Kitchenaid Vs. Cuisinart: Which Stand Mixer Is Better? I Tested Them Head-to-Head

Here's How They Compare

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Before you read another sentence of this story, I need to make an awkward confession: I have owned six stand mixers in my life—three of which are KitchenAid (the mini, the Artisan and the Pro series). Who needs that many mixers, honestly?! I acquire them like Gen Zers collect Sonny Angels, because I bake with the frequency of someone aspiring to launch a cookie emporium out of their home kitchen, even though I have no such plans. But I’ve always wondered if my love of KitchenAid was fueled by hype: When I attended culinary classes and worked with professional chefs, it was the only brand they used. It was the stand mixer on every wedding registry (including my own, which is how I acquired my first two). It was everywhere—but, as we all know, ubiquity doesn’t mean something’s the best.

I’d heard rumblings that Cuisinart was every bit as powerful—and more affordable, so I needed to test it firsthand. (I’m always on the lookout for a better appliance, hence my out-of-control mixer collection.) Over a month of baking cookies, frostings, cupcakes, breads and bagels, I pitted KitchenAid vs. Cuisinart, comparing the two stand mixers so I could answer which one was better.

So, which one was it? Here’s my side-by-side review of the two most comparable models, the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer and the Cuisinart 5.5-Quart Stand Mixer.

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KitchenAid Vs. Cuisinart, Tested & Compared

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Cuisinart 5.5-Quart Stand Mixer

What I Like:

  • reliable, consistent results
  • large capacity bowl
  • affordable

What I Don't Like:

  • must use both hands to unlock/lift the mixer's head
  • appliance strained more with breads and heavy doughs


  • Value: 19/20
  • Functionality: 19/20
  • Ease of Use: 17/20
  • Aesthetics: 17/20
  • Mixing Power: 19/20

TOTAL: 92/100

If you’re trying to spend under $200 on a stand mixer, but you still want something sturdy and reliable, the Cuisinart is your best bet. Seriously—if you bake more than four times a year, don’t even waste your time looking at those under-$100 stand mixers (which often have suction cups on the bottom, because they’re so lightweight they waddle across your counter or topple at high speeds), or the KitchenAid Mini, for that matter (which, in my experience, overheats easily and has issues mixing consistently).

Cuisinart offers a bit more nuance, in terms of speeds, offering 12 options to the KitchenAid Artisan’s 10. This provides you a bit more control over what you’re mixing (or whipping, or aerating), and the dial allows you to adjust speeds pretty seamlessly. It also weighs about 35 percent less than the KitchenAid—clocking in at 15 pounds to the Artisan’s 23-ish—making it easier to haul from the cabinet to your counter, should you stow it between uses.

And, in another impressive flex, it boasts 500 watts of power to the Artisan’s 325. However, that power—combined with its lighter weight—means that when I kneaded bread doughs, the Cuisinart tended to buck and shake; never so much that it threatened to topple over or “walk,” but worth noting all the same.

Another con was that out of the box, the Cuisinart’s tilt head was too high for the attachments, so things didn’t mix properly. The fix is simple—you’ll need to take a flat-head screwdriver to twist the screw in the mixer’s head and adjust the height to suit your needs. However, actually turning the screw can require serious elbow grease, and I found I wasn’t alone in my challenge here, with some reviewers saying they struggled to do so. 

That said, if you tend to bake cookies and cakes for the most part, or you’re interested in using its attachments to spiralize veggies and grind meat, the Cuisinart will do it all—and do so remarkably well. It’s really only if you bake a lot of bread or plan on using it to make your own fondant that you may want to consider the KitchenAid instead.


  • Size: 7.87" D x 14.17" W x 14.13" H
  • Capacity: 5.5 quarts
  • Power: 500 watts
  • Colors: 13, including white, black, dove gray, orange, red, sage green, periwinkle blue, silver and beige
  • Attachments: bowl, whisk, dough hook, flat beater and pouring shield included; attachments to grind meat, spiralize vegetables, make pasta and ice cream/sorbet sold separately
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KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer

What I Like:

  • durable
  • consistent results
  • high-quality construction
  • 39 color options

What I Don't Like:

  • can be clunky to change between speeds
  • tilt-head is heavy


  • Value: 18/20
  • Functionality: 20/20
  • Ease of Use: 17/20
  • Aesthetics: 20/20
  • Mixing Power: 19/20

TOTAL: 94/100

While testing the KitchenAid Artisan and the Cuisinart, I had to account for two things: A bias toward the KitchenAid, for using them for 12+ years, and the fact that maybe my 12-year-old machine may not perform as well as a fresh-out-of-the-box Cuisinart mixer. But here’s the thing, which ultimately gave it the edge: The Artisan executed on every test flawlessly (buttercream! Rye bagels! Cookies! Cupcakes!), without overheating, bucking or shaking.

I’ll be brutally honest: I find the knob to adjust speeds a bit clunkier and harder to transition than the Cuisinart’s dial, and sometimes, the attachments are a bit harder to remove than the Cuisinart. And at 23 pounds, it’s too heavy to live anywhere but my counter, and I don’t love sacrificing that tabletop space.

But at the end of the day, those gripes are minor cons to the machine’s durability, versatility and overall quality. Yes, I have the bias of 12 years’ use, but the fact that the Artisan runs as efficiently today as it did more than a decade ago underscores its value in my mind. That helps me justify the price—that and the fact that it’s often on sale (QVC is currently offering it for $70 off the retail price). Plus, if we’re being superficial, it does have the widest range of colors and finishes (and it’s compatible with the brand’s ceramic bowls), which is a bonus.


  • Size: 9.3" D x 14.3" W x 14" H
  • Capacity: 5 quarts
  • Power: 325 watts
  • Colors: 39 options, offering just about every color of the rainbow (including glossy and matte finishes)
  • Attachments: bowl, dough hook, beater and paddle included; 10+ attachments sold separately to allow you to make pasta, grind meat, spiralize/chop veggies, make ice cream/sorbet and more
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The Bottom Line: Which Stand Mixer Is Better?

The KitchenAid Artisan is great for adventurous bakers who tend to make breads, bagels and hearty doughs. If you tend to bake mostly around the holidays or stick to cakes, frostings and lighter batters, save some money and go with the Cuisinart. Both are top-of-the-line machines, as far as stand mixers go.

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How I Tested Both Stand Mixers:

Over the course of a month, I tested each attachment at a range of speeds, preparing four recipes that would test how delicately it could whip, how thoroughly it could mix and how heartily it’d knead. To uncover this, I made:

Throughout the process, I noted the machine’s sound levels, overall mixing power, ease of use and execution of the finished product (such as how often I needed to scrape down the sides of the bowl). I also took into consideration how easy they were to clean (both passed with flying colors, thanks to their dishwasher-safe stainless steel bowls and easy-to-scrub paddles).

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