If a KitchenAid mixer is your own personal culinary workhorse, KitchenAid mixer attachments are next-level ways to do a lot more in the kitchen in less time and with less effort.

Not only can you cut time-consuming tasks (like kneading dough) in half, but KitchenAid mixer attachments also allow you to kick your feet up and sip green tea while the machine does all the work.

But is the cost of new attachments worth the time you’ll save? And are you actually saving money buying a new mixer that comes with a fancy attachment you really want — like a pasta maker? Good news! I got to the bottom of all of this so you don’t have to.

Read on to find out how to save money on KitchenAid attachments, which attachments are worth it, and which you could totally skip. Next, download the KCL app so we can tell you when we see deals on KitchenAid mixers and attachments!

 

1. All KitchenAid mixers come with three (sometimes four) attachments.

Depending on the model of mixer you have, you’ll have three or four attachments already.

Artisan and Professional series mixers come with three beaters and a pouring shield. Classic and Pro series come with three beaters but no pouring shield.

 

2. Upgrade your KitchenAid paddle attachment to a flex beater.

The only attachment worth upgrading after you buy a mixer is the flex beater, because it acts as a spatula as it stirs — worth the extra $19 to avoid stopping constantly to scrape down the sides of your bowl.

 

3. KitchenAid mixer and attachment bundles are only cheaper if you can’t find a mixer on sale.

Will you save more money if you buy a KitchenAid mixer that comes with an attachment you really want like a pasta set? Or is it cheaper to buy the attachment separately?

It’s always going to be cheaper to buy the mixer and attachments separately as long as you can find a KitchenAid mixer deal, allowing you to save at least 50% on a mixer. Don’t worry, these deals are common — you can usually find one about once a month and more often during the holidays when you shop stores like Kohl’s or Target.

In the event you cannot find a KitchenAid mixer on sale at all, go ahead and buy the bundle set.

Here are some examples of how the prices break down. Notice how the savings are steeper depending on the attachments. In the last example, the KitchenAid mixer and spiralizer attachment bundle is an exclusive product, so you can’t recreate it exactly. I’ve gotten as close as possible with a comparison to the mixer plus five blades, instead of the six you’d get if you buy the bundle. You can decide if that extra blade is worth the $189.99 difference in price.

Artisan 5-quart KitchenAid mixer: (reg. $379.99) $279.99, sale price
KitchenAid pasta attachments: $94.99, regular price
Final Price: $374.98
Artisan 5-quart KitchenAid mixer: (reg. $379.99) $279.99, sale price
KitchenAid slicer/shredder attachment: $49.99, regular price
Final Price: $329.99
Professional 6-quart KitchenAid mixer: (reg. $499.99) $329.99, sale price
KitchenAid spiralizer with three peel, core and slice blades: (reg. $99.99) 74.99, sale price
KitchenAid spiralizer thin blade set (two blades): (reg. $29.99) $24.99, sale price
Final Price: $429.99

 

 

4. Looking for a KitchenAid pasta attachment? Skip the pasta cutter and save.

Bypass the pasta cutter completely and go with just the pasta roller for $59.99. The pasta roller and cutter attachment is $94.99, so you’ll save an extra $35 when you go this route.

Rolling out the pasta dough so it’s thin enough is the most challenging step of pasta making, so a roller makes sense. After that, cut your pasta with a knife or pizza cutter to save money.

 

 

5. How do I know which KitchenAid attachments fit my mixer?

Any KitchenAid attachment that plugs into the power hub (the silver circle on the front of the mixer) will fit any KitchenAid model from the last 80 years. This is a majority of the KitchenAid attachments on the market.

Here are all the power-hub attachments that will fit any model:

Here are the attachments that need to fit your mixer model because they take the place of or need to fit the bowl:

 

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6. Use less expensive, generic attachments only if your mixer is over a year old.

If you find a cheaper non-KitchenAid brand attachment that’s compatible with your mixer, don’t use it for the first year you have your KitchenAid mixer, because you’ll void your mixer’s warranty. You don’t want this, because KitchenAid promises to replace your mixer if it fails to work properly during the first year — a great warranty!

After the first year, it’s up to you how much risk you’re comfortable with. If your mixer breaks, you’d be paying to repair or replace it anyway. I’ve had my KitchenAid mixer for 15 years, and I’m more likely to go for a generic attachment since my mixer is so old anyway.

