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Jan 12, 2007 02:57 AM

Which KitchenAid Stand Mixer?

I had pretty much decided on the Artisan ($239 on Amazon for cobalt blue), when I noticed a larger, more powerful (but lift bowl) on Amazon for $249. It's not the "Professional"--it's the "Deluxe" edition. Motor is 450 Watt (as opposed to 325 for the Artisan) and the bowl is 6 quarts, rather than 5. Anyone have experience with the deluxe edition? Seems like it's worth it for $10 more, but would love to get some opinions. TIA.

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  1. Definitely get the one with the biggest bowl and biggest motor. I have a professional with a 6-cup bowl and I love it

    1. Better still are the ones they made before everything went plastic and aluminum. My mom's Kitchen Aid mixer purchased 1964 is still going strong.

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      1. re: zerograv

        I second this. I'd love to have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, but I would love even more to have the one my mother has from this era that she inherited from her grandmother. It still works great.

        1. re: zerograv

          this is also true. MIL's is ancient and,I feel, sturdier than mine which is bigger and only two years old.

          1. re: zerograv

            I picked up a K5SS, the cousin to the classic K5A back when they were being made by Hobart, and I absolutely adore it. It's at least 25 years old and all it has to show for wear is some chipping of the white coating on the beater. Scour ebay for a Kitchenaid mixer made by Hobart. I think they tend to go for around 100 dollars US.

          2. The Professional 6 quart has stainless steel gears (see zerograv above).

            1. It's hard not to go for the bigger and more powerful one for just 10 bucks more. Normally you'd get all kinds of questions about what types of things you'd use it for and how often and all that. That would be an effort to justify some big cost difference.

              I can tell you that I've had the artisan for a few years (bought it off an Amazon special right when they first came out). Been extremely happy with it. I've seen some people express strong opinions as to the lift up bowl vs the flip up top. That might be one thing to consider.

              1. I bought the arm-hinges-up kind instead of the larger bowl-drops-down one. The disadvantage is that the bowl isn't quite big enough to do enough dough for two full-size loaves all at once, because the dough climbs up on the hook and creeps towards the shaft. If you intend to make bread fairly regularly, I would encourage you to go for the bigger size.