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KitchenAid Mini stand mixer

KitchenAid mini stand mixer review

Published: February 23, 2022 at 11:22 am
A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
Our Rating
GBP £349 RRP

If you're short on space, the beautifully crafted KitchenAid Mini powered through basic baking tasks with gusto.

Pros

  • small and compact, lightweight, sturdy attachments, compatible with KitchenAid attachments

Cons

  • top speed is a little slow, no handle on main bowl, expensive for the size

KitchenAid mini stand mixer summary

As the name suggests, the KitchenAid mini is the smallest model available in the KitchenAid family. This model comes with a 3.3-litre bowl and is 25% lighter and 20% smaller than KitchenAid’s most well-known model, the Artisan.

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Design-wise, this model looks just like the KitchenAid Classic and Artisan. It features the head-tilt lock on one side and speed control on the other. This model comes with 10 speed options, including a soft start feature for slowly bringing mixtures together. The mini comes with the three key attachments: a flat beater, wire whisk and dough hook.

How easy is the KitchenAid mini to use?

If you’ve used a KitchenAid before, you’ll find this model very familiar. If not, the settings are all well-labelled, making it an intuitive model to use. A simple push-and-lock system is used to attach the accessories, which may take some getting used to for first-timers.

One 3.3-litre bowl is included, which holds 680g flour or eight medium egg whites. The bowl easily fits into the base of the machine, but we're disappointed by the lack of handle, which is useful when scraping batter from the bowl.

We find the speed control handle a little stiff, and have to use some force to increase and decrease the speed. But, the soft start setting is a welcome addition that ensures no ingredients are sent flying when the speed suddenly increases. With a modest 250-watt motor, this model doesn’t quite pack a punch when whisking at full speed – it takes longer than expected. Similarly, when kneading bread dough, the mini seems a little sluggish.

The three included attachments – whisk, flat beater and dough hook – are of the same high-quality materials used in KitchenAid’s larger capacity stand mixers. Although the flat beater leaves nothing unmixed at the bottom of the bowl, it is necessary to scrape down the sides a few times when making a cake. Similarly, when kneading dough with the dough hook, some unmixed flour may need to be manually added back into the dough. The tilt head also moves up and down a little when kneading dough.

Results

Despite being a little slow and lacking oomph, the KitchenAid mini stand mixer produces fantastic results. Our meringue is glossy with stiff peaks. The chocolate fudge cake batter is velvety smooth, resulting in an evenly risen and light cake. The dough for our cardamom buns is springy, and once baked, has a soft, open texture.

olive’s take: should you buy the KitchenAid mini?

This is not a stand mixer for large families or those looking to bake in large batches, but don’t be fooled by its size: this model is still able to tackle every test, producing results to rival stand mixers double its size.

If you value saving space over power, this compact machine is a great choice. KitchenAid hasn’t skimped on any details; rather, it features the same high-quality design and finish of the larger models in the range. A great option for smaller kitchens.

KitchenAid mini specifications

Wattage: 250w
Product weight: 6.5kg
Size (cm): H 31.2 x W 19.8 x D 31.2cm
Speed settings: 10
Capacity of bowl(s): 3.3-litre
Attachments included: dough hook, balloon whisk, beater

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