My mom’s birthday is coming up and I have been thinking about what to get her. It would be great if I bought her something worth this birthday. I remember a few weeks ago she told me she needs a stand mixer to replace her old kitchenaid hand mixer. So I thought a pink kitchenaid artisan 5 quart stand mixer (KSM150PSPK) would be a great birthday gift for her. In the meantime, I can only imagine her surprise and delight once she set her eyes on it as pink is her favourite color (Mine too!) and stand mixer is what she needs at the moment! Since I never buy anything without doing the research, I spent a considerable amount of time to check if they are actually worth buying. Here’s what I found out about the kitchenaid artisan 5 quart stand mixer.
What does it look like?
The first thing I noticed about the Kitchenaid artisan stand mixer is its look! It is beautiful to look at and is very sophisticated! I can already imagine the pink stand mixer in my mother’s kitchen and I know it’s really going to stand out!
If you don’t want it in pink, Kitchenaid offers a wide selection of 30 different colors which enables you to choose the one that complements your kitchen decor! So cool, right?
What is it made of?
The Kitchenaid artisan mixer’s body is made of metal which makes it sturdy and therefore ensures long-life. And its smooth finish makes cleaning a breeze!
Tilt-back head design:
It has a tilt-back head design which allows you to easily add ingredients in the bowl while mixing. It also makes it easier if you need to scrape down the sides of the bowl. With this design, you can easily remove both the bowl and beaters as well as remove the bowl alone without taking the beaters off and vice versa.
How tall is it and How much does it weigh?
The Kitchenaid artisan stand mixer is about 15 inches high and takes up a foot space and weighs about 20 pounds. At this weight, you probably don’t want to haul your stand mixer in and out of your cupboard for every use. So it will be convenient to allocate a permanent space on your kitchen countertop near a power source. It sure will be both worth its space as well as an eye-catching one.
The Kitchenaid artisan mixer comes with a 5 quart capacity mixing bowl which is large enough to accommodate 9 cups of flour. The mixing bowl is made of mirror polished stainless steel. It has an ergonomically designed contoured grip handle which makes it convenient for you to hold the handle with a better grip and lift the bowl comfortably without stressing your wrist when handling a heavy mixture.
The stand mixer also comes with a rugged clear plastic pouring shield which is fitted around the top of the mixing bowl. It has a large chute that enables you to add ingredients into the bowl while the mixer operates and the shield prevents the ingredients from splattering out of the bowl. Pouring shield really makes our job easier by not having to stop the mixer every time to add the ingredients into the bowl.
How much power does it have?
The Kitchenaid artisan mixer has 325 watts of mixing power. It effectively mixes even the heaviest doughs and batters which are used to bake large number of cakes and pizzas. It makes it so easy as child’s play to cream butter, knead dough and whip cream.
Unique 67-point planetary mixing action:
The stand mixer has a unique 67-point planetary mixing action, which means the beater spins clockwise while the shaft spins counter clockwise, allowing the beater to move around 67 different touch-points within the bowl. This unique mixing action reaches every part of the bowl and thoroughly blends ingredients eliminating the need to stop to rotate and scrape the bowl.
How fast it can go?
The mixer has a 10 speed control panel where you can select the speed by sliding the knob. The speed options ranges from a very slow stir to a very fast whip. The 10 variable speeds makes it very flexible to use and gives you more control with mixing. It makes it easy for you to do everything from whipping delicate egg whites or cream to kneading stiff dough. It has a slow start feature where beaters starts slowly at the beginning of the process and gradually picking up the speed to your initial speed setting so that the ingredients do not splatter out of the mixing bowl.
Use this speed control guide to select the right speed required for your recipe.
Stir – Use this for slow stirring, combining, mashing and starting all mixing procedures.
2 – Use this for slow mixing, mashing and faster stirring. Use it to mix heavy batters and knead yeast dough.
4 – Use this for beating and mixing semi-heavy batters such as cookies.
6 – Use this for medium fast beating, creaming or whipping.
8 – Use this for fast beating and whipping cream, egg whites and boiled frostings.
10 – Use this for fast whipping small amounts of cream or egg whites.
Use speeds 3, 5, 7 and 9 for finer adjustment.
Is it dishwasher safe?
The mixing bowl, pouring shield, white coated flat beater, white coated dough hook are dishwasher safe. Wire whip should be hand washed. All nylon coated attachments are dishwasher safe.
What comes in the box with the Kitchenaid artisan 5 quart stand mixer?
The stand mixer comes with a mixing bowl, pouring shield, instruction manual and 3 standard attachments – flat beater, ‘C’ dough hook and wire whip.
1. Flat Beater:
Flat beater with a non-stick nylon white coating is ideal for normal to heavy mixing. It can be used for mixing cake batters, cookie dough, meat loaf and mashing potatoes.
2. ‘C’ Dough Hook:
‘C’ shaped dough hook mixes and kneads yeast dough for bread, pizza, rolls and pasta recipes. ‘C’ shaped hook is a non-stick nylon white coated with a disk at the top to prevent sticking. It mixes and kneads the dough for you saving both time and effort of hand kneading while allowing you to do other tasks in the meantime.
3. Wire Whip:
The wire whip quickly and efficiently beats air into and fluffs up egg whites, cream, mayonnaise, angel food cake and any other stuffs that need good airing.
