Best, Biggest Mixer W/o Going Commercial? Ci Test Results

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TracyLH Posted 4 Dec 2008 , 3:20pm
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Okay, now we know that the NFSC can be doubled/tripled without compromising the dough thanks to Indydebi! I am hearing that others are looking at big mixers too, so at least I am not the only one trying to figure this out! icon_biggrin.gif There is the KA 600 (6 qt) and now I see a Cuisinart 7 qt. Cook's Illustrated loved the Cuisinart 5.5, but did not test the taller bowled 7 qt. Not so great reviews on the Viking 7 qt. I have attached the testing results.

So... does anyone have thoughts on a really good, large mixer without going commercial? I have seen responses on the KA 600, but if you have a different kind of big ol' mixer, what do you think of it?

(I promise this is the last posting on a mixer question!)

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seagoat Posted 4 Dec 2008 , 3:40pm
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I'm in the same department but thinking I need to look for the industrial. I would love to find a used countertop Hobart!! Although, I'm waiting (not willingly) for my small KA to kick the bucket.

..I would like to know what others think as well

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TracyLH Posted 4 Dec 2008 , 4:54pm
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I did just find someone asking about the Cuisinart 7 qt. mixer. Here is her posting, if she gets any responses:

Although I would prefer reviews from CC'ers on it, here are reviews I found for it on Amazon:

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MnSnow Posted 5 Dec 2008 , 12:35am
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I have a 7qt Cuisinart and absolutley love it!

It mixes triple batches of MMF with no problems. I don't see it having a problem with large batches of cookie dough.

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laurynrn Posted 17 Dec 2008 , 9:58pm
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I also have the 7 qt Cuisinart and LOVE it!!! I had a KA 5 qt but in less than 6 months got my Cuisinart on a really great deal through Kohl's that someone told us about on CC. I just made a double batch of NFSC today, it was a big flop-they spread all over, I'm too exhausted to try it without the baking powder today but that's my next move!

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stephaniescakenj Posted 17 Dec 2008 , 11:19pm
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I was looking for a bigger mixer too and was looking at the cuisinart, it looked really nice. I have the K5 and I LOVE it but it's not big enough, so I was paging through the flyers after thanksgiving and my hubby misunderstood my intentions... so anyone want to venture a guess as to what I got for my birthday? icon_biggrin.gif Another K5... yea.. so I now have two perfectly good K5's, and they don't even match. The old one is matte gray and the new one is metallic gray. I don't know how to break it to him that I don't need two mixers and I just want one big one?!
I've heard bad things about the KitchenAid professional, the sugar dust blows the motor when it flies up out of the bowl... just my two cents

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Lisabellemarie Posted 18 Dec 2008 , 2:45am
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I have the 6-quart KitchenAid, and I LOVE it - except I just broke the switch for the 2nd time in 3 years icon_cry.gif !! And what a bad time to the kitchen fairies not realize it's almost Christmas?!?!?!

Anyway - love the mixer, though, and have never had a problem with the motor (though I can certainly make some sugar fly)! If I could just figure out what I'm doing to the switches, I would keep this mixer forever...

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Peeverly Posted 18 Dec 2008 , 12:06pm
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I'd go with the Kitchen Aid. My Dad had an old one at his office and lab (concrete testing). They actually mixed concrete in it. The motor just would not die!

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vickymacd Posted 18 Dec 2008 , 12:20pm
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Peeverly~ what a funny commercial that would be for the KA....mixing cement with it and still going strong!!! Ha,ha.

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TracyLH Posted 18 Dec 2008 , 3:18pm
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Peeverly - Oh, that is funny!

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sunnigirl Posted 10 Nov 2009 , 2:47pm
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Tracy LH - I just found this thread, my hubby wants to get me a larger mixer for Christmas, one that I can make a double batch of NFSC in.
My 5qt will barely handle a single batch.
I read over the reviews, then went to Amazon and read those.
Now I'm really confused. I want the KA but doubt it will be big enough.
Have you heard anything else or have any other suggestions since you posted last?

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cookiemookie Posted 10 Nov 2009 , 3:25pm
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I wish Kitchen Aid would just design an 8 or 10 quart mixer for home use, Darn It!!!

I have a professional 620 and a pro 6, plus an Artisan.

During the holidays(Christmas) I use all my mixers and it gets the job done. I use the Artisan only for mixing icing. The other two are for dough.

I keep the 620 and Artisan out all the time on my counters. The other 6 only comes up from the basement during Holiday baking season.

As far as your switch, did you try customer service? They are awesome with replacing stuff!

I've gotten three new mixers at different times because of a problem I was having with the speed switch.

Doesn't hurt to ask.

Tracy did that article just come out? I subscribe to that magazine and I can't believe I missed that article.

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amysue99 Posted 10 Nov 2009 , 3:39pm
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I have a Bosch Universal and it kicsk my KA's butt! It has a 6.5 qt capacity and 800 watts of power. It easily mixes up 2 recipes of my icing (6lbs sugar, 6 cups fat), 3 recips of the WASC, and 3 recipes of MMF (not at the same time, of course!). And, it handles smaller capacities just as well - no lumps even if I don't sift. Here is a link to the info:

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