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.
A KitchenAid stand mixer is the Swiss Army knife of kitchen tools, with the ability to morph from bread kneader and cake mixer to spiralizer and sausage maker. To celebrate its versatility, we took a close look at all 14 (yup, 14) existing attachments, and 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 determinded 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.
Why You Should Consider 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 separatlely, 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.
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.