Since 1919 when a little company called the ‘Hobart Manufacturing Company’ released the first KitchenAid H5 stand mixer, these wonderful kitchen appliances have been making lives easier. Depending on the attachment that you choose, you can work all kinds of kitchen wonders, and this brings us to our subject for today – The best KitchenAid attachment for mashed potatoes!
To find the best, we’re going to share some of the top reviewed and best attachments out there and for each one, we’ll tell you a little about it, plus we’ll share some real review snippets to give you an idea about how people really felt about it. Don’t worry – we’ll mix the good in with the bad – that way you can get a fairer assessment of what you’re getting into.
After the reviews, we’ll also share some newbie usage and buying tips, and we’ll let you know which attachment was our favorite.
With that, let’s begin the hunt for the best KitchenAid attachment for mashed potatoes!
Making the Perfect Mash
Mashed potatoes are not just a staple – it’s comfort food!
Pairing perfectly with meats or simply as a meal all on its own, there are so many ways to prepare it that mashed potatoes really never get old. So, what are the best KitchenAid attachments for cutting down the time it takes to make them without sacrificing quality?
It all boils down to your flat beater and your wire whip attachments.
The flat beater does the lion’s share of the work, making your boiled potatoes much more manageable and letting you mix in some ingredients along the way, but the final touch is getting that perfect consistency and that’s all about the wire whip.
Easy-peasy – but that brings us to the simple question, ‘Which attachment is the best?’. Let’s take a look and see what you think!
The best KitchenAid attachment for mashed potatoes
Since KitchenAid mixers have been around for a little over 100 years now, the problem isn’t finding an attachment, it’s finding a good one. Let’s face it – if Amazon was a physical marketplace, you could throw a rock anywhere and it would be hard not to hit a flat beater or wire whip attachment that’s designed for the KitchenAid.
To take the fuss out of it, we’ve collected a sampling of wire whip attachments and flat beaters and in the sections below, we’ll tell you about them and some of the nice (and not so nice) things that people who purchased them have said about the products.
Just be sure to take these reviews with a grain of salt – if one catches your eye but there’s a sour review, then check more reviews for the one you like to get a better picture of the overall experience. After all, we’ve all had days where everything goes wrong and while we don’t like to admit it, sometimes it’s fun to just play with these appliances and accidents can happen.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we’ll bring on the attachments and you can see what you think!
KitchenAid Stainless Steel K45WW Wire Whip for Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
Since this is a list of excellent KitchenAid attachments, why not start with the source? This KitchenAid Stainless-Steel K45WW wire whip is a solid upgrade attachment that will certainly mix, mash, and fluff up your potatoes nicely. Hand Wash ONLY, this KitchenAid attachment fits the following models:
As it’s direct from KitchenAid, you can bet that we were curious about the reviews and certainly not disappointed when we looked at them. Out of 8011 polled, an exciting 83% of customers gave this wire whip 5 stars. Another 8% felt it was worth at least 4, so let’s look at some of the comments.
In the 5-star category, ‘Jemrtt’ says ‘I’m happy’ and ‘I can’t say anything bad about this attachment’ while ‘Pam Sears’ summed it up simply with two words — ‘Great quality’.
There are always 1-star reviews to consider, however, and 4% of the overall reviews fell into this category. User ‘J. Walker’ says that what they received wasn’t an official KitchenAid attachment and ‘Danielle’ warned that hers was cast aluminum.
While we can’t verify these claims, 91% of 5 and 4-star reviews is nothing to sneeze at, so be sure to review the feedback and see what you think.
Tizze Stainless-steel 6-Wire Whip Attachment for KitchenAid
Next up we have this Tizze Stainless-steel 6-wire whip attachment and it’s both handsome and quite durable for all your wire whip applications. Made of aluminum and stainless steel, you’ll want to keep it out of the dishwasher, but as long as you hand wash it then it’s definitely a wire whip that you’ll be getting a lot of mileage out of. This Tizze wire whip will fit the KitchenAid models listed below:
The ‘proof is in the pudding’, of course, so moving on to see how it did in the reviews, we can see that the Tizze scored a respectable 79% of 5-star reviews from a whopping 7450 customers polled. Another 10% gave it 4 stars, so let’s see what they had to say.
User ‘Emika’ says it’s ‘exactly what I need’ and ‘lexi’ tells us that it was easy to put on, take off, and clean! Moving on to the negative reviews, though, we can see that 5% of customers were much less pleased. User ‘Margot R’ confirms that you should definitely not put this in the dishwasher, as her coating was damaged, but ‘terri jo wald’ had a more alarming ‘the whip broke the first time I used it’.
