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Apr 30, 2007 01:44 PM

KitchenAid mixers - going overseas

I've been researching KitchenAid stand mixers for a long time now (it's been a dream of mine to own one of these for more than a decade, now I'll finally buy one). But I'm trying to figure out where to buy the machine since I'm moving to Europe in a few months.

I'll need to either get a 220 volt model and have it shipped over there, or get a 220 volt model in Europe (probably used, since new the prices can be up to 100 percent more than here), or get a 110 volt model here and buy a transformer to go with it. The trouble there is that I need a big honkin' transformer to cope with the wattage surge (and having to store that somewhere), and I may still run into problems with the cycle (Europe is generally 50 Hertz, the US is 60 Hertz). Perhaps I'm better off just buying the "European" model.

Dilemma! What would you do? Please, chowers, I'm counting on you!

Also, if there's anyone here who uses or knows people who use KitchenAids overseas, can you let me know whether the attachments one can buy here will work on european models?

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  1. I am willing to ruin hairdryers with the voltage shift, but I'd wait until moving before getting a KA mixer. I have seen them in department stores in Europe (specifically, NK in Stockholm), so I'm sure you can find them there.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Megiac

      A big drawback for buying them in Europe is the price - 100 percent or more for the models over there.

      1. re: Radiothomas

        What about German eBay? Also, the dollar and the Euro are about equal right now so the price you pay here would be approx the same in Germany. Plus, I am sure there are discount shopping outlets in some German cities.

        1. re: ktcolt

          There are some KitchenAids available on German eBay, am looking into that. Few discount shopping outlets exist that sell KitchenAids - it's a high-end exclusive product over there. And alas, the dollar and the euro are not *at all* equal - 400 euros is about $540 right now.

      2. re: Megiac

        I agree. DH and I have moved across continents 4 times between us. And one thing we learn is that if we don't already have it, and if we don't already regularly use it, we wouldn't buy it before a big move like yours.

        I suggest that you wait until you have settled into your new routine before deciding whether to buy one. Yes, $300 sounds like a lot of money to save in the short term. But in the long run, if you don't have it now, you may be able to wait awhile.

        1. re: cecilia

          kitchen aid stand mixers seem to be cheaper in switzerland compared to germany. just a thought.

      3. We are currently looking at a Kitchen Aid as well. I have been living in Europe (Germany currently) for the past 23 years. As an American that loves its kitchen gadgets; we recently just returned from the US and had seen the Artisian at Bed Bath & Beyond for as low as $250.00 but this is a 110 power. Since Kitchen Aid is an American Company but made in China, the price is low. The items are then shipped to Europe and currently are the best quality you can find on the market in Europe for a kitchen machines; it is imported into the EU. This is why the price is very high. In addition, the EU espcially Germany are Socialists and have price control on everything. This keeps some items very low, much lower than the US such as auto insurence and home prices and property taxes. What you do find expensive is good and high quality clothing, American Clothing, appliances, cars and fine wood furniture, especially American wood products. Europe uses the 220 volt system developed by Westinghouse. If your lucky to live on a US Military Base in Europe, the housing has both 220 and 110 sockets and both military and civilians residing in base house enjoy both worlds. But those like me and my partner who have a house on the German economy, we are only supplied with 220 power. We can buy both small / large kitchen appliances at the Base Exchange in 110 and 220 power, but Kitchen Aid is not one of them. In Germany, you can find Kitchen Aid machines in a low sellection of colors at the German Dept Store "Kaufhof" for around Euro 450 - 620 / $650 - $920 each for a basic model. There are a few large appliance chains that sell them for about the same price. But today I did find a new Artisian basic model on the German for a low as euro 495. Yes, we plan to buy the 220 version of the basic for our German Home and buy the extra parts, such as the ice cream maker, sauges maker and pasta maker from Bed Bath and Beyond which ships to Germany tax free. We hope this will help in their own decision.

        Thank You,
        Retired USAF Airman

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        1. re: RAMMAN

          The KitchenAid mixer is not made in China but Greenville Ohio. The address for the factory is

          1701 KitchenAid Way
          Greenville, Ohio 45331

          1. re: DeeAgeaux

            More accurately, it is assembeled in Greenville, Ohio from world sourced parts. You have to read the small print on the box and be fully aware of what the differences are in the allowable claims for origin. What this means is that the factory in Greenville gets parts from a number of locations around the world, likely the motors are manufactured in China, as most small electric motors are these days, and perhaps other pieces come from other parts of the world. This isn't to say there is no manufacturing in the US, but it's difficult to determine what the actual content really is.

            1. re: mikie

              My 5 year old Pro 550 model still has enough USA parts to qualify for Made in the USA label.

              Yes, parts are sourced all over the world. Mexico,Canada,and many other parts of the world.

              If the majority of the value was made in China it would say made in China.

              But I did see today some KA mixers say Assembled in Ohio.

        2. You can run a 50HZ motor on 60HZ, but you can't run a 60HZ on 50hz. 50 on 60 just runs a little slower, but 60 on 50 will burn the motor up. A lot of the old winery equipment we worked on was 50HZ, and being run on 60HZ at the wineries here in the US.

          Contact KA to see about purchasing one here to take over with you.

          1. I have been living in Germany for the past 1.5 years and use my 110V kitchenaid a few times a week with a transformer (350W). I have had no problems at all and have been using it for cookies, pizza, bread, etc.

            Not that you asked, but for FYI, I use a 2000W transformer for my waffle iron and panini maker with no issues also.