Reviews By Jennette Ross / November 8, 2014 - Swipe left/right to see more Our Rating: View The Best Price On Amazon Food mixers are quite possibly a kitchen upgrade worth splurging on. While your kitchen may never be fancy enough to require a sous chef, I doubt any cook would pass on a little extra help when it's time to roll up sleeves and start cooking. Food mixers are by no means a sous chef, but they are great little kitchen helpers. And the KitchenAid 5 quart mixer is to be a great helper for any cook, fancy or not so fancy. The 5 plus 5 is known and esteemed for it’s stability and solid craftsmanship. Cooks of all skill levels claim that this food mixer not only provides them with ample food preparation techniques and uses, but also saves them time in the kitchen. Owners also report the mixer reducing the total time of their recipe's preparation and cooking periods. The KitchenAid KV25GOXER 5-Quart Stand Mixer is said to be both easy to operate and clean up when the cooking is completed. Here is a quick glance at the the 5 plus 5's bonus points and challenges. PROS Easy Clean UpEasy To OperateVariety of Color OptionsQuality Made and Built To LastStability - Won't Rock Around On Heavy Mixing JobsPowerful Motor w/ Overheat ProtectionMultiple Speed SettingsExpandable w/ Multiple Accessories CONS Very Heavy (30 lbs.)Storage - Most Likely Using Up Counter SpaceBowl Lift - No Tilt TopMotor Protection Fail Safe Takes Too Long to Cool DownDiscontinued Model (Still Available At Many Retailers) Made in the USA?KitchenAid has built a reputation around the stand food mixer for reliability, quality in design, ease of function, and long standing durability. The food mixer is sometimes advertised as made in the USA, but that is a bit misleading. Although most parts are manufactured in Ohio, South Carolina, Mississippi, Indiana, and Arkansas, and the mixers are assembled in the Ohio plant, some components are made in various manufacturing plants around the world. KitchenAid has been in the business of manufacturing food mixers for almost 100 years, since 1919. Many consumers consider purchasing KitchenAid food mixers on reputation alone, but does it really live up to the expectations? For further information on the history of the KitchenAid mixer read this article on Wikipedia.org Click on the tabs below to see how the KitchenAid 5 quart mixer holds up in the following categories: QUALITY KitchenAid 5 Quart Mixer Quality KitchenAid’s craftsmanship puts the Kitchen Aide 5 plus 5 food mixer in the fore runner of other competitive brands with the heavy duty, direct drive, all steel metal gear transmission. Many competitor brands have nylon components that break or snap if over taxed with big mixing jobs. The Kitchen Aide Professional 5 plus 5 is said to hold up to tough mixing demands. Direct Drive, Heavy Duty, All Metal Gear Transmission The heavy durability and weight of this thirty-pound food mixer was designed to keep it secure and in place for harder mixing tasks like bread making. One owner commented on the 5 plus’s stability by noting that the food mixer did not rock or shake on the counter when she worked with larger batches of batter. The 5 plus seems to be built to perform well for even challenging cooking demands. DURABILITY KitchenAid 5 Quart Mixer DurabilityKitchenAid appears to have had the consumer in mind when they designed the food mixer‘s 450-watt motor, hefty enough for demanding bread recipes, but fitted with a commercial-style motor protection designed to shut off the mixer should an overload occur. The sensor also shuts down in the event that the mixing shaft becomes obstructed in any way. KitchenAid KV25GOXER Professional 5 Plus 5-Quart Stand Food Mixer: Empire Red Metal vs Plastic Gearing: Pros and ConsSome reviews and owners complained about this feature stating that when working with stiff dough the motor shut down too frequently. However, when comparing most of the consumer line food mixers outfitted with the common tilt back style heads found in many stand mixer models, you will find they are designed with one plastic gear, instead of the all metal gear found in the 5 plus’s bowl lever operated design.Designers on the market equip the tilt head styles with plastic gears in the event that when the food mixer is taxed or put under too great a strain from a bigger mixing job than it can handle, or the beater shaft becomes lodged, the plastic gear breaks, shutting down the machine. The plastic gear breaks instead of the motor, saving the consumer from replacing the motor or buying a whole new food mixer.Unfortunately, it does however cause the owner to replace a part and pay a service charge. Service charges can be pricey, especially when comparing the price to what the plastic part cost the manufacturers to begin with.The