Best Mixer For The Busy Home Bakery?

Decorating By CutieMcCakes Updated 3 Apr 2010 , 2:28pm by Kitagrl

CutieMcCakes Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 1:43pm
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Hello! I am looking into upgrading my 4.5qt KA mixer and I am not sure what to get. I am constantly using my stand mixer now, so I need something that is very durable (for anything from cakes to breads) and amazing, but won't break the bank.

What do you guys have that you can't live without?

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merry Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 1:54pm
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I use a 5 qt. KA Professional Mixer since's a been a wonderful work horse; cakes, fondant, gum paste, bread, etc. KA also makes a 6 qt. mixer. Costco has very good prices on these mixers.

HTH icon_smile.gif

mamawrobin Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 2:50pm
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I have a Sunbeam Mixmaster and it serves me just fine. Some say that they can't use theirs for fondant but I use mine to make fondant 3 -5 times a week and have never had a problem. I also make a double batch of Indydebi's buttercream at a time and it comes out perfect with no air bubbles. I paid about $110.00 for mine at Wal-Mart over a year ago.

You ask for one that wouldn't "break the bank" so that's why I suggested the Sunbeam. Of course I would prefer the 6qt KA but can't afford one at the moment icon_cry.gif

mamawrobin Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 2:53pm
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icon_redface.gificon_cry.gificon_redface.gif Nevermind my last post. I just re-read your post and noticed you want something much different than what the sunbeam can offer. icon_redface.gificon_razz.gif I just saw "won't break the bank" and jumped on it icon_lol.gif I'm an idiot so excuse my first post. icon_rolleyes.gif

pattigunter Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 3:05pm
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I have a 5 qt kitchenaid Pro. I LOVE that thing!! Its very durable - 6 years now with out a single break.

snocilla Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 3:08pm
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I have a 6qt Kitchenaid Pro, and I absolutely love it! I got it from craigslist for $160. Used, but still in great condition, and I didn't have to pay nearly what I would have paid brand new!

tiggy2 Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 3:09pm
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Define "wont break the bank". Durable is usually expensive.

leah_s Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 3:13pm
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I'd suggest a smaller Hobart. That will last as long as you will.

BeanCountingBaker Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 3:18pm
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A friend owns a restaurant that does a few custom cakes and a large assortment of other baking every week. They have found that the expected life of a standard kitchen aid was about the same as the larger pro series and they preferred to purchase 2 standard machines rather than 1 of the larger models. I would be glad to hear other feed back about the kitchen aid pro machines, I'm afraid mine is starting to wear out.

tootsie927 Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 3:23pm
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I just purchased a KA Pro 600 on Saturday good deal at Kohl's which is where I purchased my 4 quart KA a few years ago and it's still working well, I just wanted a larger bowl. I will use it for the first time late today. I looks pretty though I have the silver one. I can't wait to use it.

CutieMcCakes Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 7:33pm
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To define "break the bank"... I know some of the hobarts are really good, but big and expensive. I have been looking at the 6qt KA Pro line and 600 series, which I have heard are good, but can be quite noisy, and there were issues with getting metal gears versus plastic. I am prepared to spend a couple hundred$, but not prepared to spend a couple thousand$ (like for a Hobart).

confectionsofahousewife Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 7:51pm
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Originally Posted by leah_s

I'd suggest a smaller Hobart. That will last as long as you will.

Oooh, I didn't know hobart made smaller mixers. What sizes do they come in (if you know)? icon_smile.gif

CutieMcCakes Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 11:36pm
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Confections... they come in various sizes, the smaller countertop ones that I know of are 5qt, 12qt and 20 qt. hth! thumbs_up.gif

prterrell Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 12:21am
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Some of the Hobart stand mixers are made to use multiple sized bowls. One of these is on my list of "musts" for if I ever open up my own shop.

lea74 Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 12:36am
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My Kitchen Aid broke down yesterday icon_cry.gif (bearings) there is no warranty so I have to pay $130 for new parts...I'm looking into purchasing used Hobart. I can't wait to have something more reliable.

jenmat Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 12:39am
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i purchased a new 10qt american eagle (the size of a hobart) mixer. Very nice and cheaper than the hobart.
I think I paid $1200. So, I guess it depends on what "break the bank" means to you. To me, it was well worth it.

confectionsofahousewife Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 12:38pm
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Originally Posted by CutieMcCakes

Confections... they come in various sizes, the smaller countertop ones that I know of are 5qt, 12qt and 20 qt. hth! thumbs_up.gif

Ooh, I had no idea. I have a 5qt. kitchen aid right now but would like something a little bigger. I have been considering the 6qt professional but I'll have to look into the hobart too. Thanks!

CutieMcCakes Posted 3 Apr 2010 , 2:09pm
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Hobarts are good. i have used them in every bakery and kitchen i have worked in. I just wish they were more "home- baker" friendly. Save a penny every day.

Kitagrl Posted 3 Apr 2010 , 2:28pm
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I have two 6 qt KA's.... unfortunately one of them is at the shop (and has been for two weeks now) and I HAVE TO HAVE THAT THING BACK! Grrr.

They told me KA is slow to send them the parts they need. Whatever.

I strongly suggest two mixers, or at the least have two bowls for one mixer. I have two mixers and three bowls.

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