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KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series Stand Mixers - Onyx Black
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- 450-watt motor with 10 speeds; 5-quart stainless steel bowl
- Unique mixing action: beater spins clockwise as the shaft spins counter clockwise
- Ergonomic handle makes lifting the bowl more comfortable
- Hinged hub cover flips up, allowing easy installation of attachments
- Measures 16-1/2 by 12 by 14 inches; includes flat beater, spiral dough hook, and wire whip
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The Professional 5 Plus has a powerful 450-watt motor that delivers enough power to handle the heaviest mixtures, and mixes large batches easily. This special bowl lift model has brackets on the bowl that fit over support pins on the stand mixer, which is than lifted up by a handle on the right side of the mixer to lock the bowl in place while mixing (this design is made to handle heavy mixtures and large recipes). The 5-quart polished stainless steel bowl is dishwasher safe. Its ergonomically designed handle is contoured to fit the hand and makes lifting the bowl more comfortable. This mixer also features a unique mixing action: the beater spins clockwise as the shaft spins counter clockwise, moving the beater to 67 different points around the bowl. This distinctive mixing action creates a thorough blend of ingredients and eliminates the need to rotate the bowl. 10 speeds allow the user to select the right speed for the mixing job, from very high to a very slow stir. The flat beater, dough hook, and professional wire whip add to the versatility of the mixer. In addition, the Soft Start mixing feature helps prevent ingredient splash-out and "flour puff" at startup, while "Overload Reset" helps eliminate overheating of the motor. A hinged hub cover flips up, allowing easy installation of attachments and never leaves the mixer. Optional attachments (sold separately) complete the package to make cooking a pleasure. From citrus juicer to sausage stuffer, KitchenAid stand mixers can handle just about any job in the kitchen.
Thirty percent more powerful than KitchenAids previous 5-quart stand mixers, this professional model efficiently tackles heavy loads with its 450-watt motor, direct-drive all-steel gear transmission, and bowl-lift lever that effortlessly raises heavy ingredients up to the beater. KitchenAid stand mixers, constructed of durable die-cast metal, come in a variety of colors and styles that have become American classics.
With a choice of ten speeds and three attachments--flat beater, spiral dough hook, and stainless-steel wire whip--the mixer handles everything from egg whites to meat loaf to pizza dough. Rather than rotating the bowl, KitchenAid stand mixers feature a fixed bowl with a unique mixing action: the beater spins clockwise as the shaft spins counter-clockwise, thus projecting the beater to 67 different points inside the 5-quart stainless-steel bowl. In deference to its power, the Soft-Start feature prevents splashing and flour clouds by gearing up to each speed gradually; then the electronic speed sensor kicks in to maintain a constant speed even when mixing the thickest batter. The bowl features a handle as well as two pins that hook into the lifting mechanism, which consists of a solid metal arm the same color as the mixer and a stainless-steel lever. A hinged attachment hub makes changing attachments easy. For safety, the mixer shuts down if an object obstructs the mixing process or if overloading occurs. The bowl, beater, and dough hook are dishwasher-safe. Assembled in Ohio, the mixer measures 16-1/2 by 12 by 14 inches and is backed by a hassle-free, one-year warranty. --Ann Bieri
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Stand mixer; 5-quart stainless-steel bowl; flat beater; spiral dough hook; wire whip.
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I originally had a KitchenAid pro 500 series with a 325 watt "heavy duty" motor with metal gears and a solid transmission design which I purchased over 20 years ago from Williams-Sonoma in "Williams-Sonoma Green." I moved, changed to an all black and white kitchen and with hardly any counter space, it was relegated to a hall closet. At 30lbs it was unwieldy at best, so the little baking I did became even littler. I finally sold it.
However, I do like to cook and I felt vulnerable w/o a mixer. I figured my Cuisinart food processor would fill the gap, but it didn't quite hit that same sweet spot, and a hand mixer, well, it was just so -- hand mixer.
When KitchenAid announced it was coming out with the Artisan-mini it sounded like the perfect solution--a stand mixer that was conservative on counter-space. I figured I would wait until some reviews were in and now that they are, I'm glad I didn't buy it. It sounds like it's a dog of a machine and at $335 (now a bit lower), it seemed relatively expensive. Also, it's only 250 watts, which is just 25 watts above KitchenAid's hand mixer. It all came down to a big "why bother?"
I turned elsewhere. The tilt head machines (Artisan, Classic Plus, Artisan Design) seemed to be plagued by mechanical issues arising from the combined use of plastic and metal parts rather than all metal. Buyers complained about a clanking noise, a grinding sound and metal shavings flaking into food. There were problems with the hinge mechanism-- over time the head would loosen, rock from side to side or break altogether. Models with coated attachments had problems with surface peeling with the result that plastic coating, sometimes in combination with metal shavings and grease, went into the food.
I wanted this as a mainstay in my kitchen, something that would provide years of use, not built-in obsolescence. My philosophy is to buy the right thing once, even if I have to pay more. I was becoming sorry I sold my old model, despite the fact it was green.
I then discovered this model which has been discontinued by KitchenAid. It doesn't say it's "solid state" but comments indicate it's all metal parts--the company confirms it has the "Direct-Drive Transmission and All-Metal Construction." It doesn't have the tilt-head mechanism, but instead the more reliable bowl lift design which is a characteristic of the larger models, which is what my old one had. Yes, it's big and heavy, but 5 quarts is still smaller than 6 or 7 and it's powerful, not the puny 250 watts of the Artisan-mini or KitchenAid Classic. According to reviewers this was made in 425 and 525 watt versions. I'm pleased that Amazon intuited my preference and sent me the more powerful 525 watt version.