KitchenAid 5 quart mixer has a built in over load safety feature to protect the all metal motor from too much strain.Benefits and Consequences of the Over Load Safety Feature Should an obstruction or over load stop the mixer from continuing to function temporarily, the all metal gears will handle the pressure and shut down. Operators turn off the mixer, unplug it for a moment, turn the mixer back on, and then continue with the recipe. The 5 plus designers were attempting to assure their customers would never need to call a repair man or replace a busted mixer from overheating issues. Some people find the need to wait for the mixer to cool down a nuisance. Now, to be fair, the number of people mentioning a cool down occurrence with certain recipe tasks were limited, but the complaints do exist. Even with the fail safe feature the 5 plus mixer provides for extra protection, many owners boast of how well the 5 plus performs with the regular use of more difficult recipes. One 5 plus owner claimed she makes on average of about six loaves of bread each week of stiff French and Italian style doughs, and it never gets bogged down, quits, or fails in any way in almost a year of use for her. In the end, most owners seemed to agree that if given a choice between repairing a mixer or replacement entirely, verses potentially pausing operation momentarily, they would opt for the 5 plus 5’s all metal motor and overload protection feature. Even if it may means turning the unit off to cool down with some operational uses. LONGEVITY KitchenAid 5 Quart Mixer Longevity When looking at the KitchenAid brand as a whole, it is hard to look past consumer praises for their food mixer’s longevity. Many reviews heralded the KitchenAid brand for holding onto a reputation for making long lasting food mixers. Of course, there were disgruntled owners who seemed to have gotten lemons, but many more spoke of either 1) passing a mixer down to their kids when they wanted to upgrade to a larger mixer 2) or still using a KitchenAid food mixer passed down to them from a relative. One can surmise that KitchenAid builds their food mixers to last. In fact, the basic design incorporated back in 1930 with the Model K continues to be the blue print for todays modern mixers. This instruction and recipe book came with all Model K Mixers The company promotes their committed to insuring their mixers stand the test of time by promising that every KitchenAid mixer since the introduction of the Model “K” in 1930 allow for cross-generational attachment compatibility. Meaning, attachments from the 1930s can be used on modern mixers, and vice versa. TECHNIQUES KitchenAid 5 Quart Mixer Techniques and Uses The 5 plus 5 food mixer offers a variety of cooking preparation techniques and many different uses. With ten speeds to choose from, cooks can make anything from breakfast cinnamon rolls to a light dessert sorbet treat. The possibilities are far reaching. 10 Speed Options with Slow Start Feature Cooks appreciate the built in slow start feature that helps ease into mixing regardless of the speed selected. The slow start feature avoids splashing the liquid ingredients or creating the dreaded “puff cloud” of dry ingredients when mixers start up too fast and too quickly. Less mess means of course less clean up and less time in the kitchen…and not many cooks complain about that. The food mixers powerful motor also contributes to less time making and preparing the food. One operator shared in a review that they cut at least 10-15 minutes off their preparation time for a basic celebratory cake recipe by reducing the mixing time in half thanks to the 5 plus 5’s powerful motor. The mixer reportedly has the capacity to make six dozen loaves of bread, ten dozen cookies, and seven pounds of potatoes. Standard Assessories Included Included Mixer Attachments: Flat Beater, Wire Whisk, & Dough Hook Three different mixing utensils for differing jobs are included and come standard with the purchase of each five plus mixer; the flat beater, spiral dough hook, and wire whip.The white coated flat beater made from an epoxy, polyester hybrid powder coat is FDA approved and perfect for blending cake batters, whipping mashed potatoes, or mixing firm cookie dough. Whatever basic mixing is required, the beater paddle mixes quickly and thoroughly, touching 67 different points on the interior of the bowl as the mixing arm shaft rotates the paddle around inside the bowl. With the thorough mixing of the flat beater no ingredients clump up and stay unmixed. The stainless steel six wire whipping whisk is ideal for dishes which require a lot of air infused into the mixture. Mousse, soufflé, meringues, and other recipes dependent on light fluffy textures from whipping action, all whip up quickly and easily. The white