midwestmom Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 6:21pm
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Of course there's the $250 Kitchen Aide that comes in all the prettycolors, then there's the smaller, cheaper version of this. And I've seen other brands that are much cheaper. What does everyone like the best? The expensive Kitchen Aide that I've seen only has one big beater & you attach the bowl to the stand so it doesn't spin around. I remember using my Grandmothers mixer years & years ago & it had the top that tipped back to put the beaters in and the bowl would spin around. Just curious what everyone uses & what they like icon_smile.gif

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CIndymm4 Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 6:26pm
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I have both a stand mixer, a kitchenaid that I love, but I also use my held held mixer alot too and I love it, it's a General Electric, 225 watt motor 6 speed.

diane Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 6:33pm
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i just have to tell y'all that hamilton beach puts out some great mixers. i have a small one and it is great. i do have a kitchenaid and another, three to be exact, but that little hamilton beach sure does a great job with icings! icon_lol.gif

gotcake Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 7:05pm
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I love my KitchenAid with it's 575 watts, 6 Qt bowl, the dough hook , wire whip, pouring shield and regular beater that came with it. I waited for my 50% off one item at that "bath and beyond" place and hit it big with my mixer.... cost me $179.49 sooo... happy! Good deals can be found at the most unusual places. "Didn't need the new bedspread anyhow".

melodyscakes Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 9:55pm
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icon_biggrin.gif i wanted a stand mixer, but didnt have alot of money, so i got the GE stand mixer at walmarts...it was about $100.00 and i LOOOVE IT!
plus you can put it on layaway. the only thing that i dont like is that i havent found any attachments that fit it. i bought the kitchenaide attachment that acts as a lid so my powder sugar doesnt fly out every where and it doesnt fit exactly right. but since it's all the money i had at the time, i really have gotten alot of use out of it, and use it several times a week. thats the one kitchen gadget that i couldnt live with out!
melody

luvbaking Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 12:14am
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At the moment my mixer is broken & I keep saying to myself I must get one of those Kitchen Aid Mixers but after reading these posts I think I will look into other options especially since It's so pricey. Afer hearing so many testimonials about the Kitchen Aid for some strange reason I was thinking the other brands won't work as good but If I can save some money then I might as well go that way.

CarolAnn Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 12:33am
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I bought my KA stand mixer a few years ago. I'd had a Hamilton Beech one for years before that, and it worked good till I wore it out. I love the heavier KA because it won't dance around on the counter like my other one did. I can get this one going and walk away and not worry. I'd like to get another bowl one day too. With a KA you don't need to turn the bowl because the paddle etc gets everything in to bowl. When I wear this out I'll get another. I do need to get another hand mixer. I won't mention names but someone's dh shut the beaters in a drawer and bent one. I bent it back out but it's not the same. Can you hear the clang from there? UGH!

llj68 Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 1:07am
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I LOVE my Kitchen Aid. Dh got it for me for Christmas last year after I killed my first one (after only 15 years of heavy use! lol!)

It's the big boy---575 watts, 6 qt bowl, all the "toys" I need!

DH was so funny--he was terrified to buy it for me as a gift because he doesn't like getting anything that could be construed as an appliance for me for gifts. I absolutely LOVE it and it's one of my most favorite gifts of all time!

I love turning it up to 10--it sounds like a jet engine! LOL!

Lisa

lilscakes Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 2:15am
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I love my KitchenAid....DH bought it for me for Christmas as well and had the same concerns about buying an "appliance" as a gift.....turns out it too was the best gift I received. I used it almost on a daily basis and wouldn't trade it for the world. I do use a small electric hand mixer from time to time, but when it comes to icing, KA is the only way to go!

ntertayneme Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 2:19am

I wouldn't take anything for my KitchenAid ... I went through about 3 mixers before I invested in my KitchenAid.. I wouldn't have any other kind now .. I love it icon_smile.gif

midwestmom Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 3:30am

melodyscakes, I was wondering if anyone liked one of the cheaper ones. I saw one in an ad for around $100 and I don't remember what brand it was. I told my dh that mom needs a new mixer so we'll see icon_smile.gif
thanks for all the replies!

