Post # 1
Weird question, but I’ve always wondered and didn’t know who to ask haha.
I guess I should preface my question with the fact that I don’t really bake much unless it’s vegan baking for an event. I never bake for myself. I bake a cake for my mom every year but I’ve never needed a mixer…what am I missing??
Post # 2
I actually have a mixer and it looks great on my counter, but I’ve only used it twice LOL. I’m not a huge baker though.
Post # 3
no idea. theyʻre heavy AF and I dont mix anything haha
Post # 4
why do you say everyone? i don’t have or want a stand mixer.
i am not a baker. most of my baker friends have them.
i have a cuisinart food processor. i love that! it has a dough blade. we use that when we make our own pasta.
Post # 5
I’m someone who bakes a lot so that was the appeal for me. I do have a smaller one, but it works perfect. I mostly use it for cakes, cookies, and bread. It’s nice to just let it do it’s thing while I’m doing something else right by, before I would mix everything by hand and it ate up a lot of time.
Post # 6
wineandthings : Well if you don’t really bake then you wouldn’t love it so I guess I don’t really get the point of your question?
Anyways, as someone who loves to bake and actually worked as a pastry chef for a little gourmet bakery for a while I like products of quality. Kitchen aide has a huge reputation to uphold so their products have to put out. They last for decades if you take care of them (my FIs late grandmother used the one she got as a wedding present up until the month she passed), they work like a dream, attachments can be substituted for different needs or ordered if you lose one down the garbage disposal (ooops!), and they are nice to look at if you have to store it on a counter top. Now obviously you wouldn’t need a large stand mixer for simple box cakes (handmixers are great here) but if you are making large batches of dough or need enough cake mix for a half sheet or larger, you are going to need a bigger mixer.
Post # 7
I bake and love mine! They hold up really well and I like the design and color schemes you can get now– especially with all the options and how it can be a piece of decor almost in your kitchen. The different fixtures you can use with them too make it vertsatile and yes, they’re heavy– but that’s good when you’re dealing with certain types of dough that become thicker…or if you use it for making things like mashed potatoes– you can just walk away and it does it’s thing with no supervision really.
Post # 8
I used one virtually nonstop when I worked baking pastries for a cafe/bakery, and when I saw someone selling one for $25 on ebay I was like sure why not. I had to take it apart to clean it and put it back together, but it was worth the price IMO.
I use mine at home pretty seldom, tbh, but tomorrow for example I’m gonna make whipped cream which is of course a million times easier using a stand mixer. In general I don’t bother pulling it out (it does not stay up on my counter.. if it were a super pretty one it may but it’s an old white dingey one) but when the task at hand is either whipping eggs, cream, or kneading dough, the kitchenaid will save you a lot of time and effort. If all I’m doing is making muffins or cookies I’ll do it by hand unless I’m making a huge quantity. Oh, and I also love using it to make fresh butter.. I don’t know why, but it really does taste better.
Overall, if you don’t think “damn, I wish I a machine could do this for me” with any frequency while baking, I don’t see the point in buying a kitchenaid at full price. If you have the storage space and find one for a good deal (ebay, garage sale, hand-me-down) it’s not a bad thing to have.
Post # 9
My boyfriend got me one for christmas a few years ago, and I love it. I don’t bake every day, but occasionally I’ll whip it out to whip egg whites, dough, or to make a quick batch of cookies. In my opinion, it’s much easier than a hand mixer and speeds up the process. Definitely an item for someone who bakes frequently or is interested in making their life a little easier. They also have pasta maker attachments and others that would make life easier.
They’re great if you bake a lot. It’s just like me wondering why drones are so great when I’m not into video and techy stuff.
Post # 10
I love mine! It’s got chopping and dicing attachments that come with it too, so I can cut up veggies in an instant! Because it sits on my counter all the time it actually gets a ton of use!
I bake a lot, but I probably use it more for regular cooking. I used mine ten minutes ago to slice up zucchini and potato!
Post # 11
ajillity81 : Well I don’t mean “everyone” in the literal sense since I don’t even own one haha. But I saw it pop up a few times on the “what do you want for Christmas” thread and I frequently see them on wedding registeries. They’re always making new and fun colors, they’re always on display at stores, and I see advertisements for mixer sales every now and then.
Post # 12
wineandthings : Everything that smalltownbigworld said. They do appeal to those who like to bake.
I love that I can add all of my ingredients while the mixer is still mixing, and I love that it doesn’t splatter everything like a hand mixer often does. Another big perk is if you have a recipe that needs eggs beaten for 5 minutes a piece, you don’t have to stand there next to it the whole time. I also use the dough hook a lot for making bread. I don’t have any attachments yet, but I will definitely buy some in the future so I can condense some of my other kitchen gadgets.
Kitchenaid is a good quality company, and they look stylish – that’s why I chose them over less known and less expensive brands.
Post # 13
I use mine for all kinds of things. Baking, whipping potatoes, slicing veggies… the food processor attachment is amazing. I even have a play dough recipe that I make with it when my nieces and nephews come over.
Post # 14
I like to bake so I use it. If you don’t like to, it’s probably not worth it. I do try to use it for other things so I also use it to shred chicken (this is a fantastic use of it) or do mashed potatoes. It is great for kneading dough as well.
Post # 15
smalltownbigworld : The point of my question was to determine whether there was any use for mixers aside from baking.
macpartyoftwo : Ooo I didn’t know you can buy different attachments for chopping and what not. Does it work better than a food processor, in your opinion?