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C.I. likes Cuisinart 5.5 stand mixer best now.

Thinking about buying my 1st stand mixer, and "knowing" it would be a Kitchenaid, I went online to see if I should get the 5 or 6 quart, the Artisan or Classic, colors, etc. But whaddya know, Cook's Illustrated now rates Cuisinart # 1, "highly recommended". (This article was written in March 2008.)
So if anyone has a Cuisinart and is NOT happy with it, please tell, tell. I've read much in these boards about the good Kitchenaids already.

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  1. I love my Kitchen aid. It's 12 years old and looks new. It's been used a ton. I will let you in on a little secret. There are a whole lot of professional kitchens out there that use the same little kitchen aid mixers.
    I have cusinart products as well and the same coud be said about professional use of Cuisinart food processers.
    Don't let CI choose for you. Both are excellent products. Pick the one you like that has accessories that will work best for you but be sure to compare wattage on the motors as the Kitchen aid is available in several configurations. ;)

    1. i love, love, love my cuisinart!

      you've probably already seen these threads, but just in case:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/469068
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/450673

      [n.b.: despite the title, the second one is actually about mixers not blenders.]

      1. FWIW -- the Kitchenaids are made in the USA. The Cuisinarts are made in China.

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        1. re: Richard 16

          Just so you know, both the Kitchenaid and Cuisinart mixers and processors are made in China, or at least major components come from there. I am currently awaiting feedback from both companies regarding their most current food processors. I have questioned the safety of the plastics used in the bowls (polycarbonates- which are currently so controversial) on each and am interested in their official reply.

          1. re: visitor2

            Please let us know when you find out. There was a segment on ˜Made in America" on the Kitchenaids, and the box says Made in the USA (not "assembled" -- a sure sign of foreign components), but I am more than cynical enough to think you may be right...\

            Aaarrgghh...

                1. re: CindyJ

                  Got a non-answer from them by e-mail yesterday. In part:

                  "KitchenAid is a global company that does business around the world. We manufacture and sell products both within the United States and outside of the United States." (The set-up)

                  Many of our countertop appliances are produced or assembled in our facility in Greenville, Ohio. Please be assured that all of our products are manufactured to meet the same high quality standards that have made KitchenAid the choice of many discriminating consumers for years. (Blah blah blah.)

                  Our Stand Mixers and Blenders are assembled, by hand, in Greenville, Ohio. The bowls were manufactured in this country at one time but are now being produced in Korea. The FGA body as well as the RVSA plastic body are made in Missouri, USA

                  (That's the key non-answer. My letter to them -- well, here is part: "There is a rumor going around that your stand mixers have components made in China, or at least not made in the USA."

                  We already see the bowls are Korean. Fine by me. Some body parts are made in the US. What -- no motor? No electrical parts? No attachments? Etc., etc. I'll call tomorrow, but the "Made in USA" cachet is pretty much gone.)

                  It will be interesting to see the likely decline in quality over the years is explained away -- or even addressed.

                  1. re: Richard 16

                    The motor and all the electronics in the Kitchen Aid stand mixer is from China. The blender and rest of the products are completely made in China. It is only the stand mixer that is assembled in Ohio, but the parts are not made in the US. If you open a machine you can read on the motor where it is made.

        2. My new Cuisinart mixer arrived today and I must admit where its parts were made and where it was put together was not a big factor. Not that I wouldn't prefer to buy American, but if 10 or 20 percent of the labor and materials in a Kitchenaid are US, that's not "Made in America". Anyway, politics aside, I chose Cuisinart because most of the time it will be used for breadmaking, including bagels, which is pretty much the biggest challenge you can put to a mixer. CI says the Cuisinart handles this better than the Kitchenaid. Also, having the hinge located close to the base (the beater stays over the bowl when you raise the head) and the splash guard being attached to the head instead of sitting on the bowl should cut down on the mess I tend to make. Finally, both mixers have similar attachments, but I plan to make sausage with my mixer, and the meat grinder for the Cuisinart has a metal body (except for the upper part, which is no big deal), while the KA's is plastic.

