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KitchenAid Artisan vs. Architect

KitchenAid is a well-known name in kitchen appliances and has a stellar reputation for their stand mixers. Two similar KitchenAid stand mixers are the KitchenAid Artisan and the KitchenAid Architect. If you’re trying to decide which mixer is the best one for you, here is a summary of the two, for easy comparison.

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer

The KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer is a tilt-head mixer that has a 325-watt motor and 5-quart mixing bowl with an ergonomic handle.  This serious stand mixer can mix dough for up to nine dozen cookies at a time, or enough dough for 4 loaves of bread. This mixer has received perfect scores for whisking egg whites, mixing cake batter and kneading pizza dough.

Ten speeds make it possible to mix just about anything, and  the mixer features planetary mixing, meaning that the beater spins clockwise as the shaft spins counter-clockwise, moving the beater to 67 different points around the bowl, eliminating the need to rotate the bowl to thoroughly mix ingredients.

The KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer is the highest-rated stand mixer by more than 1,700 Amazon customers. Many owners say they’ve been using mixer for over a decade, referring to it as a workhorse, and very durable. Owners are also impressed by the amazing choice of colors(27), and the splash guard that fits onto the top of the bowl.

The KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer comes with a flat beater, dough hook and wire whip, features a 2-piece pouring shield, and is backed with a 1-year warranty.

KitchenAid Architect Stand Mixer

The Kitchen Architect is a locking tilt head stand mixer with a 325 watt motor and a 5-quart glass bowl with tapered spout.  The bowl, like the bowl of the Artisan, features an ergonomic handle for easy lifting.

The Architect mixer has 10 speeds for everything from slow mixing to whipping.  The mixture features planetary mixing, like the Artisan, allowing the beaters to reach several points in the bowl for even, thorough mixing.

The Kitchen Architect comes with a burnished flat beater, wire whip and burnished dough hook, features a one-piece pouring shield, and has a multi-purpose attachment hub with hinged cover.  The Architect is available in two colors – candy apple red and cocoa silver.


Both the KitchenAid Artisan and the Architect are high-quality mixers with similar features, yet the Architect is a little more expensive than the Artisan. The Architect has a glass bowl, compared to a stainless steel bowl with the Artisan. Another difference  is the Artisan’s two-piece pouring shield, versus the Architect’s one-piece pouring shield. While both are excellent mixers, the Artisan wins not only in price, but also in the amazing choice of colors.



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