KitchenAid Artisan 5KES6503 review: Good looks, mediocre coffee

KitchenAid’s appliances have a reputation for combining retro charm with dependable performance, and its newest product appears to adhere to this formula to a T – or, more accurately, to a coffee.

The KitchenAid Artisan 5KES6503 introduces the brand to the world of coffee makers with a sleek, compact espresso machine designed to complement your existing KitchenAid appliance collection.

What does the KitchenAid Artisan 5KES6503 offer for the price?
If you frequently covet sleek appliances to adorn your kitchen worktop and are a fan of espresso and espresso-based beverages, the Artisan satisfies nearly all of your desires.

Seven finishes are available, including candy apple red, empire red, stainless steel, medallion silver, almond cream, onyx black, and cast iron black. Obviously, the classic KitchenAid profile and prominent logo indicate that you are a true KitchenAid enthusiast.

The machine comes with a respectable assortment of extras. A plastic tamper with a metal base, a milk jug, a coffee scoop, and a variety of pressurized and non-pressurized baskets for single and double shots are included. The only thing missing is a water filter; unfortunately, there is no aftermarket option for this, so you’ll have to use your water filter jug instead.

A 1.4-litre water tank that clips into the machine’s rear, a small drip tray that slides out, and a steam wand that fits into the machine’s right side are also included.

What is the KitchenAid Artisan 5KES6503 coffee maker like to use?
It is clear where KitchenAid has focused its efforts beyond the aesthetic appeal: the heavy, metal portafilter is clearly intended to impress, and the included tamper has a plastic handle and a heavy metal base. Comparatively priced machines typically include plastic tampers and portafilters of inferior quality.

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