KitchenAid KSM150 vs KSM160: Which is the right mixer for you?

Kitchenaid KSM150 vs KSM160

If you’re considering a KitchenAid Mixer, it’s not immediately obvious what the difference is between the KSM150 and KSM160 models, so we decided to take a quick look at them both to suss out which one might be better suited for you. 

An extra bowl, but it’ll cost you…

According to our analysis, the biggest difference between the Kitchenaid KSM160 vs KSM150 is that the KSM160 comes with two mixing bowls. Buy the more expensive model and you’ll get the standard 4.8L bowl which comes with the KSM150, but you’ll also get a 2.8L bowl which is more suited to smaller tasks.

Price Differential

You wouldn’t think that an extra bowl would be that expensive, but note that the offer price of the KSM160 is substantially different from that of the KSM150. As of Sunday, June 14, 2020, KSM160 is sold at $729.00. The KSM150, meanwhile, is on offer at $649.00.

That’s not a stock-related pricing decision either – there is a difference in the recommended retail price between the KSM160 and the KSM150. The KSM160 has an RRP of $949.00, and the KSM150 retails at $899.00.

Dimensions and Shipping

Bowls excluded, dimensions-wise, both the machines are the same, measuring 35.3cm x 35.8 cm x 22.1 cm. That’s HxDxW, by the way.

KSM160KSM150
Width22.1 cm22.1 cm
Height35.3 cm35.3 cm
Depth35.8 cm35.8 cm
Weight10.6 kg10.6 kg

Because of the extra bowl, you’ll find that the KSM160 is bulkier to ship as compared to the KSM150 – the KSM160 weighs in at 12.4 kg, but the KSM150 is heavier at 12.0 kg. Of course, in terms of picking up the unit when it’s safely in your home, there’s no difference, as both units weigh a hefty 10.6 kg.

Using the larger bowl, the mixing capacity of the KSM160 and the KSM150 is the same – both are listed as yeast dough up to a mixed weight of 1.15kg (2 x 450g loaves).

Technical Information

Technically, both machines are pretty much identical. The transmission of the KSM160 and the KSM150 is the same – both are listed as direct drive, and the mixing action of the KSM160 and the KSM150 is the same – both are planetary mixers.

As for the construction of the KSM160 and the KSM150, it’s the same – both are listed as a full metal construction, with a tilt head.

The Kitchenaid-offered warranty of the KSM160 and the KSM150 is also exactly the same – both warranties are for a full 5 years parts and labour against manufacturer’s faults (for household use).

Colours

The only other thing to note is the colour range – we think that the KSM160 has a wider range of colours, but you’ll need to check what’s available in your retailer.

Conclusion – KitchenAid KSM150 vs KSM160

We’re not really convinced that the extra (smaller) mixing bowl really justifies the price leap in the KSM150 vs the KSM160 – but we’ll leave the final decision to you!

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