Stylish Stand Mixer Buyer’s Guide
Apart from the bedroom and the living room, you spend the most time in your kitchen. Given that fact, it makes sense to make being in your kitchen as enjoyable as possible.
Of course you’ll want appliances and tools that work well. On top of that, there is absolutely nothing wrong with adding a little glamour to your kitchen. A well designed kitchen both looks great and makes working in it easy and fun
What am I talking about?
Well, the tried and true kitchen “work triangle” remains a good starting point for kitchen design. The 3 points of the triangle are your stove, the refrigerator and the sink, each with surrounding work spaces.
In a functionally designed kitchen you won’t be walking around your kichen table to the other side of the room every time you want something out of the fridge.
So let’s assume you have a very functional layout. Now it’s time to add style. The options are endless – stark and clean modern, retro 40’s, country, Italian villa and on and on.
Color, flooring, counter top and cabinet choices are the “bones” of your kitchen style. Against this background, the look of appliances becomes an important accessory.
Style and Function
Some people will sacrifice convenience for style and clean lines. They like to have their countertops absolutely empty unless they’re actively cooking. That means every appliance needs to be put away when not in use.
I have to think that these folks either don’t actually cook very much or that they’re struggling with something verging on an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Just my opinion.
For most of us, we want to have the appliances we use all the time – our toaster, our coffee maker, etc. – out and ready to go.
Naturally, we want them to work well. But there’s nothing to say we can’t have both style and function. Sometimes, regrettably, we may to compromise a little.
Fortunatley, that’s not the case with stand mixers.
Your Stand Mixer – A Major Small Appliance
A truism about appliances is that the harder they are to set up the less likely you’ll be to use them. So if the appliance is big and heavy and tucked away in the back of a lower cabinet you’re not likely to get it out for small tasks.
And here I’m thinking specifially of stand mixers.
Even casual cooks, and definitely those more serious about the craft, can really use a stand mixer.
However a quality mixer is somewhat bulky and heavy. If it’s put away and you all you want to do is whisk a few eggs you may decide it’s easier to do it by hand rather than get the mixer out.
Think about that for a moment. There’s no extra clean up with the stand mixer. Do it by hand and you’ll have to clean a bowl and the whisk. Do it with the machine and you’ll have to clean… That’s right, a bowl and a whisk. No extra work there.
But because the mixer wasn’t readily available, the cook decided to spend the extra time and effort doing it by hand.
So from a functional viewpoint, your stand mixer should be out and ready to go. This is especially true when we get a few options that expand the capabilities of the mixer even more.
However, there is that bulky and heavy thing. We really don’t want to live with an ugly hunk of an appliance in front of us all the time.
Fortunately, when it comes to stand mixers, there’s no need to compromise. We can have top notch performance along with great style.
The Simple Answer: A KitchenAid Stand Mixer
The functional part of the search is easy. Get a KitchenAid stand mixer.
When it comes to performance, Kitcheaid mixers continue to absolutely dominate any comparison test. They are simply the best and most reliable mixers available for both the home and professional chef.
And the range of options available make them a real kitchen workhorse.
Next we have the design question. Admittedly, there is a subjective aspect to what we consider beautiful. However, I think KitchenAid mixers can deliver what even the most demanding would consider a stylish stand mixer.
The overall shape manages to fit in well with any number of design themes. The clean lines can go modern. The streamline appeance makes it a natural for those who favor Art Deco. Get it in a nice turquoise and the modern KitchenAid will fit right in with a retro 40’s designed kitchen.
I think you get the idea looking at some of the pictures on this page.
Which KitchenAid Offers the Most Design Options?
KichenAid mixers share roughly the same overall profile. There is a difference when it comes to size but the proportions are about the same.
The KitchenAid Classic is the smaller of the line, while the Pro and Commercial mixers are at the bigger end.
In between lies the very popular Artisan Line.
And if both style and funtion important to you, you’ll definitely want to check out the Artisan KitchenAids.
The least expensive KitchenAid available is the KitchenAid Classic White. White, of course, is a classic, goes-with-anything color choice for kitchen appliances. If your budget is very tight it is a good option.
For a little more money, you can get the Classic in several different colors.
At the other end of the spectrum, the more larger and more powerful Pro mixers are also available in several different colors.
The Artisan mixers are in the middle size and power wise. However these mixers offer the greatest choice of colors available.
Right now the Artisan is available in 42 (!) colors and they seem to add more all the time.
As I describe elsewhere, the Artisan is a great mixer from a functional viewpoint as well as its good looks. For many cooks itd size and power are the Goldilocks just-right between the Classic and the Pro.
Toss in great looks and you can’t go wrong.
Of course you can’t go wrong with any KitchenAid mixer.