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Old 03-31-2011, 12:07 AM   #1
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KitchenAid stand mixer choice...

I have a limited time opportunity in two different stores to purchase a KitchenAid stand mixer. One is at Sears, the Classic for $200.00 (reg. $399.99), and the other is at Costco, a Pro HD for $300.00 (reg. $399.99). On one hand I like the price point of the Classic better, but I can only get a white one. I am also not thrilled about only having 250 watts. The price is higher on the Pro, but it has way better wattage (575) and I get four color choices.

I primarily will be making cupcakes and icings, but I will also be trying my hand at bread and such. In the future I may be doing cupcakes for weddings and such, so it might be a good idea to go with the bigger machine now, but that also may be a few years off.

I don't know what to do. Any tips for making a good choice or which is the better deal? Thanks all.

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Old 03-31-2011, 12:16 AM   #2
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actually watt is not important. the more watt means the more power it will use up. What's important is the work it's able to do in an amount of time.
Honeslty I would not go with the classic either way, the amount of work it can do compared to the artisan is not very good and you can get the artisan for the same price here and there. Honestly, the Pro is a better bet for the price. It will hold up better, do more work (meaning using total less energy).
Plus the pro just has better reviews and is not an uncommon model in professional settings.
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:18 AM   #3
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Thanks so much! That's kind of what I was thinking as well - the Classic is the same price regularly as the Pro is at Costco, so the deal is far better on the Pro. I just wondered if it would be too much machine for me. Anything is better than a hand-mixer for buttercream though! :)
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:43 AM   #4
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Thanks so much! That's kind of what I was thinking as well - the Classic is the same price regularly as the Pro is at Costco, so the deal is far better on the Pro. I just wondered if it would be too much machine for me. Anything is better than a hand-mixer for buttercream though! :)
I don't know if you need it right away or not but Costco usually runs a $30 off coupon on the Pro about once a year. They had it around holiday time. If you can wait you will get it for about $269.
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:52 AM   #5
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Well, I just got a bonus at work, so this is my little reward to me. :) Although that coupon would be all kinds of awesome. I will ask about it when I go in to buy the mixer. Maybe I will get lucky...
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the pro is going to be more machine then you may need for what you generally want to do but I can promise you that once you start using it, you'll use it a lot more.
I really just wanted one for the same reason and because I think they are pretty..now I use mine roughly 3 times a week for various things..will probably be more once I get attachments for pasta rolling and jazz like that..so I think if it's that much more and you can afford it, it's money well spent.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:28 AM   #7
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Thanks Josh...tonight I an picking up a red Pro. I figure it may be too much for now, but should I decide to do things that are heavier duty I won't have to upgrade - I'd rather spend an extra $100 now than another $300-$400 in a couple years.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:44 AM   #8
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Thanks Josh...tonight I an picking up a red Pro. I figure it may be too much for now, but should I decide to do things that are heavier duty I won't have to upgrade - I'd rather spend an extra $100 now than another $300-$400 in a couple years.

That's a good choice. You'll love it.
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:22 PM   #9
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I have the 600Pro and love it.

As you already have decided I just wanted to add having more power is better than running close to the top end of a machine usually.

Also the classic seems to be a tilt head and I can see how that might cause clearance problems (it would for me) and swinging the attatchment up through what your are mixing seems messy to me.

Empire red is a fine color choice.
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:50 PM   #10
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I have the 600 Pro too. The extra $100+ for the cost of the Pro is irrelevant if you stretch that over 10 years of use, for instance. That's just pennies a week. That's one way to sometimes justify the additional initial cost if you can afford it.
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