Post # 1
Hello bees! First post here. My Kitchenaid pro 5 plus mixer just died on me, just over a year and a half using it, but for the past few months I’ve been making a lot of bread. I used to make cakes and cookies only. Any suggestions on what mixer that’s better than mine? I thought its pretty good because the motor is bigger, 475 watts, but sadly it’s not. I need one right away as I have to make a birthday cake for my friends’ son in four days. Thanks!
Post # 3
@Pinkeebabee: Hmm I’ve been making breads in my kitchenaid mixer for years now with no problems. Is yours still under warranty?
Post # 4
@housebee: I think the warranty is only one year. I don’t have the receipt as our accountant still has our books. But I’d look into it as soon as we get them back. I know it sucks it smelled and just died. now I’m not sure if I’d go for the KA pro 600 or the cuisinart 7 quart any want idea which is better?
Post # 5
I would at least try and contact KitchenAid and see what, if anything, they can do for you. I’ve acquired a kitchen aid mixed that is almost 21 years old and it still works like new.
Post # 6
@Missknicole: Rumor has it that the old ones are better than the new ones, something about parts being made of metal in the old ones and now being made of plastic.
I’m curious about the answers you get, I like but don’t love my KA so I’m also wonderingf if there is a better choice out there.
Post # 7
I have the cuisinart 5-quart and it’s a work horse and feels really solid. I’ve had it for about 4 years with no problems, and we bake quite a bit of bread. I love the aesthetic of the kitchenaid so originally wanted that but after some research the cuisinart seemed like the better choice for durability.
Growing up my mum and granmother had Kenwood Chef stand mixers which i think aren’t available in Canada anymore. My mum has a 40 year old one that still works really well. Cuisinart must have bought out the patents for Kenwood or something because the Kenwood attachments fit the cuisinart.
Be forewarned that there are fewer attachments available for the Cuisinart than the Kenwood (for example, there is a pasta extruder for spagetti etc but no pasta roller available).
Post # 8
@Pinkeebabee: That sucks. I’ve had a kitchenaid for 5 years and never had a problem. My mom has been using hers for 15 and had no issues. My sister used kitchenaid in her culinary school classes.
I honestly would contract kitchenaid as PPs suggested. They have a pretty good reputation, and will likely be willing to repair or replace your stand. I know when I worked at Crate and Barrel in college, we AWAYS replaced stuff that broke and was not under warranty, even stuff that people had obviously misused. High end retailers have a name to uphold, you know?
Post # 9
Get another Kitchen Aid.
The cusinart sucks because it has a little bowl at the top of the whisk attachment that catches flour/cake mix/whatever. And you have to remove the whisk at an angle that means dumping those lumps back into the batter. At least the one my work got to replace our kitchen aid does. The motor is powerful, but overall it is less user friendly, harder to clean, and easier to accidentally turn on. And you can’t scrape the sides while mixing because of the cage around the bowl.
SOURCE: I am a sous chef.
Post # 10
I’d get another Kitchen Aid–personally, I like the classic better than the pro as it seems to be better-made, motor size notwithstandingl. I make bread all the time and mine’s never caused a problem, nor did my mom’s which I used all throughout my teenage years and twenties before leaving home.
Post # 11
@Pinkeebabee: If you bought it from bed bath and beyond, they will return it and you can get a brand new one no questions asked. If you didnt buy it from there, I think they will still take it back and give you some amount of money towards it. My SIL did that recently. Doesnt hurt to ask. I would stick with Kitchenaid tho!
Post # 12
I agree on contacting KitchenAid. I love mine, make bread quite frequently, and have never had a problem. Same with my Mother-In-Law – she’s had hers for years and bakes way more than I do.
Post # 13
There are different motors in different kitchen aide mixers (even if they are the same model) The mixer you get from walmart or target actually has a weaker motor (that’s how they save on costs) So you might try another kitchen aid from a higher end sotre, or (if you think that kind of practice on their part is deplorable) you can go with the cuisinart.
Or you can go with consumer report’s dark horse, the Breville stand mixer.
Post # 14
I would stick with Kitchen Aid, whether you contact the company/vendor about replacing it or just get a new one for yourself. I would also keep an eye on Craigslist, local garage sales, etc. to see if any older KitchenAids come up for grabs. (It doesn’t happen often, because they are *awesome* and people tend to hold on to them forever, but sometimes you get lucky and that would be an affordable way to replace it.)