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Where to buy Kitchenaid Stand Mixer?

OnDaGo Jan 2, 2009 08:20 AM

Where in Toronto is the cheapest place to get a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer? I saw an ad for one at Canadian Tire for $239 but the sale was over before I could get there...

Any other places offer it at that price or less? willing to travel the GTA

  1. c oliver Jan 2, 2009 08:25 AM

    Does Amazon deliver to Canada? I got my KA through them a few years ago and have seen the same offer since. It was $169 (I think), refurbished and came with a full factory warranty AND free shipping. I've never seen for less than that.. I think Costco may have it for about what you saw or maybe a little more.

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      OnDaGo Jan 2, 2009 08:34 AM

      Then I will have the unknown "duty" factor which is nevr pleasent..

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        c oliver Jan 2, 2009 08:54 AM

        Looks like Amazon has a new program that can help with that. Here's the link:

        http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custome...&

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          embee Jan 2, 2009 09:15 AM

          I've usually found that Amazon will rarely ship appliances or electronics to Canada. I believe that most of this kind of merchandise is sold by parties other than Amazon itself.

          When they will ship, free shipping doesn't apply and you will need to pay for FedEx or UPS overnight shipping. Both FedEx and UPS Ground will hit you with huge "brokerage" and "handling" fees in addition to the shipping charge.

          Oddly, duty is seldom an issue, especially if the merchandise is still made in North America. You'll usually be charged PST and GST on delivery.

          Only one retailer, Hammacher Schlemmer, has truly mastered no hassle shipping and returns between the US and Canada. They are great, but you buy from them for novelty - not price.

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            c oliver Jan 2, 2009 09:17 AM

            According to the link I provided, it appears that they DO ship and that the rates are quite inexpensive. Not sure that a mixer would be in the "electronics" category. Maybe that's the difference.

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              embee Jan 2, 2009 09:30 AM

              If you try to order a KitchenAid mixer shipped to a Canadian address, the order will be rejected.

              BTW, the prices are no better than the prices at Cayne's (and are in US dollars). The ground shipping handling scams at UPS and FedEx still apply. Yes, the USPS is okay cost wise, but parcels are untraceable during shipment and USPS and Canada Post will give you nightmares if the parcel is lost or damaged.

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                c oliver Jan 2, 2009 10:06 AM

                You got my curiosity up so I did a little research. There's amazon.ca that includes things like free shipping on certain items. But, no, it doesn't have kitchen items. It appears that the Canadian version is like the US version USED to be. Started with just books and then added to. But there were 1000s of electronics and they qualified for free shipping. Though not Chow related, it might be something worth checking out and keeping an eye on for the future cooking "needs" - ha :)

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                  embee Jan 2, 2009 10:43 AM

                  Amazon.ca is a joint venture between Amazon.com and Canada Post. It is, indeed, much like Amazon US used to be. Their stock is very limited but, in a chow sense, they do tend to have decent prices on cookbooks with free shipping for $39 orders.

                  What they don't have is all the independent vendors who sell through Amazon US. It can be very frustrating to see those deals and not be able to get them.

                  Amazon US will ship books to Canada, thus competing with both Amazon.ca and our homegrown Chapters-Indigo. The non-book niche isn't really filled by any Canadian company. Our major online kitchenware source, Golda's Kitchen, is expensive.

        2. re: OnDaGo
          foodyDudey Jan 2, 2009 08:58 AM

          The model that was on sale at Canadian Tire was the KSM90, which has a 300W motor. Some of the more expensive models have a 575W motor. They all look very similar. The duty is not going to be very much if you have it shipped by USPS ground. (brokerage fees are the killer, and Canada Post only charges a fixed $7 or so). Canada Post will collect the duty and taxes. It will probably be less than $25, plus the taxes.

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        embee Jan 2, 2009 09:04 AM

        Call Cayne's on Doncaster in Thornhill. Their everyday prices, in general, are lower than those at any other store in the GTA. On some KitchenAid mixers, they undercut others by up to $200. They also have a no hassle refund policy.

        I don't know whether they match prices if someone's advertised special beats their price.

        Do NOT order from their website unless the store price is much higher. The selection is limited, prices are different, and returns can involve a restocking fee. The website is currently quoting $199.99 for the 4.5 qt tilting model.

        You might want to consider the Cuisinart stand mixers. I'm certainly happy with my own KitchenAid, which is about thirty years old, but I'd seriously consider the new Cuisinart models if I was shopping today.

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          sweetie Jan 2, 2009 09:27 AM

          I second the Cayne's recommendation.
          http://www.cayneshousewares.com/home.php

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            foodmaven Jan 2, 2009 03:10 PM

            I also recommend Cayne's. We went looking to buy a KA model and ended up with a Cuisinart on their advice - which we are thrilled with. I would consider Cuisinart depending on what your needs are.

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            OnDaGo Jan 2, 2009 10:22 AM

            Yeah but the Retro design goes better with my new kitchen :-) Will make it out to Caynes and check them out.. never heard of them before.

