(Closed) For those of you with a KITCHENAID MIXER…or registering for one—COME HERE :)

posted 7 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Cheesy Potatoes:  I think the one most people get is the Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer.  It’s the one with the 5-quart bowl and comes in all the different colors.  The main factors are bowl size and motor power.  The Artisan should be more than enough for your baking needs.  I have one and I love it. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We have the 6 quart which is more than enough for our needs. The price difference is pretty significant from 5-6 quarts, that I’ve seen, so unless that additional quart really matters to you I’d say stick with the 5 quart.

Kitchen Aid makes a great mixer with a very good warranty as well.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Yes, the Artisan one is the one with just enough power to do everything you would need.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I got the Architect tilt head one in cocoa.  I didn’t like the chrome/silver finishes of the Artisan but loved the Architect one.  Also I knew I wanted a tilt-head instead of the bowl-lift, mostly because that’s what I was used to.  I am an occasional baker so I didn’t get a large capacity or pro one.  Another thing I liked about the Architect model is that the attachments are metal without a coating.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t even know if you want my opinion, since I got mine on Black Friday at Walmart. I believe its a 4.5 quart mixer, it’s white and it’s the bowl lift model. They do not sell this one anywhere else BUT at walmart and on black friday. We got it for a little less than $200.

 

The thing that I believe really should be the deciding factor for you is the available attatchments. (spaghetti maker, ice cream maker, meat grinder…) Some attatchments only work with sertain model mixers.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

A good starter Kitchenaid is the Artisan series. It’s a workhorse and won’t do you wrong. Mine is 10+ years old and it won’t quit, and I’ve never had it serviced. I also have the Architect pro series mixer. The pro series is great because the bowl is so much bigger (I do double batches regularly), but I don’t think it’s at all necessary for 98% of people. The great thing is that with the attachments, they’ll fit all the models so if you decide to upgrade down the road, you’ll still be able to use all your parts 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have the Artisan model. It does wonders for mixing dips and doughs quickly. There’s nothing better than walking away while your meringue is mixing or your shortbread dough is being combined. I use mine all of the time. I have a friend married 4 years now who barely touches hers. Also, register for an additional bowl. It’s always good to have another one handy if you’re going in between sweet and savory dishes.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@brox: Agreed! I always wished I had a second bowl for my Artisan!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@bakerella: I plan on getting a second one soon and maybe one for my mom during Christmas. It’s crazy not to have a second bowl with a mixer especially with big batch baking or switching in between different flavors.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

i have an artisan and 2 stainless steel bowls – i really want the glass bowl that came out with the anniversary model a year or so ago

i also bought a beater blade that i love – its a non KA product but it swipes down the sides of the bowls while mixing batter

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve got the Artisian and it’s fantastic. I ditto the two bowls, I have the glass bowl and the stainless steal bowl.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

This was an awesome read! Thanks ladies!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I am not a KitchenAid owner, but I do own two mixers. One is vintage 1940’s and a newer model both are Sunbeam. Love them both. I would recommend buying your mixer from a higher quality store. Items that appear the same from Bed Bath and Beyond/Walmart are not the same quaility as thouse from Williams and Sonoma. That said I love my vintage machine. For most practical use I would recommend actually seeing one in person. Has your Fiance used one before? That made a huge difference when I was shopping. With a potentially 300$ + appliance it is worth it to find someone who has one and try it out. Once you can see a batch of cookies in a mixer you can get a good idea of how big/powerful you need it to be.

I agree with our PP’s get at least 2 bowls and multiple sets of beaters. If you can afford/want it get 4 bowls, 2 glass and 2 metal.

PS. I have bought expensive appliances from W&S and had to return them to upgrade or downgrade based on my needs. They were super easy and nice. So check with your local store for which ever you choose to register with and check their policy on returned used items.

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