KitchenAid vs. Cuisinart
At a Glance
Fans of KitchenAid mixers love their simple, sturdy design, but the automated features and longer warranty of Cuisinart mixers make them solid contenders as well.
A good mixer is a must-have appliance in the kitchen for those who like to bake. If you’re thinking about buying a mixer for your cooking and baking needs, the two top brands that might come to your mind are KitchenAid and Cuisinart. Both these companies are familiar names when it comes to buying a mixer. Buying a kitchen appliance is an investment as it is something you do not replace every year. Comparing the different features of KitchenAid vs. Cuisinart mixers will help you in making a choice you will not regret. Here is a comparative review of mixers from both the brands.
Variety and Design
The KitchenAid brand makes many different varieties of stand mixers to choose from. On the other hand there are only two models of stand mixers manufactured by Cuisinart. Both Cuisinart and KitchenAid mixers are professionally designed and add to the appeal of any kind of kitchen. However, KitchenAid mixers are available in many different colors such as raspberry ice, chrome, empire red, pink, blue, yellow, white, licorice, copper and many others. You can select a color that goes well with your kitchen interior. Cuisinart mixers come in three colors which are white, black and chrome.
Features and Functions
KitchenAid mixers are equipped with 10 speed controls, whereas the Cuisinart mixers have 12 speed controls. The additional timer feature offered with Cuisinart offers an added advantage over KitchenAid mixers. The Cuisinart’s 15-minute timer enables the user to program the mixer to turn off automatically after mixing is complete. Cuisinart mixers come with a tilt head for attaching and removing bowl and other tools. Most of the KitchenAid mixers come with a bowl-lift design, where you have the lift the bowl to remove it and the head of the mixer remains stationary. However, some of the KitchenAid mixers are equipped with the tilt-head design as well. The same number of accessories are offered with both the brands of mixers which includes a bowl, pour spout, splash guard, paddle, whisk and dough hook.
The bowl design of the Kitchenaid Mixers is very clever and hassle free. The existing users have highly recommended the design of the bowl lock which makes it very easy to lift the bowl from the stand and place it back on the stand even when it is filled with food ingredients. Most of the Kitchenaid mixer bowls have sturdy handles which makes it very easy to pour the contents directly into baking dishes. In comparison the bowl design of Cuisinart is good but not as clever as that of KitchenAid. The bowl and base lock is not as efficiently designed and can be a hassle if you are in a hurry. Moreover, some owners have found the handles not to be particularly useful.
Price and Warranty
The different models of KitcheinAid Mixers are priced from $300 to $900, while the two mixer models from Cuisinart are priced at $349 and $449. The KitchenAid mixers come with a 1 year warranty. The warranty offered on a Cuisinart mixer is 3-year warranty, plus a 5-year warranty on the motor. When it comes to warranty coverage, Cuisinart is a clear winner.