Since I brought home my KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer a few years ago, I’ve used it for so much more than just cookies. As a long-time KitchenAid fan, I was excited to test out the new KitchenAid Artisan, and this model comes with a premium accessory pack that lets you whip up even more.
The KitchenAid Artisan is a powerful, easy-to-use stand mixer. It can mix, beat, or whip anything you put in the bowl. Here’s a look at the features of the newest KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer, what’s included with the premium accessory pack, and how it stands up to what I’m currently whipping up in my kitchen.
Features on KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer
The latest model of the KitchenAid Artisan Series stand mixer (Model KSM195PSMI) has a new look and new colour choices. I was sent the stand mixer in Mineral Water Blue and I love it. You can also choose other colours including Cast Iron, Medallion Silver, and Pistachio.
- 325-watt motor and 10 speeds for precise mixing
- Tilt-head lets you add attachments, wipe down the sides of the bowl, and blend whatever you’d like
- Four included attachments include a flex edge beater, pastry beater, wire whip, and dough hook. It also includes a gourmet bowl scraper
- Includes two dishwasher-safe bowls—one 3.5 quarts and one 5 quart
- An updated version of the pouring shield prevents splatter and attaches securely to the bowl
Updates on the new KitchenAid Artisan series stand mixer
KitchenAid has always been a stand-out in terms of colour options, and the updated colours on the KitchenAid Artisan are as amazing as they’ve always been. The finish on the new model is slightly different from my own KitchenAid Artisan. It has more of a brushed, retro metallic look than my mixer. The metal accents on the new model are also more brushed metal than high gloss. I really like the style updates.
They’ve also updated the colour options on the attachments. My own stand mixer came with white attachments while this version comes with grey. The paddle mixer also has a built-in flex scraper, and I love that option. It pulls cookie batter, dough, or cake batter away from the sides of the bowl so you don’t have to stop and swipe it with a bowl scraper.
The premium accessory pack with the KitchenAid Artisan includes a pastry beater. It’s an attachment that looks like the mixing paddle but you can use it to cut butter into flour or sugar.
Testing the KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer and premium accessory pack
It’s very easy to set up a KitchenAid stand mixer. You just pull it out of the box, plug it in, and you’re ready to mix. It’s a tilt-head stand mixer which makes it simple to use and easy to add the attachments or scrape the bowl when you need to. You can add ingredients when you tilt it up, but you can also use the included pouring shield to add ingredients while you’re mixing.
10 speeds and 350 watts of power
The KitchenAid Artisan has 350 watts of power and 10 different speeds to cycle through. It definitely doesn’t struggle with dough of any kind or even the thickest batters. One of the main reasons why people have lumpy buns or bread is because of a lack of mixing and kneading, so I’ve always used my KitchenAid stand mixer to make dough. I usually leave the stand mixer running for 5 or 10 minutes. Once it’s done I let it rise in a warm spot for an hour.
I made pizza dough and left it in the mixer for 10 minutes. When I put everything in the bowl it was a sticky bunch of flour and water. When I came back 10 minutes later it was a beautiful ball of dough.
Premium accessories make your mixer more versatile
I’ve tried out the KitchenAid flex edge beater before and I’ve loved it. I don’t have that specific paddle anymore so I couldn’t compare the size, but the new version feels a little larger. It really scrapes down the sides of the bowl when it’s mixing.
I used the whisk and the dough hook and liked them both. The whisk feels durable and it had no problem whipping cream. The dough hook was great too, and I made pizza dough, bread dough, and gluten-free bread dough. The mixer whipped through everything, even when the dough was very sticky and thick. If it struggled at all I turned the power up a bit and it kept going.
KitchenAid pastry beater cuts in cold butter
If you’ve ever made scones you know, for best results, you need to cut ice-cold butter into the flour. I normally do this with a cheese grater as it creates small thin slices of butter that don’t clump in the final product. Instead of my cheese grater, I tested out the KitchenAid pastry beater while making scones. It worked very well on cold butter. I had to take it out of the freezer for a few minutes to warm it up, but once I did the mixer reduced it to small chunks that are perfect for baking scones. I also used the included bench scraper when making scones and really liked it. It was very useful for keeping the scones in a uniform shape before I sliced them up into sections.
Upgraded pouring shield stays firmly on the bowl
I’ve always used my KitchenAid pouring shield when mixing a big bowl of batter or dough. It keeps the flour from flying out of the bowl while you’re adding it to liquid ingredients. The new pouring shield is a great upgrade on the older model. It has anchors that keep it firmly attached to the bowl.
I ran the mixer at high speeds and the pouring shield stayed firmly in place. It’s a nice upgrade on the older version as I found it always slipped and moved around the bowl when the mixer was running.
Should you choose the new KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer?
The KitchenAid Artisan series stand mixer has the power and accessories to whip up anything you put in the bowl. I love the style of the new KitchenAid Artisan, and it’s so helpful for all types of baking. I think it’s powerful enough for most home cooks or bakers. If you’d like to do even more with your mixer you can some of the great KitchenAid attachments like the Ice Cream maker, pasta mixer, or heat mixing bowl.
You can find your own KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer at Best Buy.