Our Editors Are Obsessed With These KitchenAid Mixer Attachments
These attachments make us love this classic kitchen staple even more.
Most of us here at HGTV are homebodies. We like to decorate, of course. We’re obsessive about cleaning and organizing. We even do some gardening. But nothing makes us feel quite as domestic as baking a fresh batch of cookies or testing a new pie recipe. For that, we turn to our tried-and-true KitchenAid stand mixers.
And because we love a good hack, we don’t stop at just baking. Our editors have tricked out their KitchenAid mixers with clever attachments that expand the kitchen gadget’s use beyond mixing.
So, what’s our most-loved accessory? The ice cream maker. Perfect for making your own flavor creations and indulging on-a-whim cravings for ice cream or sorbet, the ice cream maker attachment earned lots of praise from our editors.
Liz Gray, Producer
"I have the ice cream maker attachment – it’s a freezable bowl that attaches to the KitchenAid mixer base. I’m not a fan of unitaskers (insert Alton Brown’s voice here) so I love that I can make ice cream to my heart’s content without having another huge appliance taking up precious cabinet space.
Beth Rucker, Digital Assets Manager
"We love ice cream, and the ice cream attachment has given me the chance to experiment with unusual flavors that you can’t find at the store. I love that it’s easy to use and clean up. And it keeps me from needing a separate appliance to make ice cream, which would take up more space in our kitchen."
Mallory Ziglar, Social Media Manager
"Homemade ice cream is so underrated and nobody likes to use those old fashioned machines that require ice cubes and ice cream salt and the whole nine. The ice cream maker attachment for the KitchenAid is an insulated bowl that you freeze a day before making ice cream. (Or if you’re like me, you store it in the freezer if you have the extra space so you can literally make ice cream any time the mood strikes.) The attachment includes the dasher paddle that churns the ice cream mixture and all you have to do is turn it on and watch the magic happen. The ice cream maker attachment is the perfect replacement for that bulky standalone version that’s been sitting in your pantry for years, unused."
Beyond the ice cream maker, our editors had great things to say about the spiralizer and pasta maker attachments, too.
Molly Miller, Assistant Editor
"I was gifted a spiralizer attachment for Christmas one year, and it works 1,000 times better than those little plastic gadgets. I like using it for hard vegetables like sweet potatoes and squash. This set comes with blade attachments for peeling, coring and slicing so it’s really multipurpose. I love how it comes neatly packaged, too, with a spot for each blade; it makes storing the attachment so much easier."
Laura James, Editor
"The spiralizer is the KitchenAid attachment I didn't know I needed. I tried it after a friend recommended it, and now I make zoodles almost weekly. I'm a zoodle person now. The attachment is actually fun to use, and the different blades allow you to adjust the size of the spirals or peels to your liking. Just like pasta, you can pretty much throw whatever you have on hand on spiralized vegetables, but Food Network has a ton of great vegetable noodle recipe ideas if you need some inspiration."
Mariel Clark, Vice President
"I love to cook and bake, but homemade pasta was a new test for me. I recently tried out the pasta maker kit with Anne Burrell’s recipe. I kneaded the dough with my KitchenAid Pro Series seven-quart mixer and dough hook rather than tackling it by hand (with apologies to the original recipe). The pasta attachments were easy to install and sturdy, rolling my somewhat chunky dough into beautiful, smooth sheets. If you haven’t tried it before, sending sheets of dough through a roller is surprisingly fun and satisfying. Once my pasta was thin enough — for me it took four or five passes — I used the fettuccine attachment (the kit also includes a spaghetti roller) to cut them into nice little piles of noodles. Yum! I made a floury mess of my kitchen with the mixing and rolling, but the attachments themselves cleaned up fairly easily."
And not an attachment, but another KitchenAid accessory that our editors find comes in handy, especially for cookie prep, is a plastic lid for the mixing bowl.
Jackie McGilvray, Editor
"My mixer – which is about 20 years old – came with a plastic lid that fits snuggly on the bowl. The plastic lid isn’t always included, but it should be. I like to bake cookies, and any good cookie baker will tell you the secret to good cookies is to refrigerate the dough for at least a half-hour before baking. So, after I mix the dough, I snap on the lid and pop it in the fridge. And honestly, sometimes it’s more than half an hour, more like the next morning, so having the lid is super handy. Also, when the mixer is not in use, the lid allows me to store the attachments in the bowl without them getting dusty."