Best KitchenAid alternatives
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 for less than £250, proving that you don't always need to spend loads to get a top mixer.
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.
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.
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.