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Hobart N50 versus Globe SP5

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Hobart N50 versus Globe SP5

Hobart N50 costs $2000 new.

Has #10 hub - can use KA attachments for hub

Notice it's recs for dough capacity. They don't recommend it for whole wheat dough or heavy doughs or pizza dough. For those, they recommend going up to a 10/12 quart mixer. For regular dough (60% AR). 4 lbs capacity.

If you want to compare better, go to this link and select pdf link:


Globe SP5 costs under $600 new (but is fairly new on the market)

Has #10 nub - don't know if it can use KA attachments for hub. However, Globe does not make their own attachments for the hub, so I think Yes KA will work?

Notice it's recs for capacity: For regular dough ((60% AR) is 5 lbs, for 55% AR is 4 lbs, and ranges for Pizza dough - 3-5 lbs depending on hydration.

If you want to compare better, go to the bottom of the page in this link to see mixer capacity:



Daisy_A's picture

Hi berryblondeboys,

There is a lot of useful information on what to look for when choosing a dough mixer for home use on this thread, written up by Pat after a talk by Ciril Hitz.

Throws another mixer into the mix, however - he recommends Viking for home use!

Kind regards, Daisy_A

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I was in the same situation as you, comparing the Hobart N50 with the Globe SP5.  My consideration was not a larger capacity, as my 5 quart 22 year old KitchenAid was never too small for me but I was looking for a more powerful machine and hoping to "save the life" of my KitchenAid and use it just for more light duty tasks.  And I didn't want a mixer that was meant mostly for dough, I was looking for a more general purpose machine.

Since I couldn't find much information on the SP5 and of the few comments I found, two people mentioned that it overheated easily, more so than a standard KitchenAid and at least one of those people returned the SP5, I went ahead and ordered the N50.  

I haven't received the N50 yet, as I understand Hobart builds them as they are ordered.  This was a "big jump" for me and I hope I did the right thing!  Genie

P.S.  I forgot to mention that I also have some attachments for my KitchenAid that will fit the N50, so that was another consideration that swayed me in that direction.

Eidetix's picture

... that you'll love this mixer. As I'm sure you know, Hobart equipment is standard in commercial and institutional baking. I think the N-50 will effortlessly make short work of anything you throw into it. And if you ever take up masonry, you can probably mix cement with it.

Good luck, and let us know how it works out.


msgenie516's picture

Now all I have to do is make bread worthy of my new mixer!   We'll see about that--I'm not all that experienced but trying, anyway. 

I will try to post some pictures of it when I get it and let you know how I'm doing. 

About the SP5, it was A LOT less expensive than the N50 and instead of encouraging me to buy it, that really scared me off.  I just don't think it's possible to get similar quality when something is THAT much cheaper.

I have made some decent loaves of bread from simple recipes, but that's about it.  One of my biggest problems, it seems, is that I have a tendency to overproof the bread and then it falls.  I think I just have to get a better feel for it.

And, no, I will not be taking up masonry and mixing cement, although it's good to know that the N50 is probably capable of it!

Thanks again!  Genie

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Jeff Whatley


I hope you are happy with your N50 when it comes in.  Recently, I had one for a few days but returned it because it did not offer much beyond the old KA-5 that I had on hand.  Same capacity, same attachments, etc.  A bit stronger but not by enough of a margin to be worthy of the price.  I ended up with the 10 quart Globe which was the same price as the Hobard N50 but 5 times the machine.  At over 200 pounds it is really a beautiful monster and can handle anything you throw at it.  Over twice the size of the N50, it still fits quite niccely on my kitchen work table.  I am very pleased with this machine and would recommend it to anyone.



berryblondeboys's picture

Just so everyone knows, I contacted Globe and while they make the sp5 with the power hub, they do not make attachments. They said the KA attachments work with it.

ggage's picture

brand new on this forum ( It said I'd be directed to change password but did not see that , comments? )  I have a kitchenaid 5 qt new 20 years ago and a hobart 12 quart , new 25 years ago. recently I have been looking for a used n-50. I make our bread , I mill 5 pounds of wheat for flour and make nine 1.25 loaves at a time in the 12 qt. I never make more than two loaves at a time in the KA ( ciabatta )and end up just plain irritated after listening to the racket from the ka ,It has always screamed its head off ,just the way they all sound.   Anyway my wife will always go to the KA so since we will downsize someday in the next years ,we are 60, I thought go to a n-50 . 

When I run the 12 qt you can talk softly and be heard ,even if you use the meat grinder it is almost silent ,so I thought the n50 might be similar?. Any comments ? I've seen the globe at an artizan bakery in Banff and noticed duct tape encircling the head ,what cracked I don't know ,didn't get to hear it and the damage could be innocent of the machine ,perhaps it fell to floor .So anyway I'm almost to the point of getting a second bowl for the 12 qt and saying bugger it , I have three bowls for the KA and do think they fit the n-50 ,not sure and no idea if they fit the globe 5. The globe is so cheap I keep hearing my late father asking how I can't figure this deal out.! Comments welcome and by the way the path out of this might be a 20 qt hobart ( that's just to stir the pot cause there are alot of them for sale.)   best regards Gage