coated spiral dough hook with the same coating mentioned earlier, works great when the job calls for kneading. Breads, biscuits, pie crusts, and rolls are just a few examples of what the 5 plus 5 can handle. One reviewer did mention that the bread dough tended to ride up the dough hook when using the top 10 maximum speed setting which requires the cook to push the dough back down into the bowl. Having personally worked with various bread recipes in several different food mixers with kneading capabilities, I would say this is a common problem across the board. Because of safety reasons, bakers should never leave the mixer running without close supervision anyway. Pushing the bread dough back down should not be a big deal and should not slow the preparation time or effect the desired result of the finished product. Another consumer review mentioned the 5 plus 5 doing the kneading much faster than she could manage by hand. She reduced her overall kneading time by half to a third shorter using the KitchenAid 5 plus 5 Professional Food Mixer.Benefits To Bread Making Dough Hook Perfect for Bread Making The benefits of owning a food mixer for bread making are tremendous. Kneading by hand can be messy and laborious. With a food mixer kneading for the cook, all the mess stays in the bowl, so clean up is much quicker and the kitchen counter tops are freed up for other cooking needs. Plus, while the food mixer is kneading, the baker can begin or continue work on other recipes. When I'm the cook, food mixers doing all the kneading (instead of me)is not just a perk, but a requirement. First of all, my arms are weak sauce. Even after carrying five babies around on my hip and dragging their car seats to the car on a routine basis over the past 14 years! Most of the time the bread I made when I hand kneaded came out looking more like a meatloaf than a fluffy delicious loaf of bread. My first attempt at bread making back in 2006. The bread came out crumbly and flat. But because I was determined for health reasons to provide my family with homemade, made from scratch bread, receiving a food mixer for Christmas from my husband brought me to tears, much like other women would respond when opening up a cute little velvety box with a satin ribbon and discovering something sparkly inside.I didn't cry because I am a sap, (well maybe a little bit) but rather because at age 25 the first symptoms of an auto immune disease that causes arthritic type symptoms appeared. Soon the pain and swelling attacked my fingers, severely limiting the use of my hands. Even if my arms were strong enough to knead like a pro, my hands could not handle the task. My husband was a sweetie for supporting my desire to continue to make bread. He knew I needed help from a food mixer to get the kneading job done without dealing with joint pain. A more recent batch of my homemade bread with kneading done by my food mixer. The loaves come out fluffy, delicious, and beautiful. I am thankful today to own several food mixers that get the job done for me, so I do not have to. Instead of baking becoming something to dread, bread making remains a fun and enjoyable experience. If you or someone you are looking to buy a food mixer for is dealing with kneading limitations, for any reason, I highly recommend upgrading the kitchen with a heavy duty food mixer like the KitchenAid 5 quart food mixer.Ease Of OperationThe 5 plus 5 comes with a stainless steel 5 quart bowl fitted with an ergonomic handle making lifting the bowl off of the stand and handling the bowl while pouring or distributing the ingredients comfortable and easy. The bowl is also designed with a wide mouth for ease when adding ingredients during mixing. Standard Wide Mouth 5 Quart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Each beater, whether the flat paddle, wire whisk, or dough hook, provides unique mixing action for complete, thorough, and swift mixing of all ingredients. Which ever beater is in operation, the beater spins clockwise while the shaft spins counter clockwise making the mixer’s work seemingly effortless and smooth. There is no need for the cook to rotate or even touch the bowl because all the work is being done for them. An electronic speed sensor maintains the selected speed even as ingredients are added and weight or density changes occur. Although there may be an occasional recipe where the ingredients scoot up the edges and require scraping, most recipes will virtually be hands free once the ingredients have been added to the bowl.The flat beater come with in a dimes width to the edge of the interior of the bowl to provide ample coverage and proper mixing. Between 1) the rotation of the shaft in counter action to the beater 2) the 67 point touches the beater makes as it works its way around the inside of