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<p>I have a KitchenAid that I got as a wedding gift almost 9 years ago and it is driving me nuts.  It doesn't have a functioning low speed anymore, the stir is seriously about what a normal 4 is.  I contacted KitchenAId thinking they stand behing their stuff, but apparently they only do that for the first year.  I understand that they are no longer made by Hobart (professional mixer line) and that the quality has gone downhill, which really stinks.</p>
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<p>I bake a lot and I need something dependable that has a low speed that won't throw dry and liquid ingredients both out of the bowl when you add them! </p>
 

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<p>I switched to the Cuisinart stand mixer this year and really like it. I still have my Kitchen Aid that I bought almost 20 years ago. One thing that I really like about the Cuisinart is the fold feature which gently does one turn of the beater and then stops. Plus the fact that regardless of what speed you have it set at when you hit on it starts slow and then speeds up. The meat grinder attachment is awesome and the housing is metal, unlike the KA one which is plastic ( mine had eventually cracked the plastic from use). </p>
 

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<p>It is pricey but worth every penny. I have a Bosch Universal mixer and love love love it. I make all of our bread products for my family and deserts and it gets used several times a week.  My mom had one that is 35 yrs old and my sisters in 6 yrs old.  Mine is almost a yr. They have a great warrenty and have great reviews. Let me know if you have any questions. </p>
 

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I love my Viking. It has a speed dial so it always starts slow. It also has several attachments available - the food mill and the blender will be my next purchases. Ive had it 3 yrs, i think. If i were to do it again, i would have bought the larger size, though.
 

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<p>I have the KA pro 600 and I love it :) I've had it for 2 yrs now (nearly) and its still working just peachy fine... I made a lot of WW bread w/ it for a while when I first got it, but otherwise use it at least a couple times a week for something - meatballs, muffins, cookies, quick bread, tortillas, chapati, pizza dough, something. :shrug When I was researching I read just as many crappy reviews of the Viking & Cuisinart as I did the KA, and decided that I just liked the looks of the KA better than the cuisinart, and I read a lot of stuff that seemed to indicate that KA went back to metal gears a couple yrs ago after having so man complaints w/ the plastic gears. </p>
 

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<p>TBH, I clicked on this thread just to say-- don't get the kitchen aid!</p>
 

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<p>I love my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I didn't realize there were so many complaints about them -- good to know if mine ever dies and I'm in the market for a new one, but I've had mine for just over 10 years, it gets tons of use, and I'm still in love with it. <img alt="love.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif"></p>
 

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<p>My Sunbeam (the one that's around $100) has worked really, really well for me.  I've heard complaints about the KA mixers (ie the blades don't scrape the bottom of the bowl so you still have to get in there and mix) but the Sunbeam is fabulous and I mix and bake several times a week.</p>
 

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<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>limabean</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280717/anyone-have-a-stand-mixer-recommendation#post_16066329"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I love my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I didn't realize there were so many complaints about them -- good to know if mine ever dies and I'm in the market for a new one, but I've had mine for just over 10 years, it gets tons of use, and I'm still in love with it. <img alt="love.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif"></p>
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<br><br><p>I think the older ones don't have the issues that they had for awhile. I also read that they have fixed what the problem was but I was used to the Bosch since I grew up with one and am glad I did. My girlfriend got a ka when I got my Bosch and after seeing how well it works is wishing she would have gotten what I got. She said it mixes everything much faster than hers.</p>
 

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<p>I love my KitchenAid. It's about 6 years old. Every time I pull it out of the cupboard (at least weekly) dd gives it a hug! I use several attachments with it--the food mill and pasta maker get the most use. I am annoyed, though, that the plastic on the knob that holds the plate on where the attachments go has cracked. And I also think it's crazy that there isn't some sort of clutch to disable the mixing blade post when an attachment is in use--like shutting off the needle on your sewing machine while you are winding a bobbin. It just seems like a safety issue to me! I did have to replace my beater because the enamal had chipped off, which I think is my fault for putting it in the dishwasher. But it should be dishwasher safe anyway.</p>
 

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<p>I also have a Bosch universal, and I've been very happy with it. I also love that I don't need a separate blender - I just use the blender attachment. I don't have the food processor attachment, but I hope to get one at some point.</p>
 
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