stand mixer question/recommendations
I'm recently engaged and just got started on my registries. I love to cook and bake and definitely want an excellent stand mixer. However, I'm having trouble sorting out which one! I do like to make bread occasionally, and might want to double or triple recipes, so I don't want to get one that's too small. My fiance's mom bought a KitchenAid to replace her really old, broken mixer and hated it because it only had one beater. She swore it didn't mix all the cookie dough ingredients together and returned it for a mixer with two beaters--I don't know what brand. She insists I should get a stand mixer with 2 beaters, but I thought that was essentially a hand mixer in a stand.
Now, I have a Cuisinart hand mixer that I received as a random engagement gift. I was going to return it (who needs a $90 hand mixer) but gave it a try, and it has enough power to act as an engine for a motor boat, so I decided to keep it. This makes me want to try the Cuisinart stand mixer, which is pricier than the KitchenAid and perhaps uglier, but it does have higher wattage than the KitchenAid.
Anyone have any experience with either the KitchenAid or the Cuisinart and can recommend one (or talk me out of one)? Anyone agree with my future MIL that one beater is a problem, or was that perhaps just a lemon she purchased? Thanks!
I suggest you go for one of the pro models of the kitchenaid -- I have the Professional 500 PLUS which is similar to the Professional 600 with a smaller bowl and less wattage.
My model has 450 watts and uses them very effectively... no issues at all with doughs not mixing up and I make some very sticky thicker doughs. I wouldn't trade mine out at all.
I suspect that your fiance's mother wasn't using the right beater attachment for the dough she was trying to mix or was trying to make too large of a batch for the size/power of the mixer she was using.
I really love our Cuisinart- the thing is so powerful that my wife wants to mount wheels on it and use it as a tow truck! I really can't see anything slowing it down, and it has a great warranty if something ever does.
Personally, I don't think you would go too wrong with either brand, but I would certainly buy another one of these if I ever had the need for two mixers..
Your MIL-to-be's KA probably needed to have the paddle adjusted. I have a Pro 600 and I have to constantly readjust the beaters, etc. If not properly adjusted they miss the bottom of the bowl. It shouldn't be a constant adjustment however, I think that's a failing in my particular machine.
I sell the Cuisinart's and the KA's in the store I work at. I have not yet had a chance to use the Cuisinart(I wish they would send us a Demo to try so we could actually compare!). We sell a fair amount of the Cuisinart but the KA definitely outsells it. We don't get many of either back on returns. The Cuisinart has some features that appeal to me. The warranty is quite attractive as well and if I were in the market for a new machine I might try it. The only thing that turns me off about it is the plastic casing makes it feel cheap. I'm sure they did this to hold down cost but it is a bit of a turn off to me.
I've used the same KitchAid 5qrt. Professional for 15 year for everything from bread dough to butter cream without a problem.
Warranty, warranty, warranty.
People who use Kitchen Aid mixers will invariable say "I've used mine for 100 years and it hasn't broken yet!" Well good for them, but if I'm going to invest in a product, I like to do my research first and the warranty (10 years for Cuisinart, 1 year for Kitchen Aid) was a solid deciding factor in my purchase. I bought the Cuisinart and I suggest you register for that. Plus the low end Cuisinart model has 700 watts of power.
Kitchen Aid products sell better because everyone knows the look and knows the name. (See: Food Network)
So in the end if you compare apples to apples, the Cuisinart has
-a better warranty
-same price as a Kitchen Aid 6 qt Professional
When I bought this KitchenAid (93 or 94), I was making a lot of bread. Having killed a couple home mixers I went to a restaurant supply, at that time the choices where Hobart or KitchenAid Professional.
Not having the space or money for a Hobart I got the KitchenAid.
When this old beater fails, I'll likely replace it with a 7qrt. Cuisinart.