KitchenAid Mixer: The Swiss Army Knife of Appliances

T. F. Rataiczak and H. L. Johnston’s “Mixing Machine,” patented April 23, 1918 (U.S. Patent 1,264,128)

What did you learn during quarantine?

If you’re anything like me, you dove headfirst into cooking, and what better way to start than by buying a new appliance. Working for EATNOM has inspired me to try new foods, thanks to our versatile recipes. I found myself in the market for an appliance to “do it all” and that’s how I ended up with the renowned KitchenAid stand mixer.

I’m a pretty frugal gal, so to drop a whopping $300-400 dollars (prices range on the model) on an appliance, it better be a dang good one! I knew I had to do my research and make sure I was getting the best bang for my buck. So here are the cliff notes of what I’ve learned in quarantine.

The first but certainly not the last...

The first machine to carry the KitchenAid name was the 10-quart C-10 model stand mixer in 1918 by the Hobart’s Troy Metal Products Subsidiary in Springfield, Ohio. It was created by Herbert Johnson, an engineer at the company. He formulated the idea one day while watching a baker mix dough and figured he could find an easier way, and boom, the stand mixer was born. Little did Herbert know the impact his idea had on professionals and home cooks alike. It truly is a product that can do everything 

Behind every successful man is a...

Although the idea of the mixer was created by a man, a lot of its success, and even the name for the brand, was inspired by women. Legend has it that prototypes of Herbert’s stand mixer were given to all the wives of the executives at the company to test. In the feedback of the product, one of the wives said, “I don’t care what you call it, but I know it’s the best kitchen aid I’ve ever had,” and the brand was born. Women were also exclusively hired to sell the product door-to-door because the company figured who better to sell a product than the women using it. 

The Model “K”

The iconic design we all recognize today came about in 1937: the Model “K” with the revolutionary first, an interlocking bowl. It was so popular that even though it launched in the middle of the Great Depression, sales skyrocketed. It was praised for its sleek design and longevity by all the greats such as Julia Child, whose personal appliance is on display at the Smithsonian. Every model of the KitchenAid stand mixer since the Model “K” has allowed for generational attachment capabilities. This means that any attachment made in its over 100-year company history is compatible with the model you may have purchased on sale at Target as I did.

3 going on 83

Speaking of attachments, did I mention that three attachments are included in your initial purchase? Unfortunately, you don’t get to pick which of their 83 attachments you get but they do provide you with the most popular and versatile pieces. Included are the flat beater, the dough hook, and a wire whisk. These three attachments alone allow you to make 100’s of recipes such as Soft Pretzels, Beignets, and Frozen Yogurt.

An Inspirational Cause

All this information about how much you could do with this mixer already had me hooked and eager to buy it, but what truly sealed the deal for me was KitchenAid’s cause, #CulinaryEquality. They promote women’s equality in the culinary industry by providing the support and resources to help advance their careers and overcome the unfair stereotypes placed upon them. Together with the James Beard Foundation, KitchenAid offers free mentorships to women in the culinary industry, and even better, they are not limited to chefs! It’s also offered to writers, females who own side hustles/businesses and much more. They even partnered up with Hulu and Vox Creative to create an inspirational documentary short called ‘A Woman’s Place’ where they showcase inspiring stories of emerging women in the culinary industry as they battle the “pastry chef” stereotype to become butchers, chefs, and restaurateurs. The fact that this brand has a women’s empowerment movement behind it sealed the deal for me and had me with my credit card in hand. 

I’ve created so many things with my stand mixer such as pizza doughs, fresh pasta, and mountains of cookies. I promise you I’m just a novice home chef but this product made me feel like a professional. In my opinion, it’s a 10/10 worth the buy.