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Mar 13, 2012 05:41 AM

Kitchenaid Stand Mixer

I have one that's about 18 years old that I love. I was going to give mine to a someone and buy a new one but I am noticing there are so many kinds.
Is it just the bowl with handle and without. What about the one that lifts the bowl; is that more heavy duty?

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  1. My understanding is the lift version is more heavy duty and is at least 1 qt larger. I have a little 5 qt one, the head moves up and down.

    If you are looking, you can get a heck of a deal - I saw this posted on a blog recently...can we post blog posts? If not, sorry! This is for the 6qt, after rebates it ends up being $196!

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    1. re: justlearning

      WOW!That's a bargain. I am buying it. Thanks so much for the tip!

      1. re: itryalot

        check first, there are always good deals. pricematching at kohl's is great too.

      2. re: justlearning

        I have the one where the head lifts. It's fine. Friends who have the bigger model have said that sometimes at high speeds (brioche dough, for example) the bowl comes loose. I like the smaller model just fine.

      3. I seriously think you will regret this. A new version of what you have is only better in looks, IMO. Yours is better built and will last you another 18 years, whereas a new one--all bets are off. Plenty of threads here and elsewhere on the net make it fairly clear that the quality of the guts of any current era KA is absolutely not the same as the good old days. Unless you just want counter jewelry. In that case, I suspect you could sell your old mixer to someone here on CH or craigslist for at least what a new one costs if not more.
        Give the other person a new one. You'll look like an awesome friend AND get the better end of the deal.
        Mine is about the era of yours. It's not pretty or colorful, but it's a dependable workhorse and I wouldn't trade it even if someone offered me a brand new top of the line one.

        The bowl lift style are a larger capacity than the tilt heads. These days they also have a larger watt motor, for whatever that's worth.

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        1. re: splatgirl

          If it says Hobart on the side don't get rid of it. They are not the same!

          1. re: wekick

            Amen to that! 35 years later my Hobart has been used regularly and has never hiccuped. I may be insensitive but other than color it does not look different from the new ones.