If you’re trying to figure out the best option for your mixing needs, there are things other than power to consider when making your choice. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for large or small, there are plenty of different quirks and features which can come with these appiances, and they can made a big difference depending on what you’re going to be makin and how much moving you want to do.
She’s So Heavy
Traditional stand mixers like the KitchenAid 5-Qt. Artisan Series are heavy. That’s not an exaggeration. They’re typically around 25 to 30 pounds, which may not sound like a lot, but trust me, you do not want to be dragging that out of and putting it back into a cupboard on a regular basis. I was going to do it with my dear departed KitchenAid, but that idea lasted exactly one time before I was all like, “Oh my bob, get me some space on the counter.”
I thought I was going to throw out my back trying to lift it onto the counter when the time came. This thing was solid metal and heavy as all get out. Needless to say, I found a nice comfortable corner for it on the counter, and the only movement it did was to get pulled to the front of the counter to put ingredients in, spinning when the mixing was going, and then put back into the corner once it was wiped down and done being used. If you don’t have the space for that, you might want a plastic based mixer, or even a hand mixer which can be put away more easily when you’re done with it.
As I said before, you’re going to need to throughly examine your counterspace if you want a stand mixer. You can keep it under the counter, but you’re probably not going to want to. Make sure you have a corner for it, and if you don’t, figure out what lighter weight items you have that can be put under the counter or into a cupboard. If you don’t use your coffee maker every day, that might be something worth switching out to save your back the drama of lifting your new stand mixer all the darn time.
How Many People Are You Serving?
If you have to make cookies for the entire elementary school on a regular basis, you’re going to want the biggest bowl possible for your mixer. If you’re not going to be pushing that many baked goods through your life, a standard 4 or 4.5 quart bowl should probably be enough. You could also go a little bigger than that to 5 quarts and get a happy medium between supersize and satisfactory. Either way, you’ll be able to get your mix on, but you just have to have a pretty good idea of what you’re going to need before you buy.
The Most Important
Of these three considerations, I think the most important one is the weight of the mixer. I remember when I opened my new one up on Christmas a few years ago, I tried to lift the box without realizing how heavy it was (or what was inside) and my back and I were pretty much not on speaking terms for quite some time. No matter how you look at it, it wasn’t comfortable, and I wish that was one thing I clearly knew before I got it.
I still would have gotten it, but I might have thought more about colors that matched my kitchen, etc. before picking out the one I wanted. I really didn’t know it was going to be one of the focuses of my kitchen because of the bright red color and the need for it to spend its life on top of the counter. I know that if this is the biggest complaint I can come up with about my kitchen and my access to food, I’m living a pretty good life. Regardless, keep these things in mind before splurging on your own mixer, and you’ll be pretty happy in the long run.