Find Your Happy Place With A Classic
You really can’t beat a classic, and if you’re looking for something that has been tried, tested and well loved for decades, you should know exactly what you’re looking for in a stand mixer. In today’s world of kitchen appliances there can be some question regarding the staying power and longevity of some of these bad boys, but I still have a big place in my heart for KitchenAid mixers because my grandmother had one for somewhere around half a century. How can you go wrong with a brand with that kind of reputation?
You might even want to start your hunt with something like the KitchenAid Classic Plus Series 4.5 Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixer. This is the original style with the original bowl size. Plenty of models have come and gone since, and now they have bigger bowls and bigger motors. A mixer along these lines, however, served generations before us until after they welcomed our generation into the world, so we can’t write it off.
Not The Strongest, But Still Pretty Great
It may not have occurred to you that the wattage on a mixer matters, but it actually does. It may not matter if you’re not working the machine too hard or too often, but an underpowered motor will wear out after too much use or may not give you the control you want over the speeds you’re using. At 275 watts, this one has more power than a lot of others, but it’s not a “high powered” model.
With a motor that supports 10 different mixing speeds, you can do plenty of things with this mixer. I have always found most mixers can manage the high speeds, but they don’t always do as well on the low speeds. This one makes it work at all speeds, so whether you’re trying to move quickly or be gentle, you can make it work with this monster.
Bowling For Mixers
One important thing to keep in mind is the size of the bowl. This one doesn’t have the smallest bowl I’ve seen, but the stainless steel accessory comes in right at 4.5 quarts. I think that would be considered entry level for a KitchenAid option. It’s big enough for most uses, but if you’re baking or cooking for a lot of people, it may not be big enough.
Like a lot of the more popular mixers, this one comes with the three different attachments that you need to make just about any normal thing with your mixer. It has the flat beater which does the majority of your mixing, the wire whisk you can use for batter and whisking eggs, and the dough hook that gets you the dough you knead.
Do A Little Scraping
Even with the power that’s behind this classic style, you will probably have to stop it and scrape the sides of the bowl. It’s a reality of stand mixers. They’re great appliances, but they aren’t always great at reaching every place of the round upside-down dome. It’s a minor inconvenience, but pretty typical.
Get Your Power For Fewer Dollars
Getting the best mixer on the market for home use can cost up to $600, but not everyone needs that. In fact, most people don’t. A lot of people would do entirely well with a less expensive model. With that information in mind, the price on this one falls at a comfortable place that I would be more likely to spend my money on. It isn’t the biggest one in the line or the most powerful, but that doesn’t mean it won’t do just what you need it to.
I love classic, and I know that the predecessors to this mixer were the work horses of the 20th century. So many of the home baked treats that the last three or more generations have loved came courtesy of a beautiful KitchenAid mixer. This one may not be the strongest option out there, but if you don’t need it for making bread dough and you plan to use the machine on an occasional basis, this entry level KitchenAid should have enough going for it to fit your needs.