The first home mixer that was released almost 100 years ago proudly carried the name KitchenAid, and they’ve been in the game ever since! With all those years of experience, there’s no wonder they have a reputation for turning out high quality mixers that professional chefs swear by. Today we’re going to take a look at the KitchenAid Artisan KSM150BER and see what all the fuss is about.
This is a beautiful machine! KitchenAid have based it around their classic and iconic design, giving the device a look that is charming and retro with a modern edge to it. This particular model is a vibrant bright red colour, and is going to look lovely on any kitchen worktop.
With its full metal construction, this machine doesn’t look good. Its sturdy body is going to stand up to some pretty serious use too.
Behind the scenes, a quality 300 watt direct drive motor is running things. KitchenAid promise that this isn’t one of those machines that sound like an aeroplane taking off from your kitchen worktop! The direct drive motor makes the machine quiet compared to other mixers.
The body of the mixer is designed to tilt back, so that you can get easy access to the 5.5 litre bowl. Simply pull the lever back, and the body tilts back, the mixer head raising up and out of the bowl.
Even with the mixer head down and in the bowl, you still have easy access. The bowl has a pouring attachment, which is kind of like a chute which you can add ingredients into. This means it’s easy to add ingredients as you go, and you’re not going to make a mess either.
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KitchenAid Artisan KSM150BER Features and Specifications
- Gorgeous retro design – classic look that fits great into any kitchen
- Full metal construction – strong and sturdy machine that’s going to last
- 300 watt motor – direct drive for quiet operation
- 5.5 litre bowl – includes ergonomic pouring chute for adding ingredients
- Tilt back mixer head design – raise the beaters out of the bowl for easy access with no mess
Customer Feedback and Reviews
This is an expensive machine, and as such we weren’t able to collect a huge amount of customer comments about it. However the majority of those that we did get our hands on were excellent, with 85% of customers satisfied. There were some problems too, so we’ll be sure to take a look at both sides of the story.
First of all, people just loved the way the mixer looks. Who says that food mixers have to be ugly?! This one is lovely, and nobody had a problem displaying it in pride of place on their kitchen worktop. You’ll want to leave it out, as it’s a bit too heavy to be lugging in and out of a cupboard.
As expected, the full metal construction means that the machine feels really solid and strong. Not only does this mean durability, it means that the mixer is nice and steady whilst mixing too.
KitchenAid seem to be pretty sure that the machine is going to last as well, offering everyone who buys it a long term 5 year guarantee. If anything does go wrong in the first 5 years, you’re covered. That’s 60 months of care-free mixing.
Customers reported excellent mixing results with this machine. Even though the motor isn’t the most powerful around, people were surprised at how quickly it does its job. Cakes, scones, cookies, meringues – all were delicious and light when mixed up with the Artisan.
Not everything about this machine is perfect though, customers did report problems.
The first thing, which is merely a minor inconvenience, is the way that the controls are positioned. There is a lever on each side of the machine, one for raising the mixer head, and one for controlling the speed. My guess is that most people would want to push it against a wall, which means pulling it out every time you want to use it.
The price isn’t exactly great either. This is a really expensive mixer, and although it’s backed by a good solid build, and 5 year guarantee, we can’t help but think that you’re getting way more value for money with a Kenwood Chef. The KM010, for example, is £100 less, has a more powerful motor, a food processor, a blender, and a special beater that scrapes the bowl as it goes.
To add insult to injury, Artisan mixers are a lot less expensive in the US than in the UK. This exact model costs 50% less across the pond; a bit of an insult to UK chefs if you ask us!
Not all of the customer reviews were positive either. Around 15% of them were critical, and all of those customers seemed to have experienced the same problem. All of them had a machine on which the locking mechanism for the mixer head broke, meaning the head moved up and down freely as it mixed.
The majority of people didn’t experience this, but enough people did that the problem caught our eye. Definitely something to consider, even if the 5 year guarantee means it’s fully covered.
The KitchenAid KSM150BER is a nice mixer for sure, but it hasn’t really done enough to convince that it’s superior to a Kenwood Chef machine (especially considering it’s so expensive). Personally, we’d rather save £100 and go with the Kenwood Chef KM010. The Artisan could have been great, but it loses major bonus points because it’s so expensive over here in the UK.