All 3 attachments can be easily fitted to the beater shaft with a simple twist.
The stand mixer has a multi-purpose attachment hub for optional attachments. Kitchenaid offers many extra attachments that converts your stand mixer into a desired appliance and can replace almost every kitchen appliance you have. The best part is, the optional attachments can be used with all the kitchenaid stand mixer models because all the models have the same attachment hub.
The following are the optional attachments to transform your stand mixer to your desired appliance!
1. Citrus Juicer:
Great for extracting juice from all citrus fruit – lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit.
2. Food grinder:
Grinds meat, fruits, vegetables, coffee, nuts and more.
3. Fruit and vegetable strainer:
Make fruit and vegetable sauces, jams, baby foods, chutneys, soups and more. This can be used along with the food grinder.
4. Grain Mill:
With this attachment, you can make your own flour from low-moisture, non-oily grains such as wheat, rye, oats, rice, barley, buck wheat, millet and corn.
5. Ice cream maker:
This attachment turns your stand mixer into an ice cream maker. It becomes much easier to make your favourite ice cream, or frozen yogurt or sorbet in a 2 quart bowl attachment in about 20-30 minutes.
6. Pasta roller and cutter:
This attachment comes with a 1) pasta roller for rolling your pasta dough into thick or thin sheets. The roller has an adjustable knob for setting the thickness 2) a fettuccine cutter for thicker pasta and 3) a linguine fini cutter for thinner noodles.
7. Ravioli Maker:
Make home made ravioli quickly using this attachment which will pinch and seal in your favourite fillings into large pockets. You can use the pasta roller attachment to roll your pasta dough into sheets.
8. Sausage Stuffer:
Using this attachment, you can easily stuff variety of sausages quickly. This attachment comes with two stuffing tubes – a small and a large tube. Use the small one to make breakfast-sized sausages and large one to make Italian, polish, bratwurst and more. This is used along with the food grinder attachment.
9. Slicer and shredder:
This attachment comes with 4 chrome-plated steel cones, plastic housing and metal shaft. 2 slicing cones – thin and thick slicer for slicing fruits and vegetables and 2 shredding cones – fine and coarse shredder for shredding vegetables, cheese and nuts. This attachment turns your stand mixer into a food processor.
10. Can opener:
The versatility of kitchenaid stand mixer even turns it into a can opener! Using this attachment you can easily, quickly and efficiently open just about any size can. Some of these attachments come both separately as well as in a kit. You can buy the attachments based on how often you will be using it since some of them are expensive.
How much should you expect to pay?
The Kitchenaid artisan 5 quart stand mixer is available on the Kitchenaid website for $349 but you really shouldn’t be paying any more than $300 for this stand mixer. The cheapest I have seen it is on Amazon who consistently sell this stand mixer for under $300.
Does it include a Warranty?
Yes, the Kitchenaid artisan 5 quart stand mixer includes a hassle-free total replacement warranty and a 1-year full warranty. If your stand mixer breaks within 1 year, they will take away your old one and provide you with a brand new one with a fresh 1 year total replacement warranty.
What others are saying?
This stand mixer has received rave reviews from most customers on the net with an average of 4.5 out of 5 from most reviewers on Amazon. Here are some of the comments to date:
- “If you’re thinking about buying this mixer, GO FOR IT!”
- “Best mixer ever! Love, Love, Love it! A+ A+ A+ A+”
- “Excellent quality and FUN to use!!!”
- “Why didn’t I get one sooner?”
- “My pink helper”
- “Function + Style”
- “Great gift for my GF”
- “Why did I wait so long?”
- “Great mixer, well worth the money”
- “Wonderful mixer”
- “Kick ass!”
1. Beater doesn’t reach the bottom of the bowl:
Many people complain that the beater doesn’t completely reach the bottom of the bowl and as a result they find themselves constantly scraping down the bowl to ensure that the ingredients are mixed evenly. This can be easily solved by adjusting the small screw located at the base of the motor.
2. Oil leak that result due to infrequent use:
Many complainers consider this as a design defect. However this only cause due to infrequent use of your stand mixer. So if you are an occasional user, Kitchenaid suggests you to run your stand mixer at the maximum speed i.e., speed 10, once a week for atleast 2 minutes just to keep the grease lubricating. By not doing this, the packed grease can break down resulting in oil leak!
Where can you buy the kitchenaid artisan 5 quart stand mixer?
You can buy the Kitchenaid artisan 5 quart stand mixer from Amazon. At the moment they include free shipping and from what I can tell when comparing prices with other online merchants, Amazon do currently have the best deal especially with the free shipping option. Click to buy the:
1. Pink Kitchenaid Artisan 5 Quart Stand Mixer
If you purchase in pink color, Kitchenaid will donate $50 to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
4. Or Do you want the glass bowl model instead of stainless steel bowl? The Kitchenaid Artisan 5 Quart Series even comes with a glass bowl!
Click to buy the glass bowl model in colors Candy Apple red, Electric blue and Sugar pearl
Where can you read more reviews for the kitchenaid artisan 5 quart stand mixer?
The best place for reviews from people who actually use the product is Amazon.
For pink stand mixer reviews, read here.
For other colors’ stand mixer reviews, read here.