KitchenAid Stand Mixer Dilemma

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Which Would You Recommend

  1. Kitchen Aid Artisan Series

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  2. Kitchen Aid Classic

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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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