View Full Version : Anyone have a mixer lift in their kitchen?
02-09-2006, 09:35 PM
My kitchen has been stripped to the bare floor and walls - it's remodeling time!! I've tried searching the threads for info on mixer lifts without any luck. For those of you who have one, can you give me advice on where to buy one, are they worth it, do you like yours, etc. Also if there are any threads that you can direct me to I would appreciate it. Thanks a bunch!!
02-09-2006, 09:50 PM
Don't have one but lot's of info on the net!
Scroll down a bit , away from the sales adds
Hope this helps
02-09-2006, 10:35 PM
I did but when we remodeled out kitchen I had them remove it.
For me it was such wasted space. You can only fit the one item on the tray, as it must be in a certain postion to be able to lift up easily. Then the the shelf underneath gets under utilized because you can only put certain things (low in height) so they don't get stuck or block the shelf from lowering.
I found it was easier to keep my bigger appliances (mixer, bread maker, rice cooker) on the counters and putting the smaller items which aren't too heavy to lift in pull drawers.
I don't envy the phase you're in right now, but oh the excitement you will feel as it starts to pull together! :) Ours took 7 months to finish but it was so worth it. And be sure to post pictures :)
I have a mixer lift for my K5A mixer and I love it! I ordered it built into my cabinets. The "shelf" underneath the lift is a drawer that pulls out fully, so it's easy to reach the items on it -- that's where I keep the extra mixer bowls, attachments and the hand-held mixer.
When I ordered it, I was a little afraid that it wouldn't be sturdy enough to actually use the mixer on it, but it's quite sturdy -- no problems there, no wiggles or shakes. If I made yeast bread now, I might slide the mixer onto the countertop, but only because I remember the mixer itself used to try to walk across the room while kneading some breads.
Do make sure the lift will accommodate the height of your mixer. When my lift was first installed, I couldn't resist playing with it and found the mixer would "ding" the countertop in the swing on the way up. The cabinet installer was able to adjust that, but I'm glad I discovered the problem while he was still around to fix it.
My cabinet has an electric outlet built in the back so I can leave the mixer plugged in and ready to go. If you haven't already ordered that up, make sure you have an outlet within reach of the cord.
02-10-2006, 07:42 AM
I had one put into my remodeled kitchen last year and love it. I keep my Cuisinart on the shelf. I am using the Cuisinart all the time now. I used to have to keep it in a pantry in the basement before so it was always a pain to go get it. The shelf also holds an older Sunbeam mixer that I have to keep broken down to fit. But I still use that a lot more now also because it only takes a few minutes to get it together.
The shelf in the bottom of the cabinet holds all the extra bowls, blades, etc.
When we were talking with the kitchen design person, he said that you could launch a small child off the pop-up shelf. From then on we have called "the baby launcher" :D
But we don't have small children in our house, and that is something to consider that they could be harmful to small children.
02-10-2006, 09:12 AM
My DH is a master cabinet maker, and most of his customers want these mixer lists. He's installed quite a few and, without excepton, everyone has loved them. When he did our kitchen, though, I opted to keep my KA mixer on the counter as we have a relatively small kitchen and I didn't want to fill one cabinet with just our mixer (we have TONS of counter space).
There was one in my house when I bought it, recently. It was installed when the house was originally built, about 1959. My KA is too tall, but my Cuisinart fits perfectly. I store the Cuisinart accessories, and the Mini Cuisinart under the shelf. I love the convenience of "out of sight but, instantly ready to use".
02-10-2006, 09:25 AM
I had one put in when we remodeled 5 years ago just for my KitchenAid Mixer (it takes up the whole shelf). The lift came from the cabinet manufacturer (KraftMaid) and the drawer underneath can hold the extra blades and some muffin tins, but that's all - there's not much depth when the mixer is down. I have an outlet on the wall right behind the mixer, so when I swing it up it's easy to plug in. I love it.
02-10-2006, 09:47 AM
Someday, I hope to...
02-10-2006, 09:51 AM
It comes down to space and priorities as it will take up 18 inches of lower bottom cabinet.
If you have a large enough kitchen, it's a wonderful addition as they work really well.
If your kitchen isn't that large, you would have to determine whether you want to dedicate that much linear footage to it. You have some storage of other items but really not a whole lot depending on the design. I know Kraftmaid has a little bit of storage.
Of course there is also the issue of cost which may or may not be a factor as they add several hundred dollars to the cost -- again a matter of your total budget and priorities.
02-10-2006, 10:02 AM
When I remodeled the kitchen in 1988, I put in an APPLIANCE GARAGE.
The KA mixer, cuisinart and blender sit on the counter under the cabinets and have a tambour door that rolls up when you open it. The outlet is in the wall behind the appliances. It still gives me the regular counter space. You just open the "garage door", plug in the appliance and pull it out on the counter.
The convenience without the mess. When I bought a new Artisan KA mixer it fit perfectly.
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