With Bake Off over, and the Black Friday sales on the horizon, you might be hoping to kit out your own workstation with a KitchenAid or Kenwood stand mixer. But, depending on what, where and when you buy, you could end up paying hundreds of pounds more than you need to.
Coveted KitchenAid Artisan stand mixers, which star in the Bake Off tent and many more cookery shows besides, can cost anything from £300 to £850. Even the same model can sometimes set you back £200 more than necessary if you buy from the wrong place or at the wrong time.
We’ve pulled together our expert knowledge of KitchenAid and Kenwood mixers, and typical prices for popular models, to help you narrow down the right model for you, and beat the sales by knowing how to spot a good deal.
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KitchenAid Artisan mixers: choosing the right model
KitchenAid’s Artisan stand mixers all have the iconic retro curved design and are similar in terms of basic specifications.
The difference between models usually comes down to size, mixing capacity and the accessories available. These can add to the cost, as can the colour or finish of the model you buy.
The current range doesn’t tend to jump around a great deal in price, but some older models can be found for less, as they tend to be sold on special offer.
Here’s an overview of the range:
|Model||Mixing bowl||Lowest price||Typical price||What you get|
|Classic 5K45SS||4.3 litres||£260||£300||Entry-level model, older and more basic. Brushed steel bowl, no handle.|
|Artisan 5KSM150 /156||4.6 litres||£274||£330||Old model, launched in 2003. Steel bowl with handle and splashguard. 156 version has glass bowl.|
|Artisan Mini 5KSM3311||3.3 litres||£200||£300||Compact model with 25% smaller footprint. Smaller mixing capacity.|
|Artisan 5KSM125||4.8 litres||£200||£400-500||2016 update of 150 range. Steel bowl with handle and standard accessories (beater, whisk, dough hook).|
|Artisan 5KSM175||4.8 litres /3.3 litres||£320||£450-550||As with 125 model but includes extra mini mixing bowl, flex beater attachment and splashguard.|
|Heritage 5KSM180||4.8 litres||£699||£699||2018 model. Ceramic mixing bowl, flex beater, vintage blue and 100-year anniversary trim.|
|Artisan 5KSM185||4.8 litres/ 3 litres||£600||£650-£789||2018 model. Solid stainless-steel mixing accessories and premium metallic colours.|
|Lowest price based on Pricespy data for past 12 months.|
Making sense of the different models
The different mixers fall roughly into three groups: the smaller models, the main collection and the premium versions.
The smaller ones: KitchenAid Mini and 150- and 45- series mixers
The 45 and 150 mixers are old models that tend to pop up as special deals in specific colours during sales periods or intermittently throughout the year.
The 150 model used to sell for around £429, and the price rarely changed, so even though this model is a bit older, it’s relatively good value these days.
Both models are slightly more compact and basic than newer versions, but they’re a good bet if you want a KitchenAid for less. Especially compared with the smaller, newer Mini model, which is only really a good option if you’re really short of worktop space.
The standard options: KitchenAid 125- and 175- series mixers
These models both launched in 2016. They’re very similar to the KSM150PS but are slightly larger and have a wider range of colours to choose from. The 125 seems to be less widely available and may be on the way out, which means it could be a good time to get a deal. The 175 does come with useful extras such as a splashguard and flex beater, though. These could add £60 to the total cost if you bought them separately.
Both are available in a wide range of colours (22 for the 175 model), and the price varies between colours, sometimes by hundreds of pounds. Unusual or on-trend finishes, such as copper, will usually cost you more.
If you don’t have a specific colour in mind, it’s worth shopping around to see what’s cheapest.
The premium ones: KitchenAid 180- and 185- series mixers
These are the most recent and expensive models. Both have premium extras, including full steel attachments on the 185 instead of the standard coated aluminium ones, and a textured ceramic bowl on the 180 model, which is KitchenAids limited edition 100 year anniversary model.
There are 13 premium finishes to choose from including brushed nickel, matte black and copper. Prices between colours vary by more than £100.
Getting the best KitchenAid for your money: the bottom line
If you’re keen on the more premium models, it’s worth keeping an eye out for deals. Otherwise we recommend keeping an eye out for deals on the 175 and making sure you don’t pay over the odds for an older model.
Which KitchenAid mixer is best?
Specifications are important, but you’ll also want to ensure you’ve got the mixer that does the best job.
Some KitchenAid stand mixers did better in our tests than others. Check our KitchenAid stand mixer reviews to compare scores and find out which models are worth spending your money on.
Why now may be a good time to buy a KitchenAid
The prices of current range KitchenAid stand mixers tend to stay pretty stable. However, the prices of the 125 and 175 mixers have dropped significantly at many retailers since the launch of the 185 model in September.
With so few differences from the new model, if you’re not bothered about the extra colour choices or stainless-steel accessories, this is a great time to go for either of these options.
KitchenAid Black Friday deals
Traditionally, really good KitchenAid Black Friday deals are few and far between. But the info in the table above should help you to find them.
So far, we’ve spotted that Currys PC World is offering the 5KSM150 in a classy Caffé Latte colour (cream) for £274 from today. That’s pretty good, as the cheapest we’ve seen recently is £330. The price is also guaranteed, so if it changes on Black Friday, Currys PC World will refund the difference, as long as you register your purchase with them.
Should you buy the Kenwood kMix instead?
Kenwood has an impressive range of mixers but the most well-known is the kMix. Also seen in the Bake Off tent in previous years, it’s similar in design to the KitchenAid Artisan but is often a lot cheaper.
The current model, the kMix KMX754 series mixer, launched in March 2017. It’s a slightly larger size than KitchenAid Artisans and comes with a 5-litre glass mixing bowl.
The official price of a KMX754 is £430, but you can usually find it somewhere for £230-£300, depending on colour. That makes it a good-value alternative to the KitchenAid Artisan range.
As well as a glass mixing bowl, you get the standard accessories (whisk, dough hook, mixing beater) and a splashguard.
Kenwood kMix Black Friday deals
We’re not quite at Black Friday yet, but some retailers are selling the kMix for £220 or less: Debenhams is selling an ivory version for £195, while Amazon is listing the red version for £220. If you’re keen on a copper-coloured mixer, the kMix copper version is currently £380.
You can sometimes find older versions of the kMix, such as the KMX50/51, on Amazon or eBay but the price doesn’t tend to be that much lower.
Kenwood mixer reviews – compare models to see our top picks from Kenwood
Should you buy a Kenwood or a KitchenAid?
KitchenAid has many devoted fans who will claim their mixers are far better than any other stand mixer. However, Kenwood has made a number of stylish, well-designed stand mixers that won’t set you back as much.
Get our verdict on which brand is most reliable, loved by its owners, and does the best in our independent mixer tests, in our full guide to KitchenAid vs Kenwood mixers.
We’ve also found some great options from other brands. Compare all the latest models by heading to our stand mixer reviews, or skip straight to the models we recommend in our round-up of the best stand mixers.