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Viking vs. KitchenAid Mixer

Viking and KitchenAid both have stellar reputations and their stand mixers are quite impressive, so trying to decide which to purchase can be a difficult decision.  When choosing a stand mixer, it’s important to compare the ease of use, the features, functionality, and more.  Let’s compare the KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer to the Viking Professional 5-quart VSM500 stand mixer.

Features

Both mixers include a 5 quart stainless steel bowl with handle, balloon whisk, dough hook, flat beater, and splash guard.  The Viking also comes with a plastic spatula. Both mixers have direct drive transmission, meaning fewer parts to wear out, metal gears, and both feature planetary mixing, which allows the beaters to hit several different points in the bowl, to ensure thorough mixing of the ingredients.

The Viking VSM500 has 12 speeds and an impressive 800-watt motor; the KitchenAid Artisan has 10 speeds and a 325-watt motor.

Colors

The KitchenAid Artisan comes in 27 gorgeous colors to complement any kitchen décor, while the Viking is only available in four colors – black, red, silver and gray.

Functionality

Both the Viking and the KitchenAid Artisan mixer have extra attachments you can purchase separately to give the mixer even more functionality.

Ease of Use

The Viking VSM500 and the KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer both have a tilt-head, for ease of use.  The KitchenAid Artisan also features automatic shutoff, if the mixer should overheat for any reason. The Viking VSM500 does not have this feature.

The KitchenAid is simple to clean, with fewer cracks and crevices for food to get stuck in than the Viking.

Cost

The cost of the Viking VSM500 is around $370.00 to $450.00.  The KitchenAid Artisan can be found for $250 to $350.00, making KitchenAid’s Artisan mixer a much more economical choice.

Help & Support

Both the Viking VSM500 and KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer include a 1-year warranty. Both come with a user manual with recipies, and both offer phone and e-mail support. KitchenAid even includes Live Chat support on their website, plus a FAQ section.  KitchenAid has been found to have reliable customer service.

Summary

Unless you plan to mix bread and other very thick, heavy dough on a that may require an 800-watt motor on a frequent basis, the KitchenAid Artisan is the best choice here.  The available colors are absolutely gorgeous and you’ll love showing this beautiful mixer off to friends and family.  Plus, the KitchenAid mixer is so much easier to clean, has a variety of attachments for multi-tasking, and includes a 1-year hassle-free warranty and excellent customer service.

 

 

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