The smallest mixer to join the family, the 3.5-quart capacity is dwarfed by some of the larger versions available — like the 8-quart behemoth. But if you’re cooking for one, this will do the trick. It’s 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the Classic Stand Mixer, and represents the first minimization of the Stand Mixer in more than five decades.
“Particularly among millennials, urban dweller,s and empty nesters, we saw a desire for a smaller mixer that provides the same overall features of our larger models,” said Derek Ernst, global marketing director for KitchenAid small appliances. “Most importantly, it offers the same wonderful user experience — and the moments and memories this experience creates — that we hear about so often from Stand Mixer fans.”
For millennials less inclined to eating out every day of the week, the miniature version of the mixer is capable of doing quite a fair bit of work. So even if you’re prepping for a larger party, this appliance will get the job done — you have the power to mix and knead ingredients for up to five dozen cookies or a loaf of bread. That’s still less than the 5- to 7-quart mixers, however, which can make up to 12 dozen cookies and four loaves of bread.
But quantity aside, most other features are pretty similar. The Artisan Mini comes with a flat beater, wire whip, and dough hook, and can accommodate all hub-based attachments, including a spiralizer, pasta maker, grinder, food processor, and juicer.