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KitchenAid Classic Vs Artisan - Which Should You Buy?

Updated on July 18, 2014

Are you debating between whether to invest in the Kitchenaid Artisan or the Classic, however are still unsure exactly over which is the better option to go with and are just after some further clarification over the differences between the two & ultimately which is the best to go with? If so this comparison review will be able to help you out, but firstly you should know both models are top quality kitchenaid mixers, but there are significant differences between them which we will explore below (for quick feature references see the Artisan Vs Classic comparison table below).

KitchenAid Stand Mixers

The first thing to note is that they are both 'stand mixers', this simply refers to the design (which is why the classic and artisan look very similar) and method of mixing. With a stand mixed, the body has an overhead component that can be flexed to tilt backwards and forwards to basically be adjusted and then locked into place, ready for mixing. KitchenAid refer to it specifically as the tilt head design allowing "clear access to the bowl and beater" and through locking the head during operation it "keeps the beat-to-bowl contact" in close proximity to maximize both efficiency and the overall produce.

However, it is the features and specs what really differentiate the KitchenAid Artisan and Classic mixers.

KitchenAid Classic
KitchenAid Artisan
Stand Mixer (tilt head)
Stand Mixer (tilt head)
Price (Retail)
Motor Power
250 Watts
325 Watts
Speed Control Settings
10 Settings
10 Settings
Bowl Capacity
4.5 quarts
5 quart
White, Black
20 + Different Colors
Brush Stainless Steel
Polished Stainless Steel
Add Ons
Dough Hook, Flat Beater, 6 Wire Whip
Pouring Shield, Dough Hook, Flat Beater, 6 Wire Whip
14.1 x 13.9 x 8.8 inches
14.4 x 13.9 x 8.8 inches
A comparison table listing the features & specs of the KitchenAid classic mixer and Artisan mixer.

Note: the prices above are for comparison only, you can find them a fair bit cheaper than the price listed with just a bit of savvy shopping from your part. You will supprisingly find that the color of the mixer has a fair say in the outcome of the price of the KitchenAid mixer you are buying.

There is also a version of the classic called the "classic plus" it is exactly the same apart from it is fitted with a slightly more powerful 275 watt motor.

Motor Power: 250 Watts Vs 325 Watts

This is pretty much the most significant difference between the Classic and Artisan to be aware of, the latter comes with a more powerful motor (by 75 watts), which in turn allows you to 'mix' faster, larger batches and can basically carry out more intense tasks (the Artisan is particularly recommended over the Classic for when it comes to dry ingredients and kneading dough). Although they do offer different power, both are controlled on a 10 mix level speed gauge.

59 Point Mixing Action

The motor powers KitchenAid's unique mixing action (which is the same in both mixers) whereby it refers to the 59 touchpoints with every rotation within the bowl for "thorough ingredient incorporation".

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Bowl Capacity

Another slight difference to note is that the Artisan has a slightly bigger steel bowl (bigger by 0.5 quarts) and comes with a "comfortable handle". To give you an idea as to what this means, it can hold enough dough for 108 cookies whereas the Classic can only hold enough for 72 cookies (or round about).

You can also see from the dimensions that the Kitchen Artisan is a bit bigger than the Classic too and also weighs about a 1lb more as well.


Both the mixers come with a dough hook, flat paddle and wire whisk, however the KitchenAid Artisan also comes with a plastic pouring shield which the classic doesn't. Basically helps with getting batter and ingredients into your bowl. You also get a little side handle on the body design of the mixer itself for you to hold on to (which you don't with the classic).

What's the Difference Between the Artisan and Classic?

The Classic is basically the lower model & the Artisan is the middle range model in KitchenAid's range of mixers (if you are wanting something even more powerful than than the Artisan look towards their "professional mixer"), so as you would expect the Artisan was more expensive and comes with better features and offers an overall better mixing performance.

The Key Differences to note:

  • Artisan is the more powerful mixer.
  • Artisan offers a wider color range (for the fashionable cook).
  • Classic comes without the pouring shield, which the Artisan does.
  • Classic is more compact than the Artisan and does weigh less as well.
  • There's a difference in price of around $100.

For me, if you are a serious baker or cook & do this every day I'd seriously suggest taking a look at the pro model (although granted, it does take a rather significant price leap from the Artisan).

However, out of the two models here, it basically depends on how often you plan on using them and how intense will the baking tasks be -- for most tasks the Classic will be more than fine, but if you are constantly dealing with a dense cake or cupcake batter then I'd definitely go with the Artisan due to the larger capacity and more powerful motor integrated.

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