The KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer is recommended for serious bakers with plenty of counter space. It may be overkill, however, for those who only bake occasionally. The mixer comes with three attachments -- a flat beater, a whisk and a dough hook -- and has a 5-quart bowl with handle. Several add-on attachments are also available for purchase. The mixer carries a one-year warranty.
A workhorse that kneads, mixes and whips with ease. Reviewers say the KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer has enough power to handle large quantities of ingredients and consistently outperforms other models when it comes to mixing stiff dough or whipping ingredients. It can mix dough for up to nine dozen cookies at a time or dough for four loaves of bread.
In its latest review, Australia's Choice magazine gives the KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer perfect scores for whisking egg whites, mixing cake batter and kneading pizza dough. Likewise, it is named the top performer by Good Housekeeping, whose editors say it performs excellently at all tasks. However, editors at Cook's Illustrated magazine aren't as impressed. In their test, the Artisan struggled with such tasks as kneading dough and mixing dry ingredients like oats to make cookie dough. Editors say it does an excellent job of whipping and creaming, though.
The KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer is the top choice of owners at Cooking.com and is the highest-ranked stand mixer by more than 2,000 users at Amazon.com. Owners at these retail websites call this mixer a workhorse and report very few durability issues, although some say the mixer can bog down when mixing extremely heavy doughs, such as gluten-free mixes.
A cinch to use. Reviewers say the Artisan Series mixer is a versatile, simple stand mixer. Attachments are easy to change, controls are clearly marked and the mixer is easy to clean. All of the parts, aside from the whisk attachment, are dishwasher-safe.
According to reviewers, there are a few drawbacks. At Good Housekeeping, reviewers say the machine splatters a lot on high speed and it has too many crevices to clean, while editors at Cook's Illustrated magazine say the narrow bowl mouth "hindered the tidy addition of dry ingredients." However, users say the included splash guard with chute easily solves this problem.
Complements your kitchen decor. At nearly 14 inches tall and 14 inches deep, the KitchenAid Artisan Series takes up a lot of counter space, and reviewers say this 26-pound appliance is a beast to move. Fortunately, most owners agree its sleek design (available in 25 colors) justifies keeping it out on the counter.
Average noise level. Any machine with a lot of power is bound to make a bit of noise. The Artisan Series mixer is no different, especially when put to use mixing heavy bread and cookie dough with lots of ingredients. That being said, testers have mixed opinions about the noise level it produces; some say it's too loud, while others say it's comparable to other models.
The KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer is a top-rated choice because it is built to last. This powerful stand mixer kneads, mixes and whips with ease. It's also easy to clean and has a stylish, classic design. On the other hand, the mixer is heavy and takes up a lot of counter space. If you prefer something smaller -- or you bake infrequently -- experts recommend a hand mixer such as the Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer (*Est. $60).
Excellent The KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer one of about 30 stand mixers included in ConsumerReports.org's latest roundup. They are each given separate ratings for whipping time, mixing, kneading, convenience and noise.
Review: Stand Mixer Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, June 2012
2. Good Housekeeping
Excellent Editors at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute put a dozen stand mixers through a multitude of tests, including whipping egg whites and cream, mixing cookie dough and cake batter, and kneading bread dough. The KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer is the favorite, thanks to its unrivaled performance. Testers say the speeds are easy to read and set. They like the handle on the bowl and the wide selection of colors, but wish the whisk was dishwasher-safe.
Review: Stand Mixer Reviews, Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, Not Dated
3. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Very Good Cook's Illustrated magazine tests 22 high-end stand mixers, including the KitchenAid Artisan Series. Mixers are rated on their design, features and bowl capacity. Testing involves kneading bread, pizza and cookie dough, as well as whipping egg whites and heavy cream.
Review: Stand Mixers (High-End), Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, March 2008
4. Choice magazine
Very Good The KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer is one of the few models tested by Choice magazine that is available in the United States. In this roundup, editors review 18 stand mixers for how well they whisk eggs, mix cakes and knead pizza dough. The pros and cons of each recommended mixer are listed.
Review: Benchtop Mixers Review, Editors of Choice magazine, May 2012
Good The KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer earns a perfect 5-star rating from more than 1,800 owners and 4.7 out of 5 stars overall. Reviewers say it performs well at every task -- including kneading bread -- and is stylish.
Review: KitchenAid KSM150PSWH Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer, White, Contributors to Amazon.com
Good More than 1,100 owners at Viewpoints.com review the KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer, earning an overall rating of 96 out of 100. Users say the mixer makes easy work of everything from mashed potatoes to pizza dough, and it's easy to clean. The most common complaint is that it's heavy.
Review: KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer KSM150PS Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Good The KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer earns a near-perfect rating from more than 170 owners at Cooking.com. Most say it mixes well and kneads dough with ease. Reviewers say the mixer is attractive but very heavy and difficult to move.
Review: Tangerine 5-qt. Artisan Stand Mixer by KitchenAid, Contributors to Cooking.com
Fair Mariette Mifflin, About.com's guide to housewares, evaluates the KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer based on her personal use. She especially likes the "assortment of speeds" but says that she rarely needs the higher speeds. Mifflin gives the mixer a perfect 5-star rating but doesn't compare it to other models. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: KitchenAid Artisan Series 325 Watt Stand Mixer Model KSM150 Review, Mariette Mifflin, Not Dated