As far as differences are concerned, the paddle, dough hook and bowl seem lighter and thinner than than the ones that came with my old KitchenAid. Items such as the bowl cover, pouring guard and quilted cover that were standard with my KitchenAid are now sold as "extras." Another diminution, but still--at least they're available.
As far as power is concerned, it comfortably handled cookie dough, but that's not much of a test so we'll see. Are the attachments tough enough? we'll see. on that too. I'll update this as necessary.
I did not put the bowl or paddle in the dishwasher. I noticed that a greasy residue remained on the bowl and paddle even after cleaning. I washed it again and again (altogether 5 times) then tried 409 but they still don't feel clean. The bowl also seems to have become stained -- by cookie dough? For an all stainless bowl, I think this is weird.
Yes, it's big and heavy but I've made room for this so it can remain on the counter. In terms of price, I got a lot more for less. This was at least $100 less than the Artisan-mini, it's compatible with all KitchenAid's many accessories whereas the Artisan-mini isn't, and I won't need to think twice about what I use it for--it's large enough to handle all my needs and at 525 watts it's a much more powerful and hopefully better made machine than the tilt-head versions.
All in all, this seems to be one of the most reliable models available--now if I could only clean that bowl to my satisfaction . . . !!!
Mechanically this is far superior to the Artisan model. It is also cheaper than the Artisan usually, because the Artisan is more about fashion (available in many colors) than about the actual business of cooking. Given that many people buy these simply as decorations for their designer kitchens, that makes sense on KitchenAid's part. For those of you who actually do cook though, this a better buy and second only to the 6 quart pro models that have more power.
Traditionally, We've always done Pizza dough 'by hand' in our home. (That's what we learned, way back in the '70s.) And recently, we've started to make our own bread in an effort to avoid unwanted preservatives (primarily, bromate) and to create some more healthier breads. We started with our typical recipe for Pizza Dough, which would make a couple of 8 - 10 inch pizzas, but the same quantities of flour and other ingredients would only make a single loaf of bread. I can't describe to you what a surprise it was to make a 'double batch' so we could bake two loafs at a time, rather than just one. But we did succeed and the bread came out just fine. Reflecting back, however, it was (as all the more modern people might be able to tell you in a matter of seconds) a whole lot of work.
Well since that time, we've been working toward getting some kitchen tools to help out. And the main one is the KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus.
I did some looking around, but my brother has a beautiful Artisan, I believe, and he's been super happy with that. But, realizing what a job it is to do a couple of loaves of bread, and appreciation for a little bit of 'over-engineering' for what you need to give your machine a bit of extra longevity, I wanted a little bit bigger machine. On the other hand, I'm not running a restaurant, or a bakery, so I didn't want to buy a machine that was way too big for what I needed. (Otherwise, I would be looking at a Hobart).
So, with our successful family experience with KitchenAid and my own tendency toward a bit of over-engineering, as well as a bit of experience (a long, long, long time ago) in the bakery industry and food industry, lead me to select the Pro 5 Plus.
I didn't buy one of these, blind. I checked out a lot of "You Tube" videos, including what they are like new, where they break and what it takes to fix them. I can tell you, though, I'm totally impressed with the fact that you can actually buy the parts off the shelf and fix them yourself, with just a bit of mechanical ability. My kind of "Good Stuff".
Out of the box, and on the table, and working, I'm already so impressed! And I'm becoming endeared with the machine. (Yes! ... I think you can love a machine).
I have a few minor-minor-minor issues;
1) the machine didn't come with the 'shield'. Although, if you are careful, follow directions, and "CAREFULLY" control your speed, you can likely avoid splattering your hard work all over the place. But I went back and ordered one anyway. There was a "You Tube" video where the lady used a towel to cover, even over the 'splash shield'. (I also ordered the 'Cover' for the machine ... due to arrive tomorrow). AZ is, after all, a dusty place.
2) Some of the videos I viewed had a bowl with a bit beefier handle on the Stainless Steel Bowl. I was a bit disappointed in the handle that comes with the Pro 5 Plus, that it wasn't all that 'beefy'. It is stainless steel as well, and it's well done, but it's just kind of a flat piece of metal. Another video was a 'rant' where the case of the machine was cracked, which caused the gears to strip, and then, of course, it doesn't work right. But I can tell you, that my machine didn't arrive with any cracks. It was well packed, and operated incredibly well out of the box. But, time, only, will tell how it holds up.
3) The AC Power cord (120 VAC) is 4 ft. long. [If you need 220 VAC, you will likely need to obtain a 'step-down' transformer to convert 220 VAC to 120 VAC to make it work]. One of the most difficult things to decide when you are engineering a product is how long to make the cord. There are so many varying conditions to take into consideration. If it is too long, you have to figure out where in heck you are going to put all the extra cord. If it is too short, then it doesn't make it to the wall socket. ... Well, a 5 ft cord would have been 'just right' for me. But 4 ft is so much better than it would be if it was a 3 ft cord. ... "'nuff said"
I mention those issues so that you can curb your expectations to the proper degree, and if you want 'more' you can get something else (like the next model up???), but I'm willing to live with the minor-minor-minor shortcomings and maybe upgrade later, add an extension or whatever. But the minor-minor-minor issues are not enough, to me, to drop even half a star.
My closing impression, though, is that it is an incredible machine. I am so looking forward to using it to create some really, really good stuff! I hope it helps you in making your decision for whatever machine you buy.