Mini KitchenAid Stand Mixer | 2016 Introduction
Table of Contents
- 1 Mini KitchenAid Stand Mixer | 2016 Introduction
- 1.1 Comparing KitchenAid Stand Mixer Sizes
- 1.2 What Comes With The KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mini Mixer?
- 1.3 Mini Kitchenaid Stand Mixer Comes In Colors For Every Kitchen!
- 1.4 Pros and Cons of the Artisan Mini Stand Mixer
Ever hear that good things come in small packages? That certainly is the case with the KitchenAid Mini Stand Mixer. Not only do you get a fabulous KitchenAid stand up mixer that is smaller so takes up less space, but it is also easier to move around because it weighs less.
This can be a real plus for someone who is looking for a high quality stand mixer but has a smaller kitchen. The new Kitchen Aid Artisan Mini stand mixer can fit in places where the bigger mixers won’t!
Comparing KitchenAid Stand Mixer Sizes
According to the manufacturer, this Kitchenaid mini stand mixer has the same power as the KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer but it is 20% smaller and 25% lighter. That’s good to know that you get all the same power in a smaller package!
A lighter mixer is definitely a plus when you’ve got to move one around. To compare weights with other mixers, the mini KitchenAid stand mixer only weighs 18 pounds as compared to 25 pounds for the Classic mixer, and 29 pounds for its popular bigger cousin, the regular sized Artisan series Kitchen Aid Mixer.
To spare you having to do the math, that means the mini mixer is 7 pounds lighter than the next size up KitchenAid Classic Mixer.
And it is 11 pounds lighter than the regular sized KitchenAid Artisan mixers!
That’s a significant difference if you need to watch how much weight you are moving around. For someone who is elderly, or just prefers lighter weight appliances, the smaller size would be an important advantage compared to the heavier mixers.
As for the dimensions of this mini mixer, here’s a chart comparing the different sizes
|Dimensions||Mini Mixer||Classic Mixer||Regular Artisan|
|Height||12.3 inches||13 8/9 inches||13 15/16 inches|
|Width||7.8 inches||8 3/4 inches||8 3/4 inches|
|Depth||12.3 inches||14 inches||14 1/8 inches|
If it’s been a problem fitting a mixer on your kitchen counter so that it fits underneath the upper cabinets, then the shorter height of the Kitchen aid mini mixer could make all the difference. There’s about 2 inches difference between it and the other, bigger, mixers.
Being able to slide your mixer under the cabinets is pretty important since it gives you more space on your counters, and most likely this little Kitchenaid mixer would fit. (But measure, just to be sure! 🙂 )
It’s the best Kitchenaid stand mixer made into a smaller size!
What Comes With The KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mini Mixer?
It’s always good to know what comes in the box!
Of course, when you buy a mini mixer…. You get the mini mixer! (duh!)
This is one of the tilt-head design mixers, so it’s easy to lift the head of the mixer up and away from the batter in the bowl (especially since this one weighs less).
As with other Kitchen aid stand mixers, it comes with the bowl. This one is brushed stainless steel. Now because of the mixers smaller size, the bowl is also a little smaller. It’s a 3.5 quart bowl, as compared to the 4.5 quart bowl of the Classic mixer, and 5-quart bowl that comes with the regular Artisan mixer.
However, don’t let the smaller size of the bowl discourage you from getting this mixer. It can still hold a lot of mixture. For instance, you can still make a loaf of bread using this mixer, and the bowl will hold enough cookie dough for 5 dozen cookies.
Other Accessories Included with the Artisan Mini Stand Mixer by KitchenAid
Besides the mixer itself and bowl, there are 3 beaters included to cover just about every mixing task you might have.
First there is a coated flat beater, the workhouse that does just about everything. Mix up cookie dough or cake batter, mash potatoes, or just about any task but whipping mixtures or making bread.
For making bread dough, there is a coated C-dough hook included that will knead the dough and make preparing bread dough much easier than having to knead it by hand.
And lastly is a 6-wire whip for whipping cream and other mixtures. Anything you want to whip into a froth, or incorporate air into the batter, this will get the job done.
