KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer Most Salient FeaturesThe KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer has always been a very popular brand in the line of stand mixers and there are several good reasons for it. This mixer outshines other products in various features, quality of design, excellent performance and durability.
Simply put, KitchenAid stand mixers are the best and the Classis is one of their most popular models.
Here is a summary of notable features:
The KitchenAid Classic Tilt Head Stand Mixer has a very convenient design where the motor head is able to tilt backwards.
This feature makes it very easy to detach, attach or replace the head accessories because the point of attachment is directly facing you whereas the usual stand mixer design deprives you of this convenience.
This tilt-head feature also makes it easier for you to manage the bowl. If you want to add ingredients or you want to partly mix your project with a spoon, you’ll have clear access to the mouth of the bowl.
The 4.5 quart bowl is big enough to suit the needs of every household. Just to give you an idea, a 4.5 quarter mixing bowl is already enough to make three loaves of bread, 6 dozen cookies and 6 pounds of mashed potatoes in a single batch.
The bowl is made of stainless steel so there it won’t break and there’s no danger of rusting even if it gets scratched.
And stainless steel is very sanitary and diswasher safe. Cleanup’s a breeze.
This mixer is very solid and has rubber feet to prevent “walking” on the counter top.
Too many other mixers vibrate under load and if you’re not careful you could find one of these mixers sliding off the countertop and heading for the floor.
This feature is important because it allows you to multi-task in the kitchen. So much can be done when a kitchen device can be left to itself in performing their tasks.
Also, there’s no danger of the bowl slipping or falling over because the bottom of the bowl locks firmly into the mixer’s base plate.
Again, this feature frees both of hands from managing the mixer while it mixes for you.
Range of Speed Settings
The 10 speed choices provide this mixer with the versatility to produce different consistencies. You can readily go from slow and gentle to fast and furious. The speed descriptions are as follows.
Speed 1, the lowest speed, is a stir. It is best described as a gentle mix that is a good way to start any mixing task. It is also best to reduce the speed to this lowest possible setting when adding new ingredients to the mix. This prevents spillages.
Speed 2 is for faster stirring but slow mixing which is suitable for mixing and kneading bread dough, mashing potatoes and for very thin batters.
Speed 4 is medium speed which is best for mixing and beating slightly heavy batters like cookie dough, for cakes or for combining sugar and shortening.
Speed 6 is for creaming, beating or whipping that is used for cake mixes that require high speed.
Speed 8 – 10 are for mixtures that require fast beating like whipping egg whites and cream.
For kitchen projects that will require high speed mixing, generally start from the lower speed and work your way up. This will prevent spillage.
5 Mixing Action
The Classic KitchenAid Mixer not only spins but spirals around the bowl to perform a thorough and even mix. The mixing implement makes contact with the bowl at over 50 points as it does its work.
With other stand mixers, you have to move the bowl around and often scrape it down manually to make sure that the spinning head will touch on all the contents of the bowl and mix your ingredients evenly.
The Kitchenaid Classic Plus is a stand-alone. You can leave it to its mixing on its own while you are doing other things for your recipe, such as greasing and dusting your cake pans with flour. You can trust your KitchenAid to do a good job for you while your attention is elsewhere.
The KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer has a 275-watt motor that is enough for making cakes, cookies, muffins and most pastries. It is also very capable of handling tougher jobs like kneading pizza and bread dough.
While there are other stand mixers that have more power than the KitchenAid Classic, that advantage doesn’t have that much bearing because this mixer can serve all the mixing needs for the ordinary household.
Also the KitchenAid mixer’s gearing gets the most out of it’s moter without straining it.
For most families, there is really no need to increase the power of the motor because this mixing device was specifically designed to easily and reliably handle the typical family’s for years.
Now understand that this is not a commercial machine designed for use all day, every day. It was never conceived to be used for commercial baking purposes.
Having a stand mixer with a more powerful motor won’t do much for the ordinary household except increase their power bill.
The main body is made of zinc and stainless steel with a baked on, super durable finish. This finish will look good and stay rust free for as long as you own your machine. And the glossy finish makes it easier for cleaning.
Like anything in the kitchen, you can’t help but get your stand mixer dirtied whilst you hold it with some of the ingredients included in your recipe like cream and other sticky stuff on your hands. If this happens, those stuff won’t stick and can easily be wiped off.
In terms of durability and “life expectancy”, you can expect a KitchenAid Mixer to last at least 5 to 10 years even with daily use. Realistically, most people get even more years. Many more.
As a company, KitchenAid prides itself on producing quality products that both work well and look great.
The fit and finish of this classic mixer is first class. Everyone has different tastes so you can decide for yourself if you like the design.
But you have to notice that the mixer has a high quality glossy finish with well-rounder edges. It’s classic and classy design makes it worthy of being displayed on any kitchen tabletop.
Its dimension is just right; width: 8-3/4 inches, depth: 14 inches, height: 13.9 inches. One thing to note about these measurements is that the mixer is low enough to slide under standard upeer kitchen cabinets. This makes it a lot easier to have it readily accessable yet still out of the way.
About it’s weight. It weighs in at a hefty 25 pounds. That’s fairly heavy and I suppose it could be an issue for some people who store want to store the mixer in a low cabinet between uses.
Personally, I take the weight as a plus. It indicates solid construction and it also keeps the mixer stable in use. As I mentioned above, this mixer doesn’t vibrate or shake even mixing a stiff dough. The heavy weight is part of why this is so stable.
The dimensions are standard features of the common stand mixer although, some are saying that it is heavier.
My suggestion is that unless your counter space is extremely limited you keep your mixer out slid back uner the upper cabinet. Then you won’t be lifting or carrying it and weight won’t be an issue
There are a lot of stand mixers in the market but, there is only one stand mixer that will fit that most valuable spot on your kitchen countertop. These 8 reasons show why theKitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer deserves that prime spot.