Can KitchenAid Bowl Go In Dishwasher?

Yes, most KitchenAid mixing bowls are dishwasher-safe. This includes the stainless steel bowls, glass bowls, and ceramic bowls that come with their stand mixers. However, it’s always a good idea to double-check the user manual or the bottom of the bowl for care instructions, just to make sure.

Remember that not all parts of a KitchenAid mixer are dishwasher safe. For instance, the main unit and attachments (like the paddle, dough hook, and whisk) must be washed by hand.

Moreover, aluminum and plastic bowls are not dishwasher safe. Many older models manufactured before 2018 are not dishwasher safe.

Tips to Clean a KitchenAid Bowl in a Dishwasher

Check If It’s Dishwasher Safe: Always ensure your KitchenAid bowl is dishwasher safe. Most are, but it’s always good to double-check.

Remove Excess Residue: Before placing in the dishwasher, scrape off any excess food or dough residue from the bowl. This helps prevent food particles from getting stuck in the dishwasher filter.

Place Correctly: Position the bowl properly in the dishwasher. Usually, it should be placed upside down on the lower rack to ensure proper cleaning and draining.

Avoid Overcrowding: Don’t overcrowd the dishwasher. Overcrowding can prevent the water and detergent from effectively reaching and cleaning the bowl.

Use Appropriate Detergent: Use a good quality dishwasher detergent for optimal cleaning. Avoid overly harsh or abrasive detergents that might damage the bowl’s surface.

Dry Properly: Once the cycle is done, open the dishwasher door if the bowl is not completely dry to allow it to air-dry fully. Alternatively, using a soft, dry cloth, you can dry it by hand.

KitchenAid Bowl in a Dishwasher

Can you Microwave KitchenAid Bowls?

KitchenAid’s glass and ceramic bowls are typically microwave-safe. However, the stainless steel mixing bowls with many KitchenAid stand mixers are unsafe to put in the microwave, as microwaving metal can cause sparks and potentially damage your microwave or start a fire.

Always check the user manual or the bottom of the bowl for specific instructions. If in doubt, it’s better to be safe and not use the microwave.

Which is better for Mixer Bowl: Dishwasher or Hand Washing?



  • Ease of Use: The dishwasher is a hands-off cleaning option. Simply place your dishwasher-safe bowl in the machine, set the cycle, and let the machine do the work.
  • Deep Cleaning: Dishwashers can offer a deeper clean than hand washing, reaching nooks and crannies you might miss with a sponge.
  • Sanitization: Many dishwashers have a sanitization cycle that can kill more bacteria than hand washing.


  • Potential for Damage: Over time, harsh dishwasher detergents and high heat can wear down or damage the bowl’s surface.
  • Space Consumption: Large mixing bowls can take up a lot of space in your dishwasher, leaving less room for other items.


Hand Washing


  • Gentle: Hand washing can be gentler on your mixing bowls, especially if they have a non-stick coating or other sensitive surfaces.
  • Immediate Availability: If you need your mixing bowl immediately after use, hand washing ensures it’s ready right away, unlike waiting for a dishwasher cycle to complete.


  • Time-Consuming: Hand washing takes more time and effort than using a dishwasher.
  • Less Effective Sanitization: Hand washing may not kill as many bacteria as a dishwasher’s sanitization cycle, depending on the temperature of the water and the type of soap you use.

Hand Washing

Tips for Generally Cleaning a KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Unplug the Mixer: Always unplug your mixer before cleaning. This ensures your safety while handling the mixer.

Remove Attachments: Remove attachments such as the bowl, whisk, paddle, or dough hook. These can typically be cleaned with warm soapy water or in a dishwasher if dishwasher safe.

Wipe Down the Mixer: Use a damp cloth to wipe down the mixer’s body. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scouring pads, which could damage the finish. For stubborn spots, a mild dish soap can be used.

Clean the Attachment Hub: The attachment hub is where you attach different accessories. It can often collect food and other debris. Use a toothpick or small brush to gently clean this area.

Clean Vent Areas: Dust and flour can accumulate in the vent areas of the mixer. Use a small, soft brush or a can of compressed air to clean these areas.

Clean Underneath: Turn the mixer on its side and clean it underneath. A lot of food and dust particles can accumulate there.

Dry Properly: After cleaning, dry all parts properly to avoid any water marks or potential rust on metal components. A soft, dry cloth works well for this.

Always consult your KitchenAid Stand Mixer’s manual for any specific cleaning instructions or restrictions.


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