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Old 10-03-2009, 10:20 AM   #11
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Stand mixer!

Specifically Hobart commercial stand mixers like the 5 qt Hobart N-50. It will beat a KA into the ground!
WOW! $2,000+ is a lot of money for a stand mixer.
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Old 10-03-2009, 10:22 AM   #12
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I paid far less for mine, cause I bought them used.

I paid about $500 or less apiece. I have two, and they are dynamite! They are worth as much now or more than when I bought them years ago.
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Old 10-22-2009, 02:15 PM   #13
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I purchased a brand new KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer KSM150 Grass Green from a kitchenaid retailer on ebay for $229.00 It was $10.00 cheaper than getting it from their actual website at shopkitchenaid.com that it cost $339.00 The original price for this model is $350.00
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Old 10-22-2009, 05:47 PM   #14
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You'll eventually get both in all likelihood. I'd start with the stand mixer and then pick up a hand mixer when you find a good deal. I use the hand mixer for whipping cream, egg whites and such but leave the stand mixer for big batches of things or thicker batters/doughs.
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:24 AM   #15
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yea! right

I can mix me up a few cakes in luxery,or pay my car payment for 8 months.You are compareing a top of the line comercial mixer that is designed to work several hours a day every day under heavy loads.This is alot of machine for even the most fanatical home cook.I have been wanting to get a stand mixer and I am dissapointed in the fact that K/aid has chosen to use inferriour parts and flawed designes in an effort to save money.Hobart would be anybody's first choice if it was affordable.Mabey they will come out with a line of mixers for serious home cooks.
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Old 12-13-2009, 07:50 AM   #16
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Mabey they will come out with a line of mixers for serious home cooks.
Doubtful. They had such a line and they sold it off. It was called KitchenAid. They are probably required by the deal made when they sold KA to not compete in the same market.
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:47 AM   #17
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I use both, Love my stand mixer. Hand mixer for lil jobs,
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:22 AM   #18
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hand mixer vs stand mixer

Well for me its no contest its a stand mixer all the way, but you need to really consider your requirements. If you bake once in awhile and primarily cakes and cookies a hand mixer will do just fine. If your getting into breads and pasta/pizza doughs, forget it take the plunge now and get a good stand mixer and save yourself the anguish. On that note; if your going to get a stand mixer forget all the domestic specifications (motor watts) as all domestic brands even Kitchen Aid quote power at the motor shaft not the actual agitators. Its like quoting horse power at the engine not the differential. Essentially useless information. Now more then ever is a slew of offerings from many companies; most of which are either made offshore with minor cosmetic differences under the names of Cuisine Art, Viking, Kenwood, Delonghi, Wolfgang Puck. They boast high numbers and frankly I do not have much confidence in them, they are poorly engineered. One model made by Hamilton Beach looks very good for the dough (pardon the pun) for around 200.00 at 400 domestic watts but for average use is just fine an not expensive for what you get. Kitchen Aids equivalent is significantly more money but you get the options but most people do not use them.Also KA customer service is very good but for me, I would rather not have to experience it and have a more reliable machine..( their has been a slew of KA products being returned for various reasons from meltdowns to leaking oil problems) Most likely due to cutting corners by Whirlpool as older KA's were pretty much rock solid. Finally you could go for a commercial product like Hobart N50 but at 2000.00+ its quite a leap. My personal favourite based on price value, build quality and reputation is the Globe SP5. If you guys are not familiar check it out, they sell for a street price of around 600.00 made in USA built like tanks have a protection system so you can never burn the motor its a real 800 watts and can mix cement if need be. I know this unit well as I bought one for the money you cannot go wrong. But remember wait a while until your more certain of your needs don't just over buy..hope this helps you and anyone else.
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:13 PM   #19
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We currently have a Kitchen Aid (about 7yo), the only complaint i have with it is that it doesn't reach right to the bottom of the bowl. Making you stop the machine mix it by hand to get right to the bottom.

Having said that, the vegetable slicer attachment rules!! Gratin Dauphinois has never been so easy.
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We currently have a Kitchen Aid (about 7yo), the only complaint i have with it is that it doesn't reach right to the bottom of the bowl. Making you stop the machine mix it by hand to get right to the bottom.
That is something you can adjust. I don't know exactly how to do it, but someone here will. Is your mixer a tilt head, or a bowl lift?
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