Originally Posted by Corey123
Any KitchenAid model or the Electrolux Assistant DLX-2000.
They are both very good, but the K'Aid Stand Mixer might be more within your reach moneywise. The EA is a bit steep, costing over $500.
That is if you ever have to replace your trusted Sunbean Stand Mixer somewhere down the road.
Bread wasn't mentioned, so I wouldn't think the DLX (Electrolux Assistent) is justified - and for cookies, the main reason for the mixer is creaming the butter, which to be honest I find to be a bit more work in the DLX than in a standard mixer.
Personally I'm wary of KA with their quality control issues over the last few years. For those who want a smaller, less expensive mixer my current recommendation is the Bosch Compact. It costs less (under $200) and takes less space than the KA and many dealers are offering great deals on it with accessories included. While I haven't played with it personally, I have heard nothing but rave reviews of the machine.
I've been tempted to get a Bosch Compact myself for things like cookies, etc, but my gf keeps reminding me of our limited kitchen/storage space. I'm only allowed to get new kitchen stuff if I get rid of something similar - and I'm not giving up my DLX for anything! (If she hadn't made that rule, I'd probably be one of those appliance collectors, with multiple mixers, FPs, stick blenders, etc. I replaced my KA with the DLX when I got into bread baking)