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Old 09-07-2008, 08:28 AM   #1
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Professional Mixer vs Hand Mixer

i have yearned for years to get a kitchen aide mixer that has all those fantastic additions to prepare assorted foods from scratch, like fresh ravoli. but i can not afford a 300.oo price tag. therefore, i opted to buy a hand mixer, which is equipped with whisker, blender, and the blades to make bread (cant remember the name). beside it being a littler harder to prepare the mixes, i dont believe there are any other differences between the two mixers. ( 50.00 is alot more affordable).

a plus about the hand mixer, is it came with a bowl that when you finish using it. you put all the blades and mixer in it and store away neatly

any opinion plz share.

its not to late to take it back if it not worth it.

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Old 09-07-2008, 08:47 AM   #2
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i have yearned for years to get a kitchen aide mixer that has all those fantastic additions to prepare assorted foods from scratch, like fresh ravoli. but i can not afford a 300.oo price tag. therefore, i opted to buy a hand mixer, which is equipped with whisker, blender, and the blades to make bread (cant remember the name). beside it being a littler harder to prepare the mixes, i dont believe there are any other differences between the two mixers. ( 50.00 is alot more affordable).

a plus about the hand mixer, is it came with a bowl that when you finish using it. you put all the blades and mixer in it and store away neatly

any opinion plz share.

its not to late to take it back if it not worth it.
I wouldn't give up my KitchenAid mixer and all the attachments for anything. However, if the price tag is a problem, and for a lot of people it is, then go with the hand mixer as long as it does what you need it to do. Only you can decide whether it will work for you or not. As for the KA ravioli attachment, I've been making ravioli for years by hand and as far as I'm concerned it's just as easy to do it that way. The mixer itself and the rest of the attachments are pure gold to me. Go with what works for you. BTW, if you can find a KA and the attachments for $300 go for it. I paid $700 for mine.
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:11 AM   #3
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I love my KA. I burnt up a lot of hand mixers over the years with heavy doughs like bread and even some cookies. If you're planning to just mix light doughs I'm sure that a hand mixer will work just fine. I don't think I'd use it for bread or any other heavy dough, the motor won't hold up.
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:31 AM   #4
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There is room enough for both in my house....The KA is the work horse...other times the little hand mixer is just the thing.
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:50 AM   #5
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I wouldn't want to live without my KA. I do have a hand mixer but haven't used more than a dozen times in the past 5 years. It just doesn't do the job the KA does.
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Old 09-07-2008, 10:14 PM   #6
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just bought a toastmaster hand blender. a stick it is called. haven't used it yet. i have an almost new hand mixer that i have only used once. i have a thirty year old stand mixer that works very well.

of course if you want to send me a ka i won't turn it down. lol

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Old 09-08-2008, 12:51 AM   #7
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i have yearned for years to get a kitchen aide mixer that has all those fantastic additions to prepare assorted foods from scratch, like fresh ravoli. but i can not afford a 300.oo price tag. therefore, i opted to buy a hand mixer, which is equipped with whisker, blender, and the blades to make bread (cant remember the name). beside it being a littler harder to prepare the mixes, i dont believe there are any other differences between the two mixers. ( 50.00 is alot more affordable).

a plus about the hand mixer, is it came with a bowl that when you finish using it. you put all the blades and mixer in it and store away neatly

any opinion plz share.

its not to late to take it back if it not worth it.
Chrissy,

The difference between a hand mixer and a professional mixer is like the difference betwen a 10-speed bike and a NASCAR race car. They may both have wheels and are intended to go forward - but that is about where the similarities end. Oh, yeah - they don't cost the same, either.

A hand mixer will never be able to handle the load that a professional stand mixer can. And, even if you bought a high end KitchenAid - you would still have to buy the attachments to make pasta/ravioli - I've never seen a hand mixer that had those optional attachments available. However, your could buy a hand cranked pasta machine and the ravioli attachment and do it that way.

Your hand mixer probably came with 3 attachments - whisks, beaters and dough hooks. It will probably handle small batches of heavy doughs, like cookes and bread ... but not the larger volumes of a heavy duty stand mixer.

I have a Pro-6 KitchenAid, and a hand mixer - I use them for different things. Yes, the KA was expensive (for me) - I had to save for about 5 years before I could afford it.

A lot depends on what you want the mixer for.
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Old 09-08-2008, 01:46 AM   #8
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I have a Hobart N-50 that I bought in a thrift store for eight dollars (bare machine) and it cost another $200 to set it up...2 bowls, whisk, flat beater and dough hook. I found a copper bowl liner for it on Craigslist, someone gave me a grain mill attachment, meat grinder-sausage stuffer came from eBay (all metal), another plastic-bodied from a thrift store along with a roto slicer/shredder attachment. I also have a KA 5-speed hand mixer and a Braun 200 watt immersion blender. They all have a place in my kitchen, and they all get used. I will probably wear out and replace everything but the N-50. If you want a KA stand mixer, check Craigslist in your area. People get them as gifts and put them in the garage until they need the space or the money, then sell them...cheap. Like this, as a starter http://santabarbara.craigslist.org/for/830670033.html
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Old 09-08-2008, 04:59 AM   #9
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thank you all for your great advice. i got it now.
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Old 09-10-2008, 02:48 PM   #10
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I got a KA stand mixer, the heavy duty one, at a close out at Mervyn's for $200. It has the whip, paddle and dough hook. It came with a coupon to get the slicer attachment for about $25. The attachment is okay I suppose, but it's a lot easier to clean a hand shredder, etc. The other attachments are way too expensive. Got a really good hand-cranked pasta machine at Tuesday Morning for under $20. You just have to shop around and always check the various venues on the internet.

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