Is A "kitchenaid" Mixer Worth The Money?

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Book119 Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 6:52pm
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Hi everyone!
I was wondering what your experience with the KitchenAid mixer is? Since I live outside of North America, a mixer here will cost me US$600. icon_cry.gif Is it worth it? Will it really last me forever? icon_rolleyes.gif

Thanks for your help!
Becca

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charman Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 6:54pm
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which one in particular are you looking at?

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Phoov Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 6:56pm
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I love mine.....but it was not that expensive.....close to $400 at the time I believe. Can you have somebody in the US purchase and ship one to you???????

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Kiddiekakes Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 6:57pm
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Heavens Yes!!!! you won't be disappointed!

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SquirrellyCakes Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 6:59pm
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In Canada, the newest 6 quart works out to cost about that too. I don't have the new one, but I would say that any Kitchen Aid is worth the money, new or second hand re-furbished, whatever size or model you can afford. There may be the odd lemon out there, but on the whole people have these for 25-30 years. It is my favourite possession!
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes

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emi Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 7:01pm
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Absolutely! I can't imagine doing the icing without this mixer. The bigger the better.

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PerryStCakes Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 7:06pm
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I love mine.

I used to mix all my batters by hand - and that was fine - but once my mixer came into my life, everything got a lot easier. Especially for cheesecakes and large cake batters.

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cakebybek Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 7:16pm
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YES, YES YES IT IS WELL WORTH THE MONEY!!!

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eve Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 7:20pm
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icon_smile.gif Have mine for 14 yrs., still works like new...
More than worth the money.. don't even think of considering th other brands... thumbs_up.gifKA, the only one !!

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KayDay Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 7:21pm
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I love mine!

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cakebybek Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 7:29pm
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I guess I should have said my KA is my grandmothers old one she is now 86yr. and she had it for many years, it is the old pale yellow one but still working like a [email protected]

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msmeg Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 7:36pm
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I have been using mine HARD for 25 years. I recently bought a larger one but to my sons dissapointment I kept and still use the old one. When I bake two come in handy.

My oldest son has my grandmothers from the 1950's he did need to have it refurbished but it only cost him $60 to get it up to full speed and install a grounded cord.

so will It last??? yes

EBay has them all the time will someone there ship??? got to be a cheaper way how about a trip to the states???

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beccal Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 7:42pm
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They are more than worth the money! I got one right before I did my first wedding cake and I couldn't imagine NOT having one, especially to do a wedding cake or going through a weekend with several cake orders. They are wonderful!

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meme Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 8:37pm
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Well, I have the best Grandmaw ever she called me last week and told me she wanted me to have her kitchenaid it is 325 watts with 5 qt bowl with handle, she said she never used it and it only took up space on her counter so I got it over the weekend and I have no orders this week so I have not got to use it yet! Bummer! I get a new toy and have no reason to play with it. Boy, she sure looks pretty sitting on my counter though!

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twindees Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 9:53pm
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Becca it is well worth the money, but as someone else suggested check out ebay, or KA.com(with KA spelled out). There is an outlet on the site that sells the refurbished ones. KA is GREAT. I have a 6qt. Professional series and I love it. It's like a part of the family. I protect it like it is one of my kids. icon_biggrin.gif

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mvucic Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 10:00pm
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I love mine! icon_smile.gif I couldn't live without it icon_smile.gif It's a 6-quart that I bought on lnt.com (linens 'n' things) with an online e-coupon. Came out to $300US plus shipping. I got a really good deal on it!

With the holidays around the corner, there will be discounts for online retailers. Check ww.ecoupon.com or any other online coupon website icon_smile.gif

Happy Shopping icon_smile.gif

Mirjana

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MrsMissey Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 10:19pm
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..so, does that leave any doubt in your mind?? LOL!!

I have the 4qt and 6qt and wouldn't trade them for the world!!

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duckduck Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 10:22pm
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What I've been told is there is a major difference between the old ones and the new ones. The old ones have Hobart motors in them and they hold up to just about anything. I bought an old one off of ebay. The new ones have motors made by whirlpool, I believe, and it's my understanding that you can burn them out especially if you ever use it for bread. I know someone that works in a bakery that says he can burn out a new one in a matter of months. Everyone here seems to be commenting on "grandma's" old mixer. Anyone have a brand spanking new one? Less than a year with heavy use?

Here's a discussion about problems people have had with newer mixer on another site.
http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=55530&hl=hobart

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meme Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 10:31pm
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duck duck, we share a birthday! Well mine may have been my grandmaws but she has only had it a couple of years so I would not call it an old mixer LOL

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mommykicksbutt Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 11:10pm
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I like my kitchen aid but I LOVE my Viking!!! MY kitchen aid is the std 4 1/2 qt 300 watt, my Viking is 7qt and 1000 watts!!!! (I know! what's next? a Hobart?). We find the std Kitchen aid here on sale for about $160 USD. Where do you live that it would cost soooo much?

My grandmother still uses here kitchen aid, going on 62 years now (the kitchen aid not my grandmother - she's older but doesn't look or act it!)

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Chef_Mommy Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 11:20pm
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I got mine for Christmas last year, I LOVE IT! Don't know how I ever lived without one.

Jackie

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laneysmom Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 11:27pm
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My husband has been given instructions to bury me with my kitchen aid!! It is the most used appliance in the house!! Love it and can't imagine doing a wedding cake without it! (6 qt., of course!)

Diane icon_biggrin.gif

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SugarCreations Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 11:41pm
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Well I am sure has heck getting me one after the first of the year.

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MrsMissey Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 11:42pm
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Originally Posted by laneysmom

My husband has been given instructions to bury me with my kitchen aid!! It is the most used appliance in the house!! Love it and can't imagine doing a wedding cake without it! (6 qt., of course!)

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Hey..I noticed this was your first post and wanted to welcome your to Cakecentral!! Love your little avatar too!

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stephanie214 Posted 3 Nov 2005 , 12:23am
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ABSOLUTELY...A MUST HAVE!!!!

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ShelbysYummys Posted 3 Nov 2005 , 12:29am
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thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif YES!!!!! thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif
and remember it is more than a mixer you can buy lots of attachments!
IE meat grinder, sausage stuffer, etc
michelle

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johnniekake Posted 3 Nov 2005 , 12:46am
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I agree with duckduck.I love my KA........................but I'm on my third one.(3 in 2 1/2 years)Brand new 6 quart. I keep burning them up!!I use mine 6 days a week for about 8 hours a day.(I really need to invest in a bigger more heavy duty one.) But for the home baker it would last forever.

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lightofapollo Posted 3 Nov 2005 , 3:59am
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Will www.amazon.com ship them to where you are? I got my refurbished one for under $150, and absolutely love it - it looks brand new too.

Check the Friday sales - they often have the KA mixers on sale then

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SherisEdibleDesigns Posted 3 Nov 2005 , 4:09am
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I got my KA (4.5 qt. 300 watt) a few months ago and can't believe the difference it makes in the quality of anything you mix. I bought mine at Wal*Mart. I'm not sure if your walmart carries them or not. Its worth a look. Mine cost me just under $200. Now that I have it I would not want to live without it!! Good luck, i hope you find one!

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gma1956 Posted 3 Nov 2005 , 4:10am
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ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!! I have two. And don't know how I did it with out them.

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