Kitchenaid Mixer Review-a Little History Plus

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,

The Classic

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.

Artisan

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.

Professional 600

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.

Commercial

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.

 

Conclusion

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.

 

12 thoughts on “Kitchenaid Mixer Review-a Little History Plus”

  1. I’m looking for something relatively small as I’m not really into baking big cakes and stuff. I do love to bake cookies and little cakes for when friends come to visit.

    The Artisan Mini seems like the perfect choice for me. I do like the fact that it is still very high quality so I don’t have to worry it’ll break down on me so easily.

    1. Hi Laura,

      Thanks for the comment. I agree that the mini is perfect for regular baking. Kitchenaid has a standard of high quailty for all of their products. I am sure you will be happy with the mini.

  2. I recieved a KitchenAid Artisan last year as a Christmas present.  I do a lot of baking, but I never really thought of buying one. I was fine using a hand mixer, and didn’t think it was necessary to upgrade. It wasn’t even on my radar at all.

    But now at almost a year later, I can say I love it.  Its nice to have your hands free, and I feel like I have upped my baking game to the next level.  If you have the space, you may want to consider getting one of these.  

    1. Thanks for the comment. I am glad you are enjoying your Artisan. They do need space but are well worth the effort to find room for it. The Artisan is the best selling model.

  3. Hello Carolyn, 

    Thanks so much for this article. I have been looking the last few months at a KitchenAid Artisan and have been trying to find articles to provide honest feedback on the unit and not only a sales pitch. The dough comment is of interest to me as I like to make both cookies and cakes. The criteria to purchase a higher spec model is a little subjective, could you possible provide a bit more info or some practical guidelines to assist me in making the correct selection?

    Thanks for your help.

    Rich

    1. Hi Rich.

      Thanks for the comment. My best answer to your question is go to the Kitchenaid site and it will give you the info you are looking for.

  4. I’ve never used a kitchenaid before but my grandma swears by them. I have only used more generic models to make cookies. But in sure the kitchen aid would be very helpful for bread mixing. The background you provided was pretty interesting. I wonder why retailers weren’t interested in selling the kitchen aid at first. It’s also interesting to know that it was first used by the navy.

    1. Hi Mariah,

      Thanks for the comments Owners of Kitchenaids all say the same thing, they wouldn’t have any other brand. The reason the store weren’t willing to sell the early Kitchenaids is they thought they were to pricey and would not sell.

      The history of Kitchenaid is 

      interesting.

  5. I certainly didn’t know anything about the history of Kitchenaid.  I can see that the design has remained the same, but the more modern ones have that nice looking shine to them making them look more sleek and inviting.

    I like the red one, not only cause it is my daughters favorite colour but the fact that the bowl has a handle on it. 

    Even though the Professional 600 also has a handle on the bowl I don’t like the design of that one as much as the other ones on your list. 

    1.  Hi Shy,

      I agree about the color, which you can get in most model. The 600 is a heavier duty model so it does look less attractive.

  6. a really cool insightful review with a little histor lesson. I never knew Kitchenaid has been around that long. That is a long time to be around and still here today selling their mixers. 

    The thing is that stands out to me in this review is the fact a business started up from the bottom. Then they make it through all the negative stuff like the war (great drepressions to I believe? But not sure), and they came back during a harsh time and look at tweets they are now.

    They are still creating mixers and other products for homes and business alike. It goes to show if you have a product a quality product even through the hardships if you keep going you will succeed in the end you know?

    Thank you for the review and history lesson it really opened my eyes on how to keep going and your business will still be here

    Matt

    1. Thanks Matt,

      Kitchenaid history says a lot for an American Company. They starting in American and remained here for all these years. During the war they stopped selling the mixer but during the Depression they remodeled the design, the way it is today, and continued to sell and grow.

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