A high-quality stand mixer is an indispensable tool when making pies, cookies, cakes, breads, and other baked goods. You can also add accessories to make pasta, ice cream, sausage, and more.
I like the KitchenAid 7-Quart Pro Line Stand Mixer because it has a roomy stainless-steel bowl, ergonomic levers, and it makes quick work of mixing, kneading, and whisking tasks.
Though it’s more expensive than most stand mixers (currently $479.98 on Amazon), KitchenAid mixers are known for their durability and the company offers a five-year limited total replacement warranty.
There are a few kitchen appliances that are dominated by a single brand. For instance, Vitamix is the king of blenders. Instant Pot has cornered the electric pressure cooker market. And, when it comes to stand mixers, experts and home bakers alike consider KitchenAid to be the best stand mixer around.
For 18 years, I have used KitchenAid stand mixers in my kitchens. The KitchenAid stand mixer gets its own counter space because of its attractive design and — I’m a little sheepish to admit — it shows that I have good taste in appliances.
Until recently, I used an older Professional 5 model. Then, KitchenAid sent me its 7-Quart Pro Line Stand Mixer to test. Below are my experiences with this top-of-the-line unit.
The KitchenAid 7-Quart Pro Line Stand Mixer is available in several colors, including candy apple red, sugar pearl silver, and frosted pearl white. I went with onyx black to match my kitchen’s decor.
The mixer comes with a 7-quart stainless steel bowl, spiral dough hook, flat beater, stainless steel wire whip, and a pouring shield.
Here are some more specs:
10-speed slide control
1.3 horsepower (about 970-watt) motor
Capacity for 14 dozen cookies or over 8 pounds of dough
16-cup flour capacity
5-year limited total replacement warranty
13-inches wide by 15-inches deep by 16-inches high
Weighs 25 pounds
Through the total replacement limited warranty, KitchenAid will replace your appliance if it fails within the first five years of ownership. The warranty covers free delivery of the replacement, but you may be asked to pay to ship the broken unit back to the company. The warranty doesn’t cover mixers used for commercial purposes or those damaged through abuse, misuse, alteration, or accident.
The KitchenAid Stand Mixer is ready to go out of the box. It even comes with the whisk already attached. However, I recommend washing everything before your first use.
If you want to do some mixing, first make sure the speed control is set to off and the unit is unplugged. Fit the bowl supports over the locating pins on the machine. Then, press down on the back of the bowl to snap it into place. Next, attach the whip, hook, or beater by locking it into place on the beater shaft. You can then raise the bowl using the …read more
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