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STAND MIXER GUIDE: TYPES & SIZES

Stand mixers unlock new creative possibilities in the kitchen—helping to elevate the recipes you make every day. Learn about all types of stand mixers and the range of options on the market today. Then, explore stand mixers from KitchenAid brand to find out if it’s the right type of stand mixer for you.

A KitchenAid® tilt-head stand mixer with accessories

What is a stand mixer?

A stand mixer is a heavy-duty electric mixer built into a stationary stand with a bowl. Most have multiple speeds, can handle dense ingredients and offer hands-free operation. Stand mixers can usually mix, whip and knead with various accessories but also shred meat, mash potatoes, churn out fresh guacamole and more.


Some stand mixers are compatible with attachments that expand the mixer’s capabilities. KitchenAid® stand mixers feature over 10 different attachments that let you roll and cut pasta noodles, grind meat, spiralize vegetables, make ice cream and much more. With attachments, a stand mixer can become one of the most versatile appliances you’ll ever use in your kitchen.

Types of stand mixers

When buying a stand mixer, no matter the brand, you’ll typically need to decide between two basic types: tilt-head and bowl-lift. The main difference between tilt-head and bowl lift designs is the way bowls are attached and accessed, along with the types of mixtures they handle best:

A tilt-head KitchenAid® stand mixer

tilt-head

Bowls usually attach to the base of the mixer. The head tilts back to provide easy access to the bowl and beater, which makes adding ingredients or swapping out accessories a snap. Most tilt-head models can easily handle everyday mixtures, and offer small to mid-range capacities. This style mixer tends to have a lower profile for countertop storage and can usually tuck nicely under most kitchen cabinets.

A bowl-lift KitchenAid® stand mixer

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Bowls usually attach to two sturdy arms that provide stability and support for heavy mixtures. A lever smoothly lifts the bowl into position under the beaters, providing extra stability when mixing large batches. Most bowl-lift models are equipped to handle dense mixtures and offer larger capacities. The solid build also keeps this mixer firmly on your countertop for heavy-duty ingredients and batches.

Learn more about KitchenAid® mixer types and the difference between our tilt-head and bowl-lift stand mixers.

Other types of stand mixers on the market include models with a motor below the bowl featuring in-bowl beaters, hand mixer combos that attach to a stationary stand, and models that turn the bowl instead of the beaters to mix.

HOW TO CHOOSE A MIXER

Which stand mixer is best depends on what’s most important to you. Consider these factors and more to make sure you choose the right stand mixer.

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Size & Capacity

Explore everything from compact, apartment-friendly mixers to bigger models that easily handle large, dense mixtures.

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Color, Finish and Bowls

If the perfect mixer means matching your décor, discover the variety of colors, finishes and bowl options available.

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Attachments & Accessories

Make more with your mixer and discover the endless possibilities with attachments and accessories.

If you’re looking for a KitchenAid brand stand mixer, learn about the top 5 things to consider when buying a stand mixer.

what are the stand mixer sizes?

Stand mixers come in a wide variety of sizes including different dimensions, weights and bowl capacities. Factors such as overall design, the bowl and beater setup or the type of stand mixer may affect the bowl capacity vs the stand mixer body size. In general, the larger the stand mixer body, the larger the mixer bowl size and capacity. While exact dimensions and capacities vary by brand, you can think of stand mixer sizes as small, medium and large.

STAND MIXER CAPACITIES

Smaller-sized stand mixers will usually offer somewhere between 2 and 3.5 qts of capacity, while larger stand mixers can offer around 5–8 qts. In the middle, you’ll find medium-sized stand mixers with around 4–5 qts of capacity—a great size for everyday recipes and meals.

STAND MIXER DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS

Stand mixer dimensions and weights will depend on their design and construction and can vary widely. In general, a stand mixer can weigh anywhere from around 10–35 lbs so think about how and where you’ll store it when choosing a stand mixer size.

KITCHENAID® STAND MIXER SIZES

KitchenAid offers a full lineup of small, medium and large stand mixers built to elevate everything from weeknight dinners to full-on feasts. Each mixer offers the power to deliver optimal performance for the size of the stand mixer. When deciding what KitchenAid® mixer to buy, consider these factors to narrow down which size is best for you:

Stand Mixer Type
Stand Mixer Size
Height
Weight
Bowl Capacity
Best Stand Mixer For:
KitchenAid® mini tilt-head stand mixer
KitchenAid® tilt-head stand mixer
KitchenAid® bowl-lift stand mixer
Mini Tilt-Head
Tilt-Head
Bowl-Lift
Our smallest stand mixer makes up to 5 dozen cookies in a single batch with the same power as the Classic™ stand mixer.
This iconic stand mixer has a medium profile and is just the right size for both small and large batches.
This sturdy stand mixer size provides stability and support for tackling large or heavy batches all at once.
Small
Medium
Large
13.3" tall
14.5" tall
16.5" tall
18 lbs
26 lbs
29–32 lbs
3.5 qt capacity
4.5–5 qt capacity
5–7 qt capacity
5 dozen cookies max capacity
8–9 dozen cookies max capacity
9–14 dozen cookies max capacity
Everyday recipes and ingredients, including side dishes, sauces, frosting and smaller batches.
Everyday recipes and ingredients with the flexibility to make small or large batches.
Everyday recipes and ingredients, the flexibility to make small or large batches, including heavy, dense mixtures or doughs.

