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Which Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Should I Invest in?

In the craziness of Black Friday I picked up a Kitchen Aid mixer for myself. I have always wanted one and could never justify the expense... until I saw the base models on sale for $149 this morning. Later when I read up on the mixer on some of the boards it seems that the older Hobart produced ones are stronger and more durable. I've been looking at some of the used K5-A mixers on Ebay... I would like one that will last, I probably would use it weekly (I want to learn to grind meat and make sausage) and I already have a spot picked out on my counter top for it. So I just wanted your advice, if you were going to buy one which one would it be? or would it even be a KA? Also are there any problems with connecting newer KA attachments to the older mixers? Thanks for any advice...

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  1. Nothing new that is available at $149 is going to last.

    The Aritsan/entry level KA is a light duty mixer.

    The 600/550 Pro with 475 watts is medium duty.

    Either will bust the transmission mixing heavy dense dough.

    The Bosch Universal will last. Top notch for heavy duty jobs not as great for very light duty jobs. Like a single batch of sugar cookies. But it is fugly. Especially with plastic bowl.

    The old KA/Hobart machines are great but who knows what you are getting when you buy vintage/used.

    The Hobart N-50 is fantastic, beautiful and will go all day every day for the next 50 years. Available in Cherry Red too. But it cost what a nice range should cost.

    I feel your pain in Los Angeles

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    1. re: DeeAgeaux

      Thanks... I feel better about taking the KA back to Walmart. I did look at the N-50 online...they are just beautiful, maybe one day. I think I am going to look for a used KA/Hobart, I just want to make sure I don't waste my money. Youv'e been a great help.

      1. re: snix

        I have bought 4 or 5 Hobart Kitchenaid mixers on Ebay over the years. I have not had a problem with any of them. I bought one less than a month ago in fact.

        Just make sure that they say the mixer works perfectly either in the ad itself or through Ebay email.

        1. re: Leolady

          With the older Hobart/KA mixers can you use the newer KA attachments? The more I think about it, the more excited I am about getting one :-)

          1. re: snix

            Yes you can! All of the hub attachments can be used. The spiral dough hook you can't use.

    2. For the reason of heavier use (grinding meats) in addition to my regular baking, whipping cream and butter cream, I opted for a 575 watt 6 quart KA Pro. I'm really happy with my purchase over the last year and a half. I'd definitely go for a Pro model with a higher wattage if you'll be grinding meat.

      I know I spent under $300 on mine.

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      1. re: LuckyCharm

        One of those shiny Professional ones certainly look good, and I would love to have one... I am just trying to be conservative about the money I spend. I assume you have the grinder attachment, how does that work for you? Thanks for the info.

        1. re: snix

          It works wonderfully for grinding meat! I predominately make pork sausage for myself. I have thought about making my own raw cat food from chicken for the cats, but that has whole bones in it and honestly, I don't think I"m going to chance it with this mixer.

          If you're patient, I'd stalk the Slick Deals website for a deal. Kohls should have a pretty good deal (30% off with Kohls charge, plus $10 Kohls cash for every $50 spent, and a KA rebate) as they do come around frequently. Especially if you're not color picky, Amazon.com seems to have some colors on sale frequently (that's what I did; I have a dark chrome model). Costco did have a coupon in the last coupon book that ended 11/28 for a KA mixer, and I've seen that come around every couple months as well.

          I purchased the grinder attachment from Amazon--cheapest price I found.

          1. re: snix

            Amazon.com has the 6qt Pro model for $299.99 currently, and there is a $50 mail in rebate available on top of that. However, only the white and caviar gloss colors are that price. So, total $250.

          2. re: LuckyCharm

            I paid $325 for mine; it was on sale.

            1. I spent $62 including shipping for the K5SS I bought on Ebay a month ago.

              Works great and only a few cosmetic blemishes.

              1. Thanks to all of you for your advice. I lucked out and found a Hobart made KA at a local auction, and bought it for a very reasonable price. I have used it several times so far and am loving it, the mixer has a place of honor on my counter. Thanks again.

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