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KitchenAid vs Cuisinart: Which stand mixer should you buy?

KitchenAid vs Cuisinart: Which stand mixer should you buy?
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If you’re on the hunt for top kitchen appliances, you’ve probably weighed up the pros and cons of two of the biggest names in the industry. KitchenAid and Cuisinart are both known for creating top-tier kitchen appliances such as stand mixers and food processors, but picking the right appliance brand for you really does come down to what you need.

KitchenAid vs Cuisinart: The main differences

KitchenAid produces some of the most beautiful kitchen appliances out there. In particular, the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer is one of the most coveted additions to kitchen counters everywhere. The best stand mixers are increasingly bought for style and visual appeal, as well as the advantages they provide when it comes to home baking and making your own bread and cakes from scratch at home. 

KitchenAid stand mixers deliver on style, and you’ll have over 40 colors to pick from if you opt for the iconic KitchenAid Classic Plus. The Classic Plus takes the top spot in our stand mixer roundup, over the Cuisinart Precision Master, because this is an unusually affordable model of KitchenAid stand mixer which, when on sale, can come in at a lower price than its Cuisinart competitor. However, the Precision Master comes with a better warranty, bowl capacity, and number of speeds than either of its KitchenAid counterparts. It doesn’t have the iconic KitchenAid style and it’s available in less colors, but it’s still an attractive choice of stand mixer.  

KitchenAid vs Cuisinart

KitchenAid stand mixers offer a huge selection of bespoke colors and bowls, such as this warm copper.  (Image credit: KitchenAid)

With the Cuisinart, you can expect a less flawless execution with your baking. It’s a common complaint (and something we noticed in our review) that the whisk and paddle attachments on the Cuisinart stand mixer will leave any ingredients at the bottom or side of your bowl un-incorporated into your batter or mix. This is simply fixed with a spatula, but it’s still not ideal for those recipes where you want to throw everything into a stand mixer and watch it come together. Instead of a lever control, the Cuisinart comes with a dial. This is slightly more difficult to get accustomed to than the typical KitchenAid lever control, but it’s a matter of preference, and you may even end up preferring the dial control. 

KitchenAid vs Cuisinart

Cuisinart has a higher capacity, better suited to large batches.  (Image credit: Cuisinart)

KitchenAid vs Cuisinart: Extra features to consider

If you’re wondering if you should buy a KitchenAid or Cuisinart stand mixer, you only need to read our guide to see that KitchenAid took the cake for us. The KitchenAid Classic Plus has the iconic KitchenAid style and reliability but at a super reasonable price. The Cuisinart Precision Master stand mixer is typically lower price to the KitchenAid Artisan, but it does pack in a marginally larger capacity and more speed functions, which makes it a great value pick. 

KitchenAid vs Cuisinart

KitchenAid offers more attachments than Cuisinart. (Image credit: Amazon)

In terms of optional attachments, this is where KitchenAid really shines. KitchenAid stand mixers come with the ability to run dozens of attachments. These include:

  • Spiralizer
  • Food processor
  • Vegetable sheet cutter
  • Food sifter and scale
  • Slicer/shredder
  • Sausage stuffer
  • Food tray
  • Meat grinder
  • Fruit and vegetable strainer
  • Grain mill
  • Five pasta roller attachments
  • Ice cream maker
  • Pasta press
  • Citrus juicer

KitchenAid's high-end pasta makers actually feature in our roundup of the best pasta makers, so these aren't second-rate products you'll get when you invest in an add-on KitchenAid appliance.

By comparison, Cuisinart has only a handful of attachments. These are less readily available to buy, and clearly offer fewer functions than the KitchenAid:

  • Pasta roller and cutter
  • Pasta extruder
  • Meat grinder
  • Frozen dessert maker
  • Spiralizer

KitchenAid vs Cuisinart: Which stand mixer should you buy?

If it’s just a stand mixer you’re looking for, a Cuisinart is a great choice, but if you want a mixer which can double as just about any kitchen appliance you could want, we suggest buying a KitchenAid. Regardless of which KitchenAid stand mixer you buy you'll still get the advantages of numerous extra attachments. However, these attachments aren't a cost-saver. Many of them cost as much as you'd expect to pay for a standalone appliance. If you've already got a spiralizer, meat grinder, or pasta maker, then it's worth considering if the advantages of having a KitchenAid still apply to you. KitchenAid is the more premium brand, but Cuisinart still offers a few more features (such as a larger bowl and better warranty) for the money.