Originally Posted by Gretchen
KA originally only made dishwashers and mixers--made by Hobart. HObart still makes the commercial varieties of these but sold the name KA to Whirlpool. While the mixers and DW's are still made by the old Hobart factories, the other appliances are Whirlpool with the KA name--and price tag. Look for the features and appearance you want from a variety of makers.
Yes, and I recently found out that the K45SS Classic and the K5SS Stand Mixers are still made as they were when Hobart was making them.
I think you can buy Hobart products, but I bet you'll be paying a fortune for them. The Hobart 5-qt. N-50 Stand Mixer which is the small countertop commercial version of the K'Aid Stand Mixers costs a whopping $2,000.00 or more!!! I priced one at Williams Sonoma. So you can pretty much imagine what anything else from them would cost.