the bowl 3) the distance in proximity the beater comes within reach to the bowl cooks should have peace of mind that the ingredients are fully mixed and the work has been done well for them. Changing out beaters by either removing the previously used beater or attaching a new beater is simple and manageable. While holding on to the beater, push up towards the shaft while rotating slightly clockwise and the beater will unlock from the shaft for easy removal. Simply reverse these instructions to attach the new beater called for. Quick and Easy Beater Attachment or Removal To remove or attach the bowl, either push down or up on the lever handle on the side of the mixer neck. When the lever is released, the bowl can be freed of the three contact points or of course locked into place at those points depending upon whether the bowl is being removed or locked in. The back of the bowl slips onto a knob on the neck of the mixer’s stand by way of a button spring snap. The two opposing sides of the bowl sit on heavy duty pins provided on each arm rest. Once the bowl is attached on all three points, the bowl is stable, secure, balanced, and solidly placed. Now, raising the bowl lever will assure smooth operation and proper mixing. To remove the bowl, making sure the lever is released and the bowl is in the down position, pull up on the bowl and the attachment points will release, freeing the bowl from the stand.Here is a video by cookiescupcakesandcardio.com demonstrating how to attach and remove the stainless steel 5 quart bowl. Dimensions Height 16 1/2 inches Length 14 1/2 inches Width 12 inches Weight 30 lbs.The 5 plus 5 measures 16 1/2 inches in height, 14 1/2 inches in length, and 12 inches in width. With the standard height clearance of most upper kitchen cabinets sitting at an 18 inch distance between cabinet to counter, the 5 plus should fit nicely under most kitchen cabinets. Since the 5 plus weighs in at 30 pounds, most cooks will probably opt to leave the mixer out on the kitchen counter in lieu of storing the food mixer away. 12 Color Choices Majestic Yellow Blue Given the frequency in which most cooks utilize their food mixers and the 5 plus’s stylish sleek design, most will want to leave their KitchenAid professional 5 plus 5 stand food mixer out on display for all to see. With the variety of colors available, the 5 plus will definitely add to the decor of any kitchen. Feature List Heavy duty all steel direct drive transmission 450 watt commercial style motorLocked rotor protection in the event of motor obstruction or overload67 point touch on interior of bowl (a dime's width from interior edge) as beater rotates to assure thorough mixing16-1/2" H x 14-1/2" L x 12" WIncludes:- stainless steel 5 quart wide mouth mixing bowl with ergonomic handle- stainless steel wire whip- white coated flat paddle beater- white coated spiral dough hook 10 speeds for various techniques like mixing, whipping, kneading Slow start feature to avoid splashes and messUnique dual action counter-mixing spin operation of shaft and beater movement with clockwise and counter-clockwise rotationElectronic speed sensor to maintain speed during weight and density changes as ingredients are addedAttachment hub interchangeable with all KitchenAid accessories since 1930Additional attachments for purchase convert mixer into pasta maker, food slicer, ice cream machine, meat grinder, and more Cleaning And Long Term CareThe stainless steel mixing bowl and and wire whisk are both hand washable. To remove smudges and finger prints from the bowl in between uses, apply a stainless steel or glass cleaner. For extra protection consider investing in a padded cloth or vinyl cover. Of course because of the electrical components, the stand itself must not be submerged in water. The base, neck, and head may be wiped down with a mild soap and soft clean cloth. The beater paddle and dough hook are dishwasher safe. The 5 quart bowl and standard attachments are safe to put in the refrigerator or freezer temporarily when chilling ingredients like cookie or pastry dough, or before beating or whipping eggs and heavy creams.Additional Accessories Food Grinder Slicer and ShredderJuicerFood ProcessingMetal Meat GrinderAdditional Mixing BowlsBeater Blades Fruit and Vegetable Strainer Pasta MakerPasta RollerGrain MillIce Cream MakerCoversFor all other accessories, click here Juicer Attachment Pasta Maker Attachment Final ConclusionIf you are looking for a powerful, large capacity food mixer with built in protection from motor strain and capabilities to make just about anything in your cook book, all while looking incredibly good-looking on your counter top, and with positive reviews, then the KitchenAid KV25GOXER Professional 5 plus 5-Quart Stand Food Mixer is an upgrade made for your kitchen.