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KitchenAid Artisan Mini Review

This miniature mixer is great for small-batch recipes though the compact design comes at a premium
KitchenAid Artisan Mini
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Price:   $350 List | $379.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Compact, ample power, good kneading action
Cons:  Limited volume, so-so whipping action
Manufacturer:   KitchenAid
By Nick Miley and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Feb 14, 2022
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69
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RANKED
#4 of 10
  • Mixing - 30% 7.0
  • Ease of Use - 30% 7.0
  • Whipping - 25% 6.0
  • Kneading - 15% 8.0

Our Verdict

The KitchenAid Artisan Mini is the younger sibling of its namesake, the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, an award-winning contender in the stand mixer review. Despite its petite build, this little mixer packs a punch. Its 250-watt motor delivers ample power to propel its dough hook and mixing paddle through the contents of its 3.5-quart bowl. The main limitation of this mixer is that it is primarily for small-batch cooking and baking. Yet, for small kitchens, this kitchen appliance can be an ace in the hole.

Editor's Note: This gear review was updated on February 14th, 2022, to include new sections to help you narrow down the competition to find a stand mixer that fits your needs and budget

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Pros Compact, ample power, good kneading actionPowerful motor, simplistic design, sturdy platformPowerful, affordable, easy to useEasy to clean, one-handed operation, large bowlInexpensive, compact, lightweight
Cons Limited volume, so-so whipping actionTilt-head impedes bowl access, mediocre whipping actionPoor whipping action, requires bowl scrapingBroad bowl/attachment gap, fiddly splash guardUnder powered, poor at mixing, hard to clean
Bottom Line This miniature mixer is great for small-batch recipes though the compact design comes at a premiumA do-it-all mixer with a bowl capacity and price suited to most householdsIncredibly powerful and easy to use for the priceThis economic mixer sacrifices little in the way of performance to keep the cost lowEssentially this is a hand mixer mounted into a stand
Rating Categories KitchenAid Artisan... KitchenAid Artisan KitchenAid Classic... Aucma 6.5qt Dash Everyday Stand...
Mixing (30%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
4.0
Ease of Use (30%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
4.0
Whipping (25%)
6.0
6.0
5.0
7.0
5.0
Kneading (15%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
2.0
Specs KitchenAid Artisan... KitchenAid Artisan KitchenAid Classic... Aucma 6.5qt Dash Everyday Stand...
Head Type Tilt Tilt Tilt Tilt Tilt
Bowl Capacity 3.5 quart 5 quart 4.5 quart 6.5 quart 3 quart
Standard Attachments Wire whip, flat beater, dough hook Wire whip, dough hook, flat beater Wire whip, dough hook, flat beater Wire whip, flat beater, spiral dough hook Beaters and dough hooks
Motor (watts) 250-watt 325-watt 275-watt 660-watt 250-watt
Mixing Action Planetary Planetary Planetary Planetary Kneading and triplicate whip
Number of Speeds 10 10 10 7 6
Attachment Port yes yes yes no no
Timer no no no no no
Measured Dimensions (L x W x H) 12.25" x 7.75" x 12" 13.25" x 8.75" x 13.5" 14.5" x 10.75" x 14.25" 15.2" x 9.4" x 12.4" 10.5" x 7.5 x 10.25"
Measured Weight 17lbs. 1oz. 22lbs. 13oz. 22lbs. 13oz. 13lbs. 6oz. 4lbs. 1oz.
Warranty 1-year 1-year 1-year none limited 1-year
Color Options 10 46 2 7 9

Our Analysis and Test Results

The KitchenAid Artisan Mini is the runt in a family of very capable stand mixers, such as the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer. Don't let this machine's small size fool you; it can do the work of much larger mixers. The only significant downside is that the machine's 3.5-quart bowl limits the size of the recipes it can handle. Also, the product's cost is the price one pays to have a performance mixer that will fit into smaller kitchens.

Performance Comparison


KitchenAid Artisan Mini stand mixer - the artisan mini packs a punch but won't eat up all of your kitchen...
The Artisan Mini packs a punch but won't eat up all of your kitchen real eastate.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Likes


Our favorite thing about the Artisan Mini standing mixer is that it performs at a very high level despite being a smaller, low-capacity machine. It has all the standard attachments — flat paddle, dough hook, whisk — and maintains the attachment port that is so popular among KitchenAid enthusiasts. Most importantly, it has a powerful 250-watt motor that can handle the contents of its 3.5-quart bowl.


Surprisingly, the Artisan Mini excelled in the kneading metric tests. We thought this undertaking would be the province of much larger mixers; however, this little machine proved us wrong. As such, we find this machine to be a viable solution for passionate cooks and bakers with limited space to store a larger giant stand mixer.

KitchenAid Artisan Mini stand mixer - photo of a dough hook (left) and flat beater (right).
Photo of a dough hook (left) and flat beater (right).
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Dislikes


Our critique of this machine is limited to a few minor points. Primarily, the small bowl poses problems for production cooking and baking, but this is a compromise that should be obvious and the result of limited kitchen real estate. Also, the machine's beater attachment tends to dig a bit of a hole in the bowl contents, requiring the user to get involved with the spatula from time to time. Also, this deficit can result in the grating of ingredients like chocolate chips.

KitchenAid Artisan Mini stand mixer - the flat beater tends to dig a hole in some of the more sticky...
The flat beater tends to dig a hole in some of the more sticky mixing mediums -- a problem remedied with a quick sweep of the spatula.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Finally, the narrow diameter of the bowl exacerbates the bowl-access issue common to all mixers with the motor mounted in the head of the machine. The consequence at clean-up time is relatively minor but worth mentioning.

KitchenAid Artisan Mini stand mixer
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Should You Buy the KitchenAid Artisan Mini?


The KitchenAid Artisan Mini offers users a lot of power and performance in a relatively small package. This machine boasts all the features that KitchenAid is known for, such as the standard dough hook, whisk, and flat beater, as well as the aftermarket attachment port. Moreover, it has ample power in its 250-watt motor. While the compact size of this machine comes at a bit of a premium, it is well worth the cost if you're a productive cook with a compact kitchen who is ready to add a handy kitchen appliance.

What Other Stand Mixers Should You Consider?


If cost isn't a limiting factor for you, we suggest going with a larger mixer, such as the KitchenAid 6-Qt Professional Bowl-Lift or KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer. Overall, they perform exceptionally well and will likely manage most tasks thrown at them.

Nick Miley and Michelle Powell
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