As with our previous attachment, there is a large part of the review pool that had a very positive experience so just remember that we include the bad stuff to keep things fair and use your best judgment!
KitchPower Stainless Steel K45WW Wire Whip Attachment
Here we have the Kitchpower K45WW Wire Whip attachment which is made of stainless steel with an anodized aluminum flange. While the aluminum bit means that you can’t put this in the dishwasher, it’s still pretty easy to clean, and it makes short work of whisking up eggs, whipping cream, or fluffing your mashed potatoes to perfection.
This particular attachment is designed for KitchenAid tilt-style mixers and will fit the following models:
Checking out the reviews, a very robust 79% of reviewers gave the KitchPower a full 5 stars out of 5007 users polled. Furthermore, we’ve also got an additional 9% of reviewers giving it 4 stars. Praise for this product included ‘Erica Villareal Arcos’ calling it a ‘sturdy little guy’ that stood up to her homemade butter and ‘Andrea Worrell’ declaring it ‘less expensive than a branded attachment and works just as well’.
Moving into the dark side of the reviews, however, 5% of those reviewed were less than impressed with the KitchPower. The trend that we saw repeated the most was a handful of customers that said that theirs didn’t last the month. While we can’t confirm how they used them, we’d be amiss if we didn’t advise you of this in the reviews, so be sure to evaluate them carefully before you decide.
Aligat Stainless-steel Wire Whip for KitchenAid
Our last wire whip before we start on the flat beaters is this Aligat Stainless Steel attachment for your KitchenAid. With 6 steel wires and an aluminum flange, you’ll have to keep it out of the dishwasher, but a quick spin in some water and a little hand cleaning will fix it up right as new! It’s a great fit for mashed potatoes, boiled frosting, egg whites, and more. It also fits these KitchenAid stand mixers:
So, how did this fare in the reviews? Well, out of 1072 polled, we can see that it got 5-star reviews from 75% of folks who purchased it and a further 9% felt that it had earned at least a 4. User ‘Paula’ said ‘It’s a good substitute that should last for a decade’ and ‘Celestine Atkins’ says that she does a lot of baking and that she likes this product.
Rolling on to the shady side of the reviews, it appears that 6% of customers were not as happy as Paula or Celestine with their purchase. Comments included ‘Bri Guy’ who stated that his broke the first time on a mixture of egg whites, sugars, and oils, and ‘Kathy’ seemed to echo this with an incident mixing frosting where she says the top came off!
Not good news, but we’re aiming to be fair here. and that’s not always pretty. We hope that these experiences are a one-off like the numbers suggest and that you’ll love your own Aligat wire whip, but we promised to keep this honest and that’s what stuck out in the 5% 1-star review section. As such, be sure to check the reviews before you commit to make sure that you feel comfortable!
KitchenAid K45B Coated Flat Beater
For our first flat beater, we wanted to start with one of the KitchenAid upgrade attachments and this KitchenAid K45B Coated Flat Beater is an excellent option. Strong and nylon dip coated, this particular beater attachment is safe for the top rack of your dishwasher, although we should note it is NOT designed for the bowl lift models (and don’t worry, we’ve got one for that next). This attachment is compatible with the following stand mixers:
If you want a solid attachment directly from the source for mashing potatoes, whipping frosting, and more, then it’s definitely hard to beat a real KitchenAid!
Peeking into the reviews, out of a staggering 11214 polled an impressive 83% gave it 5 stars. Another 8% felt it was worth 4, so let’s look at the commentary. User ‘Christine’ advises us there that while her KitchenAid has seen better days, it was ‘nice to get a simple replacement part that works well and is easy to clean’.
‘Maddie in Virginia’ added her 2 cents, saying ‘The weight of this beater is fantastic’. It’s a solid start but that begs the question – who didn’t like it and why?
Moseying over to the 1-star review corral, it seems that 4% of customers felt that this product should only get 1 star. In this section, we saw that a few customers advised that theirs arrived or quickly became chipped.
While these reviews are certainly in the minority, they are there, so check the listing and look for your model number if you are worried – sometimes you can find a review that has your same KitchenAid appliance and that feedback can really make or break a deal!
