The 14 Best KitchenAid Attachments, Explained
This colorful stand mixer is the jewel of your kitchen — don’t forget to accessorize it right to get the most out of it.
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A KitchenAid stand mixer is a Swiss Army knife of kitchen tools, with the ability to morph from a mixer to a spiralizer and sausage maker. To celebrate its versatility, we took a close look at all 14 (yup, 14) existing attachments, many of which are must-haves depending on your cooking, baking and prepping needs. It's important to note that the right attachments for you are not only determined by your needs but also by which stand mixer you have. For a guide to what the differences are, check out our complete guide to all the different KitchenAid stand mixers.
Things to Consider When Buying KitchenAid Attachments
While the primary use for your stand mixer is mixing, using it to its full potential is a great way to save space in your kitchen. KitchenAid sells countertop appliances separately, but if you have a small kitchen or are tight on space, having the ability to turn your mixer into anything from a pasta maker to a meat grinder with the quick addition of an attachment can help. There are multiple types of attachments for each function, so it's important to know what exactly you're looking for.
Pasta and Grain Attachments
When picking a pasta attachment for your stand mixer, you'll want to think beyond your ability to roll our the dough evenly (which is important and does require a specific attachment!). You'll also have to consider what types of pasta you're planning to make, including spaghetti, fettuccine, ravioli and capellini, since each size and style of noodle requires a different attachment. You can also opt for a pasta press, which makes macaroni, fusilli, rigatoni and more in one attachment. We recommend starting with the style you make most often and building your collection from there.
For a baker who is looking to get precise with their craft, the grain mill and sifter and scale attachments, which sift and weigh ingredients like flour, baking powder and granulated sugar, and process grains including wheat, oats and corn, are great for enhancing the use of your stand mixer.
The two juicer options from KitchenAid come at drastically different prices and functions. If you're looking for an inexpensive way to juice oranges, the citrus juicer is a good option. For an experience closer to a standalone juicer that can juice whole produce and churn out sauces and jams, the masticating juicer and sauce attachment is a good investment.
Fresh Prep Attachments
Similarly to pasta attachments, each of these attachments peel or chop vegetables in different sizes and styles. Options including a sheet cutter for dishes like carb-free lasagna noodles, a slicer and shredder for quick-slicing vegetables and a spiralizer for noodles. There are also slicers and shredders for foods like cheese and larger food processors for handling slicing and dicing all types of ingredients.
If you're a fan of making ice cream at home but can't afford the space taken up by an ice cream machine, this attachment is a great solution for making dessert at home — and is one of the best on the market. Another bowl attachment is the bread bowl, which is oven-safe up to 500 degrees F.
The grinder attachment options include metal and plastic food grinders, sausage stuffer kits and fruit and vegetable strainer sets. Grinders are great if you're looking to make your own sausage, meatballs or burgers at home.
This is one of KitchenAid’s newest additions, and it’s definitely a keeper. A battery-operated digital scale measures up to 4 cups of dry ingredients, then sifts them directly into the bowl of your stand mixer — no more endless tamping and floury fingerprints all over the kitchen. If you want, you can remove the sifter and/or the scale, which comes with its own scale plate.
In this case, an accessory for your mixer is likely the more expensive option than a standalone machine — because most standalone spiralizers are cheaply made, single-use plastic gadgets. This is all steel, which means tackling dense produce is no problem (and the blades are dishwasher safe for easy clean up — love!). There’s a total of six blades, three sizes each of spiralizing and slicing, so you can make everything from angel-hair zoodles to curly sweet potato fries. But maybe the best part is the peeler, which makes short work of mashed potatoes and applesauce (it cores them, too). The peeler is less reliable than the other functions, though, and will occasionally miss spots.
Cheese graters work fine, but they are downright dangerous — not to mention, next to impossible to clean. This is one of the more affordable and more useful attachments KitchenAid makes. Three blades from fine to coarse make quick work of slaws, cheeses and has browns, with no risk to your digits. They’re all dishwasher safe, to the relief of sponges everywhere.
