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Jul 18, 2002 08:43 PM

KitchenAid stand mixers

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I'm about to go out and treat myself to a KitchenAid stand mixer. I was all set to buy the real super-duper one--525 watts, 6qt bowl. I happened to mention this to a chef friend who asked if I make large quantities of batter (more than one cake,let's say). I said no. She said she found that the 6 qt bowl doesn't handle small quantities well and she preferred her 4 qt bowl for making one cake at a time. Now I don't know what to buy. HELP from KitchenAid owners, please.

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  1. Hobart no longer is the mfgr of KA mixer. Hobart now puts out a very $$$ one under their own name, but sold off KA to Whirlpool or some similar outfit. Hobart has a web site if you want to check that out.

    If I were buying a mixer today, I would research out the other high end mixers before making up my mind - the quality of the current KA may not match the old ones which made the KA reputation. I've heard that the new ones have plastic parts. Perhaps someone else has more definitive info.

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    1. re: saucyknave

      I gave away (dumb move) a 1980s Hobart-made Kitchen Aid mixer in anticipation of an international move. Returning to the States and wanting another mixer, I settled on a 30-year-old UK-made Kenwood. Cost me a hundred bucks. Love it. I'm deeply suspicious of the quality of a lot of current models from most makers. Bought a 1980s Japan-made Cuisinart processor ($70) the same way ... eBay can be your friend, if you are careful. You could get these for less, but I went for ones that looked like new. Why do I mention what country they were made in? Because that has a lot to do with quality and durability. A lot of these rather expensive appliances had a very long run and over the years were made in more than one place. A little web research will tell you which ones to buy and which to avoid.

    2. I've had my smaller KitchenAid mixer for about 12 years, not sure if it was still Hobart back then, but I find it more than adequate and if I'm making more than one cake I have an extra bowl, so I can keep churnning them out.

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      1. re: chuck s

        Chuck, what quart size is your bowl?

      2. I don't see Kithenaid here in Oz. How do they compare with my trusty old Kenwood Chef I've had for some 20 years?

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        1. re: Phil

          Hi, Phil

          Kitchenaid is relatively new on the market here in SA. My mum has a kenwood chef she inherited from my grandfather (who died in '92- god knows how long he had it before then!) which is, well, a real machine. Kitchenaids are a lot prettier (you get them in a range of different colours, etc) BUT having watched a kenwood and a kitchenaid each knead some bread dough with the dough hook, it's no competitions: the kenwood was quieter and stronger. The kitchen aid was making a high pitched whining noise, and the whole thing was moving from the effort of kneading the dough. I will prob buy a mixer in a year or so, and it looks like I'm going to be a third generation kenwood user.

        2. If you try making small quantities in a big bowl, the attachments don't really get down into the mix -- for example, the whisk will just sort of tickle the top of two eggs. If you really must have the big ass model, keep a hand mixer around the kitchen for smaller jobs.

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          1. re: GG Mora

            I have the big, honking one and it gets down to the bottom of the bowl just fine. If the whisk is just "tickling" your eggs, you can adjust it downward by using the adjustment screw on the bowl carriage.

            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              If my memory serves me correctly, to get the beater to the proper height, put a dime in the bottom of the bowl, put in the flat beater, and turn it on to Stir speed. It should graze the dime and push it about 3/4 inch around the bowl on each pass. If it doesn't touch the dime, adjust up; if it has a hard time pushing the dime around, adjust down. You shouldn't have to adjust too far, only about 1/4 turn.

              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                I agree that my KA 5q bowl/525w mixer does **very** poorly with small quantities. I've adjusted the screw and did the dime thing. It's really disappointing.

                1. re: xnyorkr

                  That's probably why Kitchenaid got into the hand mixer business.

          2. I have had my old 4 1/2 qt model for 12 years now and it's still going strong. I paid $160.00 for it at Caldor when they were still around. There sre times when I can use a big model but that doesn't happen too often.

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            1. re: Richie

              Thanks for all the good advice. I think I'll stick to the 4 1/2 qt size. It's not like I'm making cookies for the fleet!