Originally Posted by vgcea
I agree that if you plan to get serious with caking, you could hold off on buying a hand mixer till you can afford a good stand mixer. While many have suggested KA, you should be careful with them as they have been getting shaky reviews lately. Not sure what the company has done about their faulty plastic gears. A brand often recommended here is the Cuisinart stand mixer. It has gotten rave reviews.
Whatever you decide to do, read up on reviews and get what works best for you.
I have heard . . . from a reliable but not verifiable source that the older KA mixers were nice, strong, solid beasts that would run forever. Somewhere along the line, they stopped producing them in USA and began mass producing them cheaper in China. This is where the quality slipped.
Again . . this is just from a casual conversation I had with someone and may not be true. Just a possible reason.
On the other hand . I have had one of mine for a year now and it runs for hours and hours every day, with some thick doughs, breads, cookie batters . . . and full up to the top sometime too! Never had any issues.
We did have a faulty KA food processor cup where the handle would not push into the base, therefore it would not turn on. But KA had us a new one within 3 days.
I have no complaints.