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KitchenAid launches limited edition mixer for 100 year anniversary

If you’re a super-fan of the Great British Bake Off you may have your eye on the classic KitchenAid stand mixer, but don’t commit until you’ve seen this heritage inspired stunner.

KitchenAid has launched a limited edition version of the Artisan mixer ahead of its 100 year anniversary, which falls in 2019. The new model comes in an exclusive ‘misty blue’ colour, with white trim and a white textured ceramic bowl, reminiscent of early KitchenAid models.

You can buy it now from the KitchenAid website and it will also be available in popular retailers John Lewis and Lakeland shortly, with prices starting from £699. That may be small fry if you want to own a piece of KitchenAid history, but it’s a sizable sum for a food mixer.

Find out how the new model compares to the standard KitchenAid range below, or head to our round-up of the best stand mixers for the best budget-friendly options. Our top-scoring model costs less than £250.

KitchenAid 100-year anniversary mixer: how it measures up

This 4.8-litre stand mixer is a variation of the main KitchenAid mixer, the 5KSM175 model. Similar to the 5KSM185 range, which has stainless steel accessories and six metallic colour options, including popular copper, it just ups the ante with some premium extras.

The main difference is the textured hobnail-design ceramic bowl, which looks rather like a giant retro tea cup. KitchenAid says this bowl is titanium enforced and is chip, crack and stain resistant. It can also be used in the microwave, oven or freezer, and is dishwasher safe.

It comes with the standard three attachments: a wire whisk, dough hook and flat beater. You also get a flex edge beater. This has a soft silicon wiper edge, which helps to incorporate ingredients from the side of the bowl when mixing.

This model is also labelled with a limited edition heritage inspired logo on the trim. It comes with a five-year warranty.

Here are the main differences to other KitchenAid mixers:

  • KitchenAid Mini compact model with 3.3 litre bowl, £450
  • KitchenAid 5KSM125 – classic model, 4.8 litre bowl, £550
  • KitchenAid 5KSM175 – as 125 version, but with additional 3-litre mixing bowl and flex beater, £600
  • KitchenAid 5KSM180 – limited edition version with ceramic bowl and flex beater, £699
  • KitchenAid 5KSM185 – metallic colours including copper, all-steel accessories, from £650 (copper is £739)

There are also a couple of older versions around which are cheaper, including the 5KSM150 series mixers (from £300), and the slightly smaller 4.3-litre 5KSM45SS model (from £300). You’ll usually get a more limited choice of colours with these models.

To see how the KitchenAid range fare in our tough baking tests, and compare models, head to our KitchenAid reviews.

Should you buy the limited edition KitchenAid?

Only if you’re sold on the look and potential collector’s value of this model. We think the 5KSM175 is better value, as you get an extra mini mixing bowl and have a choice of more than 20 colours.

If you don’t want to clog up your dishwasher, the stainless steel bowl is likely to be easier to clean than the textured ceramic version too. You also get a splashguard with the 5KSM175 version, which will help to prevent lighter ingredients such as flour or icing sugar being flung out onto your worktop.

It’s likely that, if you love the idea of owning a piece of history, you won’t mind putting up with a few minor niggles such as this though, and you can always buy the extra accessories if you want them further down the line.

If you’re on a budget, there are cheaper ways to get help with your bakes though, some of which are equally attractive.

Cheaper alternatives to the KitchenAid mixer

Want a stylish retro-look stand mixer but not ready to part with that much dough? We’ve reviewed mixers that cost a fraction of the £699 KitchenAid heritage stand mixer, and look great too.

Kenwood’s popular kMix food mixer (above, from £200) is probably the best-known rival, and has featured in the Bake Off tent in previous years. It’s available in a range of colours including red and limited-edition copper. Retro fridge brand Smeg also makes a stylish retro mixer (£350) in duck egg blue, retro red and classic cream.

Cheaper options include the Cuisinart Precision mixer (£300) and Swan by Fearne Cotton stand mixer, which you can get for less than £200 depending on the colour. You can choose between cream, pale blue, purple and white.

Some of these models have made it into our prestigious Best Buy list, but not all. See all our stand mixer reviews to compare these models and find out which ones will guarantee you’re the star baker this Christmas, whatever your budget.

Prices correct as of 9 October 2018 but will vary by store and colour option.

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