KitchenAid: Pro 5 Plus vs Artisan

KitchenAid is a company that had been around for over 100 years. Started in 1919, the company was originally known as the Hobart Corporation. They developed machinery for baking, cooking and food prepping – mainly for restaurants, hotels and military bases. It wasn’t until the 1970s that they started using their products in homes. There’s been a lot of changes since then!

In 2012 KitchenAid was sold to Panasonic at a price of $2.6 billion. The new owners had big ideas and quickly set out to make a global brand. As of 2015 they had 166,000 employees and offices in 45 other countries. They also had over $14 billion in global sales!

Now let’s get into the review! Here are our thoughts on the KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus vs Artisan stand mixers!

The similarities between the two models:

KitchenAid built their two main mixers with an eye for quality. They both have a slightly retro look which is fun to be around. Just like you’d expect, each machine has 4 stainless steel wires with an alternating pattern. This pattern is used to attach the bowl to the mixer. These wires are extremely powerful and can attach themselves to the body of the machine if enough force is applied.

The Pro 5 has a bowl capacity of 8 quarts, which is larger than most countertop models. With this much space you can make large batches of cookies, muffins or any other type of baked good. The Artisan has a smaller capacity at 6 quarts which may not be enough for some bakers. However, it’s still more than enough room for most users. Remember you can always double the recipe and make 2 separate batches if need be!

Each machine comes with a flat bottom cake paddle as well as dough hooks (for mixing dough). With the exception of all metal parts, the rest of the machine is made from a combination of metal and plastic. Just like with any KitchenAid product, the plastic is of premium quality.

The controls and accessories for both stands are located on top of the machine. You can use your hand or a spatula to flip the switches and dials. Lifting up on these levers will unlock them so you can adjust them before flipping them back down. The lock function is an added safety feature that reduces the chance that you’ll get your hands caught as they move while in use.

To change speeds, you’ll need to basically lift the bowl out of the machine. The bottom of the bowl is equipped with a presser-style locking lever that unlocks it. Then you can lift up on the lever and rotate it, allowing you to choose between 6 different speeds.

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The Artisan changes speeds by rotating a dial that is on the side of its bowl. This can make it a little more difficult to adjust than on the Pro 5 Plus. There’s also no lock function which means that you have to lift up on the bowl and rotate it yourself in order to change speeds.

The overall design of both machines is a little different than other models on the market. Since this is one of KitchenAid’s newer models, the body is larger and more rounded than the older versions. They are made from glass-filled nylon plastic which keeps them very lightweight (a big plus if you’re always moving it around!). The Artisan and Pro 5 Plus also have slightly different shapes with their bowls. While they’re both tapered and have a slight curvature towards the top, the Artisan has more of a bowl shape with straight sides while the Pro 5 Plus tapers at a steeper angle with rounder sides.

When did KitchenAid Pro 5 plus come out?

When it comes to performance, both of these machines are heavy-duty and able to handle just about anything you throw at them. They use a powerful 325 watt motor which isn’t too bad considering they’re countertop models. This high power allows them to mix through ingredients quickly while being able to tackle tough mixtures like cookie dough. They both come with discs with different types of blades on them (the flat paddle is used for lighter ingredients while the dough hooks are used for heavier ones). In our KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus vs Artisan article we will review the blades for these models, so click here for more info about that.

The Pros and Cons of the KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus vs Artisan:

The Pro 5 Plus has 4 stainless steel wires to help attach the bowl to the machine. These are also used to lock and unlock the bowl. The Artisan only has 2 but they’re much stronger than those in the Pro 5 Plus. Many people have reported that it’s a little difficult to lift the bowl off of their machine at times, especially if they’re carrying it by hand. With only 2 wires, you may have a more difficult time of doing so when compared with the Pro 5 Plus (which has 4).

The Pro 5 Plus comes with a bake pan, whisk and one dough hook. The Artisan comes with 8 steel wire attachments and a baking sheet. Both models are equipped with glass bowls so you can take your finished products out easily (the Pro 5 Plus has a glass bowl and the Artisan has plastic).

In our KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus vs Artisan comparison article we will go over the various pros and cons of each model. However we’d like to mention a few points here so you know what to expect.

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The Pro 5 Plus mixing bowl is made from clear glass which makes it easy to see your ingredients as they mix together. This also allows you to get a better look at the finished product so you can check to see if it has been mixed properly. The Artisan has a larger capacity than the Pro 5 Plus and has been known for being able to make very large batches of baked goods.

