TheOnlyLTG Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 11:49am

apologies if I'm using the incorrect forum options here, but can't see anything for equipment.

 

My girlfriend is going to start baking cakes and I wanted to get her a really good stand mixer as a gift but know absolutely nothing about these things.

After a bit of internet research I've picked up that Kitchenaid, the Artisan in particular, is a pretty good option to go for.

But I'd like some feedback from those in the know.

a bit of advice please....

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BatterUpCake Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 12:21pm

Everyone here uses a Kitchen Aid...except me cause I couldn't afford one. I need a nice BF that will buy me a KA...know where I can get one of those??? lol

TheOnlyLTG Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 12:37pm

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Everyone here uses a Kitchen Aid...except me cause I couldn't afford one. I need a nice BF that will buy me a KA...know where I can get one of those??? lol

Thanks... Alas we're a rare breed, nice BFs lol

BatterUpCake Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 12:40pm

LOL...she will love a KA.

leonilyn Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 3:17pm

I want a KA too... :D anyway.. sorry to hijack this thread.. do you guys think Homemaker Stand Mixer is a good choice? I've seen some here in my place and it is half the price of a KA.. I want a stand mixer but cannot afford a KA. :)

BatterUpCake Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 3:20pm

I bought this one and love it. But I have only had it a few months so I don't know how long it will last. Has a VERY powerful motor

 

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1311.R1.TR3.TRC0.A0.Xtech+mixer&;_nkw=dr+tech+mixer&_sacat=0&_from=R40

BatterUpCake Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 3:22pm

I ended up getting the 7 in 1 for $77.

leah_s Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 3:27pm

I'd recommend a Cuisinart or Viking.  KAs aren't what they used to be.  Better yet, see if you can find an ancient KA from Craigslist.  Those are true workhorses.

MimiFix Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 4:42pm

A truly wonderful BF would surprise his GF with a 20 quart Hobart. She would likely want to marry you after such an extraordinary gift.

BatterUpCake Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 4:53pm

LMAO...That's over the top!!!!

MimiFix Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 5:12pm

It worked for my husband.

howsweet Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 9:41pm

I wouldn't buy anything smaller than a 7 qt for my small mixer and Hamilton beach makes a very powerful commercial grade one which has been great for 8 years so far. I believe Kitchenaid makes only one mixer that they claim to be commercial grade and last I checked it was about $100 more.

 

It seems like Kitchenaid has become better at marketing than anything else lately -everyone's heard of and wants kitchenaid.  Manufacturing a good mixer is not some kind of miracle.

 

If you need a mixer in fuschia or cantaloupe, then kitchenaid is the choice hands down. But if you need a work horse for a fair price, I'd look elsewhere. What I love about this mixer, other than the power, is how easy it is to clean with it's flat surfaces and I like the tilt back head.

 

lorieleann Posted 5 Aug 2013 , 2:18am

I have had a 4.5, 5, 6 qt. KA and a 7qt Cuisinart.  I really don't like the Cuisinart performance:  it's tall and doesn't fit under my upper cabinets to lift the bowl; the bowl only has two small handles on the top, making it hard to hold with one hand and scrape out with the other; I have disengaged the bowl with just a bit of pressure doing a scrape down; same thing with the beater, i have disengaged it with a small bump; the paddle will clump dry ingredients to it when i used it on a mix or during reverse creaming; while the bowl is technically a 7qt, the top of the beater is located 1.5" below the top of the bowl, so i really don't know what the extra inch of bowl is good for; and when using the 'to the top of the bowl and bury the beater' technique of making American buttercream, it always gave me buttercream with bubbles in it.  But my #1 problem with it was that i missed the very efficient mixing action of the KA. It is what I know, and especially making scratch cakes, I go by how things look and sound in the bowl.  If I had cut my teeth on a Cuisinart, I would probably like that, or if I had to have had a commercial mixer I would have to get used to it.  But as much as I really, really, really wanted to find something other than a KA,  but i am a KA fan through and through. (i've also resigned to the fact that i'm going to have to buy a new one every so often; maybe the KA 7 qt will be next?)  I bring out the Cuisninart when I am making buttercream and don't want to over heat my KA. 

