KitchenAid best seller item…
... is the 5 qt Artisan tilt head stand mixer, without a doubt !!!
Many have asked me which mixer to choose, the options are many which makes a difficult decision. Let me tell you, I’ve had a mixer for the past 30 years, from the Sunbeam with rotating glass bowls, the KitchenAid 5qt bowl lift, etc. I have now a KitchenAid Pro 600, and 3 KitchenAid Artisans!!! The Pro 600, the largest KitchenAid mixer, with its larger 6qt capacity is great for bigger loaves of bread, whip large batches of egg whites and frostings. But it is the Artisan which I believe has the most perfect bowl shape and the most friendly and practical operation.
The Artisan bowl is narrow and tall so it is virtually splash free and the tilt head so handy when adding ingredients. The bowl has also a very pointed and narrow bottom, perfectly designed to minimize bowl scraping since ingredients fall back in. The bowl locks on the base with a one hand motion crank which is a plus when handling the bowl without any danger of tipping. I also love to throw my used utensils, including my 18-inch circumference whisk in the bowl, to save counter space and keep things clean!
Everyone should considering getting the Artisan, as the first, and perhaps only mixer. Now the Artisan has plenty of power and torque, making it a close contender to the 5 qt heavier duty bowl lift models. What I don?t like about the 5qt bowl lift models is that the bowl is too narrow and been non-tilt head, it is really difficult to add ingredients or scrape, note that you should know by now that the pouring shield on the 5qt mixers are just a useless JOKE!
I would say, the Pro 600 is the improved version of the 5qt bowl lift models. And if you own a Pro 600, and consider getting a second mixer, get the Artisan. It is a perfect marriage when you have the large 6qt bowl lift mixer and the smaller 5qt tilt head mixer, this duo fits every job you can think of. You can find the Artisan mixers at heavily discounted Factory Refurbished prices, it may be more useful to get a whole second mixer (the Artisan, refurbished) than buying a second set of bowl and whisk for your first mixer. Let me tell you, when making cakes that require whipping egg whites separately, I do so on my Pro 600 while the Artisan is whipping the egg yolks, I love watching my dynamic duo in action, but not love hearing it unless you wear ear plugs (which I always do!)