All KitchenAid attachments come with their own one-year warranty too. Amazon is a great place to find generics. Here’s a price comparison of generic versus KitchenAid brand attachments:

Amazon

 

7. Use Kohl’s Cash to buy a KitchenAid meat grinder.

If you can find a KitchenAid attachment you want at Kohl’s, you should use Kohl’s Cash to buy it.

You cannot use coupons on KitchenAid brand items at Kohl’s, but you can still earn Kohl’s Cash when you purchase KitchenAid, and you can spend Kohl’s Cash in order to buy an attachment like the meat grinder.

If you have $40 in Kohl’s Cash on hand, the meat grinder would only cost you $10 out of pocket! This strategy works for any KitchenAid attachment you want to buy from Kohl’s.

 

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8. Buy a KitchenAid juicer attachment at BedBathandBeyond.com using a 20% off coupon.

Get 20% off Bed Bath & Beyond coupons by signing up for email, text alerts, or snail mail.

You can use this strategy to collect the KitchenAid attachments since Bed Bath & Beyond has a wide selection. For example, you can get a great price on the KitchenAid food processor attachment.

Buy 1 KitchenAid juicer and sauce attachment (reg. $179.99) $129.99, sale price
Use one Bed Bath & Beyond 20% off one item coupon
Final Price: $103.99

 

 

9. Are KitchenAid attachments worth it, or is it better to buy a separate appliance or gadget?

KitchenAid attachments are pretty spendy, in general. To save money, weigh the effort with the cost. Ask yourself a few questions: Would you rather save time or money? How often would you use the attachment?

For example, a traditional pasta roller and cutter is less than $30 at Walmart. That’s $60 in savings if you skip the KitchenAid version. And it’s not too much more effort to crank a handle in this case.

Or consider a manual spiralizer — for $22.99 on Amazon, you can get a 5-blade version. Depending on how often you make zoodles, consider if the extra $52 for the electric KitchenAid version is worth it to you.

On the other hand, you’ll find that some comparable appliances are much more expensive. For example, a Cuisinart Cool Creations Ice Cream Maker is $206.48 at Walmart, at the time of publication. You’ll save about $120 if you buy an ice cream attachment for your KitchenAid!

 

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11. Which KitchenAid attachments are worth it?

Here are the best KitchenAid attachments that get the highest ratings. I’ve already talked about a few of them, so I’ll keep it brief:

  • Pasta maker: Based on reviews, this is the all-time KitchenAid attachment favorite. Who doesn’t love easy, homemade pasta?
  • Food grinder: While this grinder can’t stand up to the demands a hunter might put on it, it’s perfect for grinding spices and steak together to make gourmet hamburgers.
  • Ice cream maker: An easy way to get homemade ice cream in 20 minutes. Cheaper than comparable ice cream makers.
  • Slicer/shredder: Buy this attachment instead of the food processor attachment and save $60. The only thing the food processor does that the slicer/shredder does not do is dice vegetables.
  • Citrus juicer: Sign me up for not having to hand-squeeze oranges in order to get hand-squeezed orange juice — worth $40 to me!

 

12. Which KitchenAid attachments are a waste of space?

Yes, you should totally skip certain KitchenAid attachments.

The best reasons to skip attachments I’ve listed above, but another factor is how much space these attachments take up in your kitchen versus the practicality.

Here’s a short list of bulkier KitchenAid attachments you could skip and why:

  • Precise heat mixing bowl: It serves one function exceptionally well — making tempered chocolate. KitchenAid’s marketing department would be quick to add that it can also make soups and fondue, but for the price ($249.99!), you might prefer to use a pot and a heat-resistant bowl (metal or Pyrex) that you have on hand on the stove and buy yourself a brand new KitchenAid mixer instead.
  • Sifter and scale: Unless you sift only white flour or powdered sugar, skip this attachment. It clogs frequently with heavier flours, like whole wheat flour; it’s noisy; and it makes your KitchenAid mixer shake. Buy a digital scale and sift your ingredients together with the wire whip attachment that comes with your mixer instead. You’ll save space and money. This digital kitchen scale is about the same length and width, but 10″ shorter than the KitchenAid attachment, plus it’s only $12.98.

 

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Foolproof Ways to Get a KitchenAid Mixer for Half Price

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How to Save on a KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker

 

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