by Amy Jorgensen
Not only are KitchenAid appliances well made and long lasting, they are also great looking. When choosing small appliances for your kitchen, why not opt for the best-looking ones -- especially when they also have the best quality? KitchenAid appliances perform well even in high-pressure cooking situations, such as Thanksgiving dinner. Here are some facts about Kitchenaid that will help guide you as you explore their line of quality appliances, including stand mixers, food processors, induction cooktops, and more.
History: In 1919, KitchenAid trademarked their brand and introduced the stand mixer. Known as H-5, this stand mixer was the first of its kind available for home kitchens. Most stand mixers were found in bakeries, restaurants, and professional cooking facilities. By 1946, the brand had expanded to include dishwashers. Over the next 90 years, the lineup of products grew to include refrigerators, ovens, and small appliances.
Stand mixers: As the first product launched by KitchenAid, the stand mixer has continued to be its signature appliance. As of 2009, 16 different models were available, including the Commercial 5 series and the Classic Series. Since 1955, the stand mixers have been available in many different colors. The Professional 5 Plus series is available in nine different colors, including chrome, red, and blue.
Countertop appliances: Along with the stand mixer, KitchenAid manufactures a number of different types of countertop appliances. These products include coffee makers, toasters, hand mixers, food processors, slow cookers, waffle makers, immersion blenders, and microwaves. The company also manufactures 10 different models of blenders.
Large appliances: Although best known for their smaller appliances, KitchenAid also has lines of large appliances, including 13 models of dishwashers. Several of these models are available in multiple colors, as well. The company also makes refrigerators, including under-counter, drawer, and free-standing units. KitchenAid ovens, stove tops, and induction cooktops are also available.
Outdoor appliances: KitchenAid only makes appliances for your kitchen, but many people now have a second kitchen outside. KitchenAid has responded by creating a full line of outdoor appliances, including freestanding grills and all the pieces you would need for a built-in second kitchen.
Breast cancer donations: In addition to offering a wide range of appliances in beautiful colors, KitchenAid also offers some models in pink to support breast cancer research. Hand mixers, toasters, blenders, a stand mixer, and other countertop appliances are available in pink. With each purchase and product registration, KitchenAid donates a portion of the purchase price to the Susan G. Komen foundation.