KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in 24 retro colors

retro color mixerTalking recently about vintage Sunbeam mixers, reader Gary suggested using caution with well-used estate sale mixers, warning:

Often use and age have diminished or worn away the laminents on the motor’s rotor assembly. Oil also often migrates to contact parts too. The result is a burning or oily smell when the item is powered up.

At the same time Gary offered up a beautiful alternative for a stand mixer made today in a rainbow of retro colors:

Martha Stewart brought back great vintage kitchen colors like turquoise, jade and pink in her Artisan 325-watt KitchenAid mixer line. Everything is new, looks great and runs without issue.

Yup, the Kitchen Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer is one nice looking hunka hunka steel.

It’s available in 24 retro colors — surely one to match your retro kitchen style.  The very firs image shown is Cobalt — a doppelganger for my 2012 Color of the Year, Bitossi Rimini Blu. Such a regal color. But oh my, all these colors — and there are more, you can see them all on Amazon — are gorgeous. Valentine’s Day, anyone?


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  1. Melanie says

    I lost one kitchen aide in a divorce and it took me over nine years to decide I wanted another one. I think you have to do a LOT of baking to justify spending that amount of money on a mixer. I’ve burned up 4 hand held mixers, and two sunbeams, all for a lot less money than I’ve spent on my kitchen aides.

    That said, this summer, when I burnt up the new model sunbeam, I bit the bullet and bought a kitchen aid again. I an order for wedding cake coming up and didn’t want to deal with mixer issues anymore. This one is basic black. It goes with my vintage aluminum and black West Bend canisters.

    • says

      Oh my gosh, this made me smile. The KitchenAid mixer was one of the most contentious items in my divorce. I thought we were crazy (well, we were…), but I just was not going to let it go! Glad you got yourself a new one. Things can carry so much symbolic weight.

      • says

        Also recently divorced here and know exactly what you mean! I bought a cobalt blue Kitchenaid about seven years ago with birthday money. I’m glad we were able to work out a “custody agreement” so it could stay in my kitchen! 🙂

  2. Vanessa says

    I have the cobalt one, I got it in 1995 when they first reintroduced color mixers, I don’t remember their being very many choices, now I wish I had a softer or brighter color, but it’s fine, works wonderfully and has made many batches of bread, cakes and cookies over the years. 🙂

    Pam, I hope you don’t mind me posting a link but there is an artist I ran across online that paints Kitchen Aid mixers and they are AMAZING!!!! (she actually works in the next town over from me, so I really want to see her studio!!!) Check out her gallery. Dreamy stuff there!!

      • pam kueber says

        haha, I have to correct my posts all the time. Published “are” instead of “our” in one of my stories today. We all need editors… especially in today’s lightning speed-paced whirled (sic).

  3. teresa says

    We studied the color options, and had favorites (pistachio! Tangerine!) but stuck with basic black as it matches the countertop and blends into the backsplash. On its first use, hubby and daughter made brownies from scratch and pink-tinted whipped cream for my birthday.

  4. Annie B. says

    I’m on a tear for the “pear”!

    Wouldn’t a mixer in pear look great in Suzann’s bungalow kitchen makeover?

  5. 75Heather says

    I watched and watched and watched for a good sale price on a Kitchenaide the year before last and finally pounced when the aqua one went on sale on Amazon. I absolutely love it!!

  6. gsciencechick says

    DH bought one in Ice for Christmas. Full disclosure, he is also interested in using the meat grinder and sausage stuffer attachments, so it was really a gift for “us”. I’m not a huge baker such as for Christmas, but I made pizza dough, and it was awesome. We could not decide between Ice and the Cobalt, but we have a Big Chill in Beach Blue, so clearly we made the right decision here.

  7. Lynne says

    We have a ho- hum white one. I wish these mixers had a clear glass mixing bowl, so I could see what’s going on. It never fails, just when I think everything is all well combined, I find UNmixed dry flour or cocoa when I pour the batter into the pans.

    • peggy says

      Dear Lynne and readers, I found very early on,to always place my wet ingredients in the mixing bowl first. That way you don’t end up with un -mixed product sticking to the bottom or sides of your bowl after mixing. Just scrape w/ spatula and mix until completely done. Saves a lot of time.

  8. says

    I have a white one given as a gift from my parents at least 10 years ago. When all the great colors started coming out, I lusted after many of them. Now, however, after all the great commenting about what’s timeless and classic, I have a new appreciation for my white one. These mixers are too expensive to swap out for color, and my white one will look good no matter what color my kitchen is.

  9. Marion Powell says

    My kids bought me an Empire Red Artisan for Christmas. I still have my mom’s from 1969. My daughter said she wants that one when she’s on her own. It will probably last through my grandchildren. ItS one hunk a machine.

  10. Valerie says

    A great place to get a good deal on the KA mixer’s is on their online shop. Got my mom a fabulous apple red one the other year for Christmas and paid under $200. They are factory refurbished and I swear that stuff often works better, b/c they do so many quality control checks on them the second time round. She bakes A LOT and hasn’t had any problems with it. I really had to “stalk” the website until they had an apple red one for sale, so you do have to patient when looking for a specific color.

  11. AnnieP625 says

    I bought the Pistaschio Green in April, 2006 and I still love it almost 6 yrs. later. It is a great machine and I have never had a problem with it. I swear I was cursed when making sugar cookies until I got this mixer. I replaced my vintage Sunbeam mixer with this one and have not looked back!

  12. Amy Bullock says

    I am looking earnestly for a Kitchenaid in Jadite Green… I believe it used to be called ‘seacrest’ green. If anyone knows where/how I could obtain one in this color I would be so grateful. The pistachio is too green, and Martha Stewart’s aqua is too blue. The one I have seen(though rarely) is a true green/blue color. It looks like a color out of the movie Gidget;)
    Any ideas – give me a shout!
    Love Kitchenaid 🙂

    • Amy says

      I have one in Seacrest Green. It took me many years to find it. I was lucky because it popped up on eBay. I love the color!

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