This $60 stand mixer could give KitchenAid a run for its money


As the holidays approach, you’ll likely be spending a lot of time making cookies, pies and other baked goods. Which means you’re going to need some great tools to make the job easier. When it comes to mixing ingredients, you can’t beat having a stand mixer over the elbow grease and whisk method. But automatic mixers have always been pricey—until now.

Aldi is releasing a stand mixer that’s only $60. While U.K. cooks already have access to the machine, it won’t be available for purchase in the U.S. until Oct. 18, at which point we’ll be able to snag one at Aldi locations. On the bright side, this means that our U.K. counterparts can give us the lowdown on whether the cheaper version really can do as much as the prized KitchenAid appliance.

Before we take a look at the comparisons, let’s examine the specs.

KitchenAid Artisan Mini 3.5 Quart Stand Mixer:

  • It comes with three attachments
  • It has 10 mixing speeds
  • It has a tilted head feature
  • It comes with a 3.5-quart mixing bowl

Price: $399.99 

Kitchen Aid

Aldi Ambiano Classic Stand Mixer:

  • It comes with three attachments
  • It has 6 mixing speeds
  • It has a tilted head feature
  • It comes with a 4-quart mixing bowl

Price: $60


As you can see, these stand mixers have very similar specifications. The Kitchen Aid version wins out with more speed settings, but the Aldi option has a slightly larger mixing bowl to work with—which means even more cookie dough! Yum!

KitchenAid Reviews

YouTube Channel Cookies Cupcakes and Cardio put the KitchenAid product to the test in the video below:

As you can see, her only real complaint is the size of the mixing bowl, which she notes would have trouble holding a doubled cake recipe. Very important to note! Other than that, it lived up to the KitchenAid name with how effortless it was to use.

Folks who have reviewed the product on the KitchenAid website also seem to love this mini mixer.

“I love Kitchenaid mixers. I downsized from the 5qt mixer because my kitchen is not very big. This mixer is perfect. It’s light and easy to store… even though I’ve had it on my countertop for two weeks now showing it off! The honeydew color is delightful, and the attachments are easy to use. Love this little mixer,” one customer wrote.

Aldi Reviews

As for the much, much cheaper version, let’s see if it can live up to the KitchenAid brand. You can see each and every one of the attachments, as well as the set-up and cleaning process, in this video:

Reviews on this product say, “The Aldi mixer is more than £200 cheaper than its main rivals, yet mixes just as well. However, it loses out on the Star Baker title due to the racket it makes and those fiddly attachments that can’t be cleaned in a dishwasher.”

So, the biggest downside is the noise and the lack of ease when installing attachments, according to Trusted Reviews.

The Aldi Reviewer had a similar feeling. They said, “Aldi’s Ambiano 4 Quart Stand Mixer is not the same as a high-end KitchenAid mixer. The stand is lightweight (although secured well enough by suction cups), the bowl is easily scuffed, and the whole apparatus doesn’t feel as substantial as name-brand options. That said, you’ll have a hard time finding a set cheaper than this one, and it is backed by a 2-year warranty. If you do a lot of mixing, you’ll probably want to look at something more high end, but if you only need a mixer every once in a while, this is worth a look.”

The Verdict

For serious bakers, KitchenAid seems to be worth the investment, but for those who are only baking occasionally, the cheaper option is a very good option. So before deciding to make a purchase, you’ll have to think about how often you’ll be using the mixer in the first place.

But one thing’s for sure—no matter which one you choose, you’re bound to make an excellent batch of Christmas cookies this year.

[h/t: kitchn]


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