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Looking to purchase a stand mixer - need advice/reviews

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

Hi all! :)

 

I'm not sure where I should post a general question such as this, so I hope it's ok to post here.  

I'm looking at buying a stand mixer for my kitchen.  I want to have something that can mix my marshmallow fondant and frostings with ease.  I REALLY want a Kitchenaid, of course, but can't afford $300+.  This is what I'm looking at ($80):

 

http://www.amazon.com/Sunbeam-2371-MixMaster-Stand-Mixer/dp/B000COC69C/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1380463792&sr=8-3&keywords=stand+mixer+with+rotating+bowl

 

Does anyone here use this?  What type of mixer to you all use/recommend?

 

Thanks;

Leslie

post #2 of 25

Welcome to the forum.  I recommend saving/waiting for sales to get a KitchenAide. 

 

I got my KA Artisan for $150 on Craigslist  three years ago and it is great.  Here is an example of a craigslist ad for an owner selling a KA in Conway ARK:

http://littlerock.craigslist.org/app/4048359375.html

 

Black Friday is the BEST time of the year to get a KA--bar none. 

post #3 of 25

My advice is don't be afraid to check out other brands than Kitchen Aid. 

post #4 of 25
Thread Starter 

Oh wow thanks!  Is that a recent ad from Craigslist?  I actually tried to purchase a kitchenaid from an online yard sale (fb) for $150.  The lady was asking $200 for it and never replied to me when I offered her $150 :(

post #5 of 25

I can't figure out how, but I missed the part about how much you wanted to spend and that link to the two beater mixer. I agree with Apti.

post #6 of 25

Don't get that Sunbeam if you plan to do any serious baking. I have a very similar one and it's fine for the mom who only bakes occasionally (just like a handheld mixer) but not for a regular baker. I got this one on EBay new for $70 which they still occasionally pop up for http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2051575.m570.l1313.TR2.TRC1.A0.Xdr+tech+mixer&_nkw=dr+tech+mixer&_sacat=0&_from=R40

 

http://www.rakuten.com/prod/dr-tech-professional-5l-stand-mixer-classic-series-650w-5-speed-s-blue/230762441.html?listingId=215226474

 

http://www.amazon.com/dr-Tech-Multi-function-Stand-SL-9803A/dp/B007TOI9GC

 

I would still rather have the KA but for the price i couldn't beat this. It has a VERY powerful motor.

 

The middle one for $139 doesn't have all of the attachments like the meat grinder or ice cream maker but it is the same mixer

post #7 of 25
Thread Starter 

Oh my goodness I LOVE that mixer... but not the price.  I would love to find something like this on sale - great buy!!  I just don't have the money to buy one at full price.  I currently use a hand mixer for frostings (on my 2nd one now) and mix my MMF by hand ugh.  

post #8 of 25

Did you see the link in the middle for $139/free shipping?

post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by BatterUpCake View Post
 

Don't get that Sunbeam if you plan to do any serious baking. I have a very similar one and it's fine for the mom who only bakes occasionally (just like a handheld mixer) but not for a regular baker. I got this one on EBay new for $70 which they still occasionally pop up for http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2051575.m570.l1313.TR2.TRC1.A0.Xdr+tech+mixer&_nkw=dr+tech+mixer&_sacat=0&_from=R40

 

http://www.rakuten.com/prod/dr-tech-professional-5l-stand-mixer-classic-series-650w-5-speed-s-blue/230762441.html?listingId=215226474

 

http://www.amazon.com/dr-Tech-Multi-function-Stand-SL-9803A/dp/B007TOI9GC

 

I would still rather have the KA but for the price i couldn't beat this. It has a VERY powerful motor.

 

The middle one for $139 doesn't have all of the attachments like the meat grinder or ice cream maker but it is the same mixer

Does that thing scrape the bowl really well? When I found a similar looking mixer I loved because it had this wonderful action where you never have to scrape the bowl.

post #10 of 25
Thread Starter 

No!!  I thought I clicked on all of them but I missed that somehow!  Thanks so much, this is such a great deal!  Gonna talk to my hubby about this when he gets home :D

post #11 of 25

It doesn't quite scrape the bottom. As I said I would have rather had the KA....but when it came down to cost and the size of my start up fund I went with this and have no complaints.

post #12 of 25

No mixers are made were you don't have to scrape the sides and bottom a little. I curse my Hobart sometimes when I'm scraping the bowl because that little mixer was designed so beautifully - the beater was set at an angle and it scraped all around the bottom and the sides perfectly. I miss that little mixer. I think I paid $30 for it at Ross.

 

It looked more like this:

post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by PeasNTatersMom View Post
 

No!!  I thought I clicked on all of them but I missed that somehow!  Thanks so much, this is such a great deal!  Gonna talk to my hubby about this when he gets home :D

 

When I was married I always asked forgiveness rather than permission. Probably why I am single! lol. He came home from deployment once to 2 horses. Of course that is why we bought the property in the first place but he always stalled me. It was MY money. Paid $950 for one and the other for $1. Trained them both and sold for a total of $9000. And he got nary a penny.

post #14 of 25
Thread Starter 

Well, I don't consider it asking permission lol, but we are a team and neither of us have ever made a substantial purchase without discussing it.  

Our current situation is a bit unique, however, as I am recently unemployed (baking cakes from home as I get orders) and staying home full time with our special needs child who is unable to attend school this year due to his medical needs. 

post #15 of 25

Oh I wasn't recommending that YOU do like I do! LOL. It apparently didn't work out my way...lol

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