Creation of the Mixer
In 1919 our iconic Stand Mixer was born. And from that stemmed an entire kitchen of high-performance appliances-all created with the same attention to detail, quality craftsmanship, versatile technology and timeless design. As the only appliance brand that only makes things for the kitchen, we continue to keep pushing the limits with our products so you can keep doing the same with everything you create.
In 1908 Herbert Johnston set out to design an easier way of commercial mixing. Like many home appliances, the standing mixer has been downsized from its commercial predecessor. In 1908, engineer Herbert Johnson was observing a baker mixing bread dough with a metal spoon, often dripping perspiration into the dough; Johnson became determined to create a sweat-less mechanical mixing device.
“I don’t care what you call it, but I know it’s the best kitchen aid I’ve ever had!”
The KitchenAid mixer company got it’s name when the founder of KitchenAid Herbert Johnson gave the wives of the executives at his company a prototype model and one of the exclaimed, “I don’t care what you call it, but I know it’s the best kitchen aid I’ve ever had!”
Today’s KitchenAid stand mixers can be converted to anything from a pasta maker to a sausage stuffer or grain mill with the addition of optional attachments. The mixer’s mechanics remain virtually unaltered, too. An attachment made in 1919 will fit on today’s model.
Egmont Arens was hired in the 1930s to design a low-cost series of mixers. This resulted in the production of the KitchenAid Model “K” which showed streamlined lines for the first time, and the KitchenAid standard design has remained relatively unchanged since then. The silhouette has since been made a registered trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In 1997 the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art selected the KitchenAid stand mixer as an icon of American design. There is an attachment hub on the front of each mixer. Every KitchenAid mixer since the introduction of the Model “K” has allowed for cross-generational attachment compatibility, meaning that attachments from the 1930s can be used on modern mixers, and vice versa. Note that this cross-generational compatibility extends only to attachments powered through the hub. Other accessories (beaters, bowls, etc.) are not necessarily compatible even across similar models in production at the same time (for example, not all current production sixquart bowl-lift mixers use the same accessories). Initially the mixers were only available in white; a range of four colors was introduced in 1955.