Does the KitchenAid Professional 5 plus have metal gears?

When it comes to mixing, both of these models can handle almost any type of mixture with ease. The Pro 5 Plus has a higher power motor than the Artisan but that doesn’t mean it mixes faster. So if you have even the smallest mixers available you should still be able to use theirs without any problems.

The rest of their performance characteristics are virtually identical. Both have stainless steel wires and plastic body parts. There are also 4 stainless steel wires in each model which act as attachments for the bowl, while the Artisan has only 2 which may make it a little more difficult to lift at times. This may also lead to a slightly clunky feel when lifting the bowl up and down.

Do KitchenAid mixers have plastic gears?

The Pro 5 Plus has high-end gears and the Artisan has lower-end ones. The Pro 5 Plus mixes faster than the Artisan but at slower speeds. If you have a recipe that requires a high powered mixer, you’ll be able to get a lot of work done in a shorter period of time on the Pro 5 Plus.

If you look at their performance characteristics, you can see that they’re nearly identical except for this point. The Pro 5 Plus has high-end gears while the Artisan only has lower-end ones meant for people who make small batches of food products (smaller than 50 lbs). They both also come with a 3-year limited warranty.

We would like to point out that the first model of the Artisan had many complaints about its gears not working properly. However this was fixed with newer model releases and haven’t been an issue for quite some time now.

When did KitchenAid mixers switch to plastic gears?

These are both high-power machines that can handle just about any type of mixture you throw at them. The Artisan has a powered 325 watt motor while the Pro 5 Plus has a stronger 370 watt one. The Artisan is slightly less powerful than the Pro 5 Plus and some people may prefer this for certain mixtures or lighter loads.

Both models have a large range of speeds and can chop through many different types of food products like cake batter, cookie dough, mashed potatoes and more. This makes them great for both professionals and people who enjoy baking at home in their free time (or those who do it professionally at home). They’re both very reliable machines that should last you several years with proper care.

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Difference in Cord Length

The Artisan has a longer power cord than the Pro 5 Plus. This may be a big deal for some people since it means you have to plug something in closer to where you’re mixing. This can also be an issue if you have a large kitchen and prefer to keep the machine further away from your work area. Neither of these machines will reach very far over your countertop so this won’t be an issue for many people.

Do KitchenAid mixers come in smaller sizes?

The Pro 5 Plus comes with 2 standard attachments including the flat paddle and dough hook (which we’ve reviewed more thoroughly in our top 10 mixers article). The Artisan comes with 8 steel wire attachments that have been designed for a large variety of food products.

Both of these models have the number 5 in their name for a reason. They’re very powerful and can handle pretty much any mixing job you throw at them. The ability to mix quickly at higher speeds is one of this brands strong points, so if you have heavy loads or really tough mixtures to work with you’ll be happy with these models.

The paddle attachment for the Pro 5 Plus will let you mix through a variety of ingredients quickly so it’s great for things like cookie dough. The one that comes with the Artisan is made from softer material, so it’s better suited for crushing things or mixing lighter/tender ingredients such as cake batter.

This comparison article is meant to be thorough and we’ve gone into detail about most of these points. If you want an in-depth discussion on each of these points, please read through the rest of this article before making a decision on which model will work best for your needs.

Which hand mixer has metal gears?

The last point we’ll mention about the Pro 5 Plus and the Artisan is their gear fitment. Each uses plastic gears which makes them a little easier to disassemble than the Pro 5 Plus. Although it still can take some time and patience to get everything back together again.

The Artisan has 8 different attachments (we’ve reviewed many of these attachments in this article). These are designed for a wide variety of tasks that you’d need to do in your kitchen, so it will be more suitable for every day use. The Pro 5 Plus also comes with 2 standard attachments but these go against their intended purpose. They’re meant to be used with their 2 dough hooks instead of your hand mixer attachment.

Final Thoughts:

The Pro 5 Plus has more power and allows you to mix faster than the Artisan. Although the Artisan will work just as well as the Pro 5 Plus, it is less powerful at lower speeds and will take longer to complete your task.

Both of these models should last you several years with proper care, so they’re both reliable machines that are built to last. The Pro 5 Plus is a more expensive machine and if you just need something basic for small jobs around the kitchen then you may want to go with the Artisan instead.