tcturtleshell Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 3:36am

I have a Kitchen Aid. I wish mine were larger!! I will get the biggest one they make one day.... long, long, long time from now!! LOL!! It's a dream! I had a Hamilton Beach, burnt it up the first time I used it! Wouldn't trade my KA for nothing~

midwestmom Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 3:37am

There are some Wolfgang Puck ones on Ebay that look really nice. Anyone have any experience with this brand?

momof3jotynjake Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 3:43am

can you use your mixer to mix MMF??

tcturtleshell Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 3:44am

My friend Boo-Boo (she's a member on here too) just bought a Wolfgang. She loves it! I haven't seen it yet because we live so far from each other. She says it works great! It's larger then my KA. Send her a PM & ask her to tell you about it. Her computer was broke but might be working again.

midwestmom Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 3:46am

also, with the kitchenaids there are Epicurean, Artisan, Accolade, Professional, Classic....
Any differences, any better, what's the differences?

tcturtleshell Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 4:02am

I have never made MMF Momof3. I wouldn't know. I hope to try it this week.

momof3jotynjake Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 4:12am
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I have never made MMF Momof3. I wouldn't know. I hope to try it this week.




woo hoo tina! let me know how it goes!
I got asked to do a communion cake.. i think im gonna give it a try!! Id like to do the cross in MMF and lay it on a BC 1/2 sheet?
what do ya think?
BTW! your wedding cake came out GREAT!! good job!

Ute

SarahJane Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 4:16am

Am I missing something? Everyone is talking about fondant and the question was about mixers, right? Anyway, I have the "heavy duty" kitchenaid. And I love it. My mom has the regular kitchen aid and I don't think it is as good. I got mine as a wedding gift from my grandmother, so I don't know what the cost difference is.

m0use Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 2:33pm
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Originally Posted by midwestmom

also, with the kitchenaids there are Epicurean, Artisan, Accolade, Professional, Classic....
Any differences, any better, what's the differences?



The differences are price, speed options- like the high grade KA's have soft start, wattage, bowl size, bowl-lift or tilt head, and some of the attachments are a little different.
go here http://www.kohls.com/products/product_page_vanilla1.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=26923649&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=164539097&bmUID=1114525746410 and then click on the link called stand mixer comparison chart
it's a pop up window that shows some of the KA's side be side, it's very handy

luvbaking Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 5:28pm
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Originally Posted by midwestmom

also, with the kitchenaids there are Epicurean, Artisan, Accolade, Professional, Classic....
Any differences, any better, what's the differences?


The differences are price, speed options- like the high grade KA's have soft start, wattage, bowl size, bowl-lift or tilt head, and some of the attachments are a little different.
go here http://www.kohls.com/products/product_page_vanilla1.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=26923649&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=164539097&bmUID=1114525746410 and then click on the link called stand mixer comparison chart
it's a pop up window that shows some of the KA's side be side, it's very handy




Thanks for posting that link......It helps a lot. thumbs_up.gif

midwestmom Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 5:48pm

Thanks! I was wondering what options people like the most. Does everyone like the tilt head or bowl-lift?

ump107 Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 7:10pm

I really like the Bowl-lift, I had a tilt head mixer (non-Kitchen aid) and I didn't like having to lower the mixer head into the bowl. If I had put the butter in and It wasn't soft enough it took some working to get the head down. I also like that with the bowl lift I can turn on the mixer and just crank the bowl up into position and I get no splatter. My tilt head mixer had to be off or the ingredients would fly everywhere.

m0use Posted 27 Apr 2005 , 3:58pm

No problem, glad to be able to help...
I have the bowl lift and I love it, my son can turn the handle and put the bowl into position when he wants to help mommy!

ntertayneme Posted 27 Apr 2005 , 8:27pm

I have one of the classic models. I've had no problems with mine whatsoever. I wish I had the one where the bowl lifts. It does get a bit frustrating when you have to lift the head out of the way all the time.

Maybe my next one will be the bowl lift type icon_smile.gif

midwestmom Posted 27 Apr 2005 , 8:45pm

okay, so now i know that everyone likes the bowl lift. The only kind of stand mixer I've ever used was one where the head tilted back. So, that just seems more natural to me. How do you get the batter off the beaters if you can't lift it a little while it's still running? That's how we always got the batter off anyway.

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