Reviewers and owners agree the KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer is best for tackling heavy tasks like kneading and mixing tougher dough. While this workhorse performs these duties well, it also does an admirable job at whipping egg whites or heavy cream. This mixer comes with a 5-quart stainless-steel bowl and three attachments, including a C-shaped dough hook with a disk at the top to prevent sticking. Reviews say the 10 variable speeds and splash guard with chute for adding ingredients make this stand mixer easy to use. KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer comes in an impressive number of color choices. The less expensive KitchenAid Classic Series Stand Mixer (*Est. $200) is the exact same size and weight, and comes with the same attachments, but is a little less powerful and only has a 4.5-quart mixing bowl.
We found the best professional reviews of the KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer at Choice magazine where it is pitted against 12 other models of stand mixers. Editors at Bon Appétit magazine pick the KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer as their favorite, but do not reveal how many models were included in the review. It receives accolades from noticeably more owners than any other stand mixer in reviews on Cooking.com and Amazon.com.