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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".