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Good "starter" stand mixer

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Thread Starter 

Every year for Christmas, I give my kid sister (She's going on 17) a lesson on something cake-wise, an addendum to the recipe Bible I gave her a few years back, and a new toy.

 

I want to get her a "starter" stand mixer for Christmas this year. Nothing fancy, nothing super pricey, but reasonable enough that I can teach her how to make meringue buttercreams.

 

I live in Australia, she is in the USA. I have no idea what is on the US market these days, and as I am flying into town, I will need to order it online before I get there.

 

Any recommendations or advice?

 

I really appreciate your help!

post #2 of 7
This may be somewhat what you are looking for http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003VPEAO8/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?qid=1382331687&sr=1-6&pi=AC_SX110_SY165_QL70

Hamilton Beach and Sunbeam are brands I recommend.
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Of course we all have our limits, but how can you possibly find your boundaries unless you explore as far and as wide as you possibly can? I would rather fail in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something
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Of course we all have our limits, but how can you possibly find your boundaries unless you explore as far and as wide as you possibly can? I would rather fail in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something
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Thread Starter 

I did read much of what was written there. However, most of those conversations are about products and needs that are far more "professional" than what I think I'm looking for in this instance. That's why I thought I'd start a new thread! Thanks for your help, I do appreciate it!

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it all depends on how much you wish to spend.  I'd say go for a KA 5 qt.  It's a workhorse and has some pretty snazzy colors that would make it a very cool present and be something that she will have for a very long time. 

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QuirkySylvia:  here's an interesting tidbit this months CI magazine had an article on their opinion of best stand mixers for home use.  The KA came in the top three places....I think it was the 7 qt. Pro in first, followed by the 6 qt. and 5 qt. pro mixers.  Read it at the library today, thought I'd pass it on.

Of course we all have our limits, but how can you possibly find your boundaries unless you explore as far and as wide as you possibly can? I would rather fail in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something
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Of course we all have our limits, but how can you possibly find your boundaries unless you explore as far and as wide as you possibly can? I would rather fail in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something
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Thanks y'all, I just found out that I can acquire a 5qt KA with some of my mountain of airline miles. Awesome! I appreciate the advice!
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