To Buy or Not to Buy: The KitchenAid Mixer

October 28, 2018

Ina, Paula and Martha all have one. Nigella even brings hers with her when she’s on holiday. Every home baker either has one or has the color of the one she dreams to buy already picked out. For any serious home baker, the KitchenAid mixer is a must-have piece of equipment.

Not unlike a woman’s color motif for her wedding, a girl already has her dream KitchenAid color picked out.

The KitchenAid Mixer is a powerful tool that makes so many baking tasks much easier and faster. You no longer have to whisk until your arms feel like they’re about to fall off just to get stiff egg whites. You can mix cookie batter without worrying about your hand mixer overheating. All you need to do is to flick on the switch and have it do all the work for you.

While its primary purpose is for making batter and dough, the KitchenAid  can be used for so much more. It can be used to mix mashed potatoes, make compound butter, or whisk enough eggs omelets to feed an army.

All this convenience, power, and functionality comes at a price, though, a pretty hefty one. A KitchenAid Mixer costs anywhere between PHP 20,000 to PHP 30,000 locally. If you’re willing to deal with the hassle of buying anything abroad and of owning a 110v appliance in a 220v country, you could get it a little cheaper from the US for around $350 plus any shipping/excess baggage fees (it weighs about twenty-five pounds) it might accrue. It’s still a lot of money, especially if you consider that PHP 2,500 can get you a standard hand mixer. So the question is, is the KitchenAid mixer really worth the price? Should you get one? The answer depends on a few things:

Cost Over Frequency of Use

To get your money’s worth from something expensive, the key is to use it. A lot. If you only bake during family birthdays or Christmas, then it obviously won’t make sense for you to shell out all that money. It will only end up gathering dust on your countertop. If, however, you’re the type who makes cheesecakes on Fridays and cupcakes on Sundays regularly, then the KitchenAid would probably be a wise investment for you.

What Will You Be Making?

Some recipes strictly specify that you need to use a stand mixer. Fortunately, a lot of them don’t. Most brownie and bar batters are better mixed by hand, while most cake batter recipes are flexible when it comes to the mixing method. Heavier batters and dough are admittedly easier to make with a mixer, but not impossible to make by hand. Making whipped cream, cream cheese frosting, or stiff egg whites for meringue/frosting without a dedicated stand mixer, on the other hand, will at least give you a good arm workout.

Your Baking Skills

If you have just started baking, I would suggest holding off on buying a mixer, even if you can afford one that’s totally . Most people start baking with brownies, cookies, and cupcakes, and in most cases (except Christina Tosi’s), you can find recipes for those that don’t require the power of a KitchenAid. I suggest that you get the hang of baking first, see if your interest in it is just a phase or not. If, after a few months, you think that baking is something that you are passionate about and will stick with, then go ahead. Splurge on that $2,000 Swarovski-ed creation.

Beyond Mixing and Baking

Your standard mixer already comes with three attachments: a whisk, a paddle, and a dough hook. But there are other attachments that you can buy to connect to the mixer’s power hub. With the correct accessory, your mixer can become a slicer, a grater, a meat grinder, an ice cream maker, or even a sausage stuffer. If, apart from baking, you’re also into grinding your own beef for burgers or making your own fettuccine, then you’ll be able to make the most out of your KitchenAid Mixer.

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Do You Have the Space for It?

Because it weighs as much as a small child, the KitchenAid is not something you could realistically pull in and out of your cupboard as needed. Not only do you risk throwing out your back every time you get a hankering for cookies, you also risk damaging the mixer if you keep carrying it by its motor head. There’s no way around it: the KitchenAid mixer needs its own spot on the countertop. Unfortunately, today’s kitchens are either tiny and/or already filled with microwaves, coffee makers, toasters, and dish drying racks. My own mixer is stored deep in a corner of my mother’s kitchen counter and I have to pull it out (it sits on top of a kitchen towel, to make it pulling it out easier) every time I use it. If you can’t spare the space for this monster piece of equipment, then it might be best to stick with a hand mixer for now.

Can You Afford It?

As much we all love food and the process of making (and writing) about it here on Pepper.ph, we certainly don’t encourage going broke in the pursuit of it. We don’t want you blowing a whole month’s paycheck on a shiny piece of equipment and starving for the next four weeks. It’d be silly to buy a KitchenAid and not have enough left over for the food you’ll make with it or the electricity you need to run it. Luckily, there are ways to soften the blow to your bank account. If you have a relative or friend in the States, have them buy it for you in the US and just make them cookies as a thank you afterwards. Most major stores also offer 0% interest deferred payments for big ticket items like this one. The local distributor of KitchenAid also has an annual warehouse sale around November, so you can also wait for that.

The bottom line is the KitchenAid mixer is a fantastic, high-quality, but very expensive piece of kitchen equipment. While I’ve enthusiastically recommended it to anyone who’s asked about mine, the truth of the matter is that it’s a luxury, not a necessity.


Are you thinking about getting a KitchenAid Mixer? Do you have already have one? Do you think the purchase was worth it? Have you used other brands? Let us know in the comments!


Image Sources: Kappakoi | KitchenAid | Flickr

Katrina Iriberri Katrina Iriberri

Katrina is a finance worker bee who would never say no to anything flavored salted caramel. When she’s not baking something with chocolate or cream cheese in it, she’s either reading Austen, or Googling the best places to eat in NYC or Paris. She dreams of watching the El Classico at the Bernabéu one day (with Real Madrid winning, of course) and of being adopted by Ina and Jeffrey Garten, if only to inherit Ina’s barn and kitchen.

