The KitchenAid Planetary Mixer

What is a stand mixer doing in your restaurant, bakery, or catering kitchen?

If it’s KitchenAid’s 8-quart countertop planetary mixer with bowl lift, it’s making 156 macarons for the dessert special. Whipping the mash. Working egg yolks into the pasta dough. Grinding venison for sausage.

Because although it’s as easy to use as your little egg-beating buddy back home, this Empire Red bombshell is the whole package, fully empowered to rock your professional world. It’s packing 500 watts along with a wicked dough hook, flat beater, and elliptical 11-wire whip – all stainless. Benefit number one, though, has got to be the motion. Lower an attachment into the burnished steel bowl, start up the 1.3HP motor, and enjoy the show.


They call that action “planetary.” Mounted on an offset shaft, the attachments spin independently in continuous rotation around the bowl, turning in the opposite direction on their own axis.

To put it another way, the whip touches the bowl at 67 different points, yet the bowl, she does not move.

Or, you could just say there are some things that not even NSF and UL certification can make “safe for work.”

Elaine Evans
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