Today KitchenAid is the recognized leader in the segment of planetary mixers for home and professional cooking. These stylish, reliable and high-performance mixers were created, first of all, for restaurants as a professional technique. But their wide functionality and reliability provided unprecedented popularity among consumers around the world. The high efficiency of these models is largely due to the use of the principle of planetary rotation, when the working part of the head and the whisk rotate in different directions, ensuring thorough mixing throughout the bowl volume.
Planetary KitchenAid mixers are conditionally divided into three types, depending on the bowl fixing and its volume. Compact models have a tilting head and a bowl in volume of 3.5 or 5 quart. Large models are equipped with a 7.3-quart bowl and a lifting mechanism for its installation in the working position.
Of course, the 5KSM7580 with an enlarged bowl takes up more space on the kitchen table.
Its dimensions reach 16.1 x 14.7 x 11 inches, and the weight exceeds 28 lbs.
The size of the popular KitchenAid Artisan with a bowl of 5 quart is 14.7 x 13.4 x 8.7 inches, and the weight is reduced to 24 lbs.
Accordingly, this model is approximately 30% cheaper compared to model by 6.3 quart.
MINI mixer is a novelty of 2017.
It completely corresponds to its name. Its dimensions are only 12 x 12.2 x 7.5 inches, and the weight slightly exceeds 13 lbs. But, the capacity of its bowl is only 3.5 quart. Its features can be seen in the video at the end of the article.
The basic functional for all models is the same. They all have 10 speed modes, a socket for connecting additional attachments, a metal bowl and three main accessories (corolla, hook for dough and a paddle for mixing).
Additional attachments (meat grinder, juicer, vegetable cutter, etc.) have universal fastening and are suitable for all these models.
1. KitchenAid Artisan 5KSM125EER and 5KSM175PSECA
The technical characteristics of the new mixers 125 and 175 series are absolutely identical to the previous 5KSM150PSE model that is withdrawn from production. The kit and color palette are the only difference. These models are equipped with a 5 Qt bowl, a tilting head for easy replacement of the attachments and are available in several colors.
The mixer motor is located in the tilting part. The massive base provides steadiness during operation. The mixer bowl is fixed with a latch.
Models differ from each other only with a set of attachments. 5KSM175PSE has an additional blade with a silicone rib and a second bowl with splash protection.
2. KitchenAid Artisan 5KSM7580
A bowl of XL format with a volume of 7.3 quart, an improved powerful drive and a professional fixation of bowl are the key features of this model.
This model is designed for cooking large volumes. It easily copes with kneading dough from 4.5 lbs of flour.
The dough hook and corolla have an improved shape for increasing the productivity of cooking a large amount of dough, including a dense dough for pasta and dumplings.
3. KitchenAid Artisan MINI 5KSM3311XHT
Compactness and low weight are the main advantages of this model. It’s 25% lighter and 20% smaller compared to traditional Artisan mixers. But its power is also 20% lower and is 250 W.
This model easily copes with a kneading dough from 1.5 lbs of flour.
KitchenAid Artisan MINI is ideal for cooking in a small kitchen for a family of 2-4 people.
KitchenAid Artisan with a bowl volume of 5 Qt is convenient for baking and families of 4-6 people.
KitchenAid Artisan with a bowl volume of 7.3 Qt is designed for regular cooking for a large family of 6-12 people.