The flat beater and dough hook are safe to put in the dishwasher.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The mixing bowl and beaters are NOT interchangeable with other sizes of Kitchenaid Stand mixers. Each line of mixers takes it own sized beaters so they fit perfectly in the space between the mixer head and the sides and bottom of the mixer bowl. The correct size of bowl and beaters ensures your mixer does a thorough job of mixing up whatever ingredients you put in it!
Even More Features of the Mini Mixer by Kitchen Aid!
Just because this is a smaller mixer, don’t be fooled into thinking it won’t do as much as the bigger mixers! The only essential difference between the mixers is how much they can mix at one time.
Now you already know the bowl holds 3.5 quarts, so a little smaller than the other size mixers. But remember it still has the same size motor and same amount of power as the Classic KitchenAid Mixer.
Power Hub. It’s good the little mixer still has “oomph”, because it comes with the same size power hub as the other mixers. There are more than 10 optional attachments that fit the power hub, including such things as pasta makers and meat grinders.
These attachments can make your mixer even more useful in the kitchen. My favorite attachment is the shredder. It comes in handy when I’ve got too many zucchini in the garden and want to make some zucchini relish!
Keep in mind however, that these are optional attachments, so they don’t come with the mixer when you first buy it. You can pick and choose which attachments you might find useful, and buy them as inclination and budget allows.
10 Optimized Speeds. Like other KitchenAid stand mixers, this mini mixer has 10 speeds to give you a wide range for how rapidly the beater moves around the bowl and stirs things up. (Check further down in the next section of this review to see the uses for the different speeds.)
That means you can use a slow speed when first mixing things so you don’t sling stuff all over your kitchen, then speed it up to suit whatever you are mixing.
With low speeds for mixing dry ingredients to high speeds for whipping cream, and everything in-between, there’s a good speed for whatever mixing task you have. And the motor has plenty of power to keep that beater moving!
Soft Start. To help even more with keeping the ingredients in the bowl and not in the air and on the cupboards, the mini mixer has something called a “soft start.” Essentially, it means that when you choose one of the higher speeds, the mixer doesn’t go full-tilt at that speed immediately. Instead it starts at a slower speed to help prevent flour and other ingredients from being thrown out of the bowl because the speed is too fast. However, it doesn’t take long for the mixer to pick up speed!
Since this mini mixer doesn’t come with a shield for the top of the bowl, the soft start is especially helpful in preventing clouds of flour in your kitchen!
Wondering What Speed to Use?
We’ve established the KitchenAid Artisan mini stand mixer has 10 speeds and a soft start. Here are some general guidelines for what is the best speed to use for various mixing tasks:
- SPEED 1: STIRRING. If you want a lower speed for a longer time than the “soft start” allows, start with speed 1. It’s good for low speed stirring, combining, and mashing. This is a good speed to use when adding flour and dry ingredients to batter, or to add liquids to dry ingredients. It’s also the best speed to use when combining yeast dough.
- SPEED 2 and 3: SLOW MIXING. To mix things up at a lower speed, 2 and 3 work well. These speeds are good for slow mixing and faster stirring. You’ll find these speeds useful when mixing and kneading yeast dough, heavy batters and candies. It’s also a good way to start mashing potatoes or other vegetables, cut shortening into flour, or to mix thin and splashy batters. Keep in mind that speed 2 is the highest speed you should use for really heavy mixtures, and that you shouldn’t run the mixer for more than 5 minutes at a time. This helps prevent the motor from overheating.
- SPEED 4 and 5: MIXING & BEATING. These speeds work well when mixing semi-heavy batters such as cookies. It’s also the best speed settings to use when combining sugar and butter, or other shortening.These speed settings are also good when you want to make meringue and must beat together sugar and egg whites. It’s also a good, medium speed to use for cake mixes.When using the power hub, these speeds are best to use with such attachments as the Food Grinder, Rotor Slicer/Shredder, Pasta Roller, and Fruit/Vegetable Strainer.
