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KitchenAid KSM3311XTB Artisan Mini Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, 3.5 quart, Twilight Blue
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- 25% lighter, 20% smaller footprint (compared with KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer)
- Compatible with all attachments. Excludes bowls and beaters.
- The tilt-head design allows clear access to the bowl and attached beater or accessory so you can easily add ingredients for a recipe. Locking the head into place during operation keeps the beater-to-bowl contact close and efficient.
- With colors from bold to understated, there's a Mini to match both your kitchen and your style
- Powerful enough for nearly any task or recipe, whether you’re stirring wet and dry ingredients together, kneading bread dough or whipping cream.
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Mighty Power. Mini Footprint. The Artisan Mini stand mixer makes up to 5 dozen cookies in a single batch, with the same power as the Classic KitchenAid stand mixer while being 20% smaller, 25% lighter, and fitting all attachments*. With colors from bold to understated, there's a Mini to match both your kitchen and your style.
*KitchenAid Artisan mini compared with KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer (K45SSWH). Excludes bowls and beaters.
Mini Footprint. Mighty Power.
25% lighter, 20% smaller footprint (compared with KitchenAid Classic Tilt-Head Stand Mixer).
Bold and Understated Colors Available
With colors from bold to understated, there's a Mini to match both your kitchen and your style.
The power hub turns your stand mixer into a culinary center. With more than 10 optional attachments, use the power of your stand mixer to help you make pasta from scratch, spiralize zucchini, and much more.
10 Optimized Speeds
Powerful enough for nearly any task or recipe, whether you’re stirring wet and dry ingredients together, kneading bread dough or whipping cream.
Included Mini Accessories
Coated Flat Beater
The coated flat beater is perfect for quickly and thoroughly mashing potatoes, mixing cake batter and cookie dough and so much more. The flat beater is top-rack dishwasher safe.
Coated Dough Hook
The coated C-dough hook mixes and kneads yeast dough with ease, saving you both the time and effort of hand kneading. The dough hook is top-rack dishwasher safe.
The 6-wire whip quickly incorporates air into ingredients for fluffy whipped cream, perfect boiled frostings and cakes with whipped egg whites.
3.5-Qt. Brushed Stainless Steel Bowl
Bowl can accommodate up to 5 dozen cookies, a loaf of bread, batch of guacamole, pulled pork, and more.
|Classic||Classic Plus||Artisan Mini||Artisan||Artisan Design||Custom Metallic|
|Bowl Material||Brushed Stainless Steel (No Handle)||Brushed Stainless Steel (No Handle)||Brushed Stainless Steel (No Handle)||Polished Stainless Steel with Comfortable Handle||Glass with Handle||Polished Stainless Steel with Comfortable Handle|
|Flat Beater||Coated||Coated||Coated||Coated||Burnished Aluminium||Coated|
|Dough Hook||C-Shaped Coated||C-Shaped Coated||C-Shaped Coated||C-Shaped Coated||C-Shaped Burnished Aluminium||C-Shaped Coated|
|Wire Whip||6-wire whip||6-wire whip||6-wire whip||6-wire whip||6-wire whip||6-wire whip|
|Pouring Shield||Not Included||Not Included||Not Included||Included||N/A||Included|
|Color||2 Colors Available||1 Color Available||10 Colors Available||Over 20 Colors Available||Over 10 Colors Available||3 Colors Available|
|Usage||Cookie Yield - 6.75 Dozen||Cookie Yield - 6.75 Dozen||Cookie Yield - 5 Dozen||Cookie Yield - 9 Dozen||Cookie Yield - 9 Dozen||Cookie Yield - 9 Dozen|
|Warranty||1 Year Hassle-Free Warranty||1 Year Hassle-Free Warranty||1 Year Hassle-Free Warranty||1 Year Hassle-Free Warranty||1 Year Hassle-Free Warranty||1 Year Hassle-Free Warranty|
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|Color||Twilight Blue||White||Empire Red||Twilight Blue||Contour Silver||Cobalt Blue|
|Item Dimensions||7.8 x 12.3 x 12.3 in||8.7 x 14.1 x 13.9 in||—||9.3 x 14.3 x 14 in||—||—|
|Item Weight||14.3 lbs||14.99 lbs||—||22 lbs||—||20 lbs|
|Material Type||Zinc||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Zinc||—||—|
|Wattage||—||275 watts||—||325 watts||—||300|
Mighty Power. Mini Footprint. The Artisan Mini stand mixer makes up to 5 dozen cookies in a single batch, with the same power as the Classic KitchenAid stand mixer while being 20% smaller, 25% lighter, and fitting all attachments*. With colors from bold to understated, there's a Mini to match both your kitchen and your style. (*KitchenAid Artisan mini compared with KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer (K45SSWH). Excludes bowls and beaters.)
