So my mom wants to get me a kitchenaid mixer for christmas, I've always liked the lift bowl type but have never used one. I've used my mom's tilt head artisan for the last 15 years and it's stood up well. I moved into my own place a few months back and I do a lot of holiday baking. I also have a massive love for vintage everything. So I have really wanted an older kitchenaid mixer, also my mom can't afford brand new which here in lies my dilemma and I'd like any help I can get. I've read a lot about the sturdiness of the older hobart models, my mom's is from 2003 which like I said has stood up the engine has gotten noisier over the years but the head is solid. My only option for buying one is online I can't drive and my mom lives 3 hours away she works a lot so online is our best arrangement. I make cookies, cake, brownies (black bean and regular), frosting, quick breads, I want to try my hand at different doughs, dips, cheesecake (tofu and regular) and I'm always looking for new recipes to try. So my questions are these. \n\nWho has experience with both hobart and new kitchenaid and what are your thoughts?\n\nWhich is better for making pretzel dough and possibly bread dough? Lift or tilt?\n\nHas anyone had success buying a used mixer online? Any tips?\n\nThis will be my first mixer so I'm nervous and excited.