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I HATE My Kitchenaide Mixer! Here's Why

I have the "classic" Kitchenaide Mixer and I HATE it. There I said it!
Unless I am missing something, this is why I hate it:
1) You cannot mix and scrape down the bowl at the same time. I have to stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl and resume mixing.
2) It doesn't thoroughly mix EVERYTHING in the bowl. It leaves areas the beater does not reach unmixed.
3) I hate one beater - I need two- the action between the beaters is lacking in a Kitchenaide
4) It is messy, liquid goes flying everywhere when it operates

I wish I still had the two-beater stand mixer I grew up with. It thoroughly mixed everything and you could operate it and scrape it at the same time. Can anyone suggest an excellent stand mixer that is metal? NO Plastic! Even a good vintage model because I can get it on Ebay. Thanks

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  1. Do you have the tilt or lift/lower KA?

    What's stopping your from getting a 2-beater? They come pretty cheap.

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    1. re: monavano

      I have a tilt KA. I don't know that much about mixers, so I thought I would find out if maybe I am just missing something before I buy a new one.

      1. re: chezron

        Have you checked out the batter mixing attachment that has rubber to scrape along the sides as it mixes?
        Flex Edge Beater:
        http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-Flex...

        I have a lift/lower and I have to stop and lower to scrape down the side, but I don't mind. I've never had a double beater mixer though.

        1. re: monavano

          Thanks so much! I ordered a flex edge beater! That should help.

          1. re: chezron

            Just understand that the flex beaters tend to splash stuff out of the bowl even more than the standard beater (it scrapes right to the edge so there's nowhere else for the batter to go). You need to start on slow and sometimes even then pulse it on and off till the dry and wet are mixed enough.

            1. re: chezron

              Also try using the plastic shield to prevent splashing? Splashing is my biggest peeve but after 10 years of use, I have yet to even try mine.

      2. There is a beater that has a windshield material on one side. So it wipes the bowl as it beats.

        1. Get a flex edge beater, then you don't need to stop to scrape.

          1. As much as it pains me to reveal this, I actually read the manual/ booklet for my new Kitchenaid stand mixer. It describes a small screw that will change the height of the beater to reach the un-mixed areas. I don't know about your model, but a glance at the accompanying literature could provide the help you need.

            I do mix and scrape simultaneously. Position the plastic scraper at the wall and be careful not to angle it into the mixer. Have been doing this forever.

            You may get used to the single beater and come to love it, especially with heavy mixtures which can bog the hand held mixers.

            The mixture won't fly everywhere if you reduce the speed when you slowly add liquid, then amp it back to where you were.

            My previous Kitchenaid was made in the 30s and only [prematurely] replaced this Christmas by The Big Boy 7 qt Pro Line.

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            1. re: Sherri

              Thanks Sherri! Hmm -- instruction manual. I think I will see if it is online and LOOK AT IT. What an idea!

              1. re: Sherri

                Listen to Sherri. Start slow, scrape as you go, pay attention.

                I grew up with my mom's Sunbeam. I've used a Kitchenaid K4.5 and an Artisaon. There is no comparison. Ks are better.

              2. Mine came with a shield that you can have on the bowl when mixing things that tend to fly out. I use it when making doughs where I have to add a lot of flour. I thought it was standard.

                And I had to adjust the level of the beater with the little screw.