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okay I'm planning on buying a KitchenAid stand mixer this month I found one on eBay for a really good deal but am wondering if I should wait till the 9th when qvc will be hopefully showing them again has anyone here had experience buying from either one of the sites that can give me some advice thank you

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  1. Is it okay if I give you yet another option: CostCo. Bought the Pro model there at a great price, with a "bonus" freebie of my choice (I got the ice cream maker). They go on sale quite often.

    1. Comparing Kitchen-aid kneading attachments - Get a Kitchen-aid model with a Spiral dough hook. Here's why:
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      A Kitchen-aid spiral dough hook seems to knead dough better than the "J" dough hood. The spiral dough hook also seems to put less strain and cause less motor heating on the mixer than the "J" shaped dough hook.
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      The spiral dough hook presses the dough into the bottom of the bowl and kneads back and forth through it.
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      The "J" hook beats the dough against the side of the bowl and the dough climbs up the hook.
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      KitchenAid Spiral Dough Hook
      http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-Spir...
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      KitchenAid J-Shaped Dough Hook (also called a C-Dough Hook
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      These YouTube videos show how each dough hook handles the dough during kneading.
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      Kitchenaid with Spiral Dough Hook - Videos dough hook in action
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-oDT...
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      Kitchenaid with "J" Dough Hook- Videos dough hook in action
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9AZm...
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRPDX...
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9ngi...
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      I have a Kitchenaid 5-qt bowl lifter model that came with a "J" hook and I found a KA Spiral hook that fits it. My mixer runs cooler and with much less motor strain while using the spiral dough hook. The spiral hook seems to develop the dough faster and with less heating of the dough than the "J" dough hook.

      1. May I also suggest yard sales? I picked up one of the older Hobart 6 qt built units for $15. I just needed to replace the power cord. I passed on a 5 qt for $20 because the wife would have killed me.

        1. Bought a very basic model several years ago after SIL FORCED me to take her new "toy" home one Thanksgiving with the promise to return it the following weekend. First thought were... I don't do a lot of baking (like she does) and I couldn't see $200+ (basic) for a mixer?!? When I cranked out 4-5 different doughs for holiday cookies in no time and no sore hands/shoulders, I was sold!

          I found a "vintage", faded yellow one at Good Will for $20 and just couldn't pass it up. It's a crank up/down type, had whisk/paddle/hook/bowl and ran just fine. Have no idea how old it is, just knew it was a larger capacity than what I had. I cleaned it up (wasn't cruddy to begin with), taped everything off ans spray painted it with flat black meant for outdoor gas grills... looks good and runs GREAT. Then found another bowl for $5 a week or so later... very handy.

          Last summer my sister gave me a big box of KA attachments. She bought a bunch of stuff with "found" money and was giving me the stuff that was just SO SO!?! She kept the pasta roller thing... LOVES it. I got a grinder attachment (nice), a pasta extruder, and a few things I really didn't need. The extruder was WORTHLESS, as far as I'm concerned. After making a nice dough and letting it rest, started feeding it into extruder. As soon as it started coming out, was instantly going back into on inseparable mass?? Too wet? Redid the dough THREE times, adding more flour and has zero luck making pasta... I don't have the patience for THAT!?!

          1. Buy one from a place with excellent return policy. I would not buy off ebay. There have been notorious problems for years and what are you going to do if you get a bad one from an ebay seller? I wouldn't buy one at all, there much better made mixers on the market, albeit not a cheap as KA but you get what you pay for.

            1. I'm a big fan of Kitchenaid stand mixers. QVC is a great place to buy Kitchenaid providing the price is right and they offer the model you want. I prefer the lift model Kitchenaid mixer but at the moment it appears the only reasonably priced lift model they offer has a glass bowl. While you might prefer that, the pressure and force necessary to mount and unmount that bowl from the arms repeatedly seems like a ticking time bomb to me. If I were buying the tilt-head model, i'd buy the unit with the glass bowl in a heartbeat.

              If you go to the Kitchenaid website and click on the countertop appliances/stand mixers tab, they usually have refurbished and certified units at substantial discounts, all with the same warranty as new. Lots of models, lots of colors.

              1. Amazon.com has a section of their website called "Amazon Warehouse Deals". It sells open box, damaged box and return items with a full warranty. Here's a link to the current Kitchenaid mixers in that category:

                http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_p_3...

                "Amazon Warehouse Deals"
                http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=sv_gb_5?i...