Kitchenaid Pro 6-Quart mixer deal
Amazon has a deal where you get a $50 rebate and than also a $25 Amazon coupon that brings the price of the KitchenaidPro Professional 6-Quart Stand Mixer down to $275, which is a heck of a lot of money but the best price I've seen for this.
Check it out at the link below, and if anyone had any feedback I ought to consider before buying it, I'd love to hear it!
I bought my KitchenAid (4.5 qt size) on Amazon, with free shipping. It arrived quickly, in it's original carton. Check the prices on different colors (if the large ones come in different colors?) When I bought mine, the different 'Artisian' model colors were different prices (to the tune of up to $30 different!)
I do second the '4.5 is big enough' vote... and I use my KitchenAid a LOT, mostly to mix decent size quantities of bread dough. I love the thing, and it was worth every penny, to me.
I really prefer the smaller model Kitchen Aid.
The tilt head gets out of the way, and the bowls free-stand better.
The head tilting out of the way is a major convenience factor.
The big mixer has higher power and a bigger bowl, but in ordinary home cooking i've never needed a bigger bowl for quantity (on a cuisinart i always want bigger) and I make pasta and bread doughs and grind sausages etc, and the power of the small one is completely adequate for that. I suppose if I wanted to make large quantities of dough for a pizza party or somtehing I might want bigger.
but for most use, I'd rather spend the money on more accessories.