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Old 12-04-2004, 02:36 PM   #1
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Kitchen aid mixers

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I wanted to get my dad a kitchen aid mixer for christmas. I know there are many different kinds, all ranging in differnt prices. I am kind of on a budget and i just wanted to get him the basic, but still comes with different attachments and everything. can anyone tell me some of the places to get it at a good price and tell me if you know on thats like what in describing, basic, but still good....thanks!

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Old 12-04-2004, 02:49 PM   #2
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Amazon.com has some really good deals from time to time.

Don't forget to check out QVC. Their shipping & handling costs, especially on something as heavy as a KA mixer, is relatively cheap when compared to other mail order places.

Costco usually has good deals on them.
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Old 12-04-2004, 03:31 PM   #3
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Sarah1426, psiguyy is in the "biz", more or less, so he gave you good advice.

Please also check with choclatechef and MichaelinFtW - I would venture to say they also know more about kitchen equipment than most of the rest of us.
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If you are looking for a new mixer, I am not the person to talk to.

I think the new Whirlpool Kitchenaids are not as good as the vintage Hobart Kitchenaids.

That being said, I can answer your questions on attachments. What are they? What kind of cooking will be done?

If you are interested in buying a Hobart Kitchenaid, let me know. I will guide you as much or as little as you like. :D
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Old 12-04-2004, 05:07 PM   #5
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ok, im sorry but what is the difference in hobart and whrilpool kitchenaids...i will probably use it a little more then him, lol, and i bake a lot, when he uses it, he makes hommus and stuff like that, but he does bake some too. Which one is more or less expensive, that wont play a big factor but will a little bit....thanks in advance on anything you can give me about them...!
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Ok.

I have said in various threads that imho, Whirlpool has not maintained the high caliber of workmanship that made Kitchenaid famous. However, I do give them credit for their promotion and advertising of the product. I also think that if you can not get a Hobart Kitchenaid for some reason, a Whirlpool Kitchenaid is better than most other brands on the market.

Price wise, you will do better to get a Hobart Kitchenaid mixer. You can get a good one on Ebay for between $75 and $130. They weigh in at 20 lbs, so shipping should be an addition $20 or so.

Even on Sale, a new Whirlpool Kitchenaid will cost at least $250 or so. I would rather have 2 Hobart Kitchenaids for that price.

Hobart Corp. is the manufacturer of the big gray mixers you see in restaurants. They developed the Kitchenaid. They sold the brand to Whirlpool in the 1980s.

Of course, if you buy a Hobart Kitchenaid, it will be used, but it will also be a workhorse you can depend on for many years to come. I have noticed on most of the Chef forums, and on eGullet, the members would rather have a used Hobart Kitchenaid than a new Whirlpool Kitchenaid. There has been considerable talk of problems with the Whirlpool Kitchenaids - even on the Kitchenaid forum itself!


Your best bet for getting a Hobart Kitchenaid cheaply before Christmas is Ebay. You can tell the difference by the Name Hobart on the band around the top of the mixer.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...19475&rd=1

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...31565&rd=1

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...69650&rd=1

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...74009&rd=1
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re Hobart Kitchenaid Mixers

to all current and future owners of the older Hobart Kitchenaid mixers, this url http://www.pdgsupplies.com/pages/KIT...D%20KSMC50.htm has diagrams of all the parts - a good thing to have if your mixer needs repair.
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Thanks sub!

That is one piece of information I did not have.... *copying and pasting as we speak!*
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Never thought of Ebay, but I hear you can get a lot of bargains here.

The recent KAs are not as dependable off the line as the old ones. At least that's what I hear. The good news is customer support at KA is excellent and replacements are usually perfect and never have another problem.

I think the new ones were reengineered to be quieter than the old models and that probably caused the problems.

So, my advice would be to either buy an older KA or a brand new one with a valid warranty. I'd buy new. I'm actually surprised that there are older KAs for sale. I thought most people would keep them or pass them on to others. My 20 year old 300 watt K5SS just keeps going. Some things really tax the motor, but it just keeps going and is always ready for more.
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thanks soo much for all the info! can you get hobart mixers new? if so, how much do they usually run in price? and can you get them where you get the regular mixers?
Thanks again!!
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