KitchenAid Stand Mixer Dilemma

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Which Would You Recommend

  1. Kitchen Aid Artisan Series

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    Lui@theBakingJournal New Member

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    My handmixer finally bowed out. So I'm thinking of getting myself a Kitchen Aid.
    Now this is a dilemma. I love how the KitchenAid Artisan mixers look but some baking friends recommend I just get the Classic series.
    Which would you pick?
     
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    Norcalbaker59 Well-Known Member

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    You do not select a mixer based on color and look. You do not select a mixer based on what I think or anyone else thinks is a good choice. My needs as a baker are not the same as yours.

    A stand mixer is one of your most expensive tools. It's also one of the most important tools in the kitchen.

    The mixer you purchase depends on how frequently you bake; what you bake; and the quantities.


    The classic has a smaller motor. The bowl capacity is smaller. But that isn't necessarily an issue because you can buy a larger bowl. I own two bowls for my mixer because I require the capacity. In addition to capacity, I frequently bake recipes that require a meringue. The second bowl allows me to mix batter in one bowl, then beat the meringue without having to empty and wash the mixing bowl.

    The classic is a good choice when:

    1. you bake in frequently

    2. primarily make cupcakes, cakes, and cookies

    3. bake single batches

    Artisan is a good choice when:

    1. You bake frequently

    2. primarily bake heavy doughs like rolls, bread, and pizza

    3. bake multiple batches

    Big Bertha, my KitchenAid mixer is so old it is the equivalent of a classic. Yet I bake frequently and big batches.

    I have many times eyed the Pro. But every time I walk into my kitchen, see Big Bertha sitting on the counter there's one thing I know in my bones: that machine is the right machine for me and she hasn't let me down in the nearly 20 years she's been working side-by-side with me in the kitchen.
     
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    ChesterV Well-Known Member

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    I do not recommend KitchenAid at all.

    I've worked in some bakeries that used them, and they broke very easily, the ones with the handles on them to lift and drop the bowl stripped OH SO QUICK AND FAST, and the design just isn't workable for a professional.

    KitchenAid is what I would call "craptastic". LOL:p

    Also, KitchenAid quality went to pot many years ago. Thats why they make those mixers in SO many colors, otherwise they wouldn't make much money on just selling the mixers. They make their money on selling colors, not quality.

    Some of their other gadgets are ok, but their mixers are just abominable. I prefer something more durable and sturdy, like my Sunbeam mixer. I've heard very good things about the Kenwood mixers, but they are out of my price range and I don't see how they are usable, as there really isn't much room for adding things into the bowl while it's mixing. I like a big, open mixer.


    Here's what I have.........

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    If I still baked, I would DEFINITELY have one of THESE!!!!!
     
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    -Daniel- Well-Known Member

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    I have an artisan, it's fabulous. Does everything I need it to do, but I do want to invest in a second bowl so I don't need to clean it in between different mixes.

    I'd suggest Norcalbaker59s description is a good one, and tells you most of what you need to know to decide.

    In terms of colour... let's be honest, the white machine is horrible and will look ugly with any modern kitchen.
     
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    Norcalbaker59 Well-Known Member

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    Lol, yeah the white one is pretty ugly:eek:

    I’ve always wanted a fire engine red one!
     
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    I bought the wife a 6 QT Pro. After it stripped the gears 3 times over 2 years, I'm done with it. I'm buying her a Primo PM-10 to use. It weighs more than she does, and was only $678 with free shipping. https://www.katom.com/163-PM10.html
     
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    I kind of like my white one! My friends, who have a great multi-color tile backsplash in their fab kitchen, have a Muppet-green KA mixer and blender. They always make me smile. I did see on YouTube that people have been known to paint their mixers to update their decor. If I did that, I'd have to go with bright pinkish copper, which I love.
     
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    Norcalbaker59 Well-Known Member

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    I think once they introduced an array of colors they became a fashion statement. I bought a black one because it matched the countertop in my kitchen. Turned out to match the countertops in every house I’ve lived in since. So that means kitchen designers are pretty boring. They keep installing the same surfaces in kitchens across America.

    A Kermit the Frog green kitchenaid—now that’s totally cool! :cool:
     
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    Wow, what does she use it for that it stripped the gears? Heavy breads?

    Overall I'd say I've had good luck with the KitchenAid, but even more so with a not-very-fancy workhorse of a Black and Decker "Power Pro" food processor. I got it on closeout when Service Merchandise closed, so that's somewhere around 1997. The white plastic base housing has yellowed with age, but it's still going strong. I'd love a newer fancier one with options (different blades, a smaller inset for small batches) but I can't justify replacing what works. I have made many a batch of bread dough, pasta dough, etc with it.
     
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    Norcalbaker59 Well-Known Member

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    If you need to upgrade to a commercial mixer due to repeatedly stripping the gears, then the KitchenAide home countertop mixer was inappropriately used.

    Stripping the gears means frequent use for mixing heavy bread doughs. Cake batter and cookie dough do not create much resistance and require very little mixing. So they aren’t going to strip gears.

    KitchenAid is not designed for heavy doughs like bread and roll.

    When considering any piece of equipment, you have to first consider what you intend to use it for AND the frequency of the use. Then research equipment that is actually designed and constructed for that task.

    A planetary mixer with its stationary bowl is the wrong mixer for bread doughs. The right mixer is a plunging arm mixer or a spiral mixer.

    A failure on the consumer’s part to purchase appropriately designed and constructed equipment for the task is not a failing of the manufacturer.
     
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