Whether you are looking to prepare a delicious batch of cookies or you want to bake a cake, the preparation process involves creating the perfect dough mixture prior to entering the oven. Thankfully, we have mixers to help us in this process as they ensure that we only need to put the right ingredients together in preparation for the mixing.
Kitchenaid is a brand that produces mixers for your kitchen and today we’re having a look at the Kitchenaid Mixer Classic and the Kitchenaid Mixer Classic plus. In the outline below, I cover some of the standout features and how the two models compare to each other.
The classic form of the mixer motor draws 250-watts of power and it offers 10 different speed options to help you get the optimal mix you desire depending on the meal that you are intending to prepare. The mixing method is also quite a marvel as this mixer boasts 59 touchpoints in each rotation, which ensures that ingredients are well mixed with a good consistency. The head can be tilted, which means that you can stop and add ingredients as necessary. Optional hub powered attachments are available for purchase separately as needed.
Many mixers are not shipped with a bowl and while getting yourself one is not a big deal, it is very convenient that the mixer is bundled with one. This bowls has a 4½ quart capacity, which allows you to process enough dough to feed several people. To put this into context, you can prepare enough cookie dough for the making of up to six dozen cookies in one go. Cleanup is always a big factor for me and any little features that help in that regard are always in my good graces. I’m pleased to say that the bowl is dishwasher safe, which is great news for the cleaning process once the magic in the kitchen is complete.
There’s no need to worry about diving in uninformed too as the Kitchenaid classic ships with mixing tips, a guide, and 67 different mixing speeds.
Kitchenaid Classic Plus
The Kitchenaid Classic plus is the pricier of the two models and it offers the benefits that the classic version does with a few enhancements. Like the other model, this mixer’s motor draws a maximum of 275 watts of power during operation. It is also shipped with a 4½ quart dishwasher safe, stainless steel bowl. The tilt up head also makes a return here, which allows you to throw in additional ingredients during the process as you see fit. The Kitchenaid Classic Plus also offers 10 different mixing speeds to allow you control over the consistency that is achieved depending on the meal you are aiming for.
The soft start is one of the key differences with this model as the mixing process can get very messy. The soft start causes the mixing to begin at a low speed, so no splashing or flour puff occurs.
What I really like is the fact that the design can incorporate up to 10 different hub powered attachments such as pasta makers and food grinders to really spice up your experience. Best of all, this model ships with a coated dough hook, a wire whip, and a coated flat beater.
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The Kitchenaid Classic and Classic Plus are very similar in most respects as their features are almost completely identical. Be that as it may, there are differences, and these are the main ones.
Slow start: When using the Kitchenaid Classic, you get the traditional quick starting mixing experience. This means that there is likely a splash upon starting the mixer which provides an unnecessary mess for you to clean. The plus model has a slow start feature built in, so it gets into the dough at a low speed first before picking it up, which means that said mess is eliminated.
Items shipped: While both models can accommodate attachments, only the plus model ships with any. A purchase of the plus model also guarantees you a wire whip, a coated flat beater, and a coated dough hook.
Price: The Kitchenaid Classic Plus goes for a higher price than the classic version. While the prices are similar on Amazon during sale periods, the difference in price ranges up to $100.
Both these models have a similar motor and perform a similar function. Your decision on which to purchase is largely dependent on the extent to which the differences matter to you or if the basic function is all you need.
The plus model has the slow start feature for a smoother experience and it ships with three attachments. However, its price point is higher than that of the classic model. If the extras are a must have for you, then get the plus model. If not, the classic model is just fine.