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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....

post #2 of 34

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

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Originally Posted by BatterUpCake View Post

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
post #4 of 34

LOL...she will love a KA.

post #5 of 34

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. :)

post #6 of 34

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

 

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post #7 of 34

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

post #8 of 34

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.

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post #9 of 34

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.

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

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It worked for my husband.

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post #12 of 34

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.

 

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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. 

post #14 of 34

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

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post #15 of 34

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Originally Posted by TheOnlyLTG View Post

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 View Post
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 View Post
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.

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