Originally Posted by oldrustycars
My daughter loves to bake. I'm thinking about getting her a stand mixer for her birthday. The Kitchenaid runs from the mid $200 range to way up. Are the entry level ones still good? Can we mix meatloaf in it? Any other suggestions? Thank you.
Yes to both of your questions. Many of us here are equipment junkies. Bigger - more powerful - better. Tool Times' Tim Allen of the kitchens.
I've had a K45 Since the year I got married (1982). I bake A LOT of everything except bread. After 29 years, it is still going strong, and has managed to mix everything I threw at it. Purchased new at that time it was $179. At the time there were only 2 models for home kitchens - the 4 1/5 quart with the tilt head (mine), and the 5 quart with the lift bowl. Now there are several models and many bigger, more powerful ones.
The added power and size is important to serious bread bakers. But for most of us, it will always be nice to have bigger & better, but the smaller models will probably do everything we need.
I'll bet that there are a lot of us 'over 50 crowd' that still have our old K45's and don't plan on replacing them.
So even though we all want to tell you how great the bigger models are, you will have a perfectly good mixer if you get the Artisan or similar model.