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best brand mixer for at home artisan baker

i'm planning to get a mixer as a gift for my friend. Price range is $400+ It has to be good because he does a lot of breads. What's out there? GTA area. I considered e-bay but have only bought books on line.

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  1. I suggest that you first post your question on the Home Cooking board to get recommendations on a brand and model. Then you would come back to this board to find out where to look for them.

    Just off the top of my head, I would say that for $400, you should be able to get a KitchenAid Artisan. They are available at many places, including the Bay.

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    1. re: cecilia

      Oops, I meant the Cookware board instead of the Home Cooking board.

    2. I bought a Kitchen Aid Pro 6 model for $325 on Ebay.
      It was a "factory refurbished" model but I've been using it for a year and a half and never had an issue.

      1. Kitchen Aid, without question. Does everything you'll ever need, built to last. They're $260 (brand new and warrantied) right now at //www.cayneshousewares.com/
        It's the model I have and I love it.
        Don't be a sucker and buy one of the pretty-color ones at Williams-Sonoma or something. Spend the money on good ingredients instead.

        1. Do NOT get a Kitchen Aid. It is useless for "artisan" bread.

          He would be better off using some of the no-knead methods than ripping the gluten apart with a stand up mixer.

          There are good, small, spiral mixers, but you would have to find one on line (I did), Toronto has no retailers for them.

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          1. re: cayuga

            Can you explain what you mean, Cayuga? How does a stand mixer affect quality?

          2. That's funny.
            Kitchen Aid mixers that I have been using for the last 20 years have been outstanding for making breads of all kinds.
            I've never had any issue with tearing or "ripping the gluten apart".