Viking Vs Kitchen Aid Mixer. Which Do You Prefer?

Decorating By aquamom Updated 6 Apr 2009 , 10:41am by Mike1394

aquamom Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 8:52pm
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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.

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aquamom Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 9:06pm
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Anyone?

G_Cakes Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 9:08pm
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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 icon_smile.gif to pull double duty in my kitchen icon_smile.gif

terrylee Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 9:08pm
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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.

snarkybaker Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 9:14pm
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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)

cakedoll Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 9:15pm
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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.

aquamom Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 9:31pm
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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 !!

Ponygirl1 Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 11:16pm
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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.

Mike1394 Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 10:41am
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Viking without a doubt. Since Hobart sold off KA they are crap.

Mike

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