KitchenAid Professional 500 Series Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer: Get some help in the kitchen from this Bowl-Lift stand mixer. Use the slider controls to select from 1 of 10 available speeds. Add the attachment of your choice, including a Powerknead spiral dough hook, a flat beater and a stainless steel wire whip.
Ideal for various kitchen tasks
10 speeds provide the versatility you need to bake your favorite recipes.
Bowl-lift design offers stability
Enjoy sturdy support when mixing large batches. Use the lever to smoothly raise the mixing bowl into position.
5-quart polished stainless steel bowl
With a wide mouth and handle offers room to make large portions.
Multipurpose attachment hub
Makes it easy to swap out the included Powerknead spiral dough hook, flat beater and stainless steel wire whip.
Enjoy powerful performance
The direct-drive transmission, all-steel gears and all-metal construction create a durable design and offer reliable operation.
Excellent Mixer, Poor Reviews Result of User Error
I bought this as a gift for my sister on a whim when it was a 60% off deal of the day. I figured it was high quality as its part of their professional series. Once I pulled the trigger, I began researching customer reviews and identified more than a few negative ratings and experiences. Most centered around the mixer's motors burning out within 18 to 24 months of use. I started to feel a sense of buyer's remorse, thinking I may have selected a defective or poor quality mixer. I warned my sister and she looked into it. Her research showed that the negative reviews were a result of user error and misuse, where most of the owners put dense ingredients into the bowl and immediately kicked the mixer into its highest gear. She told me that not doing that would be common sense for anyone familiar with the appliance, and that perhaps those people were not well informed, and didn't read or follow the instructions and recommendations from Kitchen Aid. I gave her the mixer last week and she was able to run a few test drives, which was a treat for me. Her feedback was extremely positive! She loves the mixer, views it as high quality, and is confident it will stand up to the test of time.
For background, she's a moderate to casual user. She uses the mixer to cook and bake for others as well as herself, and also uses the mixer heavily for regular, weekly meal prep.
I'm extremely happy with the mixer for its high quality as an appliance and gift for my little sister.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I bought this mixer for my wife as a pre-Christmas present for when she makes cookies for the holidays. Her friend has one that she was always talking about so I felt it was a worthwhile purchase at the sales price. My wife could not say enough good things about it after the first round of baking, she loves it.
A:AnswerI certainly hope the bowl lifter version is not being discontinued! I consider that to be an indispensable feature on my decades old Pro Line mixer with a 7 quart bowl. If it ever dies it will definitely be replaced with another bowl lifter model. The bowl lifter feature attaches the bowl very rigidly to the lifter frame, ensuring rock solid stability during use with simple detachment when done.
My mixer, like many others mentioned in these posts, Was too tall to fit under our 1970's vintage kitchen cabinets when we first bought it. So when we remodeled several years later an important spec was clearance between counter top and upper cabinet bottoms. We specified this at 1/2 inch greater that the height of the mixer. We never store the mixer on the counter top but the clearance is handy when we need to push the mixer back out of the way temporarily during food preparation. The mixer is stored in a large floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinet with four shallow slide-out drawers in the bottom section. Height from the top of the top drawer to the bottom rail of the upper cabinet is, you guessed it, 1/2 inch greater than the height of the mixer. Making the height of the mixer any less than it is would definitely sacrifice utility of the machine.
A:AnswerNo. An ordinary bowl would not work with this mixer. The manufacturer bowl is designed with fittings on the side that secure it into place on the mixer. The bowl-lift feature then raises the bowl to the proper level for mixing, where the beaters clear the edge of the bowl at exactly that height and width. You can purchase additional bowls, however.