If you love to cook and bake for family and friends, a new stand mixer can make your time in the kitchen even more efficient and enjoyable. KitchenAid has been a go-to brand for stand mixers for nearly a century, so you may already have narrowed your choices to the KitchenAid brand. You might choose the KitchenAid Pro 500 for a variety of benefits: 5-qt. bowl, large enough to make nine dozen cookies, seven pounds of mashed potatoes or up to four loaves of bread; 67-point planetary mixing action for quick, even blending; soft start feature for less splatter; and durable, die-cast metal body plus direct drive transmission.
In addition, the KitchenAid Professional 5-qt. mixer features a lift-bowl design to raise the bowl into position instead of a tilt-head design found in the smaller KitchenAid Classic mixer. While the tilt design works better with basic batters and takes up less space on your counter, the lift-bowl design is better able to handle heavier ingredients and mixtures. If a 5-qt. bowl isn't big enough for your baking needs and you want more power than the 450-watt motor in the KitchenAid Professional 5, you may want to select the KitchenAid Professional 600, which offers a 575-watt motor as well a 6-qt. bowl with lift design.
Getting the Most Out of Your KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Mixer
The KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus mixer includes a flat beater, a PowerKnead spiral dough hook and a stainless-steel wire whip for batters, doughs and meringues. Plus, you can buy additional KitchenAid attachments to expand your baking and culinary repertoire, ensuring your KitchenAid Pro 500 series mixer is an indispensable part of your kitchen. A KitchenAid food processor attachment can slice, shred and julienne your favorite vegetables, fruits and cheeses, from thick to thin. A KitchenAid pasta attachment lets you create a variety of your favorite pasta dishes, including spaghetti and fettuccine, at just the right thickness. The KitchenAid meat grinder takes on even challenging ingredients: you can grind fresh meat for burgers or sausage, and finely crumble other foods like breads and cheeses with ease. And don't forget dessert. With the KitchenAid ice cream maker, you can produce sweet treats at home, including homemade ice cream, chocolate-covered strawberries and other flavorful frozen desserts your family will love.