The Cheapest Kitchenaid Mixer
Any KitchenAid mixer is an investment, so it's natural to want to save money. That's Ok! Even the cheapest KitchenAid mixer is a workhorse, in most circumstances. However, there is one attachment that you should think carefully about when considering this model.
The KitchenAid Classic
The KitchenAid Classic is the cheapest KitchenAid mixer, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $329.99. All of the KitchenAid mixers are very versatile and work with many attachments. The price differences within the line – which are considerable – relate mostly to the size of bowl and the power of the motor. The only other disadvantage associated with the Classic is that it only comes in white, unlike the more expensive models which come in many colors. For most home cooks in most situations, though, these factors are worth the considerable savings and many not even be disadvantages at all. For example, the bowl of the Classic holds 4.5 quarts, which according to Kitchenaid is enough to make at least three loaves of bread or six dozen cookies. I don't know about you, but that's not going to put too much of a dent in my baking.
Like other models on the affordable end of the scale, the KitchenAid classic has a head that tilts back to allow the bowl to be accessed and removed. While this feature is debatable because it couldn't support the more powerful motor of an industrial mixer, I actually think it's a plus for a basic home mixer. I love how easy it is to scrape the bowl, see its contents and move it in and out of the mixer.
Like all KitchenAids, the Classic has a power hub on the front to connect it to various attachments that can be purchased separately. These attachments are one of the great advantages of KitchenAids. While they can be pricy, they are cheaper and more space-saving than buying similar appliances individually. Options include grinders, slicers, shredders, juicers, a sausage stuffer, several attachments for making pasta, and even an ice-cream maker.
Great Deals on the KitchenAid Classic
The Kitchenaid Classic comes with three accessories: a flat beater, a wire whisk and a dough hook. I love the versatility of the flat paddle and the whisk, which are suitable for almost all stand-mixer tasks. The dough hook, while appealing, is more of an issue. Apparently kneading thick dough is a lot for the motor of a mixer to hand. While I've personally never had a problem with my KitchenAid dough hook, but I have only used it occasionally. Most negative reviews the the Classic and similar models claim that their machine stopped working after significant use of the dough hook. While in general I recommend all KitchenAids, I do think that the way you want to use your dough hook is one of the biggest considerations in deciding which is the best KitchenAid mixer for you.