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post #31 of 64
Check craigslist every day. I did that and within 2 weeks or so, I got a KA Epicurean 6 qt for $110. It was barely used. I think she was asking $140 and I offered her $100. We settled on $110 and it was the best $110 I ever spent. (I would have paid $150!)
post #32 of 64
Honestly, any stand mixer is going to make the baking process easier. You don't need a KitchenAid icon_smile.gif
post #33 of 64
Kitchen Collection has a warranty not sure how long but there is a warranty on refurbished mixers.
post #34 of 64
I used a hand mixer for years and now I have a Cusinart--love it. I just started putting a few dollars away here and there and it adds up pretty quickly.


The stand mixer saves my shoulder. Now what I need is an extra bowl for it.
post #35 of 64
I couldn't do w/o my stand mixer. I use my hand held for cakes but nothing else. I could not imagine having to use the hand held for buttercream.
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post #36 of 64
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Originally Posted by mamawrobin

I couldn't do w/o my stand mixer. I use my hand held for cakes but nothing else. I could not imagine having to use the hand held for buttercream.



I use my hand held for butter cream. lol. Do you also have a KA? Thanks for all of the responses.
post #37 of 64
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Originally Posted by mamawrobin

I couldn't do w/o my stand mixer. I use my hand held for cakes but nothing else. I could not imagine having to use the hand held for buttercream.



I use my hand held for butter cream. lol. Do you also have a KA? Thanks for all of the responses.



No I don't have a KA icon_cry.gif I bought a Sunbeam stand mixer at Wal-Mart for $89.00. I use it to make buttercream and fondant and I don't have any problems with it. It doesn't have the paddle attachment but I don't have any problems with bubbles in my buttercream as some say they do if they don't use that attachment. I always make a double batch so my beaters are always completely covered which helps to reduce the amount of air getting into my icing.

I make Michele Foster's fondant in it as well. It has worked great for me but when I have the opportunity to buy a KA I am going to because it's a much better mixer than my Sunbeam. But for now this one will have to do. thumbs_up.gif
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post #38 of 64
I have both a Sunbeam and a KA, I like the Sunbeam better but I am a minority! icon_razz.gif
post #39 of 64
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I have both a Sunbeam and a KA, I like the Sunbeam better but I am a minority! icon_razz.gif



Really? What do you like about the Sunbeam that makes you like it more than the KA? I do like the way the bowl sits on the mixer because it's so easy to add ingredients as it's mixing. I don't plan on buying another mixer until this one quits on me but I would really like to know why you prefer the Sunbeam because I may want another one instead of a KA when the time comes. Thanks thumbs_up.gif
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post #40 of 64
Yeah..KA
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post #41 of 64
I prefer the Sunbeam because I can add ingredients while it spins, with my KA I have to stop mixing and tilt the top back, and I can't scrape the sides as I'm mixing but with the SB it's no problem! :]
post #42 of 64
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Originally Posted by JaeRodriguez

I prefer the Sunbeam because I can add ingredients while it spins, with my KA I have to stop mixing and tilt the top back, and I can't scrape the sides as I'm mixing but with the SB it's no problem! :]



That's what I thought by looking at the design of the KA.
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post #43 of 64
I'm really an "OLD Sunbeam Mixmaster" girl, (not an old Sunbeam Mixmaster girl). The older ones were great, but I really lost confidence in them. I had my first one for many, many years; but then subsequent models were awful. And I found their customer service to be lacking. So I gave up on them.
Now I have a KA, which I call "The Monstrosity". I think it's awkward to use (I hate scraping down the bowl and the beaters); and it's tall and I'm short. BUT it works like a charm. It's a necessary kitchen tool. I also have a very cheap hand mixer, which I use for small jobs, and when I can't bear the thought of dragging out the KA.
(When I was teaching, I saw the cafeteria lady whipping heavy cream by hand--for the entire school's dessert! That poor woman. That was cruel and unusual punishment.)
post #44 of 64
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Originally Posted by julia77

Honestly, any stand mixer is going to make the baking process easier. You don't need a KitchenAid icon_smile.gif


Any stand mixer may work to make the process easier, however they normally don't last as long as a KA. Why spend good money, even 90.00 on one and have it go out within a year or so when you could get a KA and have it so many more years. I actually have 3, the "bign" (6 qts) the 4.5 qts and a hand mixer.
As far as the Sunbeams are concerned, I remember the one we had as I was growing up and thought when I started doing many cakes that I would get one like that. Wrong!!! thumbsdown.gifthumbsdown.gif They are so cheaply made now that I took the one I bought back and got a KA. Now I don't think I would trade my KA for anything else. thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif
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post #45 of 64
I would say if you are making more than 4-5 cakes a year, it is worth it to get a stand mixer. Especially if you aren't 20 years old anymore. I'm over 40 now, and holding up a hand mixer for 30 minutes in an afternoon hurts my wrist and makes my arm tired, especially if I have to man-handle fondant after it.

I got my Kitchen Aid mixer for $99 on clearance at Target. (That's a complete fluke, I know.) It lived in the cupboard until I started making cakes regularly, and now I just leave it out. Moving it around IS a nuisance.

I would second the idea to look on Craig's List. My local Craig's Liist has two listings for nearly new KA machines for $150 (one of them is even a pro model with pasta and sausage attachments!) People get them as wedding presents and then don't use them---they come up frequently.
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