I am about to purchase a new stand mixer, and was wondering if there really was a differance between the Viking Stand Mixer vs the KitchenAid Pro, other than personal opinion? I have read some reviews on the viking where customers wished they would have just gotten another KitchenAid and others where they are tickled pink with their purchase.
Does anyone CCers have the Viking - this is what I'm looking at
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I have a Cook's brand stand mixer. Has all the bells and whistles the KitchenAid brand does for a lot less! I think you can only get them at JC Penny's. I just love mine. You twist a knob/lever thingie to lift back the business end to get the bowl in and out of the stand and the on/off/speed is a turn dial so you don't have to worry about the slide-knob not holding like I've seen some KA mixers do. Wouldn't stay off even when the lever was pushed all the way back! Had to hold it tight with ribbon wrapped around the mixer and lever.
Mine came with the paddle mixer, balloon whip, dough hook and the plastic thingie that you put around the top of the bowl with a door to add ingredients and keep it from flying all over the counter.
I have a 7qt. Waring which is very similar to the Viking. I bought it after returning 6 (yes 6) of the KitchenAid 6qt Pro mixers to KitchenAid, the last one they bought back because they had replaced so many. Their customer service was really good and it was no questions asked exchanges, but the mixer was a piece of cr*p! I have had the Waring since September and really like it! I also didn't think 1 qt. bigger would be that much different, but IT IS!!
Good luck either way! Maybe you'll have better luck with the KA than I did, I know a lot of people do!
I have 2 KA's that I'm happy with, but I'll be honest here....viking all the way! More solid and better made. Since Hobart doesn't make KA's anymore the quality has went down.
I don't know much about the other mixers but I have the bigger kitchenaid mixer and I love it.
Makes wonderful buttercream icing