KitchenAid® Stand Mixer Professional 5 Plus
Mmmmm the Professional 5 Stand Mixer – my personal fav! I actually happened upon this one quite innocently. I, sadly, bought my first stand mixer from a local store that had it on sale. I was sooo excited and happy to finally have one, but when I started working with it, it was clear that something was not right with the motor as it was louder than expected.
So, no problem. Called the store back – gonna replace it. Sorry – that was last year’s model. The new ones are twice the price. We can only give you a refund. I was devastated (those KitchenAid® lovers out there will understand EXACTLY what I mean!).
So I called KitchenAid® directly, explained the situation, and within minutes that had it all arranged to send me a new one. Yes, my model was no longer available, so they bumped me up to the next level – the pro 5. Yeah baby!
This mixer has a drop bowl, meaning that there is a handle at the back that will raise and lower the bowl into mixing position. It also has a wider bowl on it than the other mixers KitchenAid® offers. These together allow for great access to adding new ingredients to the mix, or scraping down the sides.
It’s a power house and I use it as often as I can! Unlike most stand mixers where you are used to seeing two beaters, these stands only use one beater that does the work of two. It actually spins in two ways – the standard spin, but then also a rotation of the spinning paddle which moves it all around the bowl. It is tough and durable for mixing bread dough of all types as well.
As with all KitchenAid® attachments, clean these by hand to avoid any sort of dishwasher wear and tear or discolouration of the steel.
I recommend buying this online if you can – you are likely to get a better price than having to shop around to your local stores. You can also be confident you are not getting a returned item off of the shelf in a store – especially when you are working with motorized parts, things that could have been in someone else’s dishwasher (yuck), or just in case someone returned a lemon that got restocked. Let the post man do all of the work.
Then, ensure that you register your model with KitchenAid® online for warranty purposes. Way better than returning to the store. They simply ship you a new one – the same model or the next step up – if there are any issues.