Originally Posted by Barb D
Trying to find a very good stand mixer for bread dough and cookie dough. Only serious cooks please reply. I need a mixer that has been throughly used and can be highly recommended.
My 6-qt KitchenAid hasn't failed me in the 12 years I've been using it to make bread almost every week. I've also used it to grind meat, make sausage, pasta, grate/shred vegeatables and cheese, etc. Although the KA is only rated for home use - you'll probably find more of them in use in commercial kitchens than any other brand. For a small table-top stand mixer - the next best would be a Hobart N-50 5-qt which is a commercial grade mixer.
If you want something a little more substantial for commercial use (can be used both as a counter-top or floor stand) mixer - I had a Hobart D300 mixer that worked flawlessly - but it's not as cheap (you might
be able to find a used one for about $1,500). Bread, pizza dough, cookies ...
Are you looking for home use or commercial use? Your intended use is probably more important than anything else when it comes to trying to recommend something for you.