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KitchenAid Classic vs. Artisan

KitchenAid is well known for amazing products for the kitchen, especially their mixers. The Classic and Artisan are both excellent mixers, so how do you know which one to buy?  The best way to decide is to compare product features and decide which will best serve your purpose.

Power & Capacity

KitchenAid’s Classic features a 250-watt motor and versatile 10-speed control, and comes with a 4-1/2-quart bowl can hold up to 8 cups of flour. The Artisan mixer has 325 watts of power, 10 speeds and a 5-quart bowl with 9 cup capacity. If you plan on using the mixer for mixing bread and other thick, heavy dough, it’s best to choose the mixer with a larger motor—the Artisan.

Other Features

  • The Artisan is available in an array of colors to match any décor.  Currently, there are 27 gorgeous colors to choose from! The KitchenAid Classic is only available in white.
  • Both the Classic and Artistan mixers have a tilt-up head for easy access to the bowl and beaters.
  • Both mixers come with three attachments: a flat beater, a wire whip, and a hook for mixing and kneading yeast doughs. All three are solidly in constructed and easily secure to the beater shaft with a simple twist.   There are variety of mixer attachments that can be purchased separately for either model of mixer, including a sausage stuffer, meat grinder, slicer, ice cream maker, pasta cutter, juicer, strainer and an array of other attachments, making either mixer extremely versatile and functional.
  • The Classic and Artisan both have direct drive transmission, which means there are fewer parts to wear out.
  • The Artisan has 2-piece pouring shield with large chute for adding ingredients, which makes it slightly more convenient than the Classic.
  • The Artisan mixer’s stainless steel bowl features and ergonomic handle, making it easy to move. The Classic mixer’s bowl has no handle.
  • The Artisan features planetary mixing, meaning that the beater hits several points in the bowl (67, to be exact), so that ingredients are mixed thoroughly. The Classic does not feature planetary mixing, so it might be necessary to move the bowl or scrape the ingredients to ensure thorough mixing.
  • Both the Classic and Artisan mixers are designed for easy cleaning, with few cracks and crevices to get dirty.
  • Both mixers come with an instruction manual, tips and lots of great recipes.


The KitchenAid Classic can be purchased for around $200, the Artisan, closer to $240.00. Of  course, considering the Artisan has 75 more watts of power and 1 cup larger capacity, the extra cost is expected, and certainly reasonable.


While both KitchenAid mixers are fantastic kitchen products, the Artisan is the winner in a few areas. One, the variety of gorgeous colors makes this mixer a beautiful kitchen product to display on your countertop.  I love showing mine off to friends!  Secondly, the larger motor is important for anyone who plans to make a lot of bread, or mix other heavy, thick doughs on a frequent basis.  The smaller motor isn’t really designed for mixing a lot of thick, heavy dough.  Thirdly, the planetary mixing provides thorough mixing of ingredients, without having to move the bowl around.

Whichever mixer you choose, you’re sure to be pleased with your purchase.  Either one is worth the investment and will last for years to come.



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