Say the name KitchenAid and there is instant name recognition. When it comes to kitchen tools and appliances, KitchenAid is definitely a top rated brand. While it was the first company to develop stand mixers for the home kitchen, today it is a part of the Whirlpool Corporation and manufactures a wide variety of quality kitchen appliances and kitchen tools.
KitchenAid began as the Hobart Manufacturing Company, and they released their first stand mixer for home use in 1919. Since then, the company has evolved into KitchenAid and their stand mixers are known as some of the finest home kitchen mixers available. This review is for the 5 quart stand mixer (KitchenAid model number KSM105GBCER). It’s one of KitchenAid’s best selling models and we like it a lot.
A Solid And Sturdy Stand Mixer
Bakers use their stand mixers a lot, and a mixer can get a lot of unintentional abuse over the years. Like all KitchenAid mixers, this model is made from cast steel. The base is solid and durable, and the rest of the casing is just as tough. There are rubber pads on the bottom of the mixer to keep the unit from sliding. Add that to the weight of the mixer and you have an appliance that isn’t going to start moving when you are using it.
The motor is a very powerful 300 watts. Many of the listings for this mixer have it as a 325 watt appliance, but it is 300 watts. However, 300 watts is more than enough horsepower to handle any task that you may give to this mixer. If you are using a bread recipe that calls for a lot of kneading, you will be thrilled with the ability of this mixer to handle the densest bread dough. There are 10 speed settings, more than enough for any mixing or blending that you will be doing.
3 Attachments Included, Plenty More Are Offered
Stand mixers are wonderfully versatile appliances. Yes, they mix, but they can also knead, grind meat, roll pasta and other kitchen chores. This unit will come with three mixing attachments. There is a wire whisk that is perfect for beating eggs, light sauces or whipping cream. The dough hook is a beast and while nicely knead your bread dough. No more bending over a counter and wrestling with bread dough. The third attachment is the one used most often, the flat paddle. This paddle has a flex edge to it, it’s does a great job of scraping the bowl while mixing.
KitchenAid offers 15 optional attachments that can be used with this unit. There is a meat grinder (perfect if you make sausage), a pasta roller and 13 other options. You won’t need every attachment, but you can buy them individually and they work very well. Just attach them to the power hub at the front of the mixer head and they are ready to use.
Mixing bowl size is important with stand mixers. If the bowl is too small, some recipes will overwhelm it. It the bowl is too large, the paddle can’t move all of the ingredients or scrape the edges. This bowl is glass, with a spout and handle, and is 5 quarts. That’s a good size for almost any recipe. 6 quarts might be a bit more convenient, but you probably will never need more than 5 quarts. The bowl and the mixing attachments are all dishwasher friendly, making clean up very easy.
Should you buy this mixer? If you are a serious baker, yes you should. It is powerful, it’s well built and it has all of the attachments you will probably need. The downside will be the cost. KitchenAid makes quality appliances and that quality tends to ratchet up the prices. A new KitchenAid will retail right around $500, making it one of the more expensive stand mixers around. If you only bake a few times a year, you probably won’t want to spend that much money If you bake a lot, this is an excellent value and will last in your home kitchen for many, many years.