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KitchenAid vs. Cuisinart Stand Mixer Comparison

Dec. 14, 2016
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Stand mixers are quite the useful kitchen appliance, helping novice and experienced cooks alike whip up everything from cookie batter to family pasta recipes. But not all mixers are equally good.

We pitted two popular models against each other — the KitchenAid Classic Series 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer and the Cuisinart Precision Master 5.5-Quart Stand Mixer — to help you select the right one for your culinary needs.

 KitchenAid Classic Series 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand MixerCuisinart Precision Master 5.5-Quart Stand Mixer
Price$349.99$249
ColorWhite, onyx blackWhite, red, brushed chrome
Mixing speeds1012
Capacity4.5 quarts5.5 quarts
Bowl finishStainless steelPolished stainless steel
AccessoriesYesYes
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kitchen-aidKitchenAid Classic Series 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

This KitchenAid mixer regularly costs $349.99 from KitchenAid, though it’s sometimes available for less from Amazon.

As one of the most iconic models in KitchenAid’s line of mixers, the Classic Series has a number of standout features, including a 4.5-quart stainless steel mixing bowl, 10 mixing speeds and a tilt-head design that makes adding ingredients easy.

It also has a “power hub” center at the front of the mixer where you can connect optional attachments, such as a cheese shredder, pasta press or food grinder, which are sold separately. Tools that come standard with purchase include a coated flat beater, coated dough hook and six-wire whip.

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cuisinartCuisinart Precision Master 5.5-Quart Stand Mixer

This Cuisinart mixer retails for $249 from Cuisinart. It, too, is sometimes sold at a discount by Amazon.

It has a 5.5-quart capacity and 12 mixing speeds. The die-cast metal mixer features a polished stainless steel bowl, a tilt-back head to make room for ingredients, and one power outlet where you can attach extras like a frozen-dessert maker or meat grinder.

The Cuisinart comes standard with a chef’s whisk, dough hook, flat mixing paddle and splashguard with pour spout to safeguard from messes when you’re adding ingredients.

A matter of taste

We recommend the Cuisinart stand mixer for most people. Its price is regularly lower than the KitchenAid’s, it offers additional speed settings, and its bowl has room for larger batches.

But if you’ll primarily be whipping up smaller servings, the KitchenAid may be exactly what you’re looking for. During December 2016, we spotted it on sale for just $199 at Amazon.

Regardless of which model you choose, consider using a rewards credit card to earn cash back on your purchase.

Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: courtney@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @courtneynerd.