- 1 The 3 most powerful KitchenAid stand mixers
- 2 AC vs DC Motors
- 3 Motor speed range in KitchenAid mixer models
- 4 Does stand mixer power matter?
- 5 Difference between smallest and largest KitchenAid mixer?
- 6 Do you need the strongest KitchenAid Mixer?
- 7 Why are bowl-lift mixers more powerful than the tilt-head?
KitchenAid stand mixers are on every baker’s must-have list of kitchen appliances. Regardless if you are an amateur baker looking for your first stand mixer, or a seasoned pastry chef looking for something much bigger, I guarantee KitchenAid has the perfect machine for you.
Today, KitchenAid stand mixers come in a huge range of shapes and sizes. Their machines have various holding capacities, motor sizes, and colors, designed to serve bakers of all experience levels and styles preferences.
Let’s say your kitchen is short on space and you need a compact machine that you can easily put away in a storage cabinet. The KitchenAid Artisan Mini is just the machine model for you. How about something a little more serious? If you’re going all-in on your home bakery business, KitchenAid comes to your rescue with its range of Professional and Commercial stand mixer models capable of whipping up dozens of cakes, pastries, and batters in a matter of seconds.
For most of us though, their popular Classic and Artisan series will do the trick nicely. These elegant machines come in an array of mind-boggling designs with plenty of extra bowls and attachment add-ons to keep you, and your mixing sidekick, busy for years to come.
Today, we want to take a closer look at the most powerful KitchenAid mixers and answer common questions you might have about KitchenAid motors. What is the strongest KitchenAid mixer? What’s the difference between an AC and DC stand mixer? Do you need a powerful motor? And does the power of a stand mixer actually matter?
Let’s find out!
The 3 most powerful KitchenAid stand mixers
With a 1.3 hp, 500-Watt DC motor, the Commercial 8-Quart is the most powerful KitchenAid stand mixer currently available. This machine also has the largest holding capacity of any mixer and has the ability to make up to 15 dozen cookies or half a dozen cakes in a single mix. That’s a lot of sweet treats!
As this mixer is designed for commercial kitchens, it has some additional safety features exclusive to this model, including and wire guard and a stop switch. It also comes with a nifty pouring chute, which is another unique feature of this model. Unspuriningly, the Commerical 8-Quart also takes the title as the heaviest mixer in the KitchenAid line.
Because of its massive capacity, the KitchenAid Commercial is the obvious choice for professional bakers who are working from home or run commercial kitchens. For most of us mature bakers though, this machine is probably a little bit excessive.
7-Quart Pro Line
The second most powerful KitchenAid stand mixer is the 7-Quart Pro Line. This model shares many of the features of the Commerical 8-quart, including that beefy 1.3 hp DC motor and bowl-lift design, making it the most powerful mixer designed for home bakers. Because it’s designed for domestic use, is significantly lighter than the Commercial 8 Quart (by approximately 40%) and also has a slightly smaller bowl capacity, ensuring it won’t completely take over your kitchen countertop.
Although this model is best suited for amateur baking, this incredibly powerful mixer will have no problem kneading the thickest doughs or supplying the goods for your next school bake sale.
The KitchenAid 6-Quart Professional 600 packs quite a punch with a respectable 575-watt motor, making it the third-strongest KitchenAid mixer. However, unlike the two mixers mentioned above, this model uses an AC motor. This plays an important role in the amount of torque your mixer can produce (more on that later).
At its full capacity, you can make dough for 8 standard loaves of bread or 13 dozen cookies. Because of the smaller motor and bowl capacity, there’s a pretty significant price deduction between the Professional 600 and the Pro-Line, making it a very popular choice for those home bakers with large families and those who bake frequently.
AC vs DC Motors
Since we are on the topic of KitchenAid motors, it’s only right we quickly discuss the AC vs DC conundrum. I bet more than a few of us have been tripped up over this one.
Depending on your mixer model, your mixer might use an AC (alternating current) or DC (direct current) motor. As you will remember from science class, AC current reverses directions continuously as it flows, supplying a varied rate of current, whereas a DC motor will supply a steady and continuous flow.
Why does this matter? Because the torque of a motor is directly proportional to its current. Torque is the measurement of rotational force, so the more torque, the more powerful your mixer will be. This allows your mixer to handle tougher tasks with ease.
Because a DC motor is supplying a continuous level of current, compared to the AC motor which will fluctuate and occasionally produce a lower level of current, a DC motor will produce more significantly moe torque even if both motors use the same amount of electrical energy (watts).
As you probably know, the electricity that comes out of your wall socket is AC. Because of this, a DC motor needs to use a diode (or multiple diodes), which are components that are used to convert AC current to DC.
The extra components and complexities of using a DC motor are the reason why they are found on the most powerful KitchenAid stand mixers. These types of motor weight more is more because of all the extra components needed and will be more expensive and is heavier because of this.
Because these motors are more efficient, you will also find that a DC KitchenAid mixer will be significantly quieter than its AC counterparts. Here’s a quick video comparing the noise of both an AC and DC KitchenAid.
So to summerise, a DC motor:
- Produces more torque compared to an AC motor of the same size
- Is less noisy because it’s more efficient
- Heavier because it needs diodes to change AC current to DC
- More expensive because of the extra components and complexities involved
Motor speed range in KitchenAid mixer models
The motor size of KitchenAid stand mixers currently ranges from 250 watts to a whopping 575 watts.
Watts is the measurement we use to quantify electrical power output, which is one factor that determines how strong your machine motor will be. Smaller motors will struggle with large quantities or thick batter, as they are unable to generate the force required to undertake such activities.
KitchenAid mixers, regardless of their model, share many features and functions including the standard attachments and speed modes. The motor power and mixing bowl capacities are what fundamentally set stand mixers series apart from one another.
Most of the Classic models from the KitchenAid line have a 350 Watt motor. The motors in Artisan and Planetary stand mixers come with 500 Watts, while the Professional series get a sturdier motor with 575 Watts. The Artisan Mini has the smallest motors, with a 250-watt output. As you now know, the strongest mixers (the Commercial and 7-Quart Pro Line) come with that beefy 500 watt DC motor.
Does stand mixer power matter?
I am sure many of us don’t pay that much attention to our stand mixer motor or its respective power output. If you are anything like me, you probably just choose a popular model based on the positive reviews of fellow bakers!
If you want to choose a stand mixer that’s right for you though, we first need to give some thought as to what you will use your mixer for, and how often you will be using it.
A stand mixer with a powerful motor does a better job of handling your mixing and blending needs. If you want your machine to handle a bigger load of ingredients, it needs to have a stronger and more efficient motor. In addition, the sturdier the motor in your stand mixer, the faster it can accomplish the dough or batter prepping tasks. The speed will stay the same, but the torque (or force) it exerts on your dough and batter will be greater. The same concept applies if you want to use specific attachments that enable your KitchenAid stand mixers to grind meat or mill flour.
Ultimately, the power output of your stand mixer will also determine how well it handles stiffer dough and batter. Budget-friendly KitchenAid mixers (if you can call them that!) will be able to handle whipping up a basic batter perfectly fine. However, if you are planning on mixing stiffer bread dough regularly, you might want to consider a more powerful machine. If you are trying to mix a really stiff batter in a smaller machine, it can cause the motor to overheat and could even cause damage to the gears. You certainly don’t want to cause any harm to your precious mixer!
Remember, the size of the motor is a key contributor to why KitchenAid mixers are so expensive. It’s pretty simple really, more power equals more money!
Difference between smallest and largest KitchenAid mixer?
The KitchenAid Artisan has the least powerful motor of all the KitchenAid mixers. The motor strength is enough to handle the mixing and blending of around 1½ pounds (680g) of flour.
On the other end, you have the 8-quart Commercial mixer model with 1.3 horsepower (around 970 watts). That is one powerful motor!
Do you need the strongest KitchenAid Mixer?
Will you be using it to make the infrequent cake, small loaf of bread, cream butter, or whisk eggs for meringues?
A smaller KitchenAid mixer like the 3.5-quart Mini or the 4.3-quart Classic comes with less powerful motors. These appliances are perfect for couples or families that do the occasional baking.
Do you plan to use the stand mixer for kneading bread, cookies or pasta dough?
If you’re looking for a stand mixer that helps with your formidable holiday bakes or a home baking enterprise, a bigger capacity model with a tough motor is a better choice. You definitely need one of those 500 watt and 575 watt beauties on your kitchen countertop.
And for those of you who plan on going commercial or bake by the dozens, the strongest KitchenAid stand mixer is your safest bet. A 500 watt DC motor is obviously more robust than a 300 watt AC motor and can complete heavy-duty tasks with ease.
Another reason you need to upgrade or opt for a heavy-duty motor is the unexpected, vibrating movements of the machine while it is working. If you overload your small capacity stand mixer or use it to process chunky ingredients at higher speeds, the stand mixer can shake or bounce a lot.
Again, I want to reiterate that you may even end up damaging the motor and gears with prolonged use in this manner as it will inevitably lead to faster wear and tear of your stand mixer.
Why are bowl-lift mixers more powerful than the tilt-head?
Have you have noticed that the strongest KitchenAid mixers all have something in common? They all have bowl-lift style mixing bowls rather than the tilt-head designs!
Coincidence? I think not!
The reason for this is actually pretty simple. The bowl-lift design provides superior stability to the mixer. This is particularly important when you’re making large batches of dough and batter with a powerful motor. Moreover, the bowl-lift mechanism not only provides superior stability while mixing but it also helps to place the bowl in the most effective mixing position. This allows the beater to come in contact with the ingredients in the most effective way, allowing for smoother and better blending.
If you want to dive deeper into comparing both these KitchenAid designs, be sure to take a read of our tilt-head vs bowl-lift breakdown!
Is it worth getting a bowl-lift if you don’t bake at a commercial level?
If you are making small batches of sugary treats, stick to your tilt-head models by all means. For those who spend a lot of time baking, or enjoying whipping up a thick batter or dough, a bowl-lift machine is probably more your style..
If you plan to use power-intensive attachments like the slow juicer or food grinder, a bowl-lift mixer is also a good idea here too.
The stand mixer that is right for you will depend more on how often and how you use it. The strongest stand mixer is better suited to commercial baking, while the less powerful stand mixers are perfect for those whose baking requirements are more basic.