The inconveniences of scraping the beater and the bowl or removing the bowl in a bowl-lift mixer OR the extra height of a tilt-head when you tilt the head back are relatively minor problems. With time, you get used to these ‘inconveniences’. The deciding factors are ‘power’ and ‘volume’.
Q: I’m shopping for a KitchenAid stand mixer and I’d like know The Kitchn community’s opinion of the tilt-head models versus the bowl-lift models. KitchenAid doesn’t seem to offer any information on the differences between them other than what’s obvious: one of them is taller with arms to hold the bowl, and one of them is shorter with a hinged head that tilts back.
Tilt Head or Bowl Lift. If you’ve been eye-balling mixers for any length of time, no doubt you’ve noticed the two main varieties: tilt head and bowl lift. What’s the difference? Just as the names imply, a tilt-head mixer’s head will tilt back, allowing the user to insert or remove mixing attachments. A bowl-lift model has a stationary motor housing.
Tilt head mixers require you to tilt or lift the hinged head of the mixer back to access the bowl, while the bowl lift mixer uses a lever that smoothly raises the bowl up to meet the mixing attachment.
Bowl Lift Stand Mixers. Bowl lift mixers, on the other hand, have a fixed head as opposed to a tilting head. Unlike the tilting head mixers, the bowl of the bowl lift mixer is held by two clamps and attached to a crank, which you turn either to lift or lower the bowl.
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