 

I think that unless she has a preference for a mixer with commercial capabilities, then you really won't go wrong with a KA in her favorite color. 

yortma Posted 5 Aug 2013 , 2:32am

I love my 7 qt KA.  I have the 4.5, 6 and 7 qt. KA mixers.  My DH bought me a cherry red 7 qt for mother's day, 2012.   I use them all, but mostly the 7 quart.  It is quiet, it has a nice low speed for mixing without flinging, and it handles double recipes perfectly. It is also so pretty I just leave it out on the counter!   If there is any chance she will be reasonably serious about baking, she will need a mixer that can handle at least doubled recipes, and she would outgrow the 4.5 qt pretty quickly.  If you can afford it, I would recommend the 6 or 7 quart size.  I have never had any problems with any of my KA mixers.  The 4.5 quart is over 20 years old, and the 6 quart is probably at least 10.  I have to admit though, that I have never owned or tried any of the other brands.  HTH

MBalaska Posted 5 Aug 2013 , 3:18am

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Originally Posted by TheOnlyLTG 

After a bit of internet research I've picked up that Kitchenaid, the Artisan in particular,

 I don't use the Artisan, I like the stainless steel lift off bowl.  I can use it on the stove as a double boiler for Swiss Meringue Butter Cream & melting chocolate.    

 

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Originally Posted by yortma 
I love my 7 qt KA.  I have the 4.5, 6 and 7 qt. KA mixers.  

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Originally Posted by lorieleann 
I have had a 4.5, 5, 6 qt. KA and a 7qt Cuisinart.

Good to know that I'm not the only person who has a collection of Kitchen Aid Mixers. This Cake Central Forum is very informative.

Misstaralyn Posted 5 Aug 2013 , 3:25am

I also have two KA's and LOVE them.  My original tilt-back head mixer is at least 10 years old and while it seems to struggle a little bit during Christmas baking season, it bounces right back after i've let it rest a little :)  My mom bought me a new one with the bowl lift from Craigslist a month ago and while I do like it quite a bit, I don't like that the paddle and whisk attachments do not reach the bottom of the bowl, which confuses me. (Yes, I have it raised up :) )

 

I do recommend KA though.  They work VERY hard and get the job done.

TheOnlyLTG Posted 5 Aug 2013 , 8:26am

Thanks for all your help guys.

It really is much appreciated!

TheOnlyLTG Posted 5 Aug 2013 , 8:49am

another question,,,,

do you guys if the Artisan is available with a 7qt bowl? or will I have to buy a model up from the artisan? which would be? ( this is of course if i choose the KA route) 

she's be making cakes for weddings etc.. so I doubt she'll be doing massive quantities.. but I'm a little concerned about the bowl size now?

vgcea Posted 5 Aug 2013 , 9:44am

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another question,,,, do you guys if the Artisan is available with a 7qt bowl? or will I have to buy a model up from the artisan? which would be? ( this is of course if i choose the KA route)  she's be making cakes for weddings etc.. so I doubt she'll be doing massive quantities.. but I'm a little concerned about the bowl size now?

Spoken like a true cake layman. I doubt it gets more massive than wedding cakes for a home baker. With baking for a business, the best advice is often to go as big as you can afford. I have a bosch compact, 5.5qt Cuisinart, and a 5qt Pro 500 KitchenAid. Each mixer is good for certain things. You will notice from the posts that a majority of us have more than one mixer. So just get her the best you can afford at this time. I've read good reviews about the artisan so if that's what you have your mind set on, it'll be a good starting point. No it doesn't come with a 7qt bowl. If you want a Cuisinart I would recommend the 5.5 qt over the 7qt as the bowl design of the 7 leaves much to be desired.

