History of Kitchenaid
This kitchenaid mixer review will be a little different because I decided to do a little history of the Kitchenaid mixer. There is more history but I think I covered the evolution of the Kitchenaid brand.
Kitchenaid mixer has been around for a very long time. The kichenaid brand was owned by Whirlpool Corporation The company was started in 1919. The Hobart Corporation, owned by Whirlpool was the company that produced the stand mixer.
The idea for the stand mixer was formulated by Herbert Johnson, engineer. He got his inspiration from a baker mixing dough and decided there had to be a better way. The result was the Model H and was launched for industrial work. The United States Navy ordered the mixers for two of their new battleships as a test and by 1917 Hobart stand mixers were in the kitchen of all navy ships.
The H-5″ was the first model to be introduced. As competition was starting to come into play, they introduced the Model K in the 1930s. The model K was designed by Egmont Arens. The brand’s stand mixers has not changed very much in design and the attachments from the model K can be used on modern mixers. This does not include all attachments such as the beater and bowls.
The first mixer to carry the Kitchenaid name was the 10-quart C-10 model introduced in 1918. It was built in Springfield, Ohio by Troy Metal Products, a subsidiary of Hobart Corporation. The name came from a wife of one of the company executives when she said it is was the best kitchen aid she had ever had.
Retailers weren’t interested in selling the Kitchenaid mixer so they hired a staff of mostly women to sell door to door. The C-10 was also marketed to soda fountains and commercial kitchens.
Kitchenaid mixers remained very popular and by the 1930’s the would be all sold out by Christmas. Then World War II came and the factory was closed. It reopened in 1946 and the factory moved to Greenville, Ohio for expansion. The growth and modernization of Kitchenaid mixers has continued until today. Kitchenaid mixer is the most well-known name in stand mixers.
The basic design of the mixer has stayed relatively the same over the many years. The Museum of Modern Art has named the Kitchenaid Stand mixer an American Icon.
My kitchenaid mixer review will cover the most popular machines,
This mixer is the most affordable that does not take away from the value. It has a 4.5 qt stainless steel bowl. 250 watts of power. This definitely a starter mixer and will do your normal work. It will work well for cookies, cake mixes and much more.
This is the most popular mixer. It has a tilt head, with a 5 qt stainless steel bowl. A 325 Watt motor with enough power to mix dough, but not recommended for continues use as a dough maker. If you do a lot of large batches of cookies or dough, you should look at the Professional or Commercial mixers. This mixer is said to be user-friendly but a little heavy. There are other styles of the Artisan.
The Artisan Mini
A smaller version of the popular Artisan mixer which is approximately 20% smaller. The mixing bowl is 3.5 qts. It has 250 watts of power which is the same as the classic. Many people like this size because it is easier to handle and store but will still do the normal things like cookies and cakes. This model is called the Artisan Mini.
The most powerful of the home use models. It has a 6 qt bowl. The 550 watts of power allows you to make several dozen cookies at one time, also extra batches of bread dough, With this design the bowl tilts up and down instead of the tilt head. Some people like this feature because they feel it is easier to add ingredients. There are other models in this series that have different features. The Professional 600 also come in different colors.
This model is the most powerful one and used mostly in restaurant and bakery kitchens. It has an 8 qt mixing bowl, the largest one used.
The 8 qt mixing bowl will hold 14 cups of flour. This machine is able to mix dough for 8 1/4 loaves of bread. The commercial Kitchenaid is NSF and UL rated for food service,
Colors and Attachments
There are approximately 59 colors in the kitchenaid lab but not all models come in all the colors. Each model has a variety of colors so I am sure you can find a color that you like in whatever model you want.
There are models that have the attachments included but not all. Some specialty attachments are, pasta roller, flex edge beater,food processor and ice cream maker. If you have attachments for your mixer and are planning to purchase a new one you might want to check because some attachments are interchangeable.
Kitchenaid mixers have been manufactured here in America for a very long time. They had their ups and downs but they didn’t give up, even after the war.
I wrote this Kitchenaid mixer review in hopes that I could shed some light on the models that are available and a little of their differences. I didn’t cover every model but I hope in the end you have an idea of what you are looking for. Fortunately there is a model that will fit the needs of everyone.
Kitchenaid is one of the oldest and most trusted names in stand mixers. The idea was born in America and today they are still making stand mixers in their facility in Greenville, Ohio.
Please feel free to leave any comments or ask an questions and I will get back to you as soon as I can.