I need to get a stand mixer. What kind do you use? Any one like Viking? I bake as a hobby and there are some evenings when I am making 4 batches of cupcakes for very deserving friends. So I like to bake in quantity. I think I need at least a 6 quart mixer.
Thanks for your help.
Although I have never used a Viking before I do have a Kitchen Aid and I love it.
The best part is that with the attachments for pasta making I am able to smooth, roll and cut fondant and gumpaste out in paper thing sheets and strips for decorating.
I have had my for over 10 years now and never had a problem with it.
I could not live with out my kitchen aid and am seriously thinking about getting another one to pull double duty in my kitchen
The KA is a great mixer, I have had one for over 8 years now - I love it.....BUT I did get to use a Viking mixer at a demo and WOW is it nice.....seemed quicker to mix and really nice to work with......
I'm not a professional and don't do that many cakes so the KA works great for me. but I think when and if this goes out, I will think of getting the Viking....though a bit more in price.
Kitchen Aids have really become crappy machines. The older ones will last forever ( I have two ten year old machines that are fantastic). Unfortunately, the newer 6 qt models are all made with substandard chinese gears and we have had nothing but bad luck with them. The Viking is a really nice machine, as is the Cuisinart 7 qt. ( The one advantage of the Cuisinart is the VERY LONG warranty. ( 3 yrs vs. 1 on the Kithcen Aid)
I haven't tried the viking yet. I have always had KA. I just replaced my old kitchen aid a couple of months ago. It belonged to my grandmother and she died in '68 so that gives you an idea of how old the thing was. She bought it about a year before she died. Still worked beautifully.
I bought a 5 quart Artisan on sale at Kohl's and I prefer the old KA. This one just doesn't have the oomph that the old one has. I don't know whether I got a dud or what, but I don't like the way the gears sound when I'm mixing buttercream.
With the old one, I could mix anything in it, fondant, gumpaste, pastillage. I wouldn't even attempt it with this one.
Unfortunately I gave my old one to my daughter and from the looks of it, she's not letting it go anytime soon...lol.
Thank you all so much. I was thinking about a KA at first but then I heard about the Viking. I also like the style of the Cuisinart and I like the idea of having a timer on the mixer ( what a smart idea). I am putting my money away here and there so I can get something that will last and if I have to wait a month or two more then I just wait a month or two more.
Again thank you so much for taking the time to comment !!
LOVE my KA...have had it for at least 9 yrs. What in the world did I ever do without it...worked too hard that's what ! LOL.
Viking without a doubt. Since Hobart sold off KA they are crap.