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.
Over 10 attachments available*, to make everything from fresh pasta to burgers, veggie noodles, ice cream and more. * sold separately.
5 quart stainless steel bowl with handle for up to 9 dozen cookies in a single batch
Bowl-lift design for sturdy bowl support when mixing heavy ingredients or large batches
10 optimized speeds powerful enough for nearly any task or recipe
67 touchpoints around the mixer bowl for great mixing results
Includes a Coated Flat Beater, Coated Powerknead™ Spiral Dough Hook and Wire Whip
Pro 5 Plus Series Bowl-lift Stand Mixer - Ink Blue
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.
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.
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.
Product is rock solid. Feel and looks great. Works just as well. I use it for preparing dough and it does it very well. Haven’t tried the slicer attachment yet but I’m sure it will be easy and painless (unless I stick my hand in the wrong place).
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.