KitchenAid Coated Flat Beater for bowl models
We mentioned a flat beater for bowl lift models and this KitchenAid Coated Flat Beater definitely fits the bill. Made of nylon-coated metal, it’s durable and a good fit for potato mashing, egg whites, frosting, and more. This specific flat beater will fit the following models:
While it is listed as being dishwasher safe by KitchenAid, we wanted to note that the Q&A section on this beater advised that KitchenAid really doesn’t recommend it – with coated beaters and the many different types of detergents out there, hand cleaning is really the best to avoid any erosion or chipping of the coat. That said, spinning it in water and then hand cleaning it doesn’t take long at all and you’ll definitely love this beater’s performance!
So, continuing on into the reviews, we see that out of 1257 reviewers, a respectable 80% gave this product 5 stars, while another 9% gave it 4. ‘Debbie’ said it was a perfect replacement for the Pro 6 and despite our dishwasher disclaimer, she says hers goes through great (although we still recommend hand washing or the top rack of your dishwasher ONLY, at the very least). ‘Ian Anderson’ praised this beater as well, saying ‘it should come standard’.
Moving on (and you know where we’re going), there were 6% of customers that didn’t like this attachment enough to give it a single star. ‘Scott West’ said the coating chipped off his in the mixer and while there were a few more of these types of complaints, we also had a few folks saying that this attachment was too big for their bowl.
As always, use your best judgment. Our job is to bring this sort of thing to your attention when we see it so that you’ll know to take a good look at the reviews before you purchase!
QAP Stainless-steel Flat Beater Replacement for KitchenAid
Our next KitchenAid compatible attachment is the QAP Stainless-steel Flat Beater Replacement and it’s a solid little number that really gets the job done. Designed for tilt mixer models with 4.5 to 5-quart bowls, this shiny wonder is made of 18/8 (304) stainless steel so you know it’s going to last! Fully dishwasher safe, this QAP attachment will fit the following KitchenAid models like a glove:
- Also the KSM105, KSM110, KSM120, KSM150, KSM150A, KSM151PS, KSM152, KSM153, KSM154, KSM155, KSM156HB, KSM158, KSM160A, KSM175,KSM180, KSM180LEBK, KSM180RPMB models!
That’s a lot of compatibility in a durable package, so how did this product rate with people who actually used it?
Well, 78% of reviewers felt that it was worth 5 stars, while another 10% admitted that it should get at least 4. User ‘T N L’ called it a ‘beautiful mixer accessory’ and ‘AvJoe’ tells us ‘it’s slightly larger than the original and works better’. Always good to hear!
In the interest of fairness, however, we’ll descend the stars to the 1-star level, where we find that 5% of customers polled threw a little ‘1-star shade’ on the QPA. Comments included ‘Mitamaid’ saying that theirs needed to be ‘enlarged and chamfered’ (cut to fit) before it would fit their KitchenAid unit and user ‘CHRATCAL’ said it was ‘not wide enough, hard to remove’.
Make of these warnings what you will but overall, the majority of folks seemed to really like this beater and we think that you will too!
Geesta Polished Stainless-Steel Flat Beater for Kitchen aid
Our final entry is this Geesta Polished Stainless Steel Flat Beater for KitchenAid and it’s a fine-looking attachment indeed. Handmade from stainless steel, it’s got a shiny surface that really compliments your mixer, and Geesta is so convinced that you’ll love it that they’ve thrown in a 12-month guarantee!
This Geesta Stainless-Steel flat beater is designed to fit the following KitchenAid models:
Checking into the reviews, we’re happy to report that out of 1564 reviews, 89% were 5-star ratings for this product. Another 6% grudgingly gave it 4 stars and comments included ‘My wife said ‘I love it’ from ‘Jade’ and ‘Way better than the original’ from ‘Neldon G. Proctor’.
Now, of course, we’ll need to look at the 1-star reviews, and a minor 3% of overall reviews fell into this category. User ‘KWARNRDC’ said that theirs didn’t reach down into the bowl enough and ‘Zookeeper’ warns ‘caution.. extremely heavy’ and that this caused their mixer to overheat.
The reviews are definitely heavy on positive praise, but as always, you should check them yourself and use your best judgment – although we think you’ll really like this one!
Best newbie tips for making mashed potatoes with your KitchenAid appliance
Making mash with your KitchenAid appliance is fun, easy, and hey – you get delicious mashed potatoes at the end! For those of you out there that are just getting started, we’ve got a few tips to help keep you on track so that you’ll be very happy with the mashed potatoes that you’re learning to make. Here are a few humble suggestions to get you started:
- The potatoes you choose make a difference. Russets, for instance, are super easy to fluff up, as they cook more quickly and mash with ease. If you are going for creamier mash, though, then try Yukon Gold. They’re more work to cook and mash, and you’ll need to rinse them after boiling to get the extra starch, but if you put the work in then you can make a flavorful, super-creamy batch.
