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post #46 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! :]



You can get attachments to your KA that will allow you to do these things. The plastic guard with the spout, you can add things while your mixing with your KA. You can also get the new beater blade for your KA so it will scrape your bowl sides as it mixes.

I love my KA. It was a Christmas gift from my hubby nearly 11 years ago. It's an Artisan. I an now saving up for the big 6 quart one.
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post #47 of 64
I have the beater blade and I use the shield. I still think it's awkward to scrape and add ingredients.
post #48 of 64
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the responses....you have confirmed that I need a stand mixer and most recommend KA. Got it. Love the suggestions and details. CC rocks.
post #49 of 64
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Originally Posted by cakegrandma

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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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My thought is, the OP had already stated that she "really cannot afford" a KA. So although the KA is viewed as the bees knees of mixers...if you can't afford it, you can't afford it. So, OP, buy what you can afford, and there are plenty of decent mixers out there at much more affordable prices that will make a huge difference to your baking experience without hurting you financially the way a KA would icon_smile.gif .
post #50 of 64
Yes Mama Mia, I have seen these attachments, but I honestly just think that I grew up using the Sunbeam and am used to it and that's why I like it so much! I absolutely hated the KA at first, the bowl on my Sunbeam spins which I know is very annoying to some but I love it! :]
post #51 of 64
Jae,
I grew up with the Sunbeam, and I loved it. My mother eventually converted to the KA, and I hated it. I was faithful to the Sunbeam brand for the first 30 years of our marriage. But I could see the quality decline with each successive machine. (I think I had the first one for 20 years or so, and then a new one every couple of years.)
Dealing with the company was awful--they were relatively unresponsive. I wish they would make the Mixmaster with the same quality it used to have.
I like the spinning bowl, too.
post #52 of 64
Another tip, buy the best you can afford, with the longest warranty/replacement guarantee. If you have an extra $20 to extend the warranty, then do that icon_smile.gif
post #53 of 64
Mixed opinions here, but I'm Kitchen Aid all the way!! Mine will be 2 years old in oct. and he's already paid for himself!! We went with QVC as they had easy pay, and 20+ colors to choose from. But yeah, Kohl's ALWAYS has some kind of discount going on. Check out Bed, Bath & beyond too, they send out 20% off coupons, like every 2 weeks.

HTH

(I also have a KA that was made in 1955 and She's STILL going strong!!)
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post #54 of 64
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Ok I'm sold. If I can find a KA under $200 I am going to get it. I think I seen one at Lowes online for $181 (they said that it's at the store), wish me luck.
post #55 of 64
I think you will love it! I just ogot mine for mother's day and I am amazed at how much time it actually saves. I made MMF in it yesterday for the first time and it took no time at all. I made MMF and cooked supper at the same time! LOVE MINE icon_biggrin.gif
post #56 of 64
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Originally Posted by sberryp

Ok I'm sold. If I can find a KA under $200 I am going to get it. I think I seen one at Lowes online for $181 (they said that it's at the store), wish me luck.



Good for you! If you can afford the KA go for it thumbs_up.gif . Like I said my Sunbeam is making my fondant and buttercream for me right now. As long as it keeps doing the job I'll keep using it. When it "dies" I'll probably buy a KA. Who knows I might even buy another Sunbeam thumbs_up.gif Love that "spinning bowl" feature myself.
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post #57 of 64
When you are looking for your mixer check the wattage. The higher the better. I have noticed that KA has reduced their prices but they have also reduced the wattage. Sometimes price isn't the only consideration.
post #58 of 64
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Originally Posted by dsilvest

When you are looking for your mixer check the wattage. The higher the better. I have noticed that KA has reduced their prices but they have also reduced the wattage. Sometimes price isn't the only consideration.

That's true because I have noticed that the cheaper ones are lower in watts.
post #59 of 64
cutthecake I have heard the newer versions aren't as nice as the older ones, I still have a pretty old one and it's still working so I hope I don't have to deal with a newer version, then I might be a KA convert! :]
post #60 of 64
I would still be using the Mixmaster if the quality hadn't declined.
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