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Beater blade or side swipe for kitchenaid mixer?

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Any opinions on which one is better? Is this something worth buying? It seems like a good xmas gift.

Thanks.

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  1. I've been wondering about this myself. I do a lot of baking (obviously) and sometimes wish I could skip the constant scrape-down-the-bowl-sides routine.

    I did pick up this "mixer spatula" from W-S a while back, but although it says you can use it while the mixer is running (!?!) I haven't attempted THAT. I do like how it's the perfect size to scrape the insides of the standard paddle's openings though.

    http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

    1. we got this side swipe for ours and so far it's a real winner. the beater blades that are supposed to do basically the same thing got so so reviews.

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001...

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      1. re: davmar77

        We too have a side swipe, and have been very satisfied with it!!

      2. Here' s what I've been considering:

        http://www.beaterblade.com/categories...

        1. Based on all the amazon reviews, beaterblade breaks much more easily while sideswipe is harder to clean because of all the inside corners.

          1. Has anyone compared the various models out there recently? Looks like there are three now.

            Beater Blade:
            http://www.amazon.com/Design-Beater-K...

            SideSwipe:
            http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001...

            KitchenAid Flex Edge:
            http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KFE6...

            I've had the Beater Blade for a few years and the rubber is beginning to warp.

            1. As far as I know, the swipe blade only fits the bigger Kitchenaid.

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              1. re: coll

                You mean the SideSwipe? There is a version for tilt head mixers (down to 4.5 qt):
                http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009...

                1. re: emily

                  Thanks for that. I guess I have to figure out exactly what my Kitchenaid is called, or classified as. I got it back in the 1970s and it was the only one they made back then, at least as far as I knew. It doesn't say anything on it except Kitchenaid. Twice I've bought these devices and twice it wasn't the right one. Christmas cookies are coming so if I'm going to do it, I'd better do it soon!

                  1. re: coll

                    Amazon states that it "replaces the flat beater for ALL 4.5-quart and 5-quart KitchenAid tilt-head stand mixers (top of mixer is hinged)," so I would think if you have a tilt head (which you probably do if it's from the '70s) and the blade doesn't fit, you can send it back to Amazon for a full refund.

                    1. re: emily

                      I did, and I returned another off brand one to Home Goods too. I'll have to be more careful next time.

                2. re: coll

                  After using all three for a while, I have to say it's a bit of a toss up. The all work as one would hopp. Beaterblade might break more easily according to reviews. Sidswipe has more corners to clean.

                  I prefer the sideswipe because it has only two small seams where the silicone meets the beater bar and they are up at the top out of the bowl, out of the food. The others have long seams along the length of the bars on the parts that go into the food. The seams are places for food and germs to hide. Scrub all you want, it's still hard to get down inside the seam. Maybe I'm worrying too much, all three versions work, but when I offer cookies to my guest, I want to be confident there are no freeloaders in the cookies. ;) Other than that, all three have worked for me equally well.

                  1. re: dmcukle

                    Thanks - I will likely try the SideSwipe. I put my BB in the dishwasher (which is probably why the rubber edges are a bit warped).

                3. My best friend had a beater blade that failed after a few years. Rubber gave out, IIRC. Meanwhile, my sideswipe has been going strong for 6-7 years and counting.

                  It does a great job clearing the bowl sides and the silicone cleans up easily. I just soak it in soapy water, then blast it with my spray nozzle and all is good. Love it, wouldn't own a KA without it.