Stand mixers are a fairly bulky, as kitchen gadgets go, and they take up a lot of counter-top real estate. I don’t mind giving up a little counter space because my mixer is one appliance that I use just about every day. But when you’re not using yours every day, or have limited counter space, you might not want to make space for the stand mixer to sit out – and you might not be able to put it away because most cabinets just aren’t made to hold something that big easily. One very cool space-saving solution is the Rev-A-Shelf Mixer Lift.
The lift is a heavy duty shelf that uses two tension springs to rotate up to counter height from underneath the counter. It locks into place in the open position at counter height and has a load bearing capacity of 60 lbs. The arm and accompanying platform are easily strong enough to support a heavy duty stand mixer, as well as any number of other kitchen appliances that you might want to tuck away if you don’t have a stand mixer. Having the ability to to swing such a large appliance out of the way so easily can really help reduce counter top clutter. You will need to make some under-the-counter space in a cabinet top have room to install the Rev-A-Shelf, but in most kitchens (especially older ones that have some less useful fixed-shelf cabinets that you might not mind taking out) it isn’t too hard to find a space that will work.
AshlaeJuly 15, 2011
Genius. I need one of these for my food processor, too! That thing is almost as heavy as my stand mixer.
KatieJuly 15, 2011
I live in an apartment now, but this will definitely be one of the first things I add in a future kitchen when I own my own home. I saw one of these on a kitchen makeover show recently and have been swooning ever since. Such a brilliant invention!
AnneJuly 15, 2011
Oh, I love that! My parents had a shelf/cupboard solution like that in the house I grew up in, that they designed themselves back in the late 70’s. So smart!
KristiJuly 15, 2011
Does anyone actually have one of these installed? I keep seeing them and I wonder how sturdy they feel when the mixer is loaded up with dough.
We are moving soon and I’ve been contemplating how to set up the new kitchen. The cabinets are nice looking but I am looking into options for pull-out drawers and organizers and things to really make them work well for us.
zentMRSJuly 15, 2011
My parents have one of those in their home and I have always been jealous of it! My mother uses it often (and has for years) and I think it feels quite sturdy.
MimJuly 15, 2011
I’ve had one of these pop-up mixer shelves (don’t know if it’s the same brand) for 14 years and I love it! It is very sturdy and I’ve never had it to fall. And I use my mixer a LOT.
ElizabethJuly 15, 2011
Love the idea…but i love my KA mixer and enjoy showing her off:)
roseJuly 15, 2011
what we do without you ferreting out all the ups and downs of our most important “useables” in our kitchens…thank you! great invention…
debcurlydogJuly 16, 2011
My Grandma had one in her house and that was 40 years ago! Didn’t know they still made those 🙂
raineyJuly 16, 2011
OK, I’ll be the odd man out, There’s NO WAY I’d give up that much cabinet space.
I don’t use my KA every day but it’s got a space in the pantry (which is the opposite wall to my baking area). When I want to use it I lift it and pivot to the baking counter.
Yes, it’s heavy but it’s not that heavy that at 64 I can’t do this a couple times a week without minding it as much as I would missing all the storage space ti would take to clear a path to swing it up and down.
SueJuly 18, 2011
I was planning to put one of these in when I redid my kitchen about 15 years ago. The kitchen designer (years of experience and lots of work on high end kitchens) advised strongly against it. He felt very strongly that it was not worth giving up the storage space required to be sacrificed for this device.
JeanJuly 19, 2011
I have one in my current house and love it. I am putting one in my new house as well. I felt it was worth the loss of cabinet space. I was going to have to store it somewhere anyways. I store brownie pans underneath it too, so the whole cabinet is not lost to just the mixer.
PattiJuly 21, 2011
I had one of these lifters put in when we bought our house 3 years ago. I absolutely love it. I don’t like things on my counter, so to have this close at hand and not taking up counter space and not having to heft it from the pantry to the counter is SO worth giving up the cupboard that held the cookie sheets (which are now in the pantry).