If you’re a super-fan of the Great British Bake Off, you may have your eye on the classic KitchenAid stand mixer, but don’t commit until you’ve seen this heritage-inspired stunner.
KitchenAid has launched a limited-edition version of the Artisan mixer ahead of its 100-year anniversary, which falls in 2019. The new model comes in an exclusive misty blue colour, with white trim and white textured ceramic bowl, reminiscent of KitchenAid’s early models.
You can buy it now from the KitchenAid website and it will also be available in John Lewis and Lakeland shortly, with prices starting from £699. That may be small fry if you like the idea of owning a piece of KitchenAid history, but it’s a sizable sum for a mixer.
Find out how the new model compares with the rest of the KitchenAid range below, or head to our round-up of the best stand mixers for the best budget-friendly options. Our top-scoring model costs less than £250.
KitchenAid 100-year anniversary mixer: how it measures up
This 4.8-litre stand mixer is a variation of the main KitchenAid mixer, the 5KSM175 model. Similar to the 5KSM185, a pricier version which has stainless-steel accessories and comes in six metallic colour options (including popular copper), it just ups the ante with some premium extras.
The main difference to the classic model is the textured hobnail-design ceramic bowl, which looks rather like a giant retro tea cup. KitchenAid says this bowl is titanium enforced and is chip, crack and stain resistant. It can be used in the microwave, oven or freezer, and is also dishwasher safe.
You get the standard three mixer attachments: a wire whisk, dough hook and flat beater. A flex edge beater is also included in the box. This has a soft silicon wiper edge, which helps to incorporate ingredients from the side of the bowl when mixing.
In a nod to its 100-year anniversary status, this model has commemorative labelling on the trim. It also comes with a five-year warranty.
Limited edition model vs other KitchenAid mixers
Here’s a quick guide to the main differences between the KitchenAid range, so you can see how the limited edition version measures up.
- KitchenAid Mini Compact model with smaller footprint and 3.3-litre bowl, £450
- KitchenAid 5KSM125 Classic model, 4.8-litre bowl, £550
- KitchenAid 5KSM175 Additional 3-litre mini mixing bowl and flex beater, £600
- KitchenAid 5KSM180 Limited-edition version with ceramic bowl and flex beater, £699
- KitchenAid 5KSM185 Metallic colours including copper, solid stainless steel accessories, from £650 (copper is £739)
There are also a couple of older versions around which are cheaper, including the 5KSM150 series mixers (from £300), and the slightly smaller 4.3-litre 5KSM45SS model (from £300). You’ll usually get a more limited choice of colours with these models.
To see how the KitchenAid range fare in our tough baking tests and to compare models, head to our KitchenAid reviews.
Should you buy the limited-edition KitchenAid?
Only if you’re sold on the look and potential collectability of this model. We think the 5KSM175 is better value, as you get an extra mini mixing bowl and have a choice of more than 20 colours.
If you don’t want to clog up your dishwasher, the stainless-steel bowl is likely to be easier to clean than the textured ceramic version, too. You also get a splashguard with the 5KSM175 version, which will help to prevent lighter ingredients such as flour or icing sugar being flung out onto your worktop.
It’s likely that, if you love the idea of owning a piece of history, you won’t mind putting up with a few minor niggles such as this. You can always buy extras such as a splashguard or mini bowl if you want them further down the line.
However, if you’re on a budget, there are cheaper ways to get help with your bakes, some of which are equally attractive.
Cheaper alternatives to the KitchenAid mixer
Want a stylish retro-look stand mixer, but not ready to part with that much dough? We’ve reviewed mixers that cost a fraction of the £699 KitchenAid heritage stand mixer and look great, too.
Kenwood’s popular kMix food mixer (above, from £200) is probably the best-known rival and has featured in the Bake Off tent in previous years. It’s available in a range of colours including red and limited-edition copper. Retro fridge brand Smeg also makes a stylish retro mixer (£350) in colours such as duck egg blue, retro red and classic cream.
Cheaper options include the Cuisinart Precision mixer (£300) and Swan by Fearne Cotton stand mixer, which you can get for less than £200 depending on the colour. You can choose between cream, pale blue, lilac and white.
Some of these mixers have made it into our prestigious Best Buy list, but not all. See all our stand mixer reviews to compare models and find out which ones will guarantee that you’re the star baker this Christmas, whatever your budget.