KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series Stand Mixers - Metallic Chrome
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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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|Color||Metallic Chrome||Silver||Nickel Pearl||Black||Empire Red||Empire Red|
|Item Dimensions||19.4 x 17.3 x 13.3 in||14 x 8.8 x 14 in||9 x 7.25 x 17 in||17 x 19.1 x 13 in||19.4 x 17.2 x 13.29 in||13.3 x 10.4 x 16.4 in|
|Item Weight||—||22 lbs||29 lbs||28.7 lbs||—||29 lbs|
|Material Type||metal, stainless-steel||Metal||Steel, Iron||STAINLESS STEEL||Stainless Steel||metal, stainless-steel|
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.
Update Oct. 2017. I'm a little less in love. The mixer's purpose in this house is to make bread dough, which I generally make a little on the wet side, so it shouldn't be an issue for a stand mixer. Also, I never added the maximum amount of flour the specs call for. About a month ago, the motor had issues and just went crazy. Kitchen Aid didn't offer much in the way of repair, so my hubby took it apart and ordered replacement parts (looked like a gear and a stem) and he fixed it himself. While I know that stuff happens, I only had the mixer for about 9 months before it failed. I took care of it and never overtaxed it, to my knowledge. So there you are. If it breaks again, I'll probably get a new stand mixer, but not a Kitchen Aid.
UPDATE 11/18/2013: After a year and a half of use, we've hit our first bump in the road with this mixer. Since we started using it to knead bread a few months back it has been put to the test as far as load on the motor goes. Well just a couple of days ago we were mixing a double load of dough in the mixer (not exceeding 2 on the dough hook per directions) and the motor housing started to get extremely hot. Furthermore oil started dripping from the mixer shaft that extends out of the planetary (the section on the bottom of the mixer head).
We did some reasearch and many sites said not to mix more than 8 cups of dough at a time in the bowl. This dough batch was about 6 cups. So I would say don't mix 6-8 cups of dough. If you're thinking of doubling up loaf mixing, just don't do it. Keeping the machine at 2 is fine, but listen for the sound of motor strain. We noticed before we shut it off that the motor was sounding sluggish. If you hear the motor straining, then just shut it off and let it cool down.
As for the oil leak, it is food-grade grease inside there so don't freak out. At the same time, the grease has been in there for over a year so it's no longer the bright yellow vaseline-looking stuff. It's now dark black and brown due to heating over and over with use. The oil dripping out of the space in the planetary mixing shaft is due to the heating of the grease inside the gear box. The grease will separate as it heats (just like melting butter or lard). So as the motor and gears heat up to the upper tolerances and beyond, you can expect that a bit of oil might leak out. Do not freak out about it. Just monitor the machine for further leaking on subsequent uses. If it's still leaking you'll have some more small appliance repairs ahead of you (don't worry they're so easy that a caveman could do it). KitchenAid recommends that on mixers that sit for a long time unused, you run the motor on high once in a while to agitate the grease and keep it congealed. Apparently sitting for very long periods (months?) can lead to a breakdown in the grease.
Now for the good news...KitchenAid mixers are realitively easy to fix. It usually requires just replacing a part (or grease). We took the cover off of ours to see if there was a grease leak inside. We were pleased to see that there wasn't. Furthermore, we were pleased to see that the transmission cover was the higher-grade metal style instead of the black plastic one. So KitchenAid must have caught on about complaints against plastic and just abandoned that part. If you have a black plastic one check it for cracks or breaks. If there are any discontinue use and replace the housing. You don't want the machine breaking any further and costing you more in repairs.
Some reviews in the internet at large make mention of a plastic or rubberized worm gear. After scouring the web, it appears that the rubber/plastic worm gear is a part in the "tilt-head" mixer, not this one. Regardless, complaints about that part are unfounded. KitchenAid made the part like that on purpose so that it would fail due to strain before the motor, thus saving you the cost of motor repair (about $90 for the motor). Back to the parts for this mixer though...here's the best way we've found to acquire new parts: 1) Go to ereplacementparts website and type in your model number to find the parts you need. I found the the parts diagrams and listing were very helpful. 2) Come back here to Amazon and look for that same part here. Often you'll find it cheaper, and sometimes with free shipping. 3) Do a video search on the web for KitchenAid mixer repair. You'll find a fair number of videos that walk you through a repair. In most cases it's just the swapping out of a parts. If there's more involved than that, I can't think of how.
For those reviewers claiming they've got a 30-year old KitchenAid from their youth, that's great. However, you might consider inspecting the grease inside the motor to see if it needs replaced. It's $25 for a can and even if your mixer still works, prevtentative maintenance will ensure that it continues to do so.
Bottom line: The mixer is reliable and heavy duty enough for our very small family kitchen. When it has problems, the internet is a treasure trove of knowledge about how to fix it. Fixing it yourself is very simple if you don't mind getting messy. Plus, it saves you money on shipping and labor to have someone else first investigate the problem ($50) then fix it (another $50-100 plus parts).