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

posted 10 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 23
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

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@profiterole: is that the one with the one that lifts the bowl up???  my friend has had one of those for over a year and she hasnt taken it out of the box yet (grrrr)

Post # 24
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I have the 5 quart anniversary addition with the glass bowl.  It’s 325w. I use mine 4 times a week or so. However, I work from home and so I cook 3 meals per day and bake 3 or more times per week as well. My sister registered for one it’s still in the box and they just celebrated their 5 year anniversary. I think it’s good to evaluate how often you will use it and if you’re not sure going for the “cheapest” version is ok. Everything Kitchen Aid makes is a quality product.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

eloping yes — it’s the bowl lift.  it’s a shame she hasn’t taken it out of the box.  you want to test it out to make sure the motor and gears work during the 1 yr warranty period.  the first night i got it, i used it for the doublebatch of cinnamon buns — 9 cups of bread flour.  and the motor kept shutting off.  kitchenaid sent me a brand new one and i sent them the old one back in the box.  i’m sure it was refurb and sold through their refurb site or outlet.

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

The price difference you see is due to power (watts) and bowel size. The classic series which is usually $200 or less is the smallest and least powerful, 250 watts. If you do not do a lot of cooking and bake on the holidays or seldom then this is for you. I highly recommend a higher series if you plan to use it a lot especially with thicker doughs like bread and certain cookie batters. You need something more powerful for frequent use. Also the attachments work on ALL models, you just have to buy the specific one for your model series. I have an artisan and no its not for decoration purposes. 🙂 I just didn’t have the cash to drop on a higher series nor did I feel I needed something more powerful for my cooking/baking demand.

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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@mwitter80:

Irecently just bought the glass bowl to have an extra one and I absolutely love it! That color red is so pretty!

Post # 28
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

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@MissGreen: I think the handle makes such a difference in my life lol

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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@mwitter80:

Lol! For me it’s the lid that came with mine. I sometimes need to refrigerate batters or dough and even though it says it doesn’t seal, it actually does. Love it.

Post # 30
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA

I’ve had my Kitchenaid Heavy Duty Mixer for 13 years. My mom got it for me as a housewarming gift, and I love it.  It’s a 5 qt. with a bowl lift. I know it was over $400 when she bought it, but it has since been replaced with the Professional line. I’ve never had any problems with it at all.

In my old house and in my apartment, I had it sitting on the counter and I used it all the time. In this house, I don’t have the counter space for it and it weighs like 30 pounds, so I tend not to drag it out and use it as much as I used to. Once we get our over the range microwave, I’ll have a place to put it and then it will get used a lot again.

Here are some things to think about…

Where are you going to store it? If your going to have it on a counter top under upper cabinets, you might want to consider getting the bowl-lift version. It will lift without bumping the upper cabinets. If it isn’t going to be under an upper cabinet, you might want to consider getting the tilt-head version. I think it is probably easier to add incredients to, because the beaters come right out of the bowl.

How often are you going to use it?  If you’re only going to use it once in a while, then you can probably afford to get a lower cost version. If you’re going to use it a lot, then you probably want to think about a more expensive version. These are not cheap mixers and there is a difference in quality between the different versions. Getting one that’s not going to meet your long-term needs will mean spending even more money later on for a better quality one.  Personally, I would recommended getting the best one you can afford that will meet your needs, just like any other appliance you select. 

How much food will you be mixing in it? If you want to do double batches of things, then the 6 qt one is the way to go. If you’re happy making smaller batches of things, then go with the 5 qt one. I’ve never had an issue with my 5 qt one. 

Considered getting a second bowl for it. I don’t know how many times I’ve wished I had another bowl. 

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

This is one of the first things I got from my registry and I am THIRLLED!! I won’t use anything else for cookies or bread- these are simply amazing and save so much work. I got the Cobalt blue and it is GORGEOUS.

Post # 32
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Helper bee

We got the Artisan Mixer, his parents got it for us.  It’s the buttercup color and I LOVE it. It’s a pretty vintage yellow color.

They also ordered an extra bowl for us to use. 

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

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@Asparagus: I love that color! 🙂

I have the Artisan in Pink, I bake 3-4 times a month and it’s perfect for what I do

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m dying to get mine – I registered for the standard 5 qt artisan in green apple.

But sad fact: I am pretty much only getting it to make mashed potatoes… I hate baking >:O

Post # 35
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

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@Asparagus: mine is buttercup yellow also – makes me smile every time i see it and i wish i had a better kitchen to show it off

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

For the ladies who said their friends/family members still have them sitting in the box…have you offered to buy it from them!? Or if you know someone who is upgrading for any reason, ask if they are selling their old ones!! I literally just bought the Colbalt blue mixer from a coworker today. He bought a newer model, with the bowl lift. He was telling me about it and I asked what he was going to do with his old one, and he said, “I don’t know sell it in a garage sale or something. It’s like new and has all of the attachments/bowl it came with, I just wanted the newer model.” So he brought it to work, I checked it over, and bought it for…80 bucks!!!! SO excited!!! I baked cookies tonight with it and already love it! I will probably use it mostly for baking, and I only bake a couple times a month, so this smaller version seems just perfect for me.

But seriously it never hurts to ask someone if they are interested in selling. You might get an awesome deal on a gently used machine!!!!!!

Post # 38
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

YouTube actually has a lot of useful tutorials on how to use any stand-up mixers. My SO bought it for me in Sep 2012; I actually finally got around to using it recently. It was an early Christmas gift. We bought whichever one that was greatly reduced. Costco was selling the Pro 600 for $400+ while Sears was selling it for $230 CAD (after tax) — reduced from $600+.

I have mine sitting on the wooden part of the baker’s rack. It looks quite similar to this:

It’s pretty much my baking/prep corner. 🙂 My kitchen scale is there. (Highly recommend getting a unit like this as it’s more space efficient; this only, however, works for a bowl-lift stand-up mixer. It might be awkward to use this for a tilt-head.)

It took me a while to muster the courage and use it because I’ve done all my pizza & bread baking by hand. So, this past weekend, I put the dough hook on and used my own pizza dough recipe. It was like, “Where have I been before a stand-up mixer?!?” Likewise with cookie recipes. If I need to double my recipe, I let the KA do the muscle work while I scrape.

My main reason for getting the Pro was that the motor can handle the dough hook well if I were to make my own fondant. (Love the dough hook. I want to make my own egg noodles next!)

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