Review: KitchenAid Artisan® Series 5-Quart Mixer
Ask almost any foodie, chef, or cook out there about a must-have appliance for their kitchen, and I guarantee you'll hear about KitchenAid mixers. More than just a name, they have become a signature standard for baking and cooking in the home. Powerfully versatile and built to last.
Ever since I set up my own kitchen, I've wanted a KitchenAid mixer. I'd pass by the displays in the stores, drool, be tempted to drop the cash on one, and instead promise myself "one day". It was at our wedding that we were surprised with the incredible gift of an Artisan® Series 5-Quart Mixer. Since then, I can't fathom using anything else when it's time to bake.
The mixer itself has a beautiful thick steel construction. The weight and the feel gives the impression of durability. With a powerful ten-speed motor powering the appliance, you can do anything from kneading thick bread dough to whipping cream into fluffy clouds.
On top of just your basic mixing, kneading, and whisking needs; KitchenAid offers a myriad of accessories that attach to the top motor. Thus your mixer also acts as a power hub to do anything from grinding meat, shredding vegetables, making pasta, ice cream, or even sausage. It all comes down to what accessories you want to purchase on the side.
With twenty colors to choose from, it's an appliance you can customize to be your own. We chose Imperial Black.
What we liked
I'd more ask "what's not to like?" I love how how the mixer has a durable solid metal construction. Outside of the pouring shield, there is no plastic in the build or included accessories. The 5-quart bowl is made of stainless steel and has a handle attached for easy pouring or even if you're holding said bowl for spooning, like maybe when you're making cookies or frosting a cake.
Despite its plastic makeup, I like the pour shield. It's something I have not seen included on most stand mixers I've encountered. It fits decently on the bowl and prevents those accidents of flour or powdered sugar when you add said ingredients into a moving mixture.
The accessories are a major point of happiness, and would tell anyone it’s worth investing in a KitchenAid simply for all you can do beyond the typical mix. This past Christmas, Zuzana spoiled me with the food grinder, as I'll make use of it in making a smooth pâté. The sausage attachment is in the works as well, as it's something I've wanted to learn for years.
Even without added accessories, you can do a lot with the basic kit that's included. You get a dough hook, flat beater, and a 6 wire whip. Again, all are steel construction, with the dough hook and flat beater coated in solid nylon for non-stick functionality.
What we were on the fence about
Despite my praise, I did find some small faults with the Artisan® Series 5-Quart Mixer. I first noticed that when I use the mixer for longer periods (10-20 minutes), the power hub (top half) will get very warm. I’m not sure if this is normal, or if one day it might burn out. We’ll just have to see.
I’ll also say that while I like the tilt-head design, I do notice the mixer sometimes moving a tiny bit when I was kneading bread dough. This is in spite of the lock set on. Mind you this only happened when I was kneading heavy dough, nothing else.
The pour shield is wonderful, but I do worry about the thin plastic construction. Seems like it could easily break. Thankfully you can find replacements easily. I did mention it fits on “decently”, but I’ll add it doesn’t fit perfectly, and will seem loose sometimes on top of the bowl.
Some ideas for you to try
If you happen to take the plunge and purchase yourself a KitchenAid mixer, I’ve got a handful of delicious recipes for you to try: