them to stay light weight and more portable, even as they gain more accessories over the years.
The first change that you can see is the two included attachments. As I mentioned before, Classic KitchenAid stand mixers come with a dough hook and a flat beate (beating bowl). The dough bowl is slightly different in shape between Classic and Classic Plus models, but they do share the same body size (9″ square).
Classic Plus KitchenAid Mixers come with both a #5 and a #2 beater blade. You also get a wire whip attachment with the mixer. The wire whip on the KitchenAid Classic Plus mixer is much lighter than its Classic counterpart, but both attachments are made of sturdy steel. The #2 flat beater is also made of sturdy steel with a non-stick coating, which makes it easier to clean after mixing different ingredients together.
There are other differences between these two models. Here are some of them:
In terms of mixing power and performance, both mixers achieve the same results (check out this article for proof).
Between Classic and Classic Plus models, you can find a wider variety of accessories to choose from. For example, a few years ago, you could only buy an extra bowl accessory for your KitchenAid stand mixer (with optional second-shaft attachment). Now you can choose from different styles:
There are also more accessories available for the Classic Plus KitchenAid stand mixer. For example, custom attachments must be purchased separately from the company if you want them to be compatible with both Classic and Classic Plus models.
Classic KitchenAid Stand Mixers are not as portable as their more recent counterparts. They cannot easily be folded up or pushed into tight spaces.
Classic Plus KitchenAid stand mixers are somewhat more portable then their Classic counterparts. But they do not fold up very well, nor can they be pushed into tight spaces. Their largest size can still only accommodate 9″ square bowls, so that may be an issue if you want to mix in several different sized bowls or pans at once.
KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer
The Classic stand mixer is a well-rounded machine that’s been around for decades. It offers all of the basics you’d expect in a good stand mixer, such as:
• 6 speeds and 3 pulsing options
• 2.5-quart stainless steel bowl
• Dough hook, flat mixing paddle, wire whip and pouring shield
• Optional attachments and extra bowls
• 3-year limited warranty
The major drawback to the Classic is its weight. At 20 pounds, it’s definitely a heavy unit. If you have problems lifting heavy things, the Classic may not be your best option. This is why I recommend the Classic Plus Stand Mixer below.
The Classic has a simple look with a few color options. It’s minimalistic and doesn’t draw unnecessary attention to itself. The Classic is the most affordable KitchenAid stand mixer, so if you’re just starting out or want a basic option, it’s the best choice.
The Classic is most affordable stand mixer at $199.98 MSRP. If you are looking for a basic entry-level machine, this price will get you going without breaking the bank. • Versatility
The Classic works well for all types of batters and doughs and doesn’t have any major problems with consistency or sensitivity to different ingredients. The Classic does everything well but nothing great. This is why I recommend the Classic Plus below.
KitchenAid Classic Plus Stand Mixer
The Classic Plus is a basic stand mixer that comes with some features that can make baking a little bit easier. The mixer has all of the same features as the Classic but also adds: • larger bowl and dough hook for more efficient mixing
• additional beaters for different textures and uses (flour, ice, cookie dough) The Classic Plus is $50 more than the Classic without any increase in performance or bread-making abilities. If
you need certain accessories to complete your recipe, this extra money will be well worth it.
The Classic Plus has a sleek design that will pump up your kitchen decor. It also comes in more color options than the Classic. • Price
The Classic Plus is $249.98 MSRP (compared to the $199.98 MSRP of the Classic). If you want to get an extra mixing bowl and dough hook, then this price is well worth it compared to getting these accessories separately. • Versatility
The Classic Plus will allow you to mix, knead and mix dough with greater ease compared to the original model, but it still won’t be able to perform at the same level of a professional bread maker like its big brother Artisan ($449.95 MSRP). The Classic Plus is perfect for those who want to get into mixing at a basic level and are interested in some of the attachments.
KitchenAid 5-Speed Stand Mixer
The 5-Speed stand mixer is a mid-level option that combines durability, functionality and sturdiness with aesthetics. It’s definitely not an entry level model, but it is more affordable than several of its competitors. This stand mixer beats out models like the Kenwood and Vitamix, which cost over $200 more than it does. #win
The 5-Speed is visually stunning, especially with its light blue casing. It’s not an eye-grabbing model like the KitchenAid Artisan Professional Series but it will definitely increase your kitchen decor. The 5-Speed has five speeds and three bowl options, giving you even more versatility than the Classic Plus.
