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Do I really need a stand mixer?

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I am really loving baking! I think about it all the time, but I keep telling myself it's just something to do on the side. Anyways, I having making like at least a cake a week and I wanted to know if it was time to buy a stand mixer. i see them on all the videos and I know that it will save me a ton of time, but I really can not afford the one I want right now (Kitchen Aid). Are there any other good ones out there that are cheaper than kitchen aid? Please let me know? I noticed that the other ones do not have the nice attachments, but does this make a difference. Sorry for all of the questions, but the more I learn, the more I want to know and want. lol Thanks CC.
post #2 of 64
I LOVE my KA mixer!!! Personally I wouldn't use anything else. Well, I do have my eye on an industrial sized one, but that's not happening for quite a while. Anyways, I have seen alot of posts recently about Kohl's having great sales on their appliances and some even got more of a % off with coupons they have gotten in the mail. Now, I believe this is for people who have a Kohl's card, but it's something to keep in mind. I've also seen some say they've found good prices on KA's on amazon.com. I'd just start watching Kohl's ads and look online. But IMO, KA is the way to go. Hope this helps and good luck!
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If you can't afford a KA stand mixer I would look into the KA hand mixers. I have the 9 speed that comes with a wisk and dough hooks. It handles buttercream and royal icing with no problem.
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And the biggest time saver you'll get, is not just that they work faster and harder than a hand held, but that you can WALK AWAY FROM THEM and do other things while they keep going!
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post #5 of 64
When I started I really wanted a kitchen aid, but couldnt afford it. I bought a cheaper one (Sunbeam maybe?). The bowl spun and then beater stayed in one place. It was awful! It barley mixed regular cake box batter. I started to make buttercream icing with it but it was impossible. I cant image trying to make cookies with it. I sucked it up and got a kitchen aid. I cant imagine baking without it now. I got mine at Kohls around Christmas. I opened a credit card for the discount and I got a really good price. You can pay off your credit card balance when you check out too, so you dont have to worry about extra charges.
post #6 of 64
I started out with KA hand mixer which I still have and use all the time. It was great to get started, but I finally broke down and purchased a KA stand mixer and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. You can do so much more as far as capacity and I make my own MMF which turns out great in the stand mixer. I bought mine at Kohl's. Found a 15% off coupon on-line (Google it). I went when they were having a sale and also Kohl's cash ($10 for every $50 you spend). It has been well worth the cost, but I also understand it is expensive.
post #7 of 64
I love my KA mixer! But my parents bought it for me for Christmas a few years ago...otherwise I know what you mean about cost. I did get one from Walmart before I got my KA mixer and it was okay. It was Sunbeam brand it was about $50. It served the purpose but it's nothing compared to my KA mixer. It rocks!!!!
post #8 of 64
Don't get the Sunbeam stand mixer. I have one and can't stand it. Save-up for the KA, at least that's what I'm doing.
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Try craigslist or ebay. I searched for Kitchen Aide on Craigslist and got a Professional 6 for $165. She had a 5 qt too that was cheaper, but I got the 6. You can probably find a 5 quart for under $100. And I think they last forever.
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My DH bought me my 5qt KA mixer for Christmas last year..and I love it!!! I really use it mostly for my buttercream and it is so wonderful. Save for one they are worth iticon_smile.gif
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post #11 of 64
I have a Sunbeam Mixmaster and it works perfectly fine for me and I do the equivelent to about 1 a week. Whether it's for a friend, family gathering, or trying something new. I really don't know how old it is though. Someone gave it to my mom and she gave it to me. Maybe about 15-20 years old. It did come with two beaters. One squared and one rounded. Instead of using one at a time I put them both in and it works 100times better than if I were to use just the one kind. My friend who also has an old one showed me that. I can't afford a KA either and if I had to I'd get another Sunbeam.
post #12 of 64
Not sure if you can wait but the day after Thanksgiving walmart, Target, etc usually have them for a really good price.
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I have a Kenwood and am perfectly happy with it. It is strong, has a large bowl capacity and works like a dream.
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post #14 of 64
I only do this as a hobby, so the KA was way out of my price range. I just used a cheap handheld from the dollar store for awhile which served it's purpose. As I started making bigger cakes I bought the Cooks stand mixer from JCPenney on sale and with coupons and it was real cheap. It works wonderfully for the amount of cakes I make. I haven't had a problem so far.

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post #15 of 64
I couldn't imagine doing what I do with a hand mixer. While I'm just trying to start up my business, it seems that every cake I get now is large. Strange, but true. I must get the crazies. icon_smile.gif

Anyway, I would HIGHLY recommend a stand mixer. It's a HUGE time saver. I cream butter and whip up egg whites MUCH faster than you can with a hand mixer.
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