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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 ËśMade 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...