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Old 06-26-2008, 07:27 PM   #1
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Going to the Kitchen Aid Experience Store

This weekend. And if I am successful and not letting the few pennies I have burn a hole in my pocket, I should be able to buy a few toys if the prices are right. IE better the BB&B with coupons. My questions are

Have any of you been there... whats it like

I want a kitchen aid hand mixer... are more speeds better?

Is there anything I need to be on the lookout for?

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Old 06-26-2008, 07:32 PM   #2
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What?! You are going where?? How do I get there? How long will it take? How much are you allowed to buy? Should I rent a truck?
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:29 PM   #3
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From what I've read, the hand mixers with more speeds have more power and get better reviews.

In case it's not clear, I don't have one and haven't used one - I'm just a compulsive online window-shopper. I recommend Epinions and Amazon for online reviews.
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:49 PM   #4
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The Kitchen Aid expierence Factory store. Where you can the tour and see how the big beast (6 qt mixer) is made in Greenville,Ohio. My wife's girls thing is having a pow wow in columbus and rather than being stuck in a hotel room all day, I am driving the 1.5 hrs to greenville and doing something useful and productive.
Then, also, may the good Lord be praised, I got paid... I do contract electric work, the bills are paid... and thank God again, I didn't get enough to really think about getting that icebox that I want for the garage. But if I had gotten it, i wouldn't have blinked twice about getting a 17" laptop.

Anyways... I want all the accessory blades for my food processor, maybe SS jar for the mixer, 2 of the freezable ice cream bowls for the mixer, the covers for all of the above if they are cheap, oh yeah, i want another slow cooker as well. And the hand mixer. But the goods have to be cheaper than what I can get at BB&B with a coupon and kitchen collection on sale. And those 2 can be hard to beat

But at the very least, I will have a kitchen aid expierence to look back on
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Old 06-26-2008, 09:04 PM   #5
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The Kitchen Aid expierence Factory store. Where you can the tour and see how the big beast (6 qt mixer) is made in Greenville,Ohio. My wife's girls thing is having a pow wow in columbus and rather than being stuck in a hotel room all day, I am driving the 1.5 hrs to greenville and doing something useful and productive.
Then, also, may the good Lord be praised, I got paid... I do contract electric work, the bills are paid... and thank God again, I didn't get enough to really think about getting that icebox that I want for the garage. But if I had gotten it, i wouldn't have blinked twice about getting a 17" laptop.

Anyways... I want all the accessory blades for my food processor, maybe SS jar for the mixer, 2 of the freezable ice cream bowls for the mixer, the covers for all of the above if they are cheap, oh yeah, i want another slow cooker as well. And the hand mixer. But the goods have to be cheaper than what I can get at BB&B with a coupon and kitchen collection on sale. And those 2 can be hard to beat

But at the very least, I will have a kitchen aid expierence to look back on
Forget the covers that keep the flour from blowing out they don't work you are better wrapping a dish towel around the sides.
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:01 PM   #6
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I have that cover
at best it is sometimey
I meant the covers that keep the dust from settling on the mixer/blender/foodprocessor that keep the grease from mixing with that dust and making them impossible to clean
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:03 PM   #7
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Those are nice. I want one for my mixer, not sure if the KA one will fit though and I've never seen one made for mine (Electrolux DLX).
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:14 PM   #8
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I have the KA cover. We have a love-hate relationship. Would rather see the copper glisten, but that dust and grease you speak of is a real issue so I tend to keep it covered unless I'm in a run or wave of heavy use. It's a very nice cover, and fits well (even with those useless flour guard/cover) with pockets on each side for your manual or the KA cookbook if you like to keep it there, but it's not as pretty as the mixer itself. :)

As for the hand mixer, I don't have the KA, but I do have a similar Cuisinart which I love. I would always go for more speeds, personally, but I would get the model with the most power (watts).
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:31 PM   #9
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I'm too jealous to post.
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:33 PM   #10
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Ha JillyBean, good one! I too am very envious!
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Old 06-27-2008, 04:33 AM   #11
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Since I am not near the tour / store, I was tempted not to read this thread. I have been coveting the bowl shield for my KA in hopes of averting the "flour explosion". Now I know that help does not lie in a bowl shield.

I had a KA hand mixer for lots of years. Whatever goomitzagam that holds one fo the beaters in broke. The beater would fall out. Made do with it a year or so. I looked for parts and found that KA does not sell any parts for hand mixers. One day, I could not find it, DW casually says "You said it was broken, so I tossed it". Could use a hand mixer, whipping cream in the KA stand is messy. Also, thank you for the tip on more power with more speeds.

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Old 06-27-2008, 07:36 AM   #12
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I saw on the kitchen Aid boards that all of the hand mixers have the same motor , the only difference is the number of speeds...
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Old 06-27-2008, 03:49 PM   #13
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Make sure the top speed of the mixer you buy is fast enough. Compare a couple of models if possible. Our KA hand mixer won;t whip cream any time soon.
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Old 06-28-2008, 10:13 AM   #14
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I've been to the KitchenAid Experience store. It is fun! I was amazed at the little town. They have a small KitchenAid timeline in the basement where the refurbs are...it is interesting seeing all the old mixers. They have one that they mounted a pen on...and it shows the precision of the mixing action. I didn't buy much because I already have a KA mixer, FP, blender, etc. I did see their new slow cooker...it looks neato!

I wanted to tour the factory...but we had been driving all day and it is quite a ways off the interstate. By the time I got there the tours had ended for the day.
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:22 AM   #15
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I wound up not going. First I found the accessories that I was looking for, for my food processor at an online store called comfort house, which was having a sale and was where i got the food processor in the first place. ThenI called the kitchen aid store. A nice enough lady answered the phone and told me that they were very limited in what they had in stock. When I asked about the items that I potentially wanted, the prices were no better than BB&B with a coupon. I have 20-30 coupons.
So I figured why waste the gas...
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Old 08-17-2008, 03:40 PM   #16
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I was at the KA experience store for the third time two weeks ago. GREAT place, wonderful cooking demonstrations and the ladies that work there are wonderful. There is a little KA museum in the basement with the Refurbs and closeouts.

The town on Greenville is really nice. I would avoid the MAID-RITE sandwiches but they are a local favorite and the place really draws a crowd.

The Factory tour is fun and informative. Wear very comfortable shoes and be ready for a long long walk. The people that work there are great and don't seem to mind a bunch of gawkers walking through the place.

Try to go to Greenville in Late July for Annie Oakley Days. Side walk sales, live music in front of the courthouse and a county fair a mile or so outside of town.

Many good deals at the Experience store so bring a full wallet and an empty trunk.
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Old 10-29-2008, 07:18 PM   #17
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I think for hand mixer, currently the best in the market is either make by Cuisinart or KitchenAid. I currently own a Cuisinart PowerSelect CHM7, it's work great for me.
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