- SPEED 6 and 7: BEATING & CREAMING. You can up the speed a little for beating, creaming or whipping and use these speeds for such things as finishing mixing up a cake, or use for doughnut and other batters. This would be considered “High speed” for cake mixes. When using the power hub, these speeds are good for the Citrus Juicer attachment.
- SPEED 8 and 9: FAST BEATING & WHIPPING. When you want to make whipped cream, these speeds work well. These also work well for whipping egg whites, and making boiled frostings.
- SPEED 10: FASTEST WHIPPING. The beater will really be zipping around in the bowl with this speed! It’s good for whipping small amounts of cream or egg white. It also works well for a final whipping of mashed potatoes to make them nice and fluffy.
Whatever mixing task you have to do, as long as the mixture fits in the bowl, the Artisan Mini Mixer has the power to get the job done!
Mini Kitchenaid Stand Mixer Comes In Colors For Every Kitchen!
This KitchenAid mini mixer presently comes in 10 different colors. Some are bright and vibrant, while other colors are more muted and will blend with a wide variety of counter and wall colors in your kitchen.
The Kitchenaid stand mixer colors for the Artisan mini series include:
- Contour Silver
- Empire Red
- Guava Glaze
- Hot Sauce
- Matte Black
- Matte Gray
- Matte White
- Orange Sorbet
- Twilight Blue
These colors are shades of silver, red, greens and blue, along with the basics of black, white and gray.
Pros and Cons of the Artisan Mini Stand Mixer
Pros. On the positive side, this small Kitchenaid stand mixer is made by a reliable brand, one of the best known for kitchen mixers. You can rest assured you’ll get a good product.
The mixer is sturdy and considering it has the same size motor as the next size up model, it definitely has the power to get the job done. You can make use of optional attachments to get even more use out of your investment in the mini mixer.
It will do a number of mixing tasks, and with 10 speeds that should cover just about any job you need to do.
The smaller size is easier to move around, and great for small or “regular” size mixing jobs. For instance, if you’re mixing up a cake, it doesn’t look lost in a great big bowl like some of the bigger models of stand mixers.
Plus with all those colors available, it just flat out looks good sitting on the counter!
It’s the best Kitchenaid stand mixer for smaller sized kitchens, or for people who just want a lighter weight version of the Artisan series mixers.
Cons. It’s not cheap. When you buy quality kitchen equipment, you can expect to pay a higher price. The bummer is that because this is a newer addition to the KitchenAid line of stand mixers, the price is sometimes higher than a bigger mixer of the same brand. However, if the size will make a difference in how it fits into your kitchen, then the initial higher cost would be well worth it.
It helps if you take into consideration how many years you’ll be using the mixer. Instead of paying for several lower quality mixers over time, you can pay once for one really good mixer.
Another downside is the fact this mixer does not come with a pouring shield. That means you need to be a little more careful when starting to mix things up so a cloud of flour doesn’t escape the bowl.
However, the soft start does offset that somewhat, giving a short space of time the mixer is going at a slower speed, no matter how high you set it.
One other complaint some people have had is that the bowl of this mixer doesn’t have a handle. Of course, a lot of mixing bowls don’t, but many of the bigger KitchenAid mixers have handles on the bowl which some people like. For most this isn’t a deal killer. It’s just a minor annoyance. But some people actually like the smooth sides without the handle, so it’s obviously a matter of preference.
Also note, if you are into cooking and baking big batches of stuff, this is not the mixer for you. Only so much volume of ingredients will fit in a 3.5-quart bowl after all! So if you’re dreaming of making huge batches of cookies at a time, or dough for multiple loaves of bread, you might want to consider one of the bigger mixers.
KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixers Make Great Gifts!
Whether you buy one as a gift for yourself, or as a wedding, birthday or Christmas present – any occasion is a great time for this wonderful smaller stand mixer.
Kitchenaid is the best home stand mixer you can buy, and the Kitchen Aid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer has a lot going for it. It really is one of the best stand mixers for the small kitchen, or anyone who wants a smaller version of the KitchenAid Artisan mixers.
Check them out and get one to help make your kitchen chores easier!