How do I Remove the Bowl From a KitchenAid Mixer?

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If the bowl on your KitchenAid Tilt-Head Stand Mixer becomes stuck, tap the handle with a rubber mallet or the sides of the bowl and/or handle lightly with the palm of your hands to loosen the bowl from the base and then attempt removal again.

If the bowl remains stuck, wrap a hot, damp cloth around the base of the bowl and wait 10 minutes.

Remove the cloth, dampen it with more hot water and wrap it around the base again. Wait two minutes, remove it and try again.

If either of these methods doesn’t work, pour a small amount of vegetable oil into the narrow space around the bowl base where it rests in the base plate. Wait five minutes and then try again.

Call KitchenAid at 800-541-6390 for assistance if you still can't remove the bowl.


Never attempt to remove the bowl from your KitchenAid stand mixer using a hammer or hard object.

Although all KitchenAid brand stand mixers have an overall similar look, the mixers come in two primary designs: tilt-head and bowl lift. On a KitchenAid Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, the bowl rests in a circular space in the mixer's base plate. On a KitchenAid Bowl Lift Stand Mixer, the bowl has two side tabs that fit over locating pins on a U-shaped bowl support arm assembly. As a result, the method you use to remove your KitchenAid Stand Mixer's bowl depends entirely on your mixer's design.

Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

Step 1

Turn off your KitchenAid Tilt-Head Stand Mixer and unplug it. Push the locking lever to unlock the mixer's tilt motor head. Lift up the tilt motor head.

Step 2

Push the mixer attachment--for example, wire whip, spiral dough hook or flat beater--up slightly on the beater shaft. Turn it left to unlock it from the pin on the shaft. Pull it from the beater shaft.

Step 3

Grasp the handle or sides of the mixer bowl and twist the bowl to the left counterclockwise.

Step 4

Pull the bowl out of the base plate.

Bowl Lift Mixer

Step 1

Turn off and unplug your KitchenAid Bowl Lift Stand mixer. Lower the bowl lift handle into the down position to lower the bowl.

Step 2

Remove your mixer attachment from the beater shaft by pushing it up slightly on the shaft and turning it left to unhook it from the locking pin. Lower it carefully into the bowl.

Step 3

Grasp the bowl handle and place your other hand at the front of the bowl. Press in on the bowl slightly while lifting up on the handle to unhook the bowl from the side locating pins.

Step 4

Pull the bowl away from the mixer.


Irene A. Blake

Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.