KitchenAid is still riding on its former glory. They are popular, an American classic even. For gift giving you can't go wrong. They're just not as awesome as they were before but I see the draw for them, and the mixing action can't be beat.

cazza1 Posted 5 Aug 2013 , 11:32am

I presume that you are in the US.  Here in Australia KA have only hit our shores in the last few years and many people are swapping over purely because of the hype of it being American.  I use a large Kenwood Chef (I think it's an English brand) and love it and will have another one when I destroy it.  The first one lasted 21 years and this one is still going strong after 10 years.

TheOnlyLTG Posted 5 Aug 2013 , 12:30pm
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I presume that you are in the US.  Here in Australia KA have only hit our shores in the last few years and many people are swapping over purely because of the hype of it being American.  I use a large Kenwood Chef (I think it's an English brand) and love it and will have another one when I destroy it.  The first one lasted 21 years and this one is still going strong after 10 years.

Actually no, not in the States.. I'm from South Africa and I honestly wouldn't know when since when  KA's been here. But I am familiar with the Kenwood Chef, it's what my mom had when I was young... I'll have a look at those too thanks. 

TheOnlyLTG Posted 5 Aug 2013 , 12:33pm
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Spoken like a true cake layman. I doubt it gets more massive than wedding cakes for a home baker. With baking for a business, the best advice is often to go as big as you can afford. I have a bosch compact, 5.5qt Cuisinart, and a 5qt Pro 500 KitchenAid. Each mixer is good for certain things. You will notice from the posts that a majority of us have more than one mixer. So just get her the best you can afford at this time. I've read good reviews about the artisan so if that's what you have your mind set on, it'll be a good starting point. No it doesn't come with a 7qt bowl. If you want a Cuisinart I would recommend the 5.5 qt over the 7qt as the bowl design of the 7 leaves much to be desired.

KitchenAid is still riding on its former glory. They are popular, an American classic even. For gift giving you can't go wrong. They're just not as awesome as they were before but I see the draw for them, and the mixing action can't be beat.T

Thanks vgcea...

well, her idea is for that, the wedding/occasion cake baking/making, to be her source of income... so I don't mind spending a bit so long as I'm being duped by marketing and salesman pitches... hence my consulting this forum.

you still reckon the Artisan would do the trick in her situation?

liz at sugar Posted 5 Aug 2013 , 1:08pm

I recently acquired the KA 7 quart (pro model), and it makes my two Artisans look like toys.  The 7 quart KA models have all metal gears and DC motors, and you can get an 8 quart bowl for it.  I would get the biggest you can afford.  That being said, fixing a KA Artisan is pretty easy - I have replaced gears on mine, and they are pretty user friendly.

 

Liz
 

TheOnlyLTG Posted 5 Aug 2013 , 1:32pm

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I recently acquired the KA 7 quart (pro model), and it makes my two Artisans look like toys.  The 7 quart KA models have all metal gears and DC motors, and you can get an 8 quart bowl for it.  I would get the biggest you can afford.  That being said, fixing a KA Artisan is pretty easy - I have replaced gears on mine, and they are pretty user friendly.

Liz

Thanks Liz  

howsweet Posted 5 Aug 2013 , 1:57pm
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Originally Posted by liz at sugar 

I recently acquired the KA 7 quart (pro model), and it makes my two Artisans look like toys.  The 7 quart KA models have all metal gears and DC motors, and you can get an 8 quart bowl for it.  I would get the biggest you can afford.  That being said, fixing a KA Artisan is pretty easy - I have replaced gears on mine, and they are pretty user friendly.

 

Liz
 


That's a good way to put it.  If it's as powerful as the commercial model, I think that new KA pro mixer does compare in price to the one I recommended. But it looks like the same old bowl up/bowl down thing which personally is not for me on a small mixer.

vgcea Posted 5 Aug 2013 , 2:37pm

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Thanks vgcea... well, her idea is for that, the wedding/occasion cake baking/making, to be her source of income... so I don't mind spending a bit so long as I'm being duped by marketing and salesman pitches... hence my consulting this forum. you still reckon the Artisan would do the trick in her situation?

If you don't mind spending more then I would suggest the 7qt. That's what I plan to get next.

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