Best KitchenAid alternatives
By Georgia Wilson
KitchenAid mixers may have hero status in the baking world, but we've found cheaper rivals that do just as good a job.
The retro-looking KitchenAid Artisan mixer has achieved cult status in the baking world. But, with prices rising to more than £500 for some models, it costs more than most people would want to spend on a food mixer. Here, we round up the top KitchenAid alternatives that mix like a dream and look great on your worktop.
If you like the look of KitchenAid Artisan mixers but are put off by the price, there are plenty of other models to consider, including some surprisingly excellent cheap mixers. Our independent lab tests have uncovered Best Buy stand mixers for less than £250, proving that you don't always need to spend loads to get a top mixer.
Our table below rounds up some of the best KitchenAid alternatives around. Only logged-in Which? members can view our recommendations. If you’re not yet a member, join Which? to get instant access.
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Best KitchenAid alternatives
Retro looks are one thing, but it might be time to opt for a mixer with all the mod cons instead. The stylish mixer has a sleek modern look, and for just £230 you’ll get plenty of extras. It has not one but two mixing bowls, a silicon-edged scraper beater for creaming ingredients and a small digital display that works as a timer. It excels at all baking tasks, from kneading and mixing to whisking and whipping, and the attachments and bowls are incredibly easy to keep clean.
This stand mixer has a classic retro style to rival KitchenAid, and is one of the best stand mixers we’ve tested. It does a near perfect job of kneading dough and whisking egg whites, and makes a fantastic cake batter with no need to scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything’s mixed in. It’s often on sale for less than £200, making it great value if you can snap it up when it’s on offer.
Available for around £100, and just a whisker away from being a Which? Best Buy, this stand mixer is a fantastic option for those who want to get baking without breaking the bank. It may not be the most stylish or colourful model we’ve seen, but it’s got a certain retro charm, plus it’s great at mixing, kneading, whisking and whipping. It even has a jug blender attachment thrown in.
Table notes: last updated on 23 August 2019. Models tested before May 2018 aren’t directly comparable as we recently updated our testing. See how we test for more information.
KitchenAid mixers: what you need to know
KitchenAid mixers have a simple, enduring retro design and sturdy full-metal exterior. The robust build, simple controls and wide range of colour options appeals to many, and it's regular appearances on TV baking shows such as The Great British Bake Off and Nigella's At My Table have helped to secure its cult status.
KitchenAid mixers come with three standard attachments for mixing, whisking and kneading, though you can buy a wide range of additional accessories, from pasta makers to spiralizers.
KitchenAid launched updated versions of it classic mixer range in 2017. Though the design of these mixers remains largely unchanged compared with previous models, there are now three main options if you are looking to buy a KitchenAid mixer.
KitchenAid mixers compared
KitchenAid Artisan KSM125, £500
This model is the most direct replacement for the older KSM150 mixer. It has a 4.8-litre mixing bowl and is largely the same spec as the older version, with some minor design changes to the exterior.
KitchenAid Artisan KSM175, £550
This version is similar to the KSM125 but has an additional smaller 3-litre mixing bowl for mini baking jobs. It includes extra accessories, such as a flexible beater (for getting right to the edges of the bowl) and recipe book.
KitchenAid Mini 5KSM33, £450
This compact KitchenAid mixer is designed for homes where kitchen space is at a premium. It has a smaller 3.3-litre mixing bowl, but this should be enough for most everyday baking, such as a standard sponge cake.
Get our verdict on the KitchenAid Artisan mixer range by checking out our KitchenAid mixer reviews.
It's worth being aware that, while there are no known safety issues with its mixers, KitchenAid is one of several brands owned by the Whirlpool Group, which we believe has previously handled serious product safety issues poorly.
Best retro mixer brands
If you're keen on a vintage style mixer, KitchenAid isn't your only option. Kenwood's kMix stand mixer has a similar look and is available in a range of colours.
Cult brand Smeg also makes a retro-style stand mixer, and Cuisinart and Russell Hobbs offer cheaper versions, too. To compare these brands and more, head to our stand mixer reviews.
How we test stand mixers
Our tests go further than anyone else's to ensure that we only recommend the very best stand mixers. We assess how well each mixer combines ingredients to make cake batter, how well it whips and whisks, and whether it can knead dough.
We also rate how easy each mixer is to use and clean, and how noisy it is. Find out more by heading over to our how we test stand mixers guide.