- KSM150 Artisan
Underpowered and in constant need of adjustment.
I received the Artisan KSM150 as a Christmas present to replace my 30 year old Kenwood Chef as it's plastic casing had turned yellow with age. Within two washes in the dishwasher one of the points where the handle is attached to the bowl had rusted. The customer service people were fantastic and replaced the bowl immediately.
The instruction booklet indicated that I could only make 2/3 the quantity of bread dough that I used to mix with my old mixer so I kept that in the back of my mind. I was in the habit of making the Women's Weekly glute...n free carrot cake so went ahead and made it in the Artisan. Half way through mixing the ingredients the motor was labouring so much that I thought it was going to break. I turned it off and finished mixing by hand. I no longer make that recipe. The other thing that happened while trying to mix the carrot cake was that the screw that holds the bar on which the mixer pivots (to lift) came loose. I'm guessing that this was because the machine was moving around so much trying to mix the ingredients. This meant that the bar also came loose and slid out of position. I noticed that it had almost completely disappeared from one side of the machine and was sticking out an equivalent amount on the other side. Fortunately I noticed before it fell out completely. Customer Service tell me that tightening this screw is normal maintenance. So that's what I do every time I make a pastry, or a fruit cake, or any heavier mix because it always comes loose and the bar starts to shift. Even when my husband tightens it for me. The other adjustment that is needed on a very regular basis is the beater to bowl height. I have to check and adjust the beater height every 2 - 3 uses. I usually make more than one cake at a time so I guess the adjustment is every 4 to 5 cakes. I mainly make chocolate, coconut or spice cakes so the mixture is not heavy. While not particularly difficult, it is a nuisance and feel that it should not be necessary. I really like the stainless steel bowl and that it can be washed in the dishwasher. But I am very disappointed in this mixer.
Overpriced and overrated
My mother bought my wife one of these for her 30th birthday. First motor blew after about 3 months so we took it back to Myer who replaced it no questions asked. The second one is still going but the motor struggles on any dough you try putting through. The dough hook is poorly designed and you end up with more dough around the attachment head than you do actually mixing in the bowl so its easier to take it out and do it by hand. The beater and scraper attachment don't scrape all the way to the bottom of the bowl either so it never actually mixes anything properly. Pretty unimpressed with it to be honest, the Kenwood we had which it replaced was miles better, should have just kept it
Purchased in November 2017 at Myer for $625.00.
Started out loving, now its just a constant reminder of poor product quality
I liked the KitchenAid Artisan KSM150. It has a clunky industrial feel and is a noisy wobbly beast but I liked it. It is a great mixer for making dough and pastry and mixing liquids. I find the dough hook and bowl a bit big for smaller jobs, 500g of flour for a dough or pizza base will just end up clumped on the hook, whereas 1kg upwards it does a great job.
The attachments are good and the bowl and various hooks, whisks or good quality.
Sadly from day one the on/off speed switch was a bit tricky and lacked definite positioning between spe...ed settings. I was assured this was normal and part of the clunky industrial feel, however it slowly deteriorated to the point that in the off position, the smallest pressure on the switch would see it leap dangerously to nearly full speed, a real finger and hand crusher. In my usual lackadaisical way I’ve put up with this as the nearest service center for warranty return is 100km away (400km round trip). I also missed the free replacement in 12months offered by Myer who sold me the unit (I didn't know about it). So my advice, buy a mixer made in Germany or Japan , not the USA. Unless 1960 tech and build quality is the order of your day.
- KSM150 Artisan
Not convinced of longevity and sturdiness
I recently bought a brand new KSM150 to make bread regularly and was under the impression this was fit for purpose. I also purchased the matching glass bowl & spiraliser attachment. However after a few batches I am skeptical of the longevity of the product, the mixer head shakes and moves while kneading dough, the glass bowl is very hard to fit and screw to the mixer compared to the stainless bowl and the ring on the bottom of the glass bowl is almost impossible to remove once it's been screwed on then lock in stand mixer.
