KitchenAid Classic Plus Review

KitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer Review 

The Kitchenaid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer is undoubtedly one of today’s more popular stand mixers on the market.

It’s a great starter mixer and also ideal for those needing something for everyday home cooking.

You can think of it as the slightly smaller version of the KitchenAid Artisan Series stand mixer with a slightly smaller capacity than its 5-quart “big brother”.

With a star rating of over 4.5 and coming with an energy-efficient 275-watt motor, the KitchenAid Slow Start system, and multipurpose attachment hub.

 

KitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer Features

 

The KitchenAid KSM75WH 4.5-Qt. Classic Plus Stand Mixer features are designed to make mixing jobs easy and convenient and include the following:

  •         Rubber feet – prevents movement on the countertop
  •         275-watt motor – energy efficient
  •         Sliding speed control lever – accessible and easy to operate
  •         Multi-purpose attachment hub – versatile
  •         Locking Tilt-Head design
  •         4 ½ Quart stainless steel bowl
  •         All-metal construction – robust
  •         User friendly and easy to clean

 

KitchenAid Classic Plus Stand Mixer Head Type

 

The Kitchenaid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer has a lockable tilt-head design. This allows you to conveniently lift the mixer head up to make the bowl easily accessible, to attach and detach accessories and adjust the beater height. The tilt-head is lockable to stop it jumping around during mixing and is easy to unlock and lift/tilt which, despite its weight, can be done with one hand. One drawback is that it does require more vertical space to operate and this should be taken into consideration if the unit is to be used under a wall cabinet.

 

Wattage & Power

 

The KSM75WH’s motor is rated at 275 watts which is on the lower end when compared to other more powerful models, but it is more energy-efficient than many other products.

The motor is direct drive which means that power is delivered directly to the attachments and thus, more efficiently.

Despite the motor being on the lower end, it can perform the work of other higher powered stand mixers.

With the ability to handle mixes with up to 8 cups of flour, power is sufficient for such things as making cookies, muffins, cakes, and most pastries for whipping cream and mixing and kneading bread and pizza dough. It does have its limitations though with thick dough.

 

Mixing Speeds

 

The Kitchenaid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer has 10 mixing speeds ranging from ‘Stir’, the slowest, which is a slow stir for gentle mixing and should be used at the start of any mixing task up to ‘10’ which is a fast whipping for egg whites or cream.

Each time you start the mixer, the Slow Start feature kicks in. This is for your own convenience – it saves you from having the ingredients come flying out at you at higher speeds.

As with any mixer, you have to add the ingredients slowly or start by gently mixing the ingredients by hand.

With the Kitchenaid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer being a planetary action stand mixer, the beater spirals around the bowl making contact with the ingredients at various points. This gives you a more uniform and more thorough mixing.

 

KitchenAid Classic Plus Bowl Size & Capacity

 

The stainless steel bowl that comes with the KSM75WH is 4 ½ quarts capacity and is one of the smallest capacity models from KitchenAid and doesn’t have a handle. Although smaller than the 5-quart bowl that comes with the KitchenAid Artisan, it can quite easily handle ingredients for cookies, cakes, brownies, and similar.

 

Included Attachments

 

The attachments that are included with the KSM75WH Classic Plus are the same as coming with the more expensive KitchenAid products. These are:

  •         Flat Beater
  •         Wire Whip
  •         Dough Hook

The beaters are attached by pushing the end up over the beater shaft and, using a partial twist to lock them into place.

You can also purchase additional accessories.

 

Optional Accessory Attachments

 

The Kitchenaid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer comes with the “standard” KitchenAid attachment hub. The attachment hub is where you insert optional external attachments like a food grinder or the sausage stuffer for example. Power from the motor is directed to the attachment hub to work any such inserted attachments. For a list of the available accessories that you can purchase separately, see here: KitchenAid Mixer Attachments.

One thing to note is that the 4 ½-quart bowl that comes with the mixer does not have a handle but the same capacity bowl with handle can be bought separately if needed.

 

Dimensions

 

14.1 x 8.7 inches x 13.9 inches

Weight: 25 lb.

At 25 lb, the Kitchenaid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer is weighty enough that you will not want to keep moving it on and off your worktop regularly. Rather you would want to leave it out in a permanent position on the worktop.

 

Features Overview

 

Feature KitchenAid Artisan
Brand KitchenAid
Capacity 4.5 Quart
Watts 275
Speeds 10
Head Type Tilt
Included Attachments 3
Optional Attachments Available Yes
Color Choices No

KitchenAid Mixer Colors Available

 

Other more expensive KitchenAid models are known for their wide range of available colors. However, having said that, it is one of the most affordable models from KitchenAid currently on the market.

 

Pros

 

  •         All metal construction – sturdy, well-built & durable
  •         Quiet action
  •         Planetary mixing – a more even mixing
  •         275 watt direct drive motor – handles almost all types of mixing, whipping, and kneading tasksLocking tilt-head design – makes switching attachments and cleaning machine easy
  •         Adjustable beater height
  •         10-speed settings – get just the right speed for the mix
  •         Options – Large number of attachments to choose from

 

Cons

 

  •         A bit on the heavy side although this adds to its stability
  •         Bowl has no handle
  •         Does not come with a pouring shield
  •         Not for frequent use on thick dough or heavy baking
  •         Not for big volumes
  •         Limited to 1 or 2 batches. May need a break between batches to avoid overheating
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Customer Reviews

 

The majority of customer reviews for this mixer are positive (over 89% gave it 5 stars) with only a few reviewers giving it a low rating.

Many found the mixer to be consistent and that it made things so much easier.

Most reviewers mention the Kitchenaid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer Tilt-Head to be efficient and very convenient

 

Average Customer Rating: 5

 

Kitchenaid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer Price

 

The Kitchenaid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer is priced at under $300 including shipping. That’s a price difference of about $60 between it and the lowest-priced Artisan. At 275 watts, it has 25 watts more power than the Classic model but is almost the same cost.

 

Summary

 

The majority of customer reviews for the Kitchenaid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer has been very positive with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. One user particularly loved the tilt head which made access to the mixer easy. Another even said that the Kitchenaid Classic Plus had brought back her old love for baking.