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One of the trickiest parts about making pasta is rolling it evenly so you end up with noodles that are all the same thickness. The pasta roller makes that simple. Like many of the mixer’s attachments, it hooks into the motor through the knob on the head of the mixer. It also takes a lot of the work out of the process, since you just need to feed the pasta into the roller and catch it on the other side. Flat sheets are great for making lasagna noodles or filled pasta like ravioli, but the set also comes with cutters for thin and thick noodles, so you don’t have to cut the pasta by hand. The pasta can be cooked fresh, or you can dry or freeze it for later use.
Making ice cream at home is fun, and it allows you to customize the flavors to fit your family’s taste. But since ice cream is a seasonal treat, and stand-alone ice cream makers take a bit of space, you might be reluctant to invest in one. The KitchenAid ice cream maker consists of a freezer bowl that can live in your freezer when it’s not in use, and a paddle that attaches to the mixer to stir the ice cream as it freezes. The bowl fits directly onto the arms of the bowl-lift models, and there’s an adapter included to make the bowl work on tilt-head models. Like other freezer-bowl ice cream makers, this allows you to freeze one batch of ice cream at a time, before the bowl needs to go back into the freezer again.
If you love spiralized vegetables, adding a spiralizer to your KitchenAid stand mixer makes a lot of sense. Like other attachments, it connects to the hub, and it fits all current KitchenAid stand mixer models.
This comes with four blades (two slicing and two spiralizing) that swap in and out easily, and a peeling blade can be used at the same time, or just peel without slicing or spiralizing – great for peeling lots of potatoes. All of the blades are top-rack dishwasher safe, and all of the parts store neatly in the included storage case.
Unlike other attachments, this one doesn’t add any functions to your stand mixer, but it does make mixing more efficient. The soft rubbery edge scrapes the sides of the bowl as you mix, so you won’t need to stop during mixing to make sure everything is well combined. This shouldn’t be used to mix thick batters with hard ingredients that could damage the rubber edge, like cookie dough with nuts. This beater fits the tilt-head mixers, but you can also get one for bowl-lift style mixers here.
Homemade pasta is easier with this pasta press that fits any current KitchenAid stand mixer model. It uses the mixer’s power hub to squeeze pasta dough through one of the six included dies to make pasta shapes including spaghetti, bucatini, rigatoni, fusilli, large macaroni and small macaroni.
A built-in wire cutter lets you cut the pasta to your desired length, whether you want long strands of spaghetti, medium-length rigatoni, or super-short pasta rings for soup.
Along with the disks, this also includes a pusher for sending dough through the press, and a cleaning tool. While the description says this includes a storage case, consumers have reported that it comes in a box, but there is no case.
The precise heat bowl can be used while attached to the stand mixer, so you can beat or whip or knead ingredients while keeping them at a precise temperature or while heating gently. You can also use it separate from the mixer, as a slow cooker. This heats from 70 to 220 degrees Fahrenheit, making it ideal for making custards or yogurt, for proofing bread, for simmering soups, or for perfectly tempering chocolate. It has a digital readout and a timer, and a glass lid for use off the mixer.
While this isn’t an essential item, it’s great for cooking foods that require a very precise temperature or when you want to hold a temperature for a long period of time. It’s also more convenient than using a double boiler on the stove, since you don’t need to check the temperature with a thermometer—the bowl does it for you. There are two different models; this one fits tilt-head mixers and the other fits bowl-lift mixers.
While this style of processor won't work for some tasks, such as mixing biscuit dough or prepping pesto, it more than makes up for that with its abilities to slice, dice, shred, and julienne. The versatile accessory comes with a commercial-style dicing kit so you quickly chop veggies—and in the size of your choice thanks to the ExactSlice System, which you can adjust using a lever on the side of the unit.
This attachment is quite large and may be challenging for some to store, but it mounts easily onto the stand mixer's power hub, and a storage case keeps the different discs organized and protected. Reviewers rave about the ease and speed with which they are able to cut ingredients for recipes. Simply feed produce or cheese into the tube and safely push it down with the included plunger.
The Ultimate KitchenAid Attachments Buying Guide
KitchenAid stand mixers are, first and foremost, powerful mixers, making baking projects infinitely easier than mixing by hand. This benefit alone makes having a stand mixer worth the investment. But no matter which KitchenAid you have, your machine is built to do so much more than just mix.
The KitchenAid power hub connector at the top front of every mixer connects to dozens of different appliance attachments, including pasta makers, juicers, shredders, spiralizers, grinders, and food processors. Different machines may use different attachment styles, so double-check your machine compatibility before purchasing.
If you’re looking for a few more small appliances to add to your cooking repertoire but don’t have the space for larger tabletop machines—or if you just geek out over kitchen gadgets (no judgment)—this complete guide to KitchenAid’s stand mixer attachments is for you.
