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KitchenAid Artisan Series 325 Watt Stand Mixer Model KSM150 Review

Review of the KitchenAid Artisan KSM150 325 Watt Stand Mixer

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KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer

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After years of dreaming about owning a KitchenAid Artisan Mixer, my family gave me a white tilt-head model as a gift. Since the children are now grown up and I'm baking for only two, I wandered if I would make much use of it and whether it would require more clean-up than my old hand model. Would it warrant a permanent spot on the counter?

Product Description

  • 325-Watt Artisan® Series with tilt-back mixer head design
  • 10-Speed side controls range from slow stir to fast whip
  • Includes flat beater, dough hook, wire whip, plastic pouring shield
  • Power hub for optional attachments
  • Unique mixing action
  • 5 Quart stainless steel bowl
  • Flour Power™ Rating 9-Cup
  • MSRP $349.99
  • Learn more from the manufacturer

How the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Performed

Setting up the tilt-head Artisan was easy and I was pleased to find that the manual included helpful tips, instructions and recipes. My first initial mixing resulted in batter left on the bottom, but after adjusting the beater-to-bowl clearance according to the manual, I was impressed with the way the spiral beater action pulled in batter and left virtually no scraping required down the sides of the bowl.

The unit is quality-constructed, very solid and stable. It's heavier than expected but operating noise is reasonable. Beaters are easy to change and I love the tilt-head design which makes it easy to access the bowl, without removing the beaters. I really like the assortment of speeds and found that most often, higher speeds weren't required (except when whipping eggs) because the mixer does such a quick thorough mixing. Power is ample and sufficient for mixing cake and heavier cookie batters, or kneading a single or double batch of bread dough. It kneads dough well and whips frosting extremely creamy.

Clean-up is a breeze; it wipes easily and washing bowl and beaters is very quick due to the nice finish. The pouring shield makes it easier to add ingredients while the mixer is on and eliminates splashing.

I leave the Artisan on the counter where I can easily access it and I use it for all mixing tasks. Originally, I thought I would want to keep a hand mixer for certain tasks, but I've found I never use it - the stand unit is much more convenient. As for capacity and power, it's rated for up to 9 cups of flour and it does very well within those guidelines.

Overall Impression of the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer

I'm extremely pleased with the Artisan, find it a joy to use and wish I would have had one years ago. Not only do I find it a valuable time-saver, but it does a much better job of mixing, blending and whipping than my old mixer. The bowl size is perfect for a small household and power is more than sufficient. Though I find the price a little high, I do recommend the KitchenAid Artisan Mixer. It's a durable appliance that should serve me well for years.

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