KitchenAid KSM8990OB Review

Best Professional Stand Mixer

Commercials kitchens need to have stand mixers with powerful motors and huge capacities, this is what KitchenAid is offering with this product.  

The 500-watt, 1.3 horsepower motor with metal gear casting means you’ll be able to knead large batches of super glutenous bread and pastry doughs without bogging down the machine or listening to that awful high-pitched hum from an underpowered motor.  

The 8 quart stainless-steel mixing bowl has a J-style handle for an easier grip when pouring and scraping out batters and holds enough capacity for a multi-tiered wedding cake.  

The 10 speeds can take care of kneading the toughest dough or whipping the fluffiest of whipped creams and meringues.  ‘Planetary Mixing Action’ means that everything added to the bowl gets incorporated thoroughly.  

This mixer comes with beautiful and sleek professional attachments- a stainless-steel 11-wire elliptical whip, stainless-steel wide flat beater, and stainless-steel spiral dough hook, everything you need to get started with your professional stand mixer.

But I’m Not a Professional Baker (Yet)

That’s okay!  

You don’t have to own a commercial kitchen to really need a professional stand mixer. Maybe you have a huge family and making a meatloaf consists of nearly half a cow.  Maybe you make fantastic chocolate chip cookies and your daughter’s school has a bake sale for literally every fundraiser… why, you guys, why??  Or maybe you really are planning to open a bakery in the near future and you need a high capacity, powerful stand mixer to start working on those recipes for the masses.  

Plenty of kitchens would really benefit from having a professional mixer and you deserve the best.

The Right Look

Available in the classic colors- red, black, pewter, and white, this machine looks very similar to the other Artisan and Classic style KitchenAid Stand Mixers and it’s honestly not too much bigger or bulkier than the non-professional versions.  The speed control and numbers are visually appealing with a simple, clean look and the metal accents on the mixer body keep with the overall sleek aesthetic.  The smooth lines and retro-vintage look of a KitchenAid mixer fits right in with any home or professional kitchen’s decor.  You really can’t go wrong with the look of a beautiful KitchenAid mixer.  

So Why is it The Best Professional Stand Mixer?

Other professional stand mixers tend to look very industrial and robotic and may be just as strong but you’re paying double, triple, or quadruple the price for something that doesn’t even look that nice sitting on your counter, and since you’ll be using it so often it definitely will be sitting on your counter.  

The KitchenAid KSM8990OB is much closer in price to a regular household stand mixer than other professional options and has great features like the commercial style bowl-lift function and soft start to prevent throwing or flinging ingredients out of the bowl on startup.  Of course, since it’s a KitchenAid it has the power hub for attachments like the grinding, grating, and pasta-making attachments which can really come in handy in a professional kitchen.  This mixer also comes with a 2 year warranty and is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation for commercial use.  


Runner-Up – KitchenAid 7 Qt. Commercial Stand Mixer

This mixer is just a bit smaller than the 8 quart versions with the commercial bowl-lift function and a large 7 quart stainless-steel bowl featuring a J-style handle.  The 1.3 horsepower motor is quiet and the bowl can hold dough for 14 dozen cookies at once.  It comes with a stainless-steel beater, spiral dough hook, and wire whip.  Like other KitchenAid mixers this machine has a power hub for the various available attachments and comes with a 1 year hassle-free warranty.  This stand mixer is also certified by the National Sanitation Foundation for commercial use.  It comes in dark pewter, black, red, and white and came in a very close second to the KSM8990OB. Buy now at Amazon.

Second Runner-Up – KitchenAid Pro 6000 HD Stand Mixer

Coming in even smaller than the 7 and 8 quart versions, this professional mixer has the same bowl-lift function and an extra deep 6 quart stainless-steel bowl featuring a tulip shaped handle for better grip.  The motor boasts a full 1 horsepower and can power through dough for over 8 loaves of bread at once without getting noisy.  It comes with a dishwasher safe coated metal beater, dough hook, and stainless steel 6 wire whip. Like other KitchenAid mixers this machine has a power hub for the various available attachments and comes with a 1 year hassle-free warranty.  This mixer comes in red, silver, black, and white and came in a very close third place. Buy now at Amazon.

Third Runner-Up – Hobart N50 Commercial Mixer

Hobart offers this 348-watt commercial mixer with a 5 quart stainless-steel bowl, flat beater, dough hook, and wire whip mixing attachments.  There is a manual bowl lift which locks into place for use like the KitchenAid commercial mixers.  A power hub provides the chance to use additional attachments such as with the previous mixers and planetary mixing action makes sure all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.  This is a much bulkier and heavier, not to mention more industrial aesthetic machine.  As with the other professional stand mixers, the Hobart Commercial mixer is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation. Buy now at Amazon.