Kitchenaid Stand Mixers - Review Of The Kitchenaid Mixers

By Shareen McCaffrey

I've mostly used my five quart Kitchen Aid for cakes, muffins, pate choux for eclairs, mashed potatoes and whipped cream and meringue. I've made my bread dough exclusively in my large capacity Cuisinart food processor. Caught up in the excitement of this new, beautiful machine I was inspired to purchase the pasta roller accessory based on the terrific reviews. Here are my other thoughts:

1. I also added the sausage stuffer to my order (could this be used to fill eclairs? I wonder....) as an addition to my collection of accessories. Currently the attachment I use most frequently is the shredder which I use exclusively for shredding cheese for pizza and casseroles like lasagna.

2. I don't recommend getting refurbished or used models, based on discontented reviews I have read on them. Just drop the money down; it's worth it especially if you are cooking for more than one person.

3. The Viking seems to be an over-priced brand which does not offer real value, plus it does not offer neat attachments such as an ice cream maker.

4. This is an outstanding mixer. The mixer seems very quiet compared to the mill! The spiral dough hook does an excellent job of kneading, and the mixer has plenty of power to handle the whole-grain dough.

5. We purchased the meat grinder and used it to grind at least 30 pounds of beef, elk, and turkey into burger. The mixer had plenty of power to be up to the task. I am very pleased with the performance of this mixer and don't think anyone would regret purchasing it.

6. The customer service at Kitchen Aid is very helpful. When my machine originally arrived they had sent the wrong color. When they were contacted they told us to repackage the machine and send it back at their expense (they e-mailed a shipping label and scheduled pick up) and we received our replacement less than a week later. Fast, friendly and courteous customer service was able to make a mistake a non-event.

If you are looking for a workhorse machine this is the one for you. I am only sorry that it took me so long to retire my original machine. This machine is used three or four times a week in my home. I cannot imagine living a whole grain lifestyle without this little beauty. If you are a serious home cook, you will get a lot of use out of this machine. If there's something to dislike about this mixer, it's that there's not as much batter left on the beater for me to lick clean as there was on the beaters of my old glorified Sunbeam mixer disguised as a stand mixer. - 31805

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