The 5-Speed is $149.99 MSRP (compared to $249.98 for the Classic Plus). If you need to save money, this model is a great option for you because it’s very affordable and does everything most of us will ever need in a mixer. However, if you’re looking for a higher quality machine that can handle more complicated tasks, I recommend the KitchenAid Artisan Series below.
The 5-Speed is a great choice for all types of mixing, including bread-making, cookie dough and batters. The amount of attachments that come with this stand mixer can allow you to handle any recipe you can think of. The Classic + and the 5-Speed are the most affordable models by far, which should make them your first choices if you want to get into baking or want a basic machine for all your mixing needs.
I hope this article helped clear up any confusion about which KitchenAid mixer is best for you. If you have any questions about the set up, feel free to ask me in the comments section below.
It’s debatable whether a KitchenAid stand mixer is worth the price, but we think you’ll agree that it’s worth it. What will you do with your time when the cake is baking and the dough has risen? You could whip up a batch of homemade ice cream, make some quick bread or cookies for breakfast, or just bake another cake.
What is the difference between a KitchenAid Mixer and a KitchenAid Hand Mixer?
The differences between a stand mixer and hand mixer are vast, but the most notable advantage in using a hand mixer is portability; you can take it with you when you travel. A stand mixer weighs about 55 pounds, while a hand mixer weighs about three pounds. You can attach different attachments to a hand mixer, such as dough hooks and whisks, which aren’t compatible with the shaft of a stand mixer (since it’s so large). Hand mixers are also generally easier to use because the bowl and beaters are smaller and lighter. In general, hand mixers do not have as much power as their stand mixer counterparts. Hand mixers can also be used to make dough and batter, but it will take longer due to their lack of power.
What is the difference between a KitchenAid Mixer vs a Cuisinart Stand Mixer?
Both brands offer several models that perform different tasks, but they all serve the same purpose: mixing baking ingredients together. They’re both considered high-end mixers. The biggest difference is the size of the mixer and the speed of the motor. A KitchenAid stand mixer has a 2.6 horsepower motor, while a Cuisinart hand mixer has a one-half horsepower motor. This means that KitchenAid mixers can handle heavier mixing tasks such as bread dough or cake batter (although you can use a Cuisinart to do the same). It also means that KitchenAid mixers are louder than Cuisinart mixers, which some people may not prefer considering they will be using them in their home kitchens.
What is the difference between KitchenAid custom and Artisan?
The Custom and Artisan models are essentially the same, but there are some key differences that you should be aware of. The two models have the same features, but the design and color are different. They also cost about $150 more than their counterparts, which is a pretty hefty price increase for most people.
What does it mean when it says “New Professional series” on my mixer?
The New Professional series has all new designs compared to the standard Artisan and Classic lines, plus they have some new grind control options as well. The motor is also bigger than previous models (2 horsepower vs 1½ horsepower) and can handle harder tasks such as grinding, chopping or mixing at a higher speed.
What is a KitchenAid Mixer’s warranty?
Like all KitchenAid products, the warranties are excellent. Your mixer will come with a 1-year warranty for covered parts (excluding wear and tear) or a 10-year warranty for non-covered parts (like stainless steel bowls, wire whisk and beatsers). You can also get an extended warranty that extends this coverage up to 10 years (depending on your needs) with an additional yearly fee.
Is 4.5 Qt stand mixer big enough?
It depends on what you want to mix in it. If you’re making large batches of cookies or other desserts, then a 4.5 quart mixer will not be big enough for you. If the capacity is the biggest concern for you, check out this one by KitchenAid which gives you twice as much space (8 quarts). It’s noted that the new 10-quart model may be released soon, and this would be a great option if you plan on doing lots of cooking or baking in your kitchen.
Do I need a KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer?
The Artisan series is the most popular line of stand mixers because it offers aesthetically pleasing designs and easy-to-use functionality. It’s a step up from the Classic and Classic Plus series, which are also great options. Although some people might not see a difference between the three models, I think you will like it if you have never used one before. First off, it looks much nicer (without being too “fancy”) and has a number of new features that make mixing operations much easier.
KitchenAid stand mixers are one of the most popular brands on the market. They are known for their durability, reliability and durability. The extra features that come with these mixers makes them worth every penny, but if you’re looking for something more affordable, check out their hand mixers. We hope this article helps you find the best KitchenAid mixer that is right for you!