Types of Attachments
Pasta Rollers, Cutters, and Presses
Pasta sheet roller: Unless you’ve had decades of practice learning from an experienced Italian nonna, you’re probably not going to be able to roll out perfectly thin and even sheets of pasta with much ease. This is exactly why the pasta sheet roller is one of the most popular mixer attachments for both home and professional cooks.
With eight thickness settings, the pasta sheet roller attachment accommodates your roughly rolled dough and sheets it to your desired thickness. At a maximum width of 6 inches, the pasta sheets are perfect for lasagna sheets or ready for cutting into noodles or ravioli.
While some people are comfortable slicing their pasta dough into noodles by hand, KitchenAid also provides pasta cutter attachments in four different widths that make slicing your pasta consistent and efficient. The cutters work the same way as the sheeter (and require pre-sheeted dough). The downside is that the different widths are not sold individually, but rather as part of different sets—which can get expensive if you don’t plan ahead for which pieces you’d like to use.
Two-piece set: Includes a medium-large-width lasagnette and very small capellini cutter.
Three-piece set: Includes the pasta sheet roller as well as a small spaghetti and medium-width fettuccine cutter.
Five-piece deluxe set: Includes the pasta sheet roller and all four pasta cutters.
1-inch ravioli maker: The ravioli maker plugs into the hub of your KitchenAid for stability, but is a hand-cranked machine. Using pre-sheeted pasta dough, the ravioli maker attachment creates pockets of whatever filling you place in the filling hopper, pressing and scoring the dough around the pockets into consistent ravioli shapes. Reviews of the ravioli maker are mixed, with some praising the convenience of the machine filling the pasta, and others mentioning that traditional ravioli presses are just as convenient for a fraction of the price.
Gourmet pasta press attachment: Extruded pasta is a different ballgame. Instead of sheeted pasta cut into noodles, pasta dough is pressed through a patterned die to create noodle shapes (similar to spritz cookie presses). The gourmet pasta press attachment comes with six discs that extrude pasta into round spaghetti, bucatini, rigatoni, fusilli, and large and small macaroni shapes. Pasta dough is pressed through the top feeder and then cut with a wirecutter at the base when it has reached the desired length. If you’ve never made extruded pasta before, you’ll likely get the hang of feeding and cutting the dough quickly.
KitchenAid makes two grinder attachments: one heavy-duty all-metal set with extras, and one mostly plastic grinder made for light- to medium-duty home use. Grinders are great for those interested in making their own sausages, chorizo, or even easily grinding hard cheeses, vegetables for salsa, and quick breadcrumbs.
Metal food grinder: This kit includes three sizes of grinding plates, a larger detachable food tray, and a plunger, as well as two sizes of sausage stuffer attachments and a cleaning brush. The metal grinder attachment is meant to be refrigerated before and in between meat-grinding projects for cleaner grinding without melting the delicate fats in your meats.
Plastic food grinder: This grinder includes two grinder plates and is mostly dishwasher safe. An attachable sausage stuffer kit and a larger food tray are sold separately.
Fruit and vegetable strainer set with food grinder: The same plastic food grinder set with two grinding plates as listed above, with an additional fruit and vegetable strainer is attached to the front to help process ingredients for soups, sauces, chutneys, and jams.
Citrus juicer attachment: KitchenAid makes two styles of juicers for different juicing intensities and budgets. On the lower end of the price spectrum in a classic reamer-style citrus juicer attachment, making juicing a quart of fresh orange juice for breakfast a breeze compared to a hand juicer.
Masticating juicer and sauce attachment: The masticating juicer is an impressive attachment to the KitchenAid for those interested in the powerful juicing options it offers without buying a standalone juicer. Price-wise, it can be comparable to low-end standalone juicer models, but it takes up less storage space overall. Some reviewers mention that your juice will need to be strained again if you’re looking for a completely pulp-free final product.
Food processor attachments: KitchenAid makes two food processor attachments for the stand mixer, but these aren’t your typical single-blade food processors meant for just chopping nuts. These are smaller versions of commercial types of food processors that include disks for slicing, julienning, and shredding as well. The upgraded model includes a dicing kit and a carrying case for the disks. If you start with the base model attachment and find that you want to use the dicing kit and disk case, KitchenAid offers them separately to complete your collection.
While generally not as powerful as other standalone food processors on the market, most users love it for its convenience and range of uses while taking up so little space.
Peelers & Spiralizer Attachments
Vegetable sheet peeler: Think pasta sheeter attachment but for vegetables and apples. If you’re interested in a veggie sheet lasagna, veggie wraps, or creative pastry applications, the vegetable sheet peeler will churn out smooth sheets that would otherwise be next to impossible to make by hand.
Noodle blade accessory: Just like the pasta cutter attachments, the noodle blade accessory is here to slice your beautifully sheeted vegetables into noodle shapes. It must be used in conjunction with the vegetable sheet peeler attachment.