          As with most "Which is best?" questions, it depends on what you want to use it for. A friend of mine uses her KA mixer mostly for cookies and cakes and such, and is perfectly happy with it. For her to spend the extra bucks for a Cuisinart would be a waste of money. So, what do you want to use it for?

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          1. re: Zeldog

            I've been considering a stand mixer and sausage making is a considerable part of the desire for one. Please report back after you have made sausage with your new Cuisinart!

            1. re: Zeldog

              The CASING of the KitchenAid meat grinder is plastic. The actual parts that do the grinding are metal. It doesn't matter what the casing is made out of.

              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                It matters to me, my KA meat grinder plastic housing cracked. The Cuisinart is metal.

            2. We bought a Cusinart just yesterday- so far I've used it to make dinner rolls and souffle potatoes (both recipes from the cookbook that came with it).

              So far, I love it! But the reason that I actually bought it was because they were on sale at BB&B for $299, and they had a coupon for a free blender attachment- the reason we were at BB&B in the first place was to buy a blender!

              So you might say that we now have a $300 blender with a free mixer thrown in...

              1. The cuisinart looked like a nice mixer, but isn't the case made entirely out of plastic? This would be a problem for me as I use my KA pretty hard, and would have broken the case of the cuisinart by now.

                I have been making bread dough for over 13 years with mine, I let it knead for 20 minutes and have never had a problem with it.

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                1. re: bakeman

                  I dunno- it feels like metal to me- it seems cold to the touch, and makes a metallic sound when I tap it with a spoon, but I have been fooled by plastic before... It did seem to have a much more powerful moter than either of the KA's that we saw there, and that did make a difference in our choice... Also some of our friends with a KA said that they don't make a blender attachment for the KA- so I wouldn't have been able to talk my bride into one of those- we did go in seeking a blender!

                  It had no hesitation in kneading the dough for the rolls- the thing seems to be really powerful, and changing attachments couldn't be any easier so I am very satisfied- I'll let you know if we still are in 13 years!

                2. I still like my KitchenAid one, was purchased about 15 yrs ago.

                  1. I'm really wondering how well the Cuisinart works out. My wife bought a KA flip stand mixer about 25 years ago and used it mostly to bake cakes, only occasionally bread. A few years ago she decided her 4½ quart was just too small. I bought her a 7 qt. DeLonghi, which she really loves. Unfortunately, those are no longer available. What stirs my interest in the Cuisinart is that when my two eldest daughters got married, my wife bought them Kitchen Aids similar to hers. The reason I say similar is because her old mixer is still working at her mother's house when grandma bakes cookies and our daughters mixers seem to be falling appart. I don't know if this is a sign that KA quality is not what it used to be or if we just got two lemons with the newer mixers. At any rate, my wife is showing signs of replacing the daughter's mixers and I'm the engineer in the family so I do the research. The other thing is I really hate to buy products made in China, so if Cuisinart is made in China, I'll lean towards something else. I hope someone has an update.

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                    1. re: mikie

                      It's a shame about the new KA mixers, I got mine in 1987 and it's still going 100%.

                      1. re: mikie

                        What's with all the China hating around here? You can't blackball a country of a billion people with thousands of manufacturers in this kind of wishy washy way. How would you feel if someone said "Americans are like THIS."? It's obviously a generalization that's liable to gross errors. Could I infer from "how Americans are" to "how George the American is"? Probably not. Although on average the manufacturing quality in China is probably lower, that doesn't say anything about any specific factory. For instance, Apple manufactures their products in China and most people seem happy with the quality.

                        You know, 50 years ago people had the same opinion of Japanese manufacturing standards and now we trip over ourselves to get Japanese products.

                        Most of the blame for a poorly constructed Kitchenaid or Cuisinart shouldn't be pinned on the manufacturer anyways. Instead, you should blame Kitchenaid's or Cuisinart's standards. If they allow poorly constructed products to be sold with their name on it then that's completely their fault and nobody's in China. These people are just trying to make a buck and raise their country from their relatively lower standards of life.

