Over the years, the most popular Kitchenaid food processor has been the Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer collection. It’s one of the most versatile food processors you can have in your kitchen, with its uniquely styled, retro design that blends into any kitchen. Before you start reading our food processor reviews make a list of features you require.
The Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer collection has one of the widest choice of colours that covers everything from candy apple, ice blue, and raspberry red.
With the K55SS model, you don’t have all those cool colours to select from, but what you do get is the same classic retro design, that’s finished in a neutral white. A colour that’s ideal for any kitchen décor.
The retro design is one that will have your Kitchenaid food processor, taking a proud presence on your kitchen worktops, adding a stylish appliance to your surroundings.
That’s all well and good, but how does it stack up, in comparison with the Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer.
Here’s the contents you get with the K55SS Model
- 1 x Mixer
- 1 x Dough hook
- 1 x Whisk
- 1 x Flat beater
- 1 x Instruction book
Comparison of the contents Artisan
- The mixer bowl
You’ll be sacrificing a 0.8 litre capacity in the mixer bowl here. No big deal, although some people may feel that’s a negative, but in all serious, how much capacity do you actually need?
You’re still getting a huge 4-litre capacity mixer bowl with the K55SS Kitchenaid food processor. The Artisan food mixer gives you the 4.8 litre mixer bowl, so that’s not really going to be a negative for the K55SS processor. It’s still a vast amount larger than most other food processors on the market.
To top that, the K55SS food processor from Kitchenaid, comes with the added advantage of the tilt head technology, making it easier to access the bowl and check your mixtures. Perfect for when you’re using it to knead your dough, for a freshly baked loaf of bread, or putting together a fruit smoothie. It lets you check the consistency with ease.
That’s better than the Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer
- The dough hook
As with all Kitchenaid products, they’re manufactured with solid die-cast metal, so there’s no change to the dough hook between the two food processors. Both are solidly built to last for years.
It’s the same with the whisk and the flat beater, which comes with the food processor. Solid die-cast metal construction, so you’re not compromising anything on the parts for the machines, by swapping for plastic attachments.
- Instruction book
You’re still dealing with the Kitchenaid brand and they take a simplistic approach to their instructions and leave nothing to guess. Everything’s laid out in an easy to understand fashion, helping you get the most out of your Kitchenaid food processor. Regardless the model you use.
The technical details for the K55SS Kitchenaid Food Processor
- Direct drive motor with 10 speeds
- Unique planetary action
- Tilt mixer head
- Beater, wire whisk, dough hook
- 4 Litre bowl
Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer Technical Details
- 4.8 litre polished stainless steel bowl, flat beater, dough hook, whisk and pouring shield.
- 5 year guarantee on manufacturer’s parts and labour
- Accessories available to order
- Dimensions approximately: 36cm high, 36cm deep, 22cm wide
When you compare the two tech specs together, it’s easier to see what the differences are. The Artisan food mixer comes with options to purchase additional attachments separately, and they offer a longer guarantee.
Perhaps that’s the why the price difference. The K55SS Kitchenaid food processor has a standard 1-year guarantee.
The key differences between the Artisan and the K55SS models
The motor is slightly more powerful on the Artisan model and the colour choice is only the neutral white on the K55SS. The mixer bowl is 4.8 on the Artisan Mixer, and 4-litre capacity on the K55SS model.
The only drawback for the K55SS Kitchenaid food processor is the price. It’s a lot cheaper to buy it in the states, than it is in the UK. For a British company, it’s understandable why this frustrates people. That said though, a lot of electrical appliances are cheaper abroad than the UK.
Between the 2 models though, if you have the 2 side by side, the only key difference is the colour and the bowl size. It’s certainly nothing that would warrant the extra expense, when you can get the same excellent sturdy, reliable, uniquely designed retro look food processor for a lot less. If you’re looking for a Kitchenaid food processor, like the Artisan, then it’s be a shame to dismiss the K545SS. You could save yourself a pretty penny without sacrificing on quality and even get your pound to go further, with some of the additional benefits the K55SS Kitchenaid food processor gives you.