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It was good, but.....
OK, my old mixer was coming to the end of it's life, I make a lot of cakes, so before it died I needed a new mixer to replace it. My old mixer was a Kenwood - a fantastic workhorse for 28 years, probably a service would have made it like new, but I thought "what the hey", I just put in a new kitchen, let's get a new flashy mixer to go with it. I went with the KitchenAid - pretty much because I thought I needed a mixer that would take a smaller bowl along with the large bowl which Kenwood doesn't do. The next thing that flipped me to KitchenA...id is that they are just such a bloody good looking mixer - yes, call me superficial. OK, I get it on the bench, throw in a single quantity cake mix, and damm, that mixer mixes well. I was a bit grumpy with the flour etc that it throws up out of the bowl when you first turn the mixer on to start mixing (even with the splash guard on). Mixes cream cheese frostings like a pro - no need to keep scraping the bowl down - does this really well. I also bought the Ice-cream bowl with it - this worked really well, I have only ever made ice-cream without all the whiz bang stuff, so this was super impressive. The inadequacy of this mixer became apparent to me when I did a double batch of cup cakes in it. The bowl just isn't big enough. I have to make two separate batches of cake otherwise the mix just ends up flying out of the bowl all over the bench. I do have a tendency to make bigger than normal (like not massive, but like a 27 inch cake tin capacity cake) cake and I have found, the KitchenAid just doesn't cut it with the size of the bowl and the splash guard really doesn't fit well and do what it should do. For your average baker, yes, I would recommend it. As I said, it is a damm mighty sexy looking unit, but as we all know, looks are not everything. So, I'm back with a new Kenwood. I will review this after a few more uses.
Purchased in February 2020 for $800.00.
Awesome Machine. Highly recommend
My mum always had a sunbeam and it lasted for decades. I bought one and it lasted 2 years if I was lucky. Had the ability to purchase a Kitchenaid and it is a fantastic machine. Far better than the new sunbeams on the market. It feels well built and does a great job. I bake alot and this machine has been fantastic. Where the same amount of baking burnt out the motor in the sunbeams. Unfortunately they do not seem built to last the decades anymore. My Kitchenaid has not skipped a beat. I would highly recommend buying one if you like to bake. Every house should have one.
Purchased in August 2015 for $500.00.
Beware the standards are slipping but the price is still very premium
I purchased a KitchenAid stand mixer for my mother since she has wanted one for so long and just never has the money for it. The stand mixer itself is very nicely made, the paint job is beautiful and it looks nice. But....for a mixer that is easily double the price of other leading brands [RRP] you aren't getting the premium you are paying for. The bowls with this mixer aren't well made. In the larger bowl I could easily see three lumps that looked like dents in the bowl sides. But when I touched them there is no dent. This is clearly a machini...ng process without good tolerances that enable the bowl to be anything except perfectly round. In a budget $99 mixer, you would accept this. In a near $1000 mixer you can't. The stainless bowl on my mothers $300 budget mixer in comparison is absolutely perfect even after 10yrs of use. This is the only mixer on the market giving you an aluminium whisk attachment. Even the cheapest mixers on the market give you a stainless one. There just isn't any excuse for this at all in a mixer asking almost a grand. You get the impression that Kitchenaid are just riding on their reputation and cutting corners everywhere in the process. The rest of the beaters are aluminium also which is standard, and at least these ones are powder coated white. But what I can't understand is the lack of finishing on them. You can easily see the casting lines on these attachments, something that would be a 3 min job on a grinder to get rid of before it was powder coated, giving you a product that looks as premium as it's price tag. The motor is less noisy than other brands and the direct drive is what enables a kitchenaid to function well with a 300 watt motor while it's competitors used 1200 watts. But that alone cannot justify the price given the poor quality of the rest of the parts. For the price I absolutely expected the worlds best mixer, with nicely finished parts and a stainless steel whisk. What I got was a nicely finished motor with attachments so cheap they would embarrass a mid-range $300 model. If you want to claim to be the best and slap a price tag on it few can really afford then at least deliver in the premium category. If you buy a kitchenaid I absolutely recommend only buying their basic 300W tilt head model and buying aftermarket attachments for it which are bound to be better quality than the ones that come with the machine. Despite the confusing array of model numbers all the (300W) tilt head machines are the same, it's only the number of attachments in the box which differ. None of the kitchenaid brand attachments are anything to write home about. Aftermarket ones would be an improvement and also cheaper.