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              jayt90 Jan 2, 2009 12:13 PM

              You will need enough power in your KA for the use you have in mind. I have seen the basic KA housing with 275 watts, 300, 350, 450, and higher wattage motors. Sometimes I have had to turn a unit over and multiply volts X amps to get the wattage, when the box was not forthcoming. Serious breadmaking will need 400 watts or more. The Cuisinart comes with 500 watts, and a 10 year warranty.

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            stapler Jan 2, 2009 02:32 PM

            Always check Tap Phong on Spadina near St. Andrew. I bought an ice cream maker there for the rest that was literally half the price of Williams Sonoma. Great deals to be had there. And the staff are so nice!

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              Nyleve Jan 2, 2009 03:53 PM

              Sometimes Costco has them. I can't recall if I've seen the mixer lately, but if it's there it's usually a good price. And sometimes even comes with some kind of little bonus extra. Otherwise I agree about Caynes.

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                jayt90 Jan 2, 2009 04:06 PM

                Saw one there at $380, 425watts, with a KA timer thrown in.

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                pastina Jan 2, 2009 04:24 PM

                I have the 600 Professional. I got it as a birthday gift, but I know it came from Caynes. If you keep an eye on their sales, they will sometimes throw in a bonus. Mine came with a set of KitchenAid knives and knife block - not great knives, but okay substitute when you don't want your "helpers" to mess with your good ones.

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                  budeeez Jan 2, 2009 07:05 PM

                  I bought mine at Costco a couple of years ago for just over $300 during a discount. I have noticed this same discount from them several times since then. It is the larger 5 qt bowl lift mixer. Before buying mine, I looked and waited a long time to get one until this good price came along. The price offered by Costco for the larger mixer with higher watt motor and lift bowl is the best I have seen out there.

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                    bigos70 Jan 2, 2009 07:10 PM

                    I agree that Cayne's or Costco is going to be generally the cheapest, although Costco only has the bowl-lift model, which isn't the one I wanted, and both offer limited colours. I really wanted an orange one, so I applied for an HBC credit card and got 10% off, which amounted to about a $35 savings off the $350 Ultra Power model that I purchased. That was 3 or 4 years ago, so I can't say what the price is now, but that could be an option.

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                      sbug206 Jan 2, 2009 07:43 PM

                      http://www.cayneshousewares.com/produ...

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                        tbonetak Jan 2, 2009 07:49 PM

                        And if you use your VISA card when you order through Caynes, you get free shipping when you use the coupon # here.

                        http://visaperks.ca/visaperks/offer.c...

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                        torontofoodiegirl Jan 4, 2009 09:05 AM

                        They're 40% off at Kitchen Stuff Plus right now ($299) but I think they're only 350 watts.

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                          Grazor Jan 4, 2009 11:26 AM

                          I just bought my Cusinart from Kitchen Stuff Plus after taking back my Kitchen Aid Professional back to Costco ( Christmas prezzie). I would say just go buy it at Kitchen Plus. they have a wide range of colours from what I saw and if thats what you want then i suspect by the time you go through all the hassles etc, the exchange rate, the savings will be negligible.

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                          bakerbots Jan 4, 2009 01:34 PM

                          Williams Sonoma has a sale on the Pro 500 for around $250
                          They had a green and blue artisan on sale for around the same price.

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                            OnDaGo Jan 4, 2009 03:42 PM

                            Wow great they are one block from my office!

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                              OnDaGo Jan 5, 2009 07:15 AM

                              Just picked one up and brought it home.. They only had black and white (as did Kitchen stuff plus) but the WS on Bloor had them in stock so I picked one up for $249.98.... looks like the model 500 pro might be discontinued as I don't see any other reason that everyone has them on sale.. WS says "they will not be carring this model anymore." but I like it 325W and Bowl lifter as opposed to tilt head... will see how it works...

                              Thanks for everyones suggestions...

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                              shayl Jan 13, 2009 04:38 PM

                              Any good kitchenaid mixer deals around the GTA?

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                                OnDaGo Jan 13, 2009 05:30 PM

                                I got mine at William Snoma for $225 a week ago not sure if they are still on sale there.. they are not carrying that model anymore so should match that price until they are sold out...

                                And btw I LOVE IT.. I have made pound cake, hamburger buns, & chocolate chip cookies so far...

                              2. zukeeper Nov 20, 2010 07:22 AM

                                You might try Ezee's Housewares in North York. Got my KA 600 Professional there this summer for way way less than what Caynes/Kitchen Stuff Plus/Amazon sell for. We've purchased other items from them without any issues. Full warranty, sometimes they have factory seconds or display models. You can negotiate package deals as we did - got the KA and a Panasonic inverter microwave for a crazy good price. Got the KA cashback coupon which was honoured as well.

                                Their website is the worst thing ever, so you should phone ahead and get stock availability and pricing first. http://www.ezeesonline.com/

                                Another good place is Arora Electric on Bloor, downtown. Their website has some pricing, they do have flyer specials as well so check that:
                                http://www.aroraelectric.ca/catalog/

                                1. Kagemusha Nov 20, 2010 08:58 AM

                                  Sears is selling black or white(only?) KA Classic 4.5 quart mixers for $199.99 according to this weekend's flyer.

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