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27 responses to “To Buy or Not to Buy: The KitchenAid Mixer”

  1. Sweet Tooth says:

    Being an avid baker this is definitely a must for me. But like what the article said for newbies its not a “MUST” buy, you have to test it out first whether you’d be baking a lot. I was baking for more than 5 years before I jump the gun and bought my kitchenaid. Before I was using the 2-1 mixer which you can buy very cheap locally in any appliance store . Its very heavy and bulky be sure to have enough counter space and heck its a good arm workout if you bake a lot and move your mixer around like I do mine.

  2. Clarissa says:

    I used to have a handheld mixer before buying my Kitchen Aid. When I decided to sell baked goodies for Christmas, nasulit yung mixer! Especially since I bought mine from the US and got it for $300 (instead of the regular $600 for its model – custom metallic), just needs a regulator for the 110 vs 220 voltage!

    I now have a grinder and sausage stuffer as well, and an ice cream maker too. I use my mixer about 2 to 5 times a month on slow days. But sulit naman for me.

    • Lanessa says:

      Hi Clarissa,

      Any issues using your regulator with your US bought kitchen aid items? I’m considering getting my stand mixer and ice cream maker from the US as well but I contacted Kitchen aid’s customer support and they do not recommend that we buy from them because of the voltage difference. They say it’s not safe and can damage the appliances as well as void the warranty.

      I’d appreciate your thoughts on this. Thanks!

  3. Addi dela Cruz says:

    Thank you for this, Katrina. 🙂

  4. MinQ says:

    Agree with Clarissa – if you plan to bake volumes of baked goods, sulit ang KitchenAid mixer. Also if you don’t use it often, the oil that lubricates the spinning mechanism and speed lever dries out so it’s wise to use it once in awhile. Otherwise, you might have to take it to the service center for “change oil”. Parang kotse!!!
    A warning too if you buy KitchenAid from the USA – if you need to have it fixed, the local official service center might not accept it.
    Love the variety of colors! Check out Alton Brown’s KitchenAid mixer in his show Good Eats – looks like it’s a custome made design – with flames! And as mentioned earlier, parang kotse!!

    • Katrina says:

      Ah, really, the local service center won’t take it? I didn’t know that. I just know that you void your warranty if you take your US-bought mixer outside the US. So it won’t get serviced for free even if it’s within the warranty period. Hmmm. Hassle naman, then. 🙁

  5. peanutbeanma says:

    to those who bought one – take care of it people – my 10 year old daughter is currently using my mother’s 40 yr old kitchen aid (K5 model) – purchased here in manila – it’s never needed to be repaired and never needed parts replacement. its neck doesn’t tilt back and is colored boring white but it works! super sulit!!

  6. Keren says:

    I’ve been wanting to get a KitchenAid mixer! Would you happen to know if the local distributor includes the stand mixer in their annual warehouse sale?

    • Katrina says:

      Hi Keren! I’m sorry, but I’m not sure. Their advertisements always do specify that the brand KitchenAid will be participating in the sale, so it won’t hurt to check it out.

    • MeAnn says:

      Hi Keren! I’m selling my Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer 5 Quarts (Empire Red) with box. I used it only a few times, good as new. If you’re interested, please text me at 09267293257. I can send you the photos and we can discuss the price. Thank you.

    • Ela says:

      Hi Keren. Yes Focus Global Inc, the local distributor includes KitchenAid Stand Mixers in their annual event. I think their annual sale with Coleman this year will be Nov 23 2013 at their warehouse in Pioneer. I hope this helps 🙂 😀

  7. Ela says:

    Hi Keren. Yes Focus Global Inc, the local distributor includes KitchenAid Stand Mixers in their annual event. I think their annual sale with Coleman this year will be Nov 23 2013 at their warehouse in Pioneer. I hope this helps 🙂

  8. Gladys says:

    Hi! I’m an avid baker but i really don’t have the budget for a KitchenAid. Any other brand suggestions?

  9. T says:

    From the forums I’ve read, Kenwood kMix is a good competitor of Kitchen Aid. kMix runs on 500W while Kitchen Aid Artissan on 300W. Both expensive though! Which is better to keep? 🙂

  10. Ivy Tecson-Maroket says:

    Hi Katrina & friends. I accidentally plugged in my 110V kitchen aid mixer to a 220V power outlet. Repair cost estimate is approx PhP15K. Need your advise on a more cost-effective repair option. Thank you in advance for the assistance. Please PM me at +63 922 8571269. Regards and more power! Ivy

  11. rizza says:

    Ivy Tecson maroket we have the same problem it was bought in the US and I plugged it to 220v its supposed to be 110v is it really that expensive to repair KA? I might as well buy a new one. help pls..

  12. Kaye says:

    Is it advisable to buy second-hands if you can’t buy a brand new one?

  13. camilla says:

    Tip #1– if you’re going with a kitchen aid, don’t go with an Artisan one. The inner gears are all metal, and are difficult to deal with if you work on breads and heavy doughs a lot. In fact, even Kitchenaid Pro600 can’t even handle frequent use. Kitchenaid is one of the most visible brands when it comes to stand mixers but I honestly don’t feel that they deserve it anymore.
    I say anymore because I own a 45 year old kitchen aid classic mixer, and have never had it serviced save once, to change the plug cord as it was really open and fraying already. But the Artisan and Pro600 that I bought 4 years ago gave up on me really quickly.

  14. Pilar San Luis says:

    I am fortunate enough to be handed down a KitchenAid mixer by a relative who lives in the States. I’m more of a cook really. I’ve used it to make tons of mashed potatoes and fresh pasta.

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