The popularity of Kitchen Aid stand mixers among chefs and bakers, both amateurs and professionals, is not surprising in light of many factors including over 7000 five star reviews.
Artisan – a skilled workman or a craftsman. Most, if not all, chefs and bakers consider themselves artisans of the highest order for the obvious reason that their beautiful and delectable works of art are made lovingly by hand.
The 5-quart Kitchen Aid Artisan stand mixer is a work of art, a thing of beauty in itself. It is a source of pride for owners who choose to display it on the kitchen counter, thanks to its streamlined, sleek and stylish design from the machine to the bowl.
As we so often say, if you have it, then flaunt it and the Kitchen Aid Artisan stand mixers definitely have the “It” factor.
Features and Specifications
Beyond their beautiful exteriors, Kitchen Aid stand mixers are also well-known for their great performance and great features:
- 325-watt of power in its motor.
- 10 speeds that soon prove useful in making various batters, dough and other mixtures for cakes, cookies and breads.
- Tilt-back head for fast, easy and convenient access to the bowl.
- 5-quart stainless steel bowl with 2-piece pouring shield accented by a large chute.
- Attachments like flat beater, wire whip and dough hook.
The available of many colors for the 5-quart Kitchen Aid Artisan stand mixer evoke the delicious dishes and desserts that can be made from it.
Choose from Almond Cream, Yellow Pepper, Buttercup and Pear as well as the usual Imperial Black, Empire Red and Tangerine, among others.
Like most Kitchen Aid stand mixers, the 5-quart Artisan requires at least a square foot of counter space with approximately 20 inches clearance between the counter and any overhead cabinet.
The durable construction makes this mixer on the medium-heavy side so it is best to find a permanent space lest you risk muscle sprains from carrying the 5-quart Kitchen Aid Artisan stand mixer from counter to table and back again!
With its 325-watt motor, the 5-quart Kitchen Aid Artisan stand mixer is one of the home-use-only Kitchen Aid stand mixers. Yes, it can be used to make mixtures intended for large families, but if you intend to use it for commercial purposes, then you can expect to be disappointed.
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When used according to its capacity, it makes creaming butter, whipping cream, kneading dough and mixing wet and dry ingredients a breeze.
We find that the three attachments are par for the course where home Kitchen Aid stand mixers are concerned. You can alternate these attachments based on your desired activity – wire whip for mayonnaise, egg whites and other air-infused desserts; flat beater for cake batter and meat loaves; and dough hook for kneading dough for bread, cookies and pastries.
These attachments may not be too fancy but they will suffice for the purpose of mixing and kneading your ingredients.
The wet and dry ingredients are mixed thoroughly, thanks to the unique mixing action of the stand mixer. While the beater spins in a clockwise direction, the shaft spins in a counter-clockwise direction. The beater then moves in 67 different points on its own, thus, eliminating the need to manually rotate the bowl and to scrape ingredients off its sides.
As with most modern Kitchen Aid stand mixers, the pouring shield with its large feed chute makes adding and mixing ingredients less messy. No worries about icing, batter and other ingredients making a mess on your clothes and your kitchen because everything is kept inside the bowl!
Optional attachments are also available from a citrus juicer to a sausage stuffer, making the unit a chef’s dream, as they can handle almost any job.
The 5-quart Kitchen Aid Artisan stand mixer is also a dream to clean after use. Wipe the body with a moist towel while the bowl and its attachment can be removed and then placed inside the dishwasher.
Consumer reviews in sites like Amazon.com reveals that most customers are satisfied with the performance of this stand.
However, there are a few complaints like unsuitability for high-load batters, oil leaks from the machinery when it is not used often, and relatively noisy motor.
To date this mixer averages 4.6 stars from a massive 7000 KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Reviews on Amazon. This doesn’t really need any further debate, you simply can’t get that level of rating from such a large group of users unless you have a true quality machine.
In conclusion, the 5-quart Kitchen Aid Artisan stand mixer is a great mixer although its bread-making capability in medium to large orders is questionable.
Among the numerous Kitchen Aid stand mixers, the Artisan is one of the best despite its few limitations so we suggest seriously considering it when you want to buy a new stand mixer.