- Stainless steel beaters are best, especially if you are just getting started with making mashed potatoes this way. Coatings are nice, but if you hit the bowl too much then you can end up with chippings from the nylon coat and you really don’t want to eat that.
- Start with your paddle beater and once you’ve broken the potatoes down, then it’s time for the wire whisk. Don’t rush things and you’ll be rewarded for your patience.
- Play with your ingredients if you really want a stellar mash. Grilled onions, chives, and roasted garlic all go well with your mashed potatoes. You can also add cheeses, sauce, and meats – play around with whatever you’ve got handy in the kitchen and you might just find a favorite new recipe.
Buying information: KitchenAid attachments for mashed potatoes
If you are out and about and see some KitchenAid attachments for making mash, then how do you choose? Well, we’ve compiled a few tips that we think you’ll find helpful:
- Check the weight of the attachment – heavier attachments tend to be the most durable, but don’t go overboard unless you’ve got a pretty robust KitchenAid. While those heavier attachments definitely last the longest, if it’s TOO heavy then you might tax the motor trying to use it.
- Coated attachments are nice, in that they are easier to clean and have a nice aesthetic to them. That said, eventually that coat is going to chip, and for this reason, many prefer going with simple, solid all stainless-steel construction.
- Check for aluminum – sometimes it’s just the flange where you fit it to your appliance, but you want to know if it’s there, as you shouldn’t put aluminum in the dishwasher.
- Everyone loves a bargain but be realistic about your expectations – it’s usually worth it to spend a little more now for a more robust attachment that will last you a decade or longer.
Out of all of the products that we’ve reviewed and shared today, the one that we liked most was definitely the Geesta Polished Stainless-Steel Flat Beater. For one thing, it’s handmade, so it’s quite a bit heavier and tougher than your average flat beater and when you’re working with potatoes, that’s EXACTLY what you need. When you add in that they’re confident enough to give you a 12-month warranty on it, as well, then hands-down this is the product that we have the most faith in.
Of course, if you like another one that we’ve listed today, then, by all means, go for it! All of these wire whips and beaters are great products, we just recommend that you try to look up your specific model if you are worried about the fit, and that way, if someone else has your model and had a good experience then you know that you’re on to something good!
That said, we haven’t seen one as tough as the Geesta yet so in our opinion, this one is the best on the list!
It’s just about time for us to go but before we do, we’ve collected a few frequently asked questions to help give you a little extra useful information before we exit and call it a day. We hope that you find this information useful and with that, here are those questions and answers!
Can you really use a KitchenAid stand mixer for mashed potatoes?
Yes, you can definitely use your KitchenAid stand mixer to make delicious mashed potatoes, it’s all a matter of starting with your flat beater to break them down a bit and mix in a few flavor additions, and then you can switch to your wire whip after you add any further liquid or other creamy bits for the final fluffing of your perfect mashed potatoes. It’s quick, easy, and the results sure are tasty!
Does a KitchenAid also peel potatoes?
Yes, you can peel potatoes with your KitchenAid, although you are going to need a spiralizer attachment. This will let you make spiral cuts or simply remove the skin, depending on what blade you choose to use. It takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it you can really peel potatoes like a pro!
Which KitchenAid attachment is for blending?
If you like to blend up some herbs and other ingredients to add to your mashed potatoes, then a flex-edge beater is a great choice for this. You can blend in your ingredients nicely and then whip up those potatoes with your whisk attachment for the finishing touch.
In today’s exploration of wire whips and flat beaters, we really liked the Geesta Polished Stainless-Steel Flat Beater. It’s a beater that can really take a beating and with the warranty to back it up, we’re confident that you’re going to get many happy years of mileage out of this option.
If you didn’t like the ‘cut of its jib’, though, then no worries – we’ve tried to be diverse, including some official KitchenAid options and some ‘Not-So Official’ ones so that there’s a little something for everyone.
So, just check the reviews on your favorites and before you know it, you’ll be whipping up mashed potatoes like a pro with your new favorite KitchenAid attachment for many happy years to come! Thanks for reading and if you’ll excuse us, it’s time to ‘scratch that itch’– for some delicious, homemade mashed potatoes!