Expats - be aware - there is no global warranty
I purchased this when I lived as an expat in Germany. On returning to Australia, half way through the warranty time frame, there was motor problems. However, KitchenAid refused to honour its warranty.
For the record, the power in Germany is 220V, the exact same as in Australia.
My advice to expats? Be aware that there is "NO global Warranty". I would just buy a local brand for far cheaper.
KitchenAid apparently does not value its customers nor are they in tune with present day changing lifestyles whereby so many people travel and live overseas for work.
It should be excellent for the price
Yes, I am always scraping the sides also and there is that groove in the base of the bowl where the ingredients often gather and stick, requiring me to really dig and the slide the spatula in to clear it. I miss the way the old kenwood's beater used to move around the bowl I have realised now how that is a fundamental requirement for superior beating. I wish this one did that. I bought it on the assumption that at this price and with all the hype, it must be a superior product. I was wrong. .
Wish I had done my homework
I bake a lot and am constantly turning the machine off to scrape the sides down - even with the silicone scraper I paid more money for. Ingredients splatter all over the place even with the cover on. The beaters do not touch the bottom of the bowl and ingredients are not mixed. My mum uses a Kenwood and I should gone with that brand. Nothing but glossy hype. Very disappointed.
- KSM150 Artisan
Badly Designed Mixer
Waited years eventually bought one only to be extremely disappointed. Flat mixing attachment does not mix pushing ingredients up the side of bowl which then requires stopping mixer,unlocking and scraping down several times and still ingredients not properly amalgamated. Kitchen Aids response buy Flex beater at my cost (less 25%discount) So I am spending more money on the hope that this new beater works.Customer service leaves a lot to be desired.
Pretty in Red - but not built for hard work
Used the Artisan to make Brioche and the gear failed - replaced by Kitchen Aid under warranty - but told to be careful. Use hardy old Kenwood when making dough/heavy fruit cake. Artisan gets quite warm/fragile under load. Booklet use guidelines specific in run times and limit recipe consideration .
More "Bench candy" than anything else.
I desperately wanted a Kitchenaid, for years. My husband made me wait for ages, with a maybe for my birthday....I was wrapped when the day came and I received a Kitchenaid Artisian in Almond Cream. I couldn't wait to do my first batch of pizza dough - No more hand kneading! That's pretty much when the fun ended. It overheated on the first batch of dough. I mean it was screaming hot to touch, smelt like burning, after just a few minutes. The head didn't lock down properly either, and kept popping up while mixing. Don't get me wrong, that Kitchen...aid was beautiful to look at - like a classic car. But for the serious home cook - don't bother. My Kitchenaid has since been replaced with a Kenwood Chef Major 1200w, for the same price, double the dough and it doesn't even blink. It's not as pretty, but a workhorse it is, and I love it. Looked great on my kitchen bench. Would be suitable if you only wanted to mix the odd cake or whip some cream. Weak at only 300w, overheated easily, Head did not lock down properly. Not suitable for dough.
Questions & Answers
I have a KSM150 Artisan. Will a 4qt bowl fit this mixer? If so where I can I buy it?
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Should the attachment shaft be spring loaded?
Our kitchen aid came without it .
I bought KSM 150 mixer from mighty ape a couple of week ago. Last weekend opened package and try to remove wire whip from beater shaft it was so tight and couldn’t come out easily. I notice that there was no spring on beater shaft. Is that normal or any defect?
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|Category||Benchtop Food Mixers|
|Number of Mixing Speeds||10|
|Bowl Material||Stainless Steel|
|Dimensions||353 x 221 x 358 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)|
|Colour / Finish||Almond Cream, Onyx Black, Empire Red, or Contour Silver|
|Release date||Oct 2006|
- GTIN12: 050946877020, 883049000398, 883049000428, 883049000442, 883049007441 and 883049143705
- MPN: 5KSM150PSAAC, 5KSM150PSACU, 5KSM150PSAER and 5KSM150PSAOB
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