In addition to grinding your own hamburger meat, you can make custom combos for meatballs, like veal-pork-beef — not to mention, season and stuff your own sausage. This tool is both handy and affordable for midlevel meat enthusiasts. It attaches to the power hub of the mixer, uses zero counter space and operates smoothly, cranking out ground meat in the size of your choosing (fine, medium or large blades are included). It even comes apart easily for cleaning.
This attachment’s biggest flaw is its name. It won’t replace a food processor if you want pureeing or blending action, but when it comes to slicing and dicing, it’s magic. The adjustable slicing blade even lets you choose the thickness of your cut, and stands up to even firm produce like turnips. Chunky salsas, coleslaw, veggie medleys for soup or potatoes gratin are all a snap, and it even grates cheese. It’s most useful for bulk projects, like DIY pickles or canning, but doesn’t have the versatility of standalone food processors.
Double-dip junkies may get their money’s worth out of a higher-end, self-cooling machine that cranks out frozen treats at a moment’s notice. For the rest of us, freezer space may have to be compromised to accommodate the bowl — though most recipes call for chilling your mixture before churning anyway. You’re limited in batch size and stuck with one flavor at a time, and the paddle doesn’t always handle add-ins like cookie chunks as well as it could.
Everyone has the ingredients to make fresh pasta at home — the only thing keeping you from doing it is having the right tools and enough time. With these attachments, neither excuse holds water. The roller can be set to custom thickness (down to 3 millimeters) and you have both hands free to feed the pasta through since you don’t need to crank it by hand. The cutting blades save more time and ensure that your spaghetti or fettucine is perfectly uniform. Of KitchenAid’s different pasta attachments, this one is the most versatile.
At first glance this might seem like a one-trick pony, but it does more than just carb-free lasagna noodles. Sheeting vegetables like zucchini, sweet potatoes or squash gives you great alternatives for wrapping sandwich and burrito fillings, and you can do fancy apple rosettes for dessert. It’s also a kick to watch, although it does require produce of specific dimensions, and it leaves a lot of them behind (but you can easily repurpose those scraps in other dishes).
If you’ve moved on from DIY pasta to baking your own bread, congratulations! This is about to make your life easier and your bread bin way more diverse. Milling your own grains at home usually requires a clunky and pricy machine, but this attachment keeps things simple. Just feed wheat or other grains (corn works, too) into the top and get commercial baking-grade flour (depending on your KitchenAid model and how fine you want it, you may have to mill two to three times). The options are endless, and your breads, pancakes and baked goods will have more fiber than ever.
If you’ve got the KitchenAid 3-piece set, you can make the vast majority of fresh pasta shapes. If you want to get fancy, this attachment adds extruded pasta like bucatini, rigatoni, fusilli and macaroni to the mix. It works well and is easy to use, but just how much use you’ll get out of it depends on how many different pasta dishes you eat on the reg.
This is KitchenAid’s most-specialized attachment, and it’s really for the pasta-obsessive. It’s operated by hand cranking and works like this: Sheets of dough go in, then you add your desired filling, and perfect little pasta pillows come out (they’re even perforated to break apart easily). Simple, just not for everyone.
Dedicated juicers can get really expensive, so if you’re dabbling, or in it to save money by juicing at home, this is the way to go. It’s also got one feature most machines don’t: the ability to choose your own pulpiness via three different-sized filters. (It also makes decent tomato sauce without a food mill.) The downsides: It may not be as rugged as pricier juicers, and it has a lot of assembly required, which means many parts to clean.
Hand reamers will get your citrus juiced, and they’re definitely cheaper, but you never really feel like you’re getting the last drop out, and it’s tedious if you want any amount more substantial than an 8-ounce glass. This attachment will handle bulk, but it’s not perfect: The sideways positioning of the reamer means juice tends to run down your arm, and you may need a strainer to catch runaway seeds.