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The KitchenAid® Pro 5™ Plus 5 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer is perfect for heavy, dense mixtures. It offers the capacity to make up to 9 dozen cookies in a single batch and 10 speeds to thoroughly mix, knead and whip ingredients quickly and easily. For even more versatility, use the power hub to turn your stand mixer into a culinary center, with over 10 optional hub powered attachments*, from food grinders to pasta makers and more. *sold separately.
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.
Unlike some other stand mixers, this mixer is solid and stable. I’ve tested kneading hard dough to whisking egg whites to making medium consistency batter and this mixer has exceeded my expectations in all tasks. The bowl-lift design and the handle make it easy to attach and detach the bowl from the mixer. I would definitely recommend this stand mixer as a must have small appliance in any kitchen!
Make dough for 3 16" pizza's every week. The motor handles the 5qts of dough mix with ease. Quality is top-notch, makes me happy when I am using it. Pizza dough comes out super soft and smooth something that I was not ever able to achieve kneading with my hands only.
So we bought a non pro version when we got married and we love it. However, once we saw this on a Black Friday deal, my goodness, we had to buy another. This thing is taller, lighter and a much better buy than the standard we bought. Personally I love this more than the standard series and love the navy color. Ps, free shipping arrived in just 2 days. Top notch all the way around.
My wife is very happy with her mixer! She joked she always needed one for her countertop like a piece of art. It’s definitely more then art! Made her holiday baking easier then its ever been. We read other reviews and some had me concerned, especially with the price! Following the advice of some of the more detailed reviews I don’t see having the issues from the low ratings, those are definitely user error! Start low and slow and gradually add ingredients and it should run smoothly for years, and look like a piece of art when it’s not being used lol. She’s happy so I’m happy!
This was a unique situation! I ordered and got a Kitchenaid that was used and oily and nothing like I imagined. So I returned at the store and I ordered again! It came perfectly packed and brand new item as I was expecting for the first one! It is a beautiful blue color mixer and works great! It makes a slight metallic sound but I think it’s normal! Fast and the best! Love it!
Used my mixer for the first time today. Absolutely love it. Runs so smooth,mixes evenly. Nothing moves or vibrates during mixing because its so heavy and solid. Bowl snaps on with ease with a push,love the whisk which is all I ve used so far. It just fit under my cabinet. Got a great sale price during the holidays through Best Buy. Been waiting a long time for the best price. Well worth it. As Im getting older this will allow me to mix bread doughs and other batters that are tough to blend. So excited to use this mixer!
I found the color I was looking for at the best price ever!
I sincerely recommend it, when it comes to quality and performance. It does the job a lot faster and easier especially for that delicious and fluffy bread making and so many other goodies.
Now, when it comes to the weight. It is a quite heavy, but then a light weight equipment might not have the same performance or better yet durability.
I'm very excited to have it. It came in the best time!
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.