Five-blade and seven-blade spiralizer: These spiralizer attachments will produce the long vegetable tendrils you love for veggie pasta and fresh salads, and they include a peeler blade to make quick work of those apple and potato skins that would otherwise slow your cooking down. The peeler attachment can be used in conjunction with the slicing blades for efficient prep. The five-blade set includes two slicing blades, two spiralizing blades, and the peeling blade. The seven-blade set includes an additional slicing and spiralizing blade, which can be purchased separately if you decide to start with the five-blade model.
Fresh prep slicer/shredder: Shredding carrots for carrot cake? Cheese for a Super Bowl’s worth of nachos? Or pounds of potatoes to serve latkes to the whole family? Give your arm a break, put the box grater and mandolin away, and let the slicer/shredder do the work for you. The large and small grating attachments, as well as the slicer attachment, do all of the same work, with next to none of the effort.
Grain Mill Attachment
Grain mill: This one’s for the serious bread bakers and exploratory pastry cooks out there. The KitchenAid grain mill attachment is easier to use than a hand-cranked grain mill and much less expensive than other standalone grain mills that can easily cost double the $150 price tag of this attachment.
KitchenAid claims that the grain mill will process low-moisture and low-oil grains such as wheat, oats, corn, and rice—in textures ranging from “cracked” to extra-fine.
Scale and sifter: This attachment aims to streamline the baking process by scaling and sifting dry ingredients like flour, granulated sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda directly into your KitchenAid mixing bowl. Most reviewers love using it, but some were turned off by the large price tag—and others found it more tedious to use than typical scaling.
These attachments aren’t built for the power hub connection but instead are specialty mixing bowls that heat or freeze, using your stand mixer to keep the contents of the bowl moving.
Ice cream maker bowl: Spinning up to 2 quarts of ice cream or sorbet in 20 to 30 minutes, the ice cream maker bowl is a convenient and space-saving ice cream making solution for those who enjoy making ice cream periodically at home. The bowl freezes for 24 hours and can be attached to either head-tilt or bowl-lift style machines (but unfortunately it isn’t compatible with the Artisan Mini mixer). Once assembled, the special paddle attachment spins your ice cream base until it's soft, aerated, and chilled. To completely freeze your ice cream, it may need to finish chilling in the freezer for an hour or two.
Because the bowl must be completely frozen before churning, you’ll only be able to spin one ice cream at a time—allowing the bowl to refreeze after washing and between uses. Depending on how often you use the ice cream bowl, you may choose to store the bowl in the freezer so it’s ready whenever you are.
Precise heat mixing bowl: This incredibly precise heated bowl can be attached to your KitchenAid mixer, but it also works as a standalone heating bowl. You may think that’s mighty fancy for fondue, but this bowl was designed and engineered for more complex and precise projects, including proofing bread and tempering chocolate. With a max temperature of 220 degrees, you can also slow-cook foods over several hours and heat delicate sauces like Béarnaise without risking scorching them on the stovetop.
The popularity of KitchenAid attachments has spawned several compatible off-brand products, including a whole slew of pasta sheeters and cutters, as well as grinders, slicers, and shredders. KitchenAid makes the most comprehensive and reliable attachments for their stand mixers, but other brands have developed attachments that are occasionally lower-priced or have slightly different features from the name-brand attachments.
Most KitchenAid attachments don’t come cheap. If price is a major consideration when looking for an additional piece of equipment, it’s a good idea to compare the attachment you’re interested in with other standalone machines that do the same job. Many times, you may find a separate machine that costs less than the attachment, but you might sacrifice convenience, craftsmanship, or possibly storage space—all good things to consider when judging the overall value of your equipment.
Several major retailers also provide discounts on KitchenAid products, including attachments, throughout the year, and with special coupon offers.
All of the KitchenAid attachments come with a one-year hassle-free warranty. The warranty covers any out-of-the-box defects (which happen—so keep your receipts), as well as malfunction during proper use. The warranties do not cover your machine if it’s been used outside of the home environment or shows signs of misuse; in some cases, they don't cover additional parts for repairs.
When looking to purchase an attachment, also consider the return policy of the vendor you’re buying it from. Some stores have a flexible return policy and will replace an attachment if it isn’t working properly, without involving the manufacturer directly.
When it comes to cleaning your attachments, every piece is cleaned differently. Some attachments, like the pasta sheeter and cutters, are very delicate and need to be cleaned entirely by hand, with no more water than a damp cloth. Other pieces can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Some attachments will need to be disassembled and washed partially by hand. Refer to the user manual for exact cleaning instructions.
The biggest thing to remember when using any KitchenAid attachment is that it’s an attachment, not a fully-functioning standalone machine. Sometimes that means you’ll need to work at a slower speed, cut your veggies a little smaller for processing, or temper your expectations based on what it can produce. The price tag reflects the quality craftsmanship you’ll find with KitchenAid products, but also the convenience of having a multi-functional tool. Mindful use will allow you to express your creative ideas in the kitchen with a variety of handy tools.