These stand mixers beat, whip, mix, and knead like no other. But, when it comes to their weight, one thing’s for sure: they’re not light as a feather.
KitchenAid stand mixers have become staples for both amateur and professional cooks. They are incredibly useful for making a wide variety of food, from cakes, cookies, and bread, to mashed potatoes.
That said, they are powerful machines that are built to last, and so are a bit bulky and heavy. This begs the question:
There are a few different varieties of the stand mixer, and they all weigh between 16 and 40 pounds. Even the smallest and lightest model is quite hefty for a common household appliance.
If weight is important to you when looking for a new KitchenAid stand mixer, then you have come to the right place! We have put together a list of each mixer available and how much they weigh for you to browse through.
What Should I Expect From My Stand Mixer?
All KitchenAid stand mixers come with a few different accessories that affect the weight of the mixer. Some can add up to five pounds to the base. All of the mixers come with a stainless steel bowl and at least three different attachments. The original attachments available include:
- Paddle mixer
- Dough hook
- Wire whip
- Flex edge beater
- Pastry beater
- Pouring shield
Some of the new updated attachments include:
- Vegetable spiralizer
- Food grinder
- Pasta roller
- Grain mill
- Ice cream maker
And many more. Some are stainless steel, and others have a nonstick coating. The more professional stand mixers have attachments that don’t fit the other stand mixers, and vice versa.
When looking for your stand mixer and appliances, keep in mind the extra weight that these attachments will add.
How Heavy Are KitchenAid Stand Mixers?
Gross weight: 18 pounds
Net weight: 16 pounds
As its name suggests, the Artisan Mini is the smallest and lightest of the KitchenAid mixers. If you have a small kitchen, this is probably the one to go with. The base weighs 16 pounds, and when the steel bowl and an attachment are added, it increases to about 18 pounds. This weight feels about the same as a gallon can of paint.
Although its 3½ quart bowl will not yield batches as large as you’ll get in other models, don’t let its small size deter you. It has a motor as powerful as its larger counterparts and includes the same 10 speed options. Over 10 different attachments are compatible, and it has a tilt-head design for ease in adding ingredients.
Included with the mixer are three different attachments and a bowl with a super useful handle. It’s a great option if you need something a little lighter.
Gross weight: 25 pounds
Net weight: 22 pounds
KitchenAid’s most popular mixers, the Classic and Classic Plus models are the lightest of the regularly-sized mixers – and also the cheapest. They are very sturdy and powerful. For both, the base is 22 pounds, and it goes up to about 25 pounds with the bowl and an attachment.
Both the Classic and Classic Plus come with a 4½ quart stainless steel bowl and three different attachments. They are compatible with over ten different attachments, which you can purchase separately.
They have ten different speeds and the tilt-head design for the mixing bowl. The only major difference between these two mixers is that the Classic Plus has a more powerful motor, which is better for stronger doughs, like bread, and more effective for mixing large batches.
KitchenAid 4.5 Deluxe Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer and Artisan Mixer
Gross weight: 26 pounds
Net weight: 23 pounds
Price: $379.99 – $429.99
The Deluxe Quart mixer is a good midpoint between the Classic and the next level up Artisan mixer. This mixer is a little heavier than the classic, but the bowl comes with a handle and it has stainless steel accessories instead of coated.
The Artisan mixer takes you into a larger-batch, more professional range of mixers. It may look similar to the Classic, but it has a much more powerful motor and its bowl holds an extra quart. This makes a very significant difference.
For example, the biggest batch of cookies the Classic can produce is six dozen, while the Artisan can produce up to nine dozen. Despite these differences, the Artisan is only one pound heavier than the classic. Both the deluxe and the Artisan are about the weight of a large watermelon.
Gross weight: 29 – 37 pounds
Price: $529.00 – $649.99
The KitchenAid professional six to seven quart stand mixers are heavy-duty mixers intended for professional bakers and cooks who make large batches of food at a time. These can be very heavy, usually at least 30 pounds, which is around the same weight as a cinder block.
Needless to say, these stand mixers should stay on the counter and be moved as little as possible. If you don’t have the counter space for one of these, then you might want to consider one of the other models.
Where Should I Keep My Stand Mixer?
Let’s face it: stand mixers are a bit of a pain regarding their weight. Unless you’re someone who doesn’t mind hauling your heavy stand mixer in and out of cabinets, it’s probably best to just keep it on the counter, if you have room. The Classic and Artisan models are about 14” deep and 14” tall, so you can measure your counter space before deciding to purchase one.
If you don’t have enough room on your counter, you might want to think about getting the Artisan Mini, instead. Not only are they significantly smaller (about 12” by 12”), but they are much lighter and, therefore, easier to transport in and out of cabinets.
Keep in mind that with any stand mixer, if the head is up, it does get taller by about three inches. It is best to keep your stand mixer in a base cabinet instead of a wall cabinet, as it can be dangerous trying to lift a heavy stand mixer from above. Keeping it in a base cabinet and pulling it out from there is much safer.
What If I Have a Tiny Kitchen?
For those of you who have very small kitchens–and I mean very small–and may not have counter or cabinet space, don’t let that stop you from getting a stand mixer. You have options! All you need is a flat surface and an outlet to plug your mixer into.
Any steady table will work. Just be sure to protect the surface of your table so that it doesn’t get damaged. You can lay out a kitchen, beach, or bath towel on top of the table and place the mixer on the towel to make sure that there is no contact between the table’s finish and the bottom of the stand mixer.
KitchenAid stand mixers are incredibly versatile and useful kitchen tools. Remember that you don’t have to let the weight of a stand mixer stop you from getting one. There are so many different options available to you, and you can find the perfect one that meets your needs