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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.
Functionality If you haven’t explored the variety of KitchenAid attachments available, you’re likely to be blown away. Beyond beating your cake batter, there are attachments that function as homemade pasta makers, ice cream makers, and even one to help you simmer soup. The types of food you cook—and how often you cook—should help you narrow down your choices.
Ease of use In general, KitchenAid attachments are pretty simple to use, but some take a bit of know-how, and some are easier to clean than others. Consider how often you’re likely to use the attachment. Also, not all attachments work with all models, so make sure the ones you choose are compatible with your KitchenAid machine.
Price When considering a KitchenAid attachment, you may want to compare its price to the price of a stand-alone product that does the same job. Also, consider the storage options and needs for both, as well as ease of use and quality, to determine the real value.