KitchenAid brand mixers are often chosen by home and professional bakers. With a reputation for a sturdy and innovative design, the mixers are easy to use and versatile for many styles of mixing, from kneading dough to whipping egg whites. It is important to know just how much your mixer bowl will hold before beginning a recipe.
Look on your KitchenAid mixer's label. If it's a Professional 450 design, the bowl has a 4 qt. capacity.
Check your mixer for a "Classic" label on the band near the Kitchen Aid logo. If it's a classic series, tilt-back style mixer, it has a 4.5 qt. bowl. Other series with 4.5 qt. bowls are the Tilt-Head Lift Stand and UltraPower Tilt-Head mixers.
Check your mixer to see if it's part of the Commercial 5 series. These bowls have a 5 qt. bowl size. Other mixers with bowls holding 5 qts. are the Artisan, Pro 500, Professional Heavy Duty, Professional 5 Plus and UltraPower Tilt-Head Stand models and the 5 Quart Bowl Lift Stand model.
Look for the Professional, Professional 600, or Pro Line series label on your mixer. These bowls hold up to 6 qts. The same is true of the Large Capcity Bowl Lift Stand mixer and the 6 Quart Bowl Lift Stand machine.
Look on the bottom of the bowl, where the capacity is noted. A 4 qt. bowl will be marked "K4," a 4.5 qt. bowl "K45," a 5 qt. bowl "K5" and the 6 qt. bowl "K6."
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