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post #16 of 26
KitchenAid has my vote!! I've had the 4qt for about 10 years and it is still going strong. I like that you can buy replacement beaters with no problem. I also have the 6qt, which is fantastic. I can do 4 batches of buttercream at one time. This is a real time saver since I do a lot of sheet cakes. Good luck with your decision! Happy baking, Missey
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post #17 of 26
Hi. I have been a cake decorator for years, but just found this site a few days ago. I just wanted to say that you should check out ebay for kitchenaid mixers. You can get the 5 qt. model for about $150 or sometimes less. There are a few sellers that have them all of the time and they are come with a warrenty.
post #18 of 26
I would recommend buying a kitchen aid as well. I don't have one yet (can't afford the one I reeaallly want icon_cry.gif ) but trust me when I say I have done my research. icon_wink.gif For the best overall value, longevity, and versatility, go with a kitchenaid. thumbs_up.gif You can get so many attachments to use with your kitchenaid, like a pasta maker, a meat grinder, sausage make attachment (great for deer hunters), juicer, etc. Sunbeam recently came out with a stand mixer in the US that would compare to a mid-grade kitchenaid, for half the cost, BUT it has no versatility- only good for mixing. icon_confused.gif SO GO GET THE KITCHENAID YOU'LL BE HAPPY THAT YOU DID icon_biggrin.gif
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post #19 of 26
KITCHEN AID!!!! thumbs_up.gif Can't go wrong!! I used to have a Hamilton Beach thumbsdown.gif & the first time I made royal icing/color flow in it it burnt up! I took it right back to the store got my money back & bought a kitchen aid the same visit!!! I sold my tread mill to get the money for the kitchen aid!! I figured it wouldn't collect as much dust!! icon_lol.gif It hasn't!!

I found a cake supply store near me that sells reconditioned mixing bowls for $10!! I have bought 3 already! They also carry the attatchments! Kitchen Aid has my vote too! birthday.gif
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post #20 of 26
I don't know if you've already bought that mixer yet but I too live in Canada (50 min east of Toronto) and my husband got me the 6 qt professional Kitchen Aid...not a tilt head...the bowl lift kind for $399 at Caynes Housewares. He ordered it on-line and it arrived in two days! They are a great resource for Kitchen Aid products...much cheaper than Costco.

I hope you get this in time,
Suzanne M.
I'm not affiliated with Caynes or anything...just wanted to let you know about my experience...it's www.cayneshousewares.com
post #21 of 26
boy, is that the truth! there is nothing like a kitchenaid. if you plan to be doing cakes for a while, it is wise to invest in a kitchenaid! thumbs_up.gif
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post #22 of 26
I too asked a very similar question last year.

At the time I was doing a lot of royal and color flow and going through hand mixers (and a less expensive stand mixer) like crazy! I was getting so frustrated!!

My mom bought me a Kitchenaid Artisan 5 quart for Christmas. It was one of the refurbished models (which comes with a 6-month warranty) from Amazon.com. I am unsure what Canadian shipping would be or if they even still have them, but it was $179.99 minus $50 off of houseware items over $100 plus free shipping, so basically it was $130!!!!

I absolutely love it. I still haven't figured out all of the little tricks with it and exactly the best way to do icing, etc., as I was used to having to fight a hand mixer.

So, my advice is to really, really shop around. We searched for months before we found the best deal we thought we could!
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post #23 of 26
Unfortunately, Amazon.com will not ship to Canada...not mixers anyway...I tried this route.

Suzanne M.
post #24 of 26
do you have any relatives in the states? if you do, you can have it shipped to their address and then they can ship it to you. that's what i did. i bought mine from ebay and had it shipped to my mom's address, then she shipped it to me!! icon_lol.gif
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post #25 of 26
hey I just found this site a few days ago. After reading your reviews about the kitchen-aid, and telling my husband all about the ravs, I finally got one!! (artisan 5qt 250 model) I have been wishing for one for years and your advice finally made him pick me one up!I was so surpised and excited!! Thanks so much from this newbie!!
post #26 of 26
Just wanted to add my 2 cents. .. I have a kitchen aid that I've had for almost 20 years and it's still going strong. I've made many many wedding cakes with it. My Mom has a kitchen aid that is 35 years old and is still working great. I borrowed it once and the gears went in it so I took it to a repair shop and they fixed it. It cost me about $40.00 to have that done and now it's fine. It is a small one which might be why it gave out. She did wedding cakes with it for at least 15 years before that happened. There has been some question about who makes kitchen aid now. My mixer says hobart on the side. The new mixers don't say hobart any more but someone told me that they do still make them. Hobart makes the big professional mixers you see in bakeries.
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