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Stand Mixer - Cuisinart or Kitchenaid?

Santa wants to get me one for Christmas. Which do you recommend? I've been looking at the Artisan by KA but the Cuisinart has also caught my eye. I'm not a huge baker but it would be nice to have. I don't really care about all the attachments that go with it since I have a number of other gadgets already. But which one??

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  1. Fair warning: this is like the "Mac or PC?" of the kitchen. Most folks tend to be highly partisan towards one or the other.

    My own experience says that if you don't do a lot of baking, the KitchenAid may be your better bet, because there's so many attachments that at least some of them will be incredibly useful to you. I'm personally extremely fond of the food grinder, for example.

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    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

      the cuisinart has attachments too - grinder, pasta maker, blender...

      oh, and it's mac all the way, baby. pc's are for squares ;)

    2. I love my Kitchenaid mixer. It seems to have set the standard for generations -- reliable and solid.

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      1. re: NYchowcook

        Which one do you have, is it the Professional or Artisan series? Any idea?

        1. re: NYchowcook

          They were very reliable and good machines while Hobart owned them, but were sold to Whirlpool and cheapened! They are now much more likely to break down, and if the do, good luck getting them repaired!

        2. I have the KA pro 600. I love it.

          1. Amazon.com had the Kitchen Aid Professionals on sale yesterday for 200 dollars. I almost whipped out the credit card and bought one. It was really tempting.

            I remember from a Cook's Illustraited test, the Kitchen Aid professional came out tops, and they rated the Artisan as a best buy, but the motor wasn't quite up to snuff for mixing bread dough.

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            1. re: adventuresinbaking

              This is how I got my KA mixer.. Found a professional series on sale for under $200 at amazon.. bought it from the office..came home and told my SO "Soo I accidentally did something today.. please don't hate me!"

            2. oh... that would be tough choice If I were you .
              Cuisinart's looking cool. I like Kitchen Aid's authentic look,too.
              Have you thought about VIKING's too ?
              I'm sorry, more confusion.

              I have Kitchen Aid professional.I absolutely love it.
              I do bake a lot. this mixer helping me a lot.

              I'm not interesting about attachment so much.
              but It's good to know I can get lot of deferent attachment If I want.

              I'm sure both works great & makes your life easier.
              I guess It's just which is your favorite...

              up to your feeling.you won't disappoint which ever you get.

              happy shopping !