KitchenAid Artisan Mixers - all you need to know

Author: Jon Dart

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There are now a number of different KitchenAid Artisan Food Mixer models available that have replaced the discontinued KitchenAid KSM150 Artisan Food Mixer. These include the KSM125, KSM156, KSM175 and the most recent variant, the KSM185. Essentially these machines are identical in size and power and all come with a 5 year KitchenAid guarantee. We thought it would be a good idea to provide a little more information about these replacement models, what has changed and what you get with each of the models, to help you decide on the best KitchenAid Artisan Food Mixer for you.

A brief history of the iconic KitchenAid mixer

KitchenAid History

American style guru, Egmont Arens, designed the original mixer back in 1937 and to this day it has kept its iconic rounded design and esteemed status in both domestic and commercial kitchens. A constant programme of improvement and refinement has resulted in today’s Artisan mixer – a machine built to both perform and last. The mixer’s revolutionary ‘planetary action’ led one of the executives’ wives that was testing the initial design to comment, ‘I don’t care what you call it, but I know it’s the best kitchen aid I have ever had!’ Hence, a brand name was born!

The iconic KitchenAid Artisan Food Mixer

What’s new?

To be brutally honest, not a lot. The internal workings of the new mixers are exactly the same, as are the external form and dimensions. You still get a mixer with a robust and stable full metal construction, powerful direct drive motor and planetary action which moves the beater to the edge of the bowl at 67 different points. The attachment hub is also the same, turning the mixer into a true kitchen aid thanks to the many useful attachments available. The main aesthetic difference is on the metal banding that flows around the head of the mixer. On the KSM150 model the KitchenAid logo was printed in black. On the new models this logo is now embossed.

What’s in the box?

As mentioned above, there’s little in the way of aesthetic changes between the old and new models, the main difference is what is included with each model. Here is a comprehensive rundown of what comes with each model.

KitchenAid Artisan KSM125 Mixer

KitchenAid Artisan 125 Mixers (KSM125)

Wire Whisk - this is great for beating eggs, mixing egg whites, whipping cream and making dips. The wires are made from stainless steel and the head is of aluminium construction.

Dough Hook - this tool is for mixing and kneading doughs. Whether you're making pasta, pizza or bread dough, this is the perfect accessory. Made from aluminium and with an anti-stick nylon coating, the dough hook is dishwasher safe.

Flat Beater - the flat beater can deal with heavy mixes. This is the go to tool for cake mixes, icing or mashed potatoes. As with the dough hook, this is made from aluminium with an anti-stick nylon coating and is safe for use in the dishwasher.

4.8L Bowl - the bowl is made from a polished stainless steel. It's the perfect size to prepare both large and small quantities. It has an ergonomic handle and is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

Colour available: Contour Silver. 


KitchenAid Artisan KSM125 Bundle Packs


KitchenAid Artisan KSM156 Mixer

KitchenAid Artisan 156 Mixers (KSM156)

Wire Whisk - this is great for beating eggs, mixing egg whites, whipping cream and making dips. The wires are made from stainless steel and the head is of aluminium construction.

Dough Hook - this tool is for mixing and kneading doughs. Whether you're making pasta, pizza or bread dough, this is the perfect accessory. Made from aluminium and with an anti-stick nylon coating, the dough hook is dishwasher safe.

Flat Beater - the flat beater can deal with heavy mixes. This is the go to tool for cake mixes, icing or mashed potatoes. As with the dough hook, this is made from aluminium with an anti-stick nylon coating and is safe for use in the dishwasher.

4.8L Bowl - Depending on the specific model the bowl can either be made from glass (clear or frosted, again depending on model) or from polished stainless steel with an attractive hammered finish. It's the perfect size to prepare both large and small quantities. It has an ergonomic handle and is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

Colours available: Matte Lavender or Frosted Pearl.


KitchenAid Artisan KSM156 Mixers


KitchenAid Artisan KSM175 Mixer

KitchenAid Artisan 175 Mixers (KSM175)

Wire Whisk - this is great for beating eggs, mixing egg whites, whipping cream and making dips. The wires are made from stainless steel and the head is of aluminium construction.

Dough Hook - this tool is for mixing and kneading doughs. Whether you're making pasta, pizza or bread dough, this is the perfect accessory. Made from aluminium and with an anti-stick nylon coating, the dough hook is dishwasher safe.

Flat Beater - the flat beater can deal with heavy mixes. This is the go to tool for cake mixes, icing or mashed potatoes. As with the dough hook, this is made from aluminium with an anti-stick nylon coating and is safe for use in the dishwasher.

4.8L Bowl - the bowl is made from a polished stainless steel. It's the perfect size to prepare both large and small quantities. It has an ergonomic handle and is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

Pouring Shield - the pouring shield fits around the top of the bowl and serves two purposes. Both uses can help reduce kitchen mess. Firstly, it prevents any ingredients from splashing out of the bowl when mixing. Secondly, it provides a handy spout for adding ingredients while mixing.

Flex-Edge Beater - similar to the flat beater, but with a flexible, silicone edge. The flexible edge cleans the edge of the bowl while mixing. This results in a more complete mix and ensures you don't have to stop mixing and use a spatula to clear the edge of the bowl.

3L Bowl - a useful alternative to the 4.8L bowl. The 3L bowl is ideal for mixing smaller quantities. As with the regular bowl, the 3L bowl is made from polished stainless steel.

Colours available: Almond Cream, Empire Red, Onyx Black, Apple Cider, Boysenberry, Espresso, Cafe Latte, Green Apple, Pistachio, Ice Blue, Contour Silver, Majestic Yellow, Silk Pink, Raspberry Ice.


Popular KitchenAid Artisan KSM175 Mixer Colours


KitchenAid Artisan 5KSM185 Mixer

KitchenAid Artisan 185 Mixers (5KSM185)

Wire Whisk -  This is great for beating eggs, mixing egg whites, whipping cream and making dips. Made entirely from stainless steel means this wire whisk is dishwasher safe.

Dough Hook - This tool is for mixing and kneading doughs. Whether you're making pasta, pizza or bread dough, this is the perfect accessory. Made from stainless steel, the dough hook is dishwasher safe.

Flat Beater - the flat beater can deal with heavy mixes. This is the go to tool for cake mixes, icing or mashed potatoes. As with the dough hook, this is made from stainless steel and is safe for use in the dishwasher.

4.8L Bowl - with an updated design this bowl has a two-tone finish and is made from polished stainless steel. It's the perfect size to prepare both large and small quantities. It has an ergonomic handle and is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

Pouring Shield - the pouring shield fits around the top of the bowl and serves two purposes. Both uses can help reduce kitchen mess. Firstly, it prevents any ingredients from splashing out of the bowl when mixing. Secondly, it provides a handy spout for adding ingredients while mixing.

3L Bowl - a useful alternative to the 4.8L bowl. The 3L bowl is ideal for mixing smaller quantities. As with the regular bowl, the 3L bowl has a two-tone finish and is made from polished stainless steel.

Colours available: Cast Iron Black, Medallion Silver, Brushed Nickel, Chrome, Copper or Candy Apple


Popular KitchenAid Artisan KSM185 Mixer Colours