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STAND MIXER COLORS AND DESIGN OPTIONS

Stand mixers are often displayed on the countertop, making their appearance an important factor. The look of stand mixers can vary widely from brand to brand as can the number of color options and customizable features. Get help deciding which options will work best for your style.

Neutral Colors

Choose a neutral hue like black, white or silver if you want a stand mixer that will always match your kitchen, no matter how you change it—or if you prefer a contemporary, minimal palette.

Pastel Or Light Colors

Add a bit of lightness to your countertop with a pastel tone. This palette can help soften the look of stainless steel appliances and is light enough to blend in with a range of wood cabinet tones and paint colors.

Cool Colors

Shades on the cooler side blend well with both contemporary aesthetics and traditional styles. These hues can be refreshing and bright or calming and tranquil, depending on which one you choose.

Bold Colors

You don’t need to be fearless to bring vibrant hues into your kitchen. Bold colors can add a pop of color to otherwise neutral kitchens, or blend in with an eclectic collection. Choose one with similar warm or cool undertones as your kitchen cabinets to create a cohesive look.

KITCHENAID® MIXER OPTIONS

KitchenAid offers over 40 stand mixer colors and a variety of bowl options to choose from. In addition, you can add a free engraving to select models when you shop with the KitchenAid Customization Tool. Here are some KitchenAid® stand mixers with the most color or bowl options available:

KitchenAid® Artisan® Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

Artisan® Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

This model is available in over 40 colors and compatible with the largest variety of bowls in various colors, patterns and finishes—making it the most customizable option.

Shop KitchenAid® Professional 600™ Series 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer

ProfeSsional 600 Series 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer

The KitchenAid® bowl-lift model features a taller profile, wider base and sturdy arms. This model comes in 15 colors so you’re sure to find one that matches your style.

KitchenAid® Custom Metallic® Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

KitchenAid® Custom Metallic® Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

Clad in real metal, this tilt-head model represents power and beauty on the counter. Choose from 3 ultra sleek metal finishes for a unique and premium look.

STAND MIXER ATTACHMENTS AND ACCESSORIES

Several brands now offer attachments that help expand the mixer’s versatility beyond the bowl. You’ll find everything from blenders and food processors to juicers and food grinders. Many brands also offer additional beaters such as mixing accessories with a silicone edge that helps scrape the bowl.

WHICH STAND MIXER ATTACHMENTS DO I NEED?

When choosing attachments, think about the kinds of recipes you want to create and how a stand mixer can make it possible. All KitchenAid® stand mixers are compatible with all power hub attachments.1 Here is the lineup of KitchenAid brand attachments:

Olives and veggies on flatbread dough KitchenAid® stand mixer with Fresh Prep attachment

Fresh Prep

Introduce more fresh and healthy ingredients into your recipes and update old favorites with vegetable noodles and more.

  • Vegetable Sheet Cutter
  • Spiralizer with Peel, Core and Slice
  • Fresh Prep Slicer/Shredder
  • Juicer Sauce Attachment
  • Food Processor
Explore All Fresh Prep
A plate of flatbreads with meatballs and toppings next to a bowl of ground meat and more toppings KitchenAid® stand mixer with Grinder attachment

Grinders

Create custom meat blends for burgers, kebabs and sausage, or grind up healthy fruit and nut bars, fresh chutneys and more.

  • Metal Food Grinder
  • Sausage Stuffer Kit
  • Slicer/Shredder + Grinder/Strainer Pack
  • Fuit & Vegetable Strainer
  • Large Food Train
Explore All Grinders
A plate of fresh cooked pasta topped with marinara sauce next to sauce ingredients KitchenAid® stand mixer with Pasta attachment

Pasta & Grain

Discover the taste of authenticity with fresh, made-from-scratch pasta and breads—from fettuccini to biscotti and beyond.

  • Sifter and Scale
  • 3 Piece Pasta Roller & Cutter
  • 5 Piece Pasta Deluxe Set
  • Gourmet Pasta Press
  • All-Metal Grain Mill
  • Ravioli Maker
Explore All Pasta & Grain
Bowl with scoops of ice cream on a countertop next to spoons KitchenAid® stand mixer with Ice Cream Maker attachment

Sweets & Desserts¹

Churn up your own unique ice cream blends at home. Control every ingredient for a range of dietary needs and custom flavors.

  • Ice Cream Maker
Explore All Sweets & Desserts

Learn which attachments work with which KitchenAid® stand mixers:

KITCHENAID® MIXER DIFFERENCES

Compare KitchenAid® stand mixer details with our Stand Mixer Comparison Guide. Understand the difference between capacities and sizes in side-by-side match-ups to find your exact model match.

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Did you know?

The iconic shape of the KitchenAid® stand mixer is a registered trademark in the United States and elsewhere around the world.

STAND MIXER FAQ

1. Ice cream bowl attachment not compatible with mini stand mixer.