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for those with kitchen aide mixers what type do you have?

post #1 of 31
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i currently have th 4.5 qt one and i would like to get a heavier duty one. with this one i can only use 5-6 cups of flour. i can't double most of my cookie recipes with this one.

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manya
post #2 of 31
I have the 5qt one. I LOVE it. Sometimes I want the 6qt one since my imbc frosting recipe sometimes overflows and makes a mess....but mostly my 5qt is great, and I doubt I'd ever trade it in.
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post #3 of 31
I am new to cookie making and I'm going to try my hand at some watermelon cookies in a few weeks. Do I abosolutely need a KitchenAid mixer? I wll buy one eventually, but I don't want to waste my money on one if I decide that I don't like cookie making as much as I think I will. I just have a hand mixer and a food processor right now. Will any of those work?
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post #4 of 31
I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. It mixes giant meringue BC recipes that fill it to the top without overflowing, and it is strong enough to do quadruple recipes of Wilton icing with no problem, any dough I want to do, etc.

I use it all the time, sometimes several times a day.

The only down side to it is that it's not very useful for doing small things, like whipping 3 eggs. The bowl is just too big. So I keep thinking, I need a small mixer too...haha, just a little cute one, maybe some fun color...

If I had to choose, though, I'd keep the six and hand mix the eggs.

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post #5 of 31
I have a KA that is about 15 yrs old and has been worked to death! LOL It is only the 4.5 qt one, but I use it for everything from meat loaf to mashed potatoes to cakes. A couple of years ago, I got a Delongi 7 quart and I love the size of the bowl, but it is not as nice as my KA. As soon as KA comes out with a 10 qt, I am getting it!!!!!! LOL
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post #6 of 31
I have a 6qt and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I got it on Ebay for 189.00 (actually, my DH bought it on Ebay for my Birthday). I've always made huge batches of cookies using a hand mixer and a wooden spoon. With this, I have no fear of carpul tunnel syndrome.
post #7 of 31
I won mine in a raffle (I know, I was excited) so mine's a Classical, I believe 4 or 5 qt. I really like it- when I make cookies the floor flys out of the bowl, but I've learned to live with it.

I would recommend...the professional series with the handle on the side that moves the bowl up and down. I was going to get a pro 5, but hey, I can't complain. The space between the bowl and the neck is bigger...so it's much easier to add flour and such while the mixer is going.

In answer to fragglerock1....

A hand mixer will be a work out. Once your start adding the flour, it gets thick. I would cut the batch in half for the first time- if your using the no fail recipe. I feel that getting one would be worth the money. I use mine for cakes, cookies, biscuits, just about anything I need to mix.

Good luck. Let me know if you need any help.
Steph
post #8 of 31
I'm on my second Kitchen Aid mixer, it's only 30 years old. They only came in one size in those days. I gave my old one- it had a glass bowl to a friend who used that one heavily for about five more years before it died-she cursed me over the phone for having spoiled her and then made her husband go out and get a new one for her. I may not use mine daily but I would rather not give it up. I have some attachments for it; the only one I use regularly is the grinder, sometimes the slicer. I owned a food processer for about a year and gave that puppy away because it just took up space and the Kitchen Aid does most things as well or better with a few attachments. I also own one of the first Hand mixers kitchen Aid came out with and it is still going strong. I used to kill a hand mixer about every two or three years.
post #9 of 31
I have the 4.5 qt. classic KA mixer. I LOVE it. I can mix a double batch of bc without a problem. I have mixed 3, but it's been a tight squeeze. Since I am just doing this as a hobby I don't think I need the bigger one. Oh, I also LOVE the fact that the bowl does NOT raise and lower. No hassle, just twist and unlock!
post #10 of 31
I have the 6qt. professional that I received as a wedding present!

I've been using KA practically all my life. My mom had a 20+ year old classic that she gave to my sister when we bought her a 5qt. artisan for her birthday this year...
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post #11 of 31
I have the Professional 5 in cobalt blue icon_wink.gif

5 quart bowl, the book says max 7 cups of flour. I use it for everything I can ! KA is great.
post #12 of 31
My mom bought me a professional series with the handle on the side to move the bowl up and down and I did NOT like it. I felt the head was always in the way. I traded her for her 15 yr old Classic and use it at least 4 days a week. I wouldn't trade it for anything except maybe a larger bowl.
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post #13 of 31
I have the 6 qt pro. I LOVE it! We usually get money for Christmas and my husband gave up his to allow me to get it! I wouldn't trade for anything, and I would recommend any KA if you don't think you need the pro get a smaller one, but you won't ever beat the power with anything else.
Diann

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post #14 of 31
I have the 6 qt professional. I love it! Everytime I use it I tell DH I love my KA. He got it for Christmas last year.
post #15 of 31
artisan ok i thought u meant the name i think i have a 6qt
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