Purchased in May 2020.
Awful product and customer service -
purchased with a manufacturer fault which I waited 6 weeks to receive any information about this item, I continued to make contact as I didn’t not hear from either party. After receiving my mixer back it had scratches all over it! I Hadn’t even used it. It came back worse then I had sent it. Again I sent it to them advising them of this issue - I waited approx 1 month to hear this is wear and tear. I am disappointed in the service to not only have owned it less then one year but to only has used it maybe 5 times. I won’t be purchasing from them again.
I cant fault it
After alot of waiting around for the perfect price i finally bite the bullet and gave my arms a well needed rest. The Kitchen aid performance is faultless and i have never had any drama or difficulties using different ingredients. The only downfall is the price of attachments are insanely expensive and sometimes food in the bowl will rise above the beaters. The bowl is a nice decent size and seems very well made.
so love my new Kitchen Aid
I must admit i was devostated when my thermomix broke down. A friend had one of these and loved it so i decided to buy one. I have never looked back amazing product
It’s staying on the bench top
After only a week since purchasing this mixer I am convinced that it has changed my life! I made sfincione and it was the dough I have been striving for for over twenty years. Can’t wait to try my standard pizza dough and I’m looking forward to trying the brioche from the Kitchenaid recipe site.
Purchased in February 2020 for $529.00.
- KSM160 Artisan
- Verified purchase
Durable well made product
Off the box my first impression is that this is a very well made solid product. I’m hoping that it will be as durable as it seems. It works well and does the job that it is meant to do plus more. The number of accessories is amazing - more than what I can afford or use. Still it’s good to know that the option is there. Will definitely recommend.
Purchased in January 2020.
Broke down early on. Good motor but the rest makes it over priced and not fix for purpose. No good for making bread even though it comes with a mixing arm.
Purchased in April 2015.
I can't believe I waited so long to buy one!
I received this stand mixer for Christmas after much debate and research. I absolutely love it. I bake and it has quietly and efficiently done it's job. I have made dough, pavlovas, cakes, biscuits, etc. You do have to stop and scrape the sides every now and then but nothing like the cheap mixers I have had in the past. I will never be without a Kitchen Aid mixer again.
My Best Friend in the Kitchen
How I love my KitchenAid KSM160 Artisan-Ice... could not be happier with motor performance - a lot quieter than my previous Kenwood of 40 years. The KitchenAid works very well with different food types aided by the skilled design of the attachments & accessories - especially the rubber edged mixing blade...I also have the glass bowl for summertime pavlovas n mango mousse in Australia:) The capacity of each bowl is perfect for keeping the ingredients inside the bowls & not up the wall.... The KitchenAid is good old American ingenuity & great to see made in USA & the choice of colours is wonderful. My KitchenAid is a piece of working art in my Kitchen - I absolutely love it - thank you KitchenAid:)
Love it and should have bought one years ago!
Love the mixer. Mixing bowls are a great size. Good basic attachments provided, but I do find the cost of extra beaters excessive! Why do they have to be so expensive? Love the bowl shield that came with the machine! Saves a lot of mess.
Purchased in June 2018.
I had a old sunbeam from my om previously and when i received my kitchenaid i couldnt believe the difference. The ease of use, ease of cleaning and how quiet the motor is!!
Purchased in February 2020.
I have tried this mixer for the first time today, made sponge and Pav, they have turned out the best ever. I am very pleased with my purchase. I found it easy to use, quiet and effective, I hope it continues to perform with such excellence. I will be attempting a batter next.
- Stand Mixer
- Verified purchase
This is the best thing ever. I thought it might be one of those things that I would buy and hardly use, but it’s so handy I use it about once a fortnight at least. The motor is so powerful, even to knead dough with the dough hook. The bowl size is more than adequate for the home cook.