                        Let me ask you this question: would you want to work in a factory making $4 an hour building stand mixers? No? Ok, how about paying $700 for that same stand mixer you bought for $350? No? Well then I don't see a way out of this Chinese manufacturing predicament we're in.

                        1. re: Torvum

                          Torvum,

                          First, I hope you realize that most of the comments you are writing out against are between 2 and 4 years old. Second, you should realize that there are probably at least three common reasons (and probably many others) why folks are wanting to avoid items "Made in China." A. There are real lingering QC issues that come out of China. Think about it. Ex - When we find out that an entire line of children's toys is painted with lead paint, where were they painted? China. Yes, companies like Apple make very high quality products in China, but they are the exception. Most products that I see on a day-to-day basis that are made in China are of a lower quality or have poor QC compared to products made in the West. Every country, US included, has issues pop up from time-to-time, but the more serious, egregious, and persistent problems coming out of China rightfully concern people. B. Others might be concerned about working conditions in Chinese factories. When someone is employed in manufacturing in the US, they usually have a century of the labor rights movement operating in their favor. That's not the case in China. C. Many would rather see the money that goes into manufacturing stay in the US and keep domestic workers employed.

                          Frankly, I fall squarely in the last category. To avoid delving too deeply into a political rant, I'll just say this. If I can find the product that I want, made by a domestic manufacturer, I would rather pay twice as much, (and only buy half as many things across a given period of time), than to see living-wage jobs shipped out of this country.

                          1. re: Torvum

                            I agree with you that KA is the one ultimately responsible for their design failures and QC issues with their mixers. Mine has been in a box for at least 2 years and since I got my Verona Assistent I have no plans to use it again.

                            1. re: Torvum

                              Torvum, I agree with you entirely, it's the companies sourcing from China that are to blame and not Chinese manufacturing methods. The entire line of children's toys mentioned (if it's the same one I'm thinking of) turned out to have been made to the US company ordering the products' requirements. The amount of China-bashing that goes on on CH disturbs me as well.
                              (I remember well when Japanese products were derided as junk, too -- not easy to set up top of the line factories in a country so recently decimated by war,)

                              1. re: buttertart

                                Insofar as anyone is bashing China, I'm with you. Avoiding, or declaring a preference against, Chinese-made products, is not inherently "China-bashing." I've not heard anyone trying to "blame" China, or the Chinese people, for anything. I harbor no ill will against anyone working in a factory in China. In fact, as a political and economic matter, my frustration is primarily with companies who move jobs out of the U.S. or source their products elsewhere (and to some extent with the people who blindly support those companies). I think you and Torvum are setting up a straw-man regarding most people's aversion to items manufactured in China, and the mention of Japan is, frankly, irrelevant. It is commonly believed that product produced in Japan in the 50's and 60's were junk and that today they make some of the highest quality goods in the world. Unless you intend to indicate that China's manufacturing standards are currently poor, but that they will someday be the envy of the world, what does Japan's modern manufacturing history have to do with this conversation?

                                In this economic climate, it isn't a surprise that one of the first questions a consumer might ask is, "Is this product Made in America?" That question does not necessitate or imply a hatred or blame of China or anyone working in that country.

                                1. re: jljohn

                                  We can agree to disagree, and that's as far as i think this need be taken.

                          2. I have a Kitchen Aid Pro from Costco. I think I paid $260 a few years ago, looks like it's even cheaper now and you get the new and improved whisk.

                            http://www.costco.com/Browse/ProductS...

                            1. FWIW. I got my KA in 2001 and it's still going strong. It gets used quite a bit and does a great job. The biggest test of it was dough for perogies and it passed with flying colours.

                              The last stand mixer thing I saw was on ATK and while they picked the Cuisinart it was because it was almost as good as the KA but at a much cheaper price point. So it was their "Best buy" but they KA was still better. Much like their WSM/BGE tests. BGE is the best but at less than 1/3 the cost the WSM was nearly as good and was their "Best buy."

                              DT

                              1. What do the chefs like Lida B and Ina use?