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VIKING vs KA..which one???

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I'm going to be buying either a Viking, or KA. Here's what I've found in my research (I'm sure you all know what KA has and can offer). The Viking's 7qt is 1000 watts priced at 549. The KA 550 watts 600series is priced at around 400-500. The Viking has all the attachments that the KA does. Here's the differences: The 600series KA doesn't have a tilt head and I also cannot find it in the 7qt. The head on the Viking is spring loaded so if it slips out of your hand, it won't "slam" down. The Viking has a special attachment on the top of it that can have a viking blender attached. The mixer and the blender can be ran at the same time (not sure why you would need to do this, but anywhoo), you can also by a "food processor" to attach to the top of it. If you run them both at the same time, the watts are split between the two items. The Viking has an extra long cord, wheels, and is ALL stainless steel. They back the motor for life. It has an automatic shut off incase the motor gets to warm, it will automatically shut off (sorry, probably self explanatory icon_rolleyes.gif ). It also has wheels to move easily. [size=18]IF ANYONE CAN HELP AND GIVE SOME INPUT, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO SO!! I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE A VIKING OR HAVE DEALT WITH ONE AND A KA!!!!!!!![/size]
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One problem with KA is that sometimes you will get some type of oil leak in the attachment area. That happend to me and my KA broke. Now I have nothing but I would still get a new KA.
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30 years ago I traded in a beautiful ring my boyfriend bought for me for my first KA (He turned into my husband!). That was the small tilt head one. Then, needing a larger KA22 years ago, I got the large 'no tilt' head one now known as the Artisan. I have NEVER had a problem with mine. The smaller one has been put away for one of my kids. I use mine at least every day for something! Never had a problem or any oil leaks as the previous poster said. I love it. KA stands behind their products so much so that I even bought a KA frig and dishwasher. I'm sure you will figure it out, but IMO, I love KA!

One thought to check out though, I heard KA is NOT made by Hobart now. Not sure though.
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post #4 of 47
I have never used a viking mixer but it sounds pretty good from what your describing.

For me though I am a Kitchen Aid kinda gal...I love my KA and just upgraded thanks to DH from the 4.5qt Artisan w/tilt head to the 6qt. 575 watt pro series KA with the crank handle.

My sister has my fathers KA that he used as a professional chef purchased back in late 60's over 40 years ago and it has NEVER broken down or given anyone a problem.

It's definitely not the prettiest to look at like newer models but works like a dream!

I swear by it and will always go KA...HTH

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post #5 of 47
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Thanks all for the info. Lizzy, what do you think of the "crank handle". That was the only thing that turned me away from the KA. My mom has an older one and doesn't have the tilt head. I was over there a couple weeks ago and it was such a pain in the A@# to have to lower the bowl, try to get in there to scrape it, etc. Please give me your opinion. Thanks much!
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post #6 of 47
I'm going to jump in here again.....
the crank handle. Mine isn't the pretty new crank handle like they are now.
Mine is just a handle but I LOVE it!!

For the main reason......when I'm making frosting......
I turn the KA on with the bowl lowered. You know how powered sugar blows everywhere? Well, starting with the bowl on the base, then SLOWLY raising the bowl up, using the crank handle, the beater mixes the sugar slowly and without blowing it everywhere! Then I lock it in place and continue beating it. No mess and perfect everytime!

So call me a 'cranky' lady! icon_smile.gif
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post #7 of 47
I have never used Viking either, but I love my KA!
post #8 of 47
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VERY good point "cranky" icon_wink.gif I never thought of that! It looks like everyone is 100% KA!!!! Here's another questions, does 575 pro series not go bigger then 6.5 qt? How much cake batter can you do? Is it big enough to just do a very small business out of my home with?
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post #9 of 47
I have a KA and love it, but I do have the oil leak that RylanTy talked about. So far it still works great and I've had it for several years. I just have to wipe up a drop of oil now and then (doesn't get in the food or anything like that). That Viking sounds awesome, though.
post #10 of 47
Do a search for that specific model KA. Several members here have had two or three replaced by KA for various issues (oil leaking, motor burning out, etc.) and gave up.

KA of today is NOT the same quality as the KAs of decades past. Don't get me wrong, the one my DH and I received as an engagement present in 2006 works perfectly, but it's not the same model (the Pro 600).

Good luck!
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post #11 of 47
Thanks emrldsky. Do you think they'd replace one that's at LEAST five years old (probably 7 or icon_cool.gif? I don't have the receipt anymore, and like I said, it still works. Still, it does bug me that it leaks. In a recent move from one home to another it fell over and a bunch of oil leaked out. Good thing there was a plastic mat under it or it would have ruined my car!
post #12 of 47
I own a 30 yr old KA with the crank handle (bought a yard sale about 6 years ago); a Magic Mill by Electrolux, and 2 Bosch mixers; oh and a 20 qt Univex mixer. I use them all for different size projects. When the KA goes. and its getting there, I will replace it with either a Viking or Cuisinart. Personally, I feel the European mixers offer a better value for the money.
post #13 of 47
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You all of brought up GREAT points. I'm a little stressed over this. This is a $500.00+ machine and if I don't like it, whichever one I buy, I'm pretty much stuck with it. I just wish I could find someone that has used the Viking to get some of their input! Of course the store selling it is going to give it HUGE ratings! This is such a major thing right now for us money wise, I don't want to make the wrong choice!!!!! icon_cry.gif
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Originally Posted by mellee

Thanks emrldsky. Do you think they'd replace one that's at LEAST five years old (probably 7 or icon_cool.gif? I don't have the receipt anymore, and like I said, it still works. Still, it does bug me that it leaks. In a recent move from one home to another it fell over and a bunch of oil leaked out. Good thing there was a plastic mat under it or it would have ruined my car!



I'm not sure, I think it would depend on the warranty. You could always call KA and inquire. *shrug*
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post #15 of 47
I will be watching this tread too...

umgrzfn there is also a 7qt cuisinart that is VERY similar to the Viking... it has a timer! and a soft start feature...

I need to upgrade from my 4.5 and I really like the tilt head feature. Also, is 1.5 qts really a huge upgrade? I want to go to the 6qt because I love my KA... but want bigger....

One thing I read is that even tho the KA is 575 watts... you would think the Viking at 1000watts is better, that some machines tell you what it can take in... not what it actually puts out. no clue how tell.

I am going to compare the Viking and Cuisinart.... and maybe that will help you?
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