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Paddle attachments for heavy mixing and shredding

When the going gets tough, you need a paddle attachment. Also called a mixer paddle attachment or flat beater, it allows you to mix and stir normal-to-heavy mixtures.

Mix up cake batter or mashed potato

Your paddle beater is ideal for making tasty batters for cakes and cookies. You can also use it to mix and mash normal or heavy mixtures and for fast-beating or creaming. Stronger than a whisk and less aerating, it gradually incorporates ingredients. Set your KitchenAid mixer to a slow speed and then increase until you can no longer see separate ingredients.

Pink mixer preparing cake with red fruits

How to shred meats in a mixer

Love shredded meat? Avoid the mess and go hands-free. When you slow-cook meats like pork or chicken to shred or pull for mouthwatering meals, you can do so in your mixer. Add the warm meat to the bowl in medium-sized chunks. Fit your paddle beater (flat beater) attachment. Start at a slow speed and then gradually increase until the meat is well torn.

Homemade burger with onions

Powered by your KitchenAid mixer

Add the paddle attachment to your tilt-head or bowl-lift mixer for efficient and thorough mixing. Designed exclusively to work with KitchenAid mixers, these beater attachments deliver fast and thorough results every time. Careful: attach it to the beater shaft of the mixer with the power off and speed on 0.

Paddle attachment on white mixer with black mixing bowl

Is a paddle attachment the same as a flat beater attachment?

The paddle is also called a flat beater simply because it’s flat. It works by pulling the ingredients around the bowl, while allowing some of it to travel through the holes and become thoroughly mixed. These paddles can vary in material, with some being stainless steel and others being anti-stick coated.

Red mixer preparing guacamole using a flat beater

Flex-edge beater for fast results

Really want to flex your skills? You may prefer a paddle with a flexible rubber edge, to scrape the edges of the bowl. These Flex-edge beaters from KitchenAid allow faster mixing when baking, so you don't have to stop and use a spatula to scrape the sides.

Flex beater with pink mixer, chocolate and red fruits

Tip for mixing perfect cake batter

Don’t overbeat. It’s important for cakes to be light and fluffy. You need to thoroughly combine all ingredients and get air into your mixture too. But don’t overbeat or it will become thick and chewy. Why? Because you develop gluten into the mix which isn’t ideal for baked goods.

Carrot cake with frosting and walnuts

How to choose your paddle attachment

Mixer tilt-head 3.3L

Paddle attachment: Model 5KSM35CFB - Aluminium and anti-stick coated - Dishwasher safe

Flex-edge beater: Model 5KFE35T - Coated metal with santoprene side - Dishwasher safe

Grey mixer preparing purée with a paddle attachment

Mixers tilt-head 4.3L and 4.8L

Paddle attachment: Model 5KSM5THFBSS - Stainless steel - Dishwasher safe

Paddle attachment: Model 5K452B - Aluminium and anti-stick coated - Dishwasher safe

Flex-edge beater: Model 5KFE5T - Coated metal with silicone side - Dishwasher safe

Blue mixer preparing apple pie using a paddle attachment

Mixer bowl-lift 4.8L

Paddle attachment: Model 5K5A2B - Aluminium and non-stick coated - Dishwasher safe

White mixer preparing dough with eggs and flour

Mixer bowl-lift 6.9L

Paddle attachment: Model 5K7FB - Aluminium and non-stick coated - Dishwasher safe

Paddle attachment: Model 5K7SFB - Stainless steel - Dishwasher safe

Flex-edge beater: Model 5KFE7T - Coated metal with silicone side - Dishwasher safe 

Red mixer beating egg whites
ModelMaterialDishwasher safe?
3.3L tilt-head stand mixers 5KSM35CFB Aluminium and anti-stick coated Yes
4.3L and 4.8L tilt-head stand mixers 5KSM5THFBSS Stainless steel Yes
5K452B Aluminium and non-stick coated Yes
4.8L bowl-lift stand mixer 5K5A2B Aluminium and non-stick coated Yes
6.9L bowl-lift stand mixers 5K7FB Aluminium and non-stick coated Yes
5K7SFB Stainless steel Yes
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