Originally Posted by chave982
Ok, I know the topic of KitchenAid stand mixers has been discussed thoroughly on here already, but I just wanted a quick synopsis of why exactly KitchenAid is "better" than other brands.
I'm asking for a KA Artisan Stand Mixer for Christmas from my mom, and she found a Sunbeam one with the same wattage, bowl capacity, accessories, etc., etc... How can I convince her that KA is better when all of the specs are the same?
Thanks for the help!
It's not better. Well, maybe the big one is great for the dedicated bread baker or those who love to make double batches.
I had an old Sunbeam for years. I was wowed by all the KA press a couple years ago and succumbed to the hype. Just recently I finally gave it away and last week bought a Sunbeam Heritage 450 watt stand mixer and have never been happier.
The beaters actually get to the bottom of the bowl when I'm mixing small amounts, unlike the one-beater "planetary" action that left stuff unblended. It's simple to add ingredients because of the placement of the bowl. Unlike the lever type of KA, I can easily lift the head of the Sunbeam to scrape down the bowl, something that is necessary and very difficult with the KA.
The Sunbeam is simple and intuitive. It has more than enough power for the majority of uses. And it comes with a large bowl, a small bowl, dough hooks, and whisks, in addition to the beaters.
On top of all that, it's a great value. I paid $129 at Macy's, with a $10 rebate.
I know that I can't convince the diehard KA people, but that's okay.