Which Kitchen Aid?? Help Me Out Here, Please

Decorating By tmac670 Updated 14 Dec 2010 , 3:16pm by cai0311

tmac670 Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 12:36pm
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We want to get my daughter a Kitchen Aid Mixer for Christmas. Sam's has a 475W, 5 Quart for 269 with the lift up bowl. Walmart has a 4.5 quart (not sure of the wattage) and the box shows a picture of the lift bowl, but I am not positive that it is, for 149.

I want the mixer that is right for her, but the 149 is definitely more within the budget.

I know she will use it to make marshmallows on a pretty regular basis- probably at least once a week. Those suckers get pretty stiff, so I don't want to get her a machine she will burn out in the first year.

Since I am not really sure what part wattage plays in selecting a mixer, I could really use the advice of the experts- and I know they are concentrated here........ so helllllllllllllllp! Thanks

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ALVARGA Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 1:19pm
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The 4.5 quart is probably the 325 watt motor. That motor is plenty powerful for her marshmallows. I used the 325 for many, many years and it was always more than enough for me and I do a lot of cookie doughs and marshmallow fondants. 475 watts is very powerful and more in line with professional models. Hope this helps. icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

mysweetsugar75 Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 2:25pm
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I just received my Kitchen Aid yesterday and started baking right away. It is a 325 watt 5 qt. Artisan. Tilt motor.
One concern I had before getting new mixer - "Would it fit under my cupboards on the counter", I wasn't sure the lift model would rest under cupboards, possibly too tall, check specs. You might want to consider where she will store mixer. I was somewhat surprised how heavy these mixers are, not something I want to move all the time.

I had a recipe that called for 8 1/2 cups flour and 1 1/2 cup sugar there was plenty of room in 5 qt. bowl, I was never able to make this amount in my old stand mixer.
A little part of me wishes I would have gotten just a little more powerful wattage, I would like to be able to make marshmallow fondant and I don't want to burn up my motor too soon. I am glad the previous person said she made fondant in her 325 watt KA

BluntlySpeakingKarma Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 2:52pm
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A 6 quart pro model will fit under just about any cabinets. It's not tilt, so you don't have worry about the clearance. The bowl raises to meet the mixing heads.

cai0311 Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 3:16pm
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I have the same model has mysweetsugar75 and it handles anything I throw at it.

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