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Some background: I’ve owned a KitchenAid Professional 610 for about 7 years. This is a 6-quart bowl-lift style mixer that was originally exclusive to an upscale kitchenware store. At the time, it was the biggest and most powerful model KitchenAid offered. However, over the years I’ve come to realize that I really don’t use its power or capacity, and it takes up a lot of space in my small galley kitchen. So when KitchenAid announced the Artisan Mini at this year’s International Home + Housewares Show, I was interested.
My first gripe comes before you even plug it in and turn it on. When my first mixer arrived, I could already hear the bowl and whisk banging around inside the box. This is caused by the way KitchenAid packages their mixers: they mount the bowl and whisk on the mixer, put foam blocks around the whole thing (slots in the foam contain the other beaters) and stick it in a box. There is no plastic or anything to protect the mixer or other parts, so the bowl and whisk came off and damaged the finish of the mixer quite badly. It was scratched and gouged in several places. My second mixer arrived with the bowl and whisk in place, although there was an ugly flaw in the paint job. For an appliance that is marketed so heavily based on its appearance (KitchenAid says it’s, “the hardest working piece of décor in your home”) this is unacceptable.
Now the second problem. Both of them had defective head locking mechanisms. On the other, larger tilt-head models, the lock lever engages a hook-shaped piece of metal from the head into the pedestal, preventing the head from bouncing up when mixing. On the Artisan Mini, the lever rotates a half-moon-shaped pin into one of two grooves in the pedestal (one for locking in the up position, one for the down position – unlike the larger models it must be locked in both positions as the head tends to fall otherwise). Both mixers had trouble locking in the down position because the pin didn’t quite line up with the forward groove. The first could be locked with some effort, but I worried about undue stress on the locking lever by forcing it into place. The second mixer just couldn’t be locked in the down position at all; the pin and groove didn’t match up.
Let’s talk about power. There seems to be some confusion about the wattage of this mixer. Note that the marketing states it has the same power as the KitchenAid *Classic*. That, like the Artisan Mini, is a 250 watt mixer. I have never seen one in stores, personally; usually even low-end department stores have the Classic Plus (275 watts) or Ultra Power (300 watts); higher-end stores will have the Artisan, Artisan Design Series, or Custom Metallic (all 325 watts). But none of this really matters anyway, because this is just the power consumed, not the power output. So is the Artisan Mini powerful enough to do what I need? Sadly I have my doubts. It struggled and slowed down even with the basic Toll House® chocolate chip cookie recipe. I put it to the test with the most taxing attachment I own, the pasta press; although it worked, it was very slow and eventually the pasta dough just got hot and gunked up the attachment. The Artisan Mini is advertised as working with all the existing hub attachments, but I don’t think it really has the power for the more demanding ones like the pasta press or grain mill. I probably wouldn’t make bread dough with it either, but for basic batters and cookie doughs it’s probably fine.
