A KitchenAid stand mixer can be a lifesaver when you need to whip up a million Christmas cookies, but there’s no denying the big beauty can take up some prime counter space (and cabinet space for all those accessories). If you’re keen on baking but short on room, there’s good news: The company just announced a new Artisan Mini Stand Mixer for cooks with cramped kitchens or who live a “smaller batch” lifestyle.
But don’t worry, you won’t go hungry: The smaller mixer will hold 3.5 quarts — only a 20% size decrease — and should make enough batter for five dozen cookies at a time, the company says. It’ll also be 25% lighter, and if you’re a KitchenAid mixer fan, you know how heavy those things can be. Despite the decreased size, KitchenAid promises that the mixer will still offer the power and functionality of its classic design. Even better: All the attachments from the original (with the exception of the ice cream maker) will fit into this smaller alternative.
Compare the two sizes, plus the largest professional design, for yourself:
Sharon Franke, the director of the Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab in the Good Housekeeping Institute, spotted these mixers for herself at Chicago’s International Home and Housewares Show and said they were “adorable,” but warns two types of people against downsizing to this model: “It’s probably not for big batch cookie makers or serious bread bakers.” Fair enough.
Sadly, the price cut doesn’t match the size cut: It will set you back $399.99, which is just a bit less than the standard size at $429.99. So while you wait for the full product release in June, you can weigh the pros and cons of this mini model — and you might as well day dream about what color you’d pick too.
[Source:- House Beautiful ]