Cuisinart Stand Mixer

Kitchen 5 1/2 Quart 12 Speed SM-55BK Black

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Cuisinart Stand Mixer If the KitchenAid Heavy Stand Mixer is the Hummer of stand mixers, then Cuisinart's SM-55BK is the Volvo. At least aesthetically speaking anyway. And if we're talking about looks alone, then I guess all KitchenAid Stand Mixers are what? Mercedes?

The Cuisinart Stand Mixer is very boxy (like an old Volvo). So, if you're used to the graceful lines of a KitchenAid (the Mercedes), then the Cuisinart just looks funny.

In terms of accessories, the two mixers are mostly the same. KitchenAid and Cuisinart both include a whisk, flat paddle, and dough hook with their mixers. The KitchenAid Artisan and the Cuisinart both come with splashguards. All have tilt-back heads and stainless steel bowls.

And here's where things start to differ. Cuisinart offers a 5 1/2 quart bowl with its stand mixers; KitchenAid's is only 5-quarts. Does that 1/2 quart make much difference to you?

The Cuisinart boasts an 800-watt engine while KitchenAid's is only 325 watts. Of course, the KitchenAid Heavy Stand Mixer is a commercial grade mixer at 325 watts, so are all those extra watts going to do anything other than suck more juice? Hard to say.

Cuisinart offers 12 speeds, KitchenAid Artisan offers 10, and KitchenAid's Heavy only has 5. But does more speed settings mean better production? Hard to say.

Finally, perhaps the most significant difference is that the Cuisinart Stand Mixer comes with a 3-year warranty and a 5-year motor warranty, whereas the KitchenAid Artisan mixer only has a 1-year limited replacement warranty.

In the end, since the Cuisinart SM-55BK and the KitchenAid Artisan are almost exactly the same price, the decision may come down to aesthetics. And, in this case, aesthetics are a perfectly good factor to decide by.

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One Response

  1. Marlene Says:

    Let’s count the pros for Cuisinart: (1) bigger motor = less stress on it; (2) larger bowl size (that extra 2-cup capacity could make the difference); (3) Greater number of speeds; (4) includes a timer with auto shut-off; longer, substantially better warranty. I don’t think this is just about aesthetics. Before you buy the KitchenAid, check the numerous consumer complaints on the web which range from motor breakdowns, to oil leaking in the food. My money is going on the Cuisinart.