Which is the best one as far as heavy duty and larger cakes?
I Love my kitchen aid 4.5 and could not live without it. However, when I wanted to 'upgrade' to a larger size, after much looking and research I went with the Viking 7 quart. Both are sitting on my counter and I use them for different things. I went with the Viking, as it was larger than the bigger kitchen aid, I preferred the tilt head to the lifting bowl, and the viking had more power. The viking whips up double batches of stiff cookie dough like nothing and has been great for bread dough.
With the kitchen aids, be sure and check the motor size/power as there are different combinations with the same size bowl.
Good luck !
I have the Kitchenaid Heavy Duty Stand Mixer
5 quart bowl
Special price at Kohl's Department Stores
In-Store (Local Time)
Friday May 26th 3pm-11pm 189.99 for Night Owl Price
Saturday, May 27th 7am-1pm 189.99 for Early Bird Price
Should also be available online. But don't know times for online.
Thanks m0use. I didn't realize how close you were... I live in Menomonee Falls. I will have to check it out.
I like mine...it can easily handle mixing a double batch of calidawn's buttercream icing recipe..
The only complaint I have is sometimes it's harder to mix small batches of stuff in it, like a small batch of MMF in the mixer does not work too well, the dough hook does not seem to "catch" all of the ingredients for a thorough mixing. But that's what a good hand mixer is for!
I love my KA. Both the Pro Hand Mixer and the KA
Pro 600, 575w stand mixer. They 'plow' through all
kinds of tasks.
Try it, you'll like it!!!
I have the KA HD with the 5 qt. lift bowl and a KA Pro 6 with the 6 qt. lift bowl. I like them both. I can squeeze 4 batches of BC icing in the Pro 6 and it handles it perfectly!
I also have the KA 9 speed professional hand mixer and that thing is an awesome work horse!
I also have a KA hand mixer and it works great, really great actually compared to my last mixer that burnt out after making 2 batches of royal icing. I would LOVE to get a KA countertop mixer though!
I have a kitchen aid mixer for years. It frees my hands to add ingredients--it's a real work horse.
Amazon is having a sale this weekend 199.99 for the 5 quart.[/url]
I have a KA 6-qt professional and love it! I got it as a refurbished machine from an outlet mall here several years ago, and I have used it almost daily ever since. It will easily make a quadruple batch of Wilton's decorating buttercream.
Only thing I've done wrong to it, which will probably cause its replacement (with another 6-qt) is to use the pasta-making attachment, which overworked the motor.
I'm with the above note about the big mixer's not working for smaller things--I'd get a 6-qt and a 3.5 or 4-qt if money were no object--then I could mix small batches of things as easily as large. Also there is a 5-qt, I think it's the Artisan model, that can take a 5, 4, and 3.5-qt bowls; now THAT would be ideal...
I'm happy to see people with the 325 watt motor (Artisian series) KA! I have one and with both my hubby and I starting cake decorating classes I was worried that I'd need to buy a bigger one.