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Old 12-09-2011, 02:47 PM   #1
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K.A mixer artisan or classic?

So I'm going to buy a K.A mixer, and have read many reviews, both on line and here on D.C , I do make bread and heavier cookie dough more than anything else, my question is "Should I go with the K.A classic, or Artisan series" I know the artisan series starts at 300watts and goes up to something like 450 or 500watts , any input would be great, Canadian Tire has the Artisan 300watt on sale for $249.00 but then I saw a classic K.A mixer at London Drugs 250watts for $198.00 , I just need a bit of direction , I fairly certain I'll go with the K.A artisan series , but would love some feed back.
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Old 12-09-2011, 02:50 PM   #2
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Get the 450 watts if you can find it on sale. Costco sometimes has it pretty reasonably priced. Bed Bath and Beyond has a 20% coupon right now that you could use.

I prefer the tilt head model myself, for many reasons, but many prefer the bowl lift version. Make sure you think about what you are making and which edition best suits you.
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Old 12-09-2011, 03:01 PM   #3
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One of my requirements was to not have a tilt head. I believe the Artisan has that, but it comes in a LOT of colors.

How much dough do you work with in a go?
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Old 12-09-2011, 03:21 PM   #4
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You will never regret getting the most power you can afford. You're going to have the mixer for a long time. I firmly believe that the best bargain in serious tools is always the best you can possibly afford. I like the bowl lift - for entirely overanalyzed reasons. If I want high power, it feels like I should have a continuous solid housing, rather than a hinge between the power and the base. But then I've never heard anyone complain that their mixer was so powerful that it ripped itself off the base. I have heard a story about the lift mechanism failing, but I still like it.
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:34 PM   #5
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If I am not mistaken the Classic has some plastic gears, so it won't likely hold up well to heavy use.

The artisan is a much better choice with the larger bowl, more powerful motor, and metal gears.

I too prefer the tilt head. I like that if I need to, I can remove the bowl without having to remove the beater ( I have used both extensively).

The hinge on the tilt head is very heavy duty, and very stable.
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:40 PM   #6
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The more I use my KA the more I wish I had the room to have gotten the tilt head.
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:52 PM   #7
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Must....resist.... All this KA talk has me coveting one. Except I don't bake.

They had some good deals on KA at our local department store....no, nooo....
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:57 PM   #8
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Must....resist.... All this KA talk has me coveting one. Except I don't bake.

They had some good deals on KA at our local department store....no, nooo....
I used mine to mix my meatloaf last night
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:59 PM   #9
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I used mine to mix my meatloaf last night
Funny man. I use my hand held mixer probably 3 times a year.
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:03 PM   #10
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I don't have one of those, so this probably performs some of those duties.
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