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For many home cooks, the KitchenAid stand mixer is their most valued possession. With KitchenAid attachments, the dough-kneading and egg-white-whipping workhorse can turn into a pasta maker, food processor, meat grinder, and more. There are 16 attachments that connect through the mixer’s front port, as well as other accessories like ice cream bowls and pastry beaters.
We tested five popular attachments to see how well they performed their specific functions and how easy they were to use, clean, and store. Since most are versions of standalone kitchen appliances, we also considered why one might buy a KitchenAid attachment instead.
One thing we noticed about all the attachments is that you need at least a foot of space directly in front of and above your stand mixer. The attachments slot into the port in front of your mixer and extend upwards or outwards.
To put these attachments to the test, we ground two pounds of meat, made fresh spaghetti and fettuccine, shred enough carrots to make family-style coleslaw, and more.
Here are the five KitchenAid attachments we tested in 2022
KitchenAid Pasta Roller and Cutter Set, $ 199 available on Amazon
Making pasta from scratch is a lot easier with the KitchenAid pasta roller and cutter attachment, rolling even pasta sheets and noodles with minimal effort.
KitchenAid Spiralizer, $ 79 available on Amazon
Switch up how you cook produce with the KitchenAid Spiralizer attachment – the blades easily pass through zucchini, apples, and more.
KitchenAid Fresh Prep Slicer / Shredder, $ 49 available on Amazon
The KitchenAid Shredder / Slicer Attachment is a solid option for low volume and occasional shredding, but go with a food processor if you’re looking for greater efficiency and capacity.
KitchenAid Metal Food Grinder, $ 79 available on KitchenAid
If you’re new to grinding meat, the KitchenAid attachment is easy to set up and clean and provides an even grind.
KitchenAid Sifter + Scale, $ 109 available on KitchenAid
Everyone likes a two-for-one deal, and this KitchenAid attachment gives you a functional kitchen scale and hands-free sifter in one package.