Very disappointed in our Kitchenaid mixer. We are lucky to use it once a month and just after 5 years (warranty period) it has failed. It trips the circuit breaker after 3-4 minutes of use. I would have thought that for the amount of money we pay for this product and the amount of use, it would have lasted much longer. Called Kitchenaid direct and said there is nothing they can do because its out of warranty...
My mum has a Kenwood mixer which is over 30 years old, beats the kitchenaid hands down.
I would never buy another kitchenaid branded product again!!!!!
Effortless mixing, gorgeous design
I love my KitchenAid standmixer! So far I have made foccacia bread, jam and custard doughnuts, and lime and coconut cake. This mixer runs smoothly, quietly and efficiently. It is a pleasure to use and takes the elbow grease out of cooking. I can't wait to try some of the KitchenAid accessories.
A must have for every kitchen.
My new KSM170 kitchen aid stand mixer beats a treat. In no time at all using the 2.5 liter mixing bowl I whipped up a gorgeous pavlova then topped it off with whipped cream beaten up in the same mixer. The family was really impressed and demolished the pavlova in no time at all. The 2.5 and 4.8 litre stainless steel mixing bowls and 4.7litre glass mixing bowl are easily interchanged between the two kitchen stand mixers I currently have in use in my kitchen. My existing mixer has been happily in service in my kitchen for over 20 years giving me no problems at all. I have successfully used the mincing and spiralising attachments with it. The specializing attachment is the best of its type I have seen in the market place.
Kitchen aid replacement from my mothers hand me down from 35 years ago.
My hand me down broken down in October 2018 finally after 35 years.. I went out a brought a cheap mixer $20 BIGGEST MISTAKE, trouble from the first mix...researched and kept my eyes out for another kitchenaid as I knew they were expensive. Pre boxing sale from David Jones were half price. That’s when I brought my ksm160, I knew from past experience that it was worth the cost and the months of waiting for the right price. The updated model was fabulous, cakes, cream, bread WONDERFUL. i have used all the attachments and the two bowls, looking at maybe another attachment for the future when another appliance breaks down
I've only owned my KitchenAid for a few weeks so haven't had a chance to try out many of its features. My first impression is that its weight and finish suggest excellent quality and the sturdiness is impressive. Like another reviewer I found that the mixer is too tall to fit in my appliance cupboard so had to put it out on the bench and this is probably just as well as it is too heavy to pull in and out of closed cupboards often. Having said that, it is attractive and I love the colour (Ice) so I don't begrudge giving it bench space.
Questions & Answers
Is there a bowl scraper whipping accessory for KSM170
A stainless bowl and pour cover that will fit the stainless bowl.
I got a pour cover with my KSM160 and it seems a little big for the large stainless steel bowl so I suppose the one you can purchase from KitchenAid would fit. I know the beating attachment has a scraper on it that you can purchase, not sure if it comes with the KSM170. I didn’t get it with my KSM160
The differences between KSM 160 and KSM 177? They look pretty much the same with same attachments.
I think it’s just that the 177 is the newer model, hence the $750-$800 price tag. I found minimal mechanical difference between the 177 and 160, but the colours varied in the different models and there was a $200-$250 price difference. I got the 160 in the light pink and paid $550 for it. I think 1 attachment is different but you can purchase it separately anyway, I’m pretty sure.
What is the biggest kitchen aid you can buy
- KitchenAid KSM150 Artisan Stand Mixer - Almond Cream (5KSM150PSAAC)
- KitchenAid KSM150 Artisan Stand Mixer - Onyx Black (5KSM150PSAOB)
- KitchenAid KSM177 Artisan Stand Mixer Cast Iron Black 5KSM177ABK
- Artisan Stand Mixer - Empire Red
- Artisan Stand Mixer - Onyx Black
- KitchenAid - KSM160 Fresh Linen - Artisan Stand Mixer
- KitchenAid - KSM160 Ink Blue - Artisan Stand Mixer
- KitchenAid - KSM160 Shaded Palm - Artisan Stand Mixer
- Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
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