Our KitchenAid 5qt Artisan Stand Mixer Review
The Best Stand Mixer Ever
Why We Love the Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer
Anyone who loves to bake is just going to fall in love with the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer for a whole lot of reasons – the look – the performance and of course, the price.
This iconic piece of kitchen equipment was introduced in 1919 and was the first stand mixer available. Since then, it has whipped up countless confections and become an American Classic, beloved for its’ beauty and functionality. Here’s why…
What does it look like?
It’s a little piece of heaven in your kitchen. The fact is, the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer is gorgeous to look at. I absolutely love mine. This is not an item that you will put into a cupboard and forget. Mine sits out on my kitchen counter even though I don’t have a lot of space. Even if you don’t think you’ll use it (which you will!) it’s worth buying just because it looks so fabulous! And with around 26 colors to choose from, you are spoilt for choice!
You can probably tell already that we really like the Kitchenaid Artisan 5qt Stand Mixer…but then what’s not to like? This is one of those must-haves in the kitchen…at least for those that do a lot of baking.
How big is it?
The mixer stands 15 inches high and is a foot across. Don’t even begin to measure up cupboard space for it. You’ll want to use it all the time and when you’re not using it, you’ll be gazing happily at it…trust me! Just clear a prominent area of countertop (near a power source) and fall in love.
But apart from wanting to keep it out on the counter to gaze lovingly at it, let’s be practical for a minute…at over 20 pounds, you really aren’t going to want to be lifting this baby in and out of the kitchen cabinet every time you need to use it.
What can it do?
This mixer looks sturdy and it is. It has 325 watts of power so easily creams butter, kneads dough or whips cream. All you have to do is pour the ingredients into the deep bowl, tilt the top of the machine so that the paddles go into the bowl, turn it on and let it do its’ stuff. All of the attachments are strongly built and are easy to insert into the beater shaft with one twist.
What’s in the Box?
The Artisan Kitchenaid Stand Mixer comes with three attachments.
- There’s a flat beater for making batter or a much stiffer meatloaf mix…and any texture in between those two.
- A wire whip makes short work of fluffing up egg whites, mayonnaise, angel food cake or anything that needs a good airing.
- Last but not least, a dough hook will have you making your own delicious bread. It mixes and kneads the dough for you. You get the tantalizing smell and wonderful taste of fresh, homemade bread (and the compliments!) without the grunt work!
The mixing bowl
- The Artisan comes with a 5-quart stainless steel mixing bowl. It has an ergonomic handle which is specially contoured to fit your hand comfortably. This means that you can lift the bowl easily and safely without painfully straining your wrist, – even when it’s full of heavy mixture.
Unique and thorough mixing action
- As the shaft spins counter clockwise, the beaters spin clockwise. This moves the beaters to an amazing 67 points of the bowl. We found that it works extremely well at ensuring all of the ingredients are blended and we didn’t have to keep turning the bowl around or scrape down the sides.
- There have been some complaints about the inability of the beaters to reach the entire bowl resulting in the need to constantly scrape down the bowl to ensure that everything is mixed evenly.
To remove the bowl from the stand:
- Turn off the mixer and unplug it
- You may find it easier to remove the mixer attachment that you have been using
- Take hold of the handle and place one hand on the side of the bowl opposite the handle and twist the bowl to the left (counterclockwise)
- The bowl can then be removed from the base
How fast do you want to go?
The Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer offers 10 speeds. There is a slow stir option, going right up to a very high speed, so you have total control over the mixing process required for your recipe. The speeds are chosen by the simple movement of a large knob.
Speed Control Guide
- Stir – used for stirring, combing, mashing and starting all mixing procedures.
- 2 – used for slow mixing, mashing, faster stirring. Used for preparing yeast doughs.
- 3 – used for mixing and beating semi heavy batters.
- 6 – used for beating and creaming or whipping.
- 8 – used for fast beating and whipping cream, egg whites and boiled frostings.
- 10 – used for fast whipping small amounts of cream or egg whites.
- Speeds 3, 5, 7 and 9 can be used for finer control.
Clean up’s a breeze…
- The mixer comes with a clear, 2 piece pouring shield which fits snugly around the rim of the mixing bowl to stop ingredients from flying out when the Artisan is hard at work.
- A chute makes it easy to add ingredients to the mix without spills.
- Because the mixer head tilts right back, it’s easy to gain access to both the bowl and the beaters.
- The mixer head is held securely in place by a locking lever and the bowl locks in place on the base to avoid rocking while mixing, or knocking it over when tilting the head back to insert or remove the beaters.
Is it Dishwasher Safe?
- Yes and no. The bowl, flat beater and the dough hook can be washed in the dishwasher. Anything else needs to be hand washed.
Is the KitchenAid Stand Mixer Worth the Price?
- When you purchase one of these stand mixers you are getting a piece of equipment that has been manufactured to the highest quality.
- Your KitchenAid will last for years, I have had mine for quite a few years now and it still performs without a hitch.
- There are so many attachments that you can add to make this one of the most versatile mixers on the market.
- The color choices are second to none
One of the most consumer-friendly aspects of the KitchenAid mixers is that all models have the same hub for attaching accessories. So, all attachments fit just about all mixers. Genius! There are so many different attachments available, here are just some of the ones available so that you get even more use from your mixer…
- Pasta Rollers and Cutters
- Pasta Press
- Ice Cream Maker
- Grain Mill
- Vegetable Slicer & Shredder
- Vegetable Spiralizer
- Assorted Beaters
- Citrus Juicer
Where is the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Made?
- These mixers are made in the USA at the KitchenAid factory in Greenhill, Ohio
- Besides Ohio, they also have manufacturing facilities in South Carolina, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, and Mississipi.
Where Can You Get The Best Price?
- We found that Amazon consistently has the best price.
What more can we say about the KitchenAid 5qt Artisan Stand Mixer? This is definitely one for the Xmas or Birthday list…if you can wait that long!