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The current range of attachments available for your KitchenAid mixer is nothing less than mind-boggling. By my count, there are over 15 different attachments that you can attach to your trusty KitchenAid, all of which transform your mixer into a one-stop shop for all your tedious baking tasks.
Ranging from the somewhat bizarre, like the cutlery buffer and pea sheller, to the slightly-hazardous can opener or knife-sharpener, over the last 100 years KitchenAid has created almost every attachment you can imagine. It seems that the company has thought of it all, except for a damn coffee grinder, much to my annoyance.
The coolest part? All of these accessories will fit any stand KitchenAid stand mixer ever made, including their original mixers from 1919.
What if, however, you don’t have a KitchenAid stand mixer, yet still want to make the most of this amazing range of accessories. Will KitchenAid attachments fit Cuisinart stand mixers, for example?
It is a good question. It’s also a question that is surprisingly difficult to find an answer to. I recently decided to embark on a journey of discovering in order to answer this question once and for all and share it with all you curious bakers out there.
Heads up: I currently don’t have a Cuisinart stand mixer handy, so my answer to this question will be based on some good old-fashioned research. That said, I have spent countless painstaking hours scouring the internet in pursuit of this answer. I also got in touch with both companies and spoke with some helpful customer support staff.
If you have any additional information you would like to add, I would love to hear from you in the comment section!
Will KitchenAid attachments fit Cuisinart?
To properly answer this elusive question, I want to break up my answer into two separate sections. As with any stand mixer, I often group the stand mixer accessories as either mixing attachments (you know, the ones that spin around and… well, mix!) or multi-purpose attachments.
Before we get into it, it’s important to know that I am answering this question in relation to the Cuisinart Precision Pro and Master mixers, as their previous mixers (SM-55 or SM-70) have now been discontinued. They also use a completely different mechanism for attaching accessories.
First up, let’s have a look at the mixing attachments. KitchenAid has a pretty similar range of mixing attachments to Cuisinart, with the exception of a flex edge beater. Because both brands use the same spring-loaded pin-mechanism on the beater shaft, KitchenAid mixing attachments will fit a Cuisinart stand mixer.
Beware though, there’s more to think about than just simply attaching a beater. It’s important to remember that beaters and whisks come in different shapes, all of which are designed to fit specific bowl sizes. The perfect harmony between the bowl and mixer attachments is an important element that helps create ‘full-bowl coverage’ and ensures there are no mixing dead spots within the bowl.
Because the Cuisinart mixers use a 5.5-quart bowl many of KitchenAid’s mixing attachments won’t provide that perfect fit. The Cuisinart bowl is bigger than the 4.5 and 5-quart bowls of the KitchenAid Classic and Artisan tilt-head mixers, which means you are going to lose that full bow coverage and have noticeable bigger gaps between the beater and the sides/bottom of the mixing bowl.
It’s not all bad news though. During my research, I discovered this flex edge beater which is the perfect size for both a Cuisinart. Several customers confirmed that it worked perfectly for their Cuisinart stand mixer!
If you really want to use the KitchenAid flat beater or whisk, you will need to use them with the bowl size they are designed for. From my understanding, the bowls suitable for the KitchenAid Classic and Artisan will fit the Cuisinart. They both use a round lock-in base and I have seen bakers mention the bowls are compatible, although I was unable to get either KitchenAid or Cuisinart to confirm this.
Both KitchenAid and Cuisinart’s stand mixers multi-tasking machines thanks to the attachment hubs on the front. So, how about these attachments, are they interchangeable between each machine?
Like I mentioned earlier, KitchenAid has one of the most extensive ranges of multi-purpose attachments, so it’s only natural that other avid stand mixers users want to get in on the fun.
The good news is, that any Kitchenaid attachments designed to fit into the front hub will also work on a Cuisinart.
Here’s a look inside both machines’ attachment hubs.
Notice that they both use the same square drive? This is what makes the attachments suitable for both machines. I have heard countless bakers and chefs confirm that many of KitchenAid’s most popular attachments work with their Cuisinart Precision Pro including the pasta roller, meat grinder, and juicer.
Ready to get baking?
So there you have it. After countless hours of scouring the internet, navigating customer support, and chatting with my baking buddies, I hope I have managed to offer some clarity to the question of whether KitchenAid attachments will fit a Cuisinart stand.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment box below!