Want: KitchenAid Mixer

By / Life / August 6th, 2013 / 12

We all recognize that trademark KitchenAid mixer silhouette when we see it sitting on a friend’s counter. The sleek curves and sturdy construction make our hands itch to pick it up and walk out. Too bad they’d probably notice.

This silhouette has been captivating would-be chefs and bakers since the 30s when the Model “K” was launched. Placed in a prominent spot on the counter, its eye catching design could be considered a work of art. In fact, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art selected the KitchenAid Mixer as an icon of American design in 1997, so it is art.

The colours of this high-end brand have only made it worse. In 1955, four colours were introduced; then, they produced brand-specific mixers exclusively for stores like Target; and now, their Artisan series is available in 25 different colours. It makes for an eye-catching display in most kitchens: imagine an empire red KitchenAid Mixer sitting in a black and white kitchen – breathtaking.

But it isn’t just a pretty face, so to speak. After all, you don’t become the best mixer in the market with looks alone. Working its 12 attachments, it kneads bread, shapes pasta, grinds meat, mixes, blends, juices and more. It will do these tasks without your supervision. While it works, you can check your roast or pour a glass of wine, cutting prep time in half and letting you enjoy that Merlot.

All KitchenAid attachments are cross-generational. The attachments from the 1930’s Model “K” can be used on modern machines and vice versa. So you can “borrow” that “thingy” your mother uses on her KitchenAid mixer to make your whip cream the way you’ve always liked it.

Just don’t be surprised if she says no, because we know you won’t give it back.


A freelance writer and editor, Lisa Hoekstra loves learning and trying new things. She can be found with her nose in a book or multiple tabs open on her browser as she researches the latest and greatest in the world of food, style and everything in between.

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