Stand mixers
KitchenAid Classic (250 watt) K45SS[WH] Mixer
Classic (250 watt) K45SS[WH]

This KitchenAid tilt-head style stand mixer was Very Good in overall performance, and

  • Runs on 250 watts.
  • Has 10 claimed speeds.
  • Has a whisk.
  • Has a dough hook.
  • Has a 4.5 qt. stainless steel bowl.
  • It can run attachments.
  • It is 14 inches in height.
  • Weighs 23 lbs.
  • Has a 1 yr. warranty.
Description

This KitchenAid tilt-head style stand mixer was Very Good in overall performance, and

  • Runs on 250 watts.
  • Has 10 claimed speeds.
  • Has a whisk.
  • Has a dough hook.
  • Has a 4.5 qt. stainless steel bowl.
  • It can run attachments.
  • It is 14 inches in height.
  • Weighs 23 lbs.
  • Has a 1 yr. warranty.

Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Bowl size

Bowl size

Manufacturer's claimed bowl volume, to the next highest half-quart.

 /  5
Claimed speeds

Claimed speeds

Manufacturer's claimed speeds.

 /  5
Wattage

Wattage

Manufacturer's claimed wattage

 /  5
Weight

Weight

Weight of mixer, bowl, beater/s, and cord, to the nearest one-half pound. Weight may be important if you plan to move the mixer in and out of a cabinet for storage.

 /  5
Height

Height

The height of the mixer in closed position.

 /  5
Whipping time

Whipping time

Based on the measured time it took each model to make whipped cream. This test made use of the wire whisk (if provided) and high speeds. The score also considers if all the ingredients were properly whipped.

 /  5
Mixing

Mixing

We mixed large batches of chocolate-chip cookie dough (each batch enough for about five dozen cookies). Scores consider how much the units labored and vibrated, and how much assistance was needed during creaming (moderate speed), flour blending (low and moderate speeds), and folding in the chips and nuts.

 /  5
Kneading

Kneading

Scores consider how much the units labored, vibrated, time for incorporation of flour and water, and how much assistance was needed during the mixing and kneading process using the dough hook, if provided.

 /  5
Convenience

Convenience

Includes replacing and removing the beaters and bowl, adjusting speeds, setting speeds in a repeatable way, and clarity of labels.

 /  5
Noise

Noise

We judged noise with the mixer set to its highest speed. All had motor noise. On quieter models the noise was muffled and unobtrusive; the noisest models sounded loud and shrill.

 /  5

About

The KitchenAid Classic (250 watt) K45SS[WH] is part of the Mixers test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Stand mixers models like the Classic (250 watt) K45SS[WH] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Bowl size Manufacturer's claimed bowl volume, to the next highest half-quart.

Claimed speeds Manufacturer's claimed speeds.

Wattage Manufacturer's claimed wattage

Specs

Style

Style

Tilt-head style- the head is lifted up and down into the bowl. Bowl-lift-the bowl lifts up to the beaters and head of the mixer. Open bowl- the beaters are placed on a spindle in the center of the bowl.

tilt-head
Single beater style

Single beater style

A single beater, whisk, or dough hook rotates in one direction and moves around the bowl in the other direction. This is in contrast to two-beater style mixers, with beaters similar to those of hand mixers, with a rotating bowl.

Yes
Bowl handle

Bowl handle

Whether the bowl has a handle.

No
Whisk

Whisk

For mixtures that need air incorporated, such as meringues (egg whites), whipped cream, mousse, and some types of cakes and custards.

Yes
Dough hooks

Dough hooks

Use for kneading yeast bread doughs.

Yes
Takes power attachments

Takes power attachments

Many models offer optional accessories such as food grinders, or pasta makers. These attach to a power port on the unit.

Yes
Detachable hand mixer

Detachable hand mixer

Mixer "head" comes apart from the stand to be used as a hand mixer. Typically found only on light-duty stand mixers.

No
Two loaf capable

Two loaf capable

Our Kneading score considers performance making one-loaf of bread. We attempted to make two-loaves if appropriate for the mixer, and list those that handled the task with little or no difficulty.

Yes
Dishwasher-safe

Dishwasher-safe

Dishwasher safe is based on the manufacturers' information; many recommend washing by hand.

Yes-except whip
Warranty (yrs.)

Warranty (yrs.)

The length of the warranty, in years.

1
Additional features

Additional features

Any additional accessories or features the mixer may have. (For ex. spatula, pouring shield, timer etc)

None

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