Related to power, I should also mention another aspect of the mixer’s design. Unlike the larger tilt-head models, the internal parts of this mixer are divided into two sections. A plastic box containing electrical components is hidden in the base of the pedestal (in the other models, this is just empty space and everything is inside the mixer head) and connects to the motor in the head with wires that go up through the tilt mechanism. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing remains to be seen. I assume it was done in order to shrink the size of the mixer. Perhaps isolating these components from the heat and vibration of the motor will make them last longer as well, or perhaps the connecting wires will fail from the stress of repeated tilting. That remains to be seen. What I can tell you is that, on speed 10 (and only speed 10) the mixer vibrates like mad. Both mixers were incredibly loud and annoying even with no attachments or beaters; simply cranking the mixer to this speed caused something to make a lot of noise. I suspect it is that plastic box vibrating against the metal of the pedestal, but I don’t know for sure.
Let’s talk about some other comparisons between this and the larger tilt-head models. Firstly, the bowl; it has no handle. This is in line with other KitchenAid mixer bowls, as the 3 qt. and 4.5 qt. bowls lack a handle as well. It does streamline the look and contribute to its “mini-ness” but it is impractical. Since it is a smaller size, you won’t be able to get a larger metal bowl or those pretty glass or ceramic bowls (unless they eventually make versions for this mixer). The ice cream maker won’t fit either, but trust me, it sucks, so you won’t be missing much. The beaters that come with the mixer are coated, and burnished versions are not available. Although this allegedly makes them dishwasher safe, they have a tendency to chip, as angry customer reviews of other coated beaters will show. The manual mentions a Flex Edge beater (coated paddle with silicone scraper) and a pouring shield as the only optional accessories, but they are nowhere to be found. Granted, the original announcement listed this mixer as a June 2016 release, so we’ll give them a little more time.
Bottom line, should you get this mixer? I don’t think so. Consider that the other tilt-head mixers aren’t really that much bigger or heavier. They have many, many more color options, and more available accessories. They can also be had for a much lower price, depending on how picky you want to be about the color. I think the Artisan Mini was a good idea, but it needs some design tweaks and KitchenAid needs to up its quality control measures before I could recommend it.
I got the Honeydew color- online the color looks more dark bright limey, but in person it's a lovely lighter/softer honeydew green that is still super vibrant. It's a good weight to move around the kitchen easily if needed. I love the brushed stainless bowl too. Bowl and beaters fit in really easy. The locking mechanism takes a while to get used to, feels hard to unlock sometimes. Was a little surprised that above the lock, the silver banding seemed to push in a little to the touch and wasn't super well put on there.
The first thing I made was cookies. First impression was that wow, makes it a breeze to mix and stir. Second impression was that wow, how can they not include the flex edge beater with it, especially given the high price of this thing! I had to scrape the edges with a rubber spatula during the mixing of the butter and sugar because it was all lining the edges of the bowl... then with the gradual adding of the flour as well (see picture). I imagine that the flex edge beater would solve this one issue. It's still not available for purchase separately, or the splash guard plastic bowl accessory, that I know of which I think is another flaw in the release of the mixer. One time adding in flour I missed the bowl and spilled a bit because the diameter of the bowl is pretty small when you have the beater up in there too with the arm up. But, it fit everything easily for my cookie batch and I don't imagine it ever being too small volume-wise for the cooking/baking I do.
Overall, I'm so happy I have this in my kitchen. Excited for all the stuff I can make with it and to slowly accumulate the attachments. Hopefully there will be an icecream bowl attachment made to fit with this, too.
I'm not a huge baker but I'll admit I have used it 3-4 times a week. Way more than I thought I would. Size of bowl is smaller but I'm ok with that. The lighter the objects for me the better. I have never owned a Stand Mixer before. I waited to do my review for 60 days because I wanted to truly try it out.
If you are looking for a lighter mixer than the standard it is perfect. If you are a HUGE baker you might want the larger. So please don't judge this mixer based on the standard size. If you have smaller family like mine where a dozen scones or two dozen cookies a week is what you make. It is wonderful.