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The tilt-head feature and generous 4-1/2-quart capacity make the KitchenAid Stand Mixer the ultimate in user-friendly design. Features 10 speeds and KitchenAid's unique planetary mixing action, driven by a powerful 275-watt motor. Rugged all-metal construction ensures long life and quiet operation, and rubber feet anchor it securely while in use. This mixer has a 4-1/2-quart stainless steel bowl.
Best mixer. Period.
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I bought this mixer because Cook’s Illustrated recommended it. I can see, after 3 months, that CI was spot-on. It is a substantial-sized kitchen tool, and I’ve used it at least once a week since getting it. Primarily I bought this for bread mixing, and it clomps along even on the firmest dough (though it does “hop” a bit on firm doughs). The powerful engine can handle anything I throw at it. It also does a fabulous job on whipped cream — far better-textured than a hand-mixer could make. I’ve used it to make cakes and cream-cheese dips, frostings and herb butters, and there just doesn’t seem to be much this mixer can’t do to perfection. It’s not a food processor, so don’t expect it to chop and dice or to cut butter into biscuit dough, but it fulfills its function perfectly. It’s heavy-duty and substantial, and so easy to hand-wash I haven’t bothered putting its components through the dishwasher. 100% recommend.
Saves your arms, excellent for moderate use
304 people found this helpful.
This is a lovely mixer that I traded for an Artisan because that one was red. I bought it to make cookies after my hand mixer started to smoke during a particularly intense doughing session. I used it primarily for that and pizza crusts. Things that can be mixed with a handheld whisk, I opt for that instead.
My Workhorse Stand Mixer
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My mother-in-law gave me this mixer for Christmas 2010. I was originally planning on getting the
KitchenAid Classic Plus
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I have had this mixer for 7+ years. It has more than met my needs. I’m not a baker and dont use it more than once a week. I will admit that I bought it at Linens and Things (before they went out of business) for $199.00, and used a BB&B coupon for the extra 20% off. Every time I get drawn to the attractive colors of the Artisan and want to upgrade to the “325 Watts” of power, I have to remind myself that this is a great mixer, that suits my needs as an everyday cook and it powerful enough for my what I want to do. It whips egg whites superbly, bread, pizza dough and cookies without a glitch. Why do I need something that is supposedly “higher end”? Yes, I want a KA Artisan, in blue or espresso, but do I need one? The final answer in “NO”. This is a GREAT machine, I have no regrets with getting this model, and if it ever breaks down (no signs yet after 7+ years) I will get the higher end model. I would definitely recommend this machine for average household use. It’s powerful, durable, easy to use and clean. I still do love to browse and read the reviews of the higher end models, but am happy and satisfied with what I have.
I also love that I can turn it on and do something …
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I’m going to assume there are people reading who are going through the same debates I had.
Love my Kitchen Aid Mixer!!!
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After much researching, I choose the basic model as it does everything that I need it to do. This model does it effortlessly.
A must for the aspiring chef. Or the lazy one.
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I hate kneading dough. It’s the most mundane chore! Now I don’t have to with this mixer! I’m not a big baker either, so I bought the classic. I use it to knead dough and mix up desserts. I am just itching to buy the attachments for it now! Didn’t know how much I loved it until I needed to get it repaired and didn’t have it.