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#1 of 8 Old 05-29-2012, 08:42 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I am looking for honest answers on Kitchen Aid mixers, I really want one, but are they worth the cost? I plan to make sourdough bread, bagels, muffins and things like that with it, the recipe for bread I have calls for over 13 cups of flour but I dont want to buy the biggest mixer they make so I was planning on doing half batches of the bread with one of the smaller mixers. Thanks for any input!

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Our kitchen aid is my dh's favorite thing. I havn't had another stand mixer to compare it to though. We have a newer one and it works fine but I have heard that they are made with plastic gears instead of metal like they use to be. So trying to buy a used one might be a good idea. My mom has had one forever with no problems. 

 

If you don't have a place on the counter for it to live full time you are going to get quite the work out moving it. Those suckers are heavy.

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In the early 70s my mom bought a Bosch. I bought one in the late 80s. At some point after that my mom gave her Bosch to my brother and got a Kitchen Aid. I don't know why. My Bosch is working just fine. It looks nothing like the current model. http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-Universal-Plus-Kitchen-Machine/dp/B0016KU16G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338357624&sr=8-1

 

I don't like the plastic used in the Bosch. I've considered getting a Kitchen Aid, but since I haven't used my Bosch in over a year I don't see the point.

 

I know that doesn't answer your question, but sometimes information out of left field can be useful as well.


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We love our kitchen aid mixer. I have used it for bread, bagels, muffins and cakes. The biggest mix it can cope with is 7 cups of flour and it manages that fine. If it was a really stiff dough I'd probably want a slightly smaller mix.

And I agree with the PP, it really needs a permanent place on the bench, it's way to heavy to put away and take out if you're using it frequently. Good thing they're so pretty :-) ours is "boysenberry".

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I have one of the larger KA stand mixers and I'm really happy with it. It's great to leave it working away while I move onto another task for baking or cooking - it's like having another set of hands in the kitchen. 

 

I bought the bigger bowl lift version, rather than tilt head, because I read reviews that the tilt head version had plastic gears that were more prone to breaking down than the bowl lift style, which still has the metal gears. I found it at Costco, at a lower price than the list price of the tilt head, so I also get the benefit of the Costco warranty. 

 

And, yeah, even though I don't have a lot of countertop space, I made room to give it a permanent home. It is too heavy to haul out and put away every time I use it. 

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My husband bought me a kitchen aid mixer because he said it would pay for itself by simply not breaking for a few years. I was replacing my mixer about every 6 months before that because it broke, and going through the super cheap mixers even quicker than that.


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Thanks for all the replies! I just purchased one online so now I just have to wait for shipping. I really really hope its worth it. Thank you all again for your input!
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Good luck! Just wanted to add that I really like mine and use it a lot! 

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