Should I Get A New Ka??

Decorating By Kate714 Updated 29 Apr 2010 , 1:25am by shelie

Kate714 Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 11:41pm
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I have a KA Artisan. I received it for Christmas two years ago, and it broke about six months ago...the speeds are all messed up...it slows down, speeds up, shuts off completely, etc. I brought it to the repair shop and he gave me an estimate of $125 to fix (I already called KA and they told me to call the repair shop - they would not remedy it for me, etc). So here's my question - should I pay to get it fixed? Buy a new 5 quart professional series for $259 at Costco? Or by a new 600 Pro Series (6 quart) for $345 at Amazon, with a rebate for the $80 ice cream maker attachment (I need a new ice cream maker because mine broke recently). I was making several cakes a month but have slowed down a bit due to my heavy work load. I was thinking I could make a little bit $$ back by selling my Artisan for cheap and telling the person I sell it to how much it will cost to repair it, and or sell my bowls.

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Ballymena Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 12:01am
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Get the best KA you can afford. Icing is hard on mixers so the more power the better. I have the Heavy duty one and sometimes with I had the very top pf the line.

LePetitCakes Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 12:09am
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I just upgraded to the professional 600 model and I love it! I just wish I would have done it sooner.

Kate714 Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 12:24am
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Kelly - what do you like better about the 600??

cherrycakes Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 12:30am
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I have been wondering the exact same thing! My KA Artisan leaks an oily substance from just above where the attachments go onto. The shop said it would be about $125 as well to fix but I have seen the KA Pro 600 at Costco for $319. I'm still not sure if I'll just kill my old KA (relatively - it's less than 5 years old!) or fix it so I'll be interested to see what others have to say about this...

LePetitCakes Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 12:32am
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Kate that main difference is the motor. My old KA only had a 375 watt motor, which realy struggled to get though double batches. Plus I love the larger 6 quart bowl...it's fabulous! icon_biggrin.gif

LePetitCakes Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 12:35am
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Kate that main difference is the motor. My old KA only had a 375 watt motor, which realy struggled to get though double batches. Plus I love the larger 6 quart bowl...it's fabulous! icon_biggrin.gif

Kate714 Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 12:36am
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The Costco website doesn't list the 600...did you see that in your local store for $319???

cherrycakes Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 12:51am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kate714

The Costco website doesn't list the 600...did you see that in your local store for $319???




It's on the Canadian website.

Kate714 Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 12:56am
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oh that stinks!!! icon_cry.gif

shelie Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 12:56am
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I just got my KA pro 600 at Bedbathandbeyond.com for $299 free shipping with tax was $319 and I am getting the ice cream attachment as a rebate which is worth $80. The color is silver sage online it says silver it would not have been my pick of color but really I would have gotten it even if it were purple! And I actually like the color kind of retro. But this color was marked $299 and all the others were marked $399. I jumped on it and I am SO glad! I used to have the Artisan. I can now make 4 batches of cake instead of 2...more frosting at a time too. It is saving me so much time!
http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=14443800

Here is the link. I just checked it is still marked $299! Go for it!

Kate714 Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 12:59am
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AWESOME!!! Can I ask what the finish is on the mixer, is it shiny or matte? Looks matte...I was thinking that might be harder to clean than the shiny finish ones, no??

lyndim Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 1:11am
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Thanks for all the info. thumbs_up.gif

DebbyJG Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 1:15am
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OOh! I was just shopping online for the 6 qt KA today too!! SCORE!

Kate714 Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 1:19am
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it's not giving me free shipping icon_confused.gif but I did sign up for emails and got a 20 % off coupon...I wonder if I can use it in-store?

shelie Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 1:19am
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I would say it is a cross between the two. Not slick and shiny like my Artisan was but not flat either. It is a great finish and I can tell you the picture does not do it justice at all! It does look very flat in that picture and it is not like that at all. I was so happy when I opened the box the color and finish was way better than I thought. But like I said for the price you can not beat it!

cakes47 Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 1:19am
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I love my KA pro 600. Go for it & you'll be happy you did!! icon_wink.gif

shelie Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 1:25am
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I called my local store and they did not have that color in the store or the warehouse either. She said that they may only have a few online because the color is discontinued. I had gotten a free shipping coupon emailed to me. Even with the shipping I think it was $349 which is way better than what it would be. you could try to google a free shipping coupon but I think they may only let you use a coupon under your email address only.

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