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post #1 of 56
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Help!!! I really want to buy a kitchenaid stand mixer, but my husband isn't too thrilled with the idea. Any ideas for reasons he might want it? How do I win him to my way of thinking? icon_wink.gif Here's the background: I'm just a hobby baker, but I've been baking/decorating a lot and my hand mixer is on its last leg. the deals are going on right now for black friday, but we're a bit on the poor side. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
post #2 of 56
you could always lay it away, take little from grocery money, save it back and pay on the lay away. i have never had this problem with husband, but some of my friends do. so that is what they do. lol!!! even to getting their hair cut or colored. i,m just repeating what they have said. i also hear this in the cake class room that i teach. again lol!!
post #3 of 56
Yes! Get the Artisan which is the smaller version and usually you can find it for about $180. Ive had mine now for over 19 years, no kidding. The only thing I had to replace was a paddle that got worn out from scraping the bottom of the bowl. I started out as a hobby baker, usually doing many of the things for birthdays and Christmas I do a bunch of cookies to hand out. I now use my mixer practically every single day. Ive NEVER had a problem with it! Its really worth it because if you buy the hand mixers or cheaper brands that are trying to duplicate the Kitchenaide look, you will be buying one every single year. They are made cheaply and you will keep having to buy them. Like the old saying, You get what you pay for. Its true. If you buy a quality items you save money in the long run!
Its the same for coffee pots! I remember my mom would literally have to buy a new one every single year. She always bought the Mr. Coffee and the cheap brands like that. THen finally one day she went to a restaurant supply place and her and my dad bought a Bunn coffee maker. You know, the kind that are used at restaurants and at things. She just replaced it two years ago and I was really young when she bought it! So tell your husband that unless he wants to throw money out the window every year buying hand mixers, to suck it up and buy you one!!!
post #4 of 56
Ask for it for Christmas or come up with a way to earn some money.

I mean, really, Kitchenaids ARE nice but in the end a mixer is a mixer, especially when it's not your career at stake.

If I were you, and none of the options mentioned above are viable, try and get a cheaper stand mixer. Those will work just fine for what your needs are now. If caking gets more important in your life later on, then make the investment in a KA.
post #5 of 56
I would point out how many functions it has. Pasta, ice cream, bread, etc. Its not just for hobby baking. You can whip up cookies faster on a stand mixer then a burnt out hand mixer. Then 'bake his favorites just for him hot out of the oven' lol. My mother has had her kitchen aid for 25+ years. Its really an investment. Anytime my husband would say 'can you make _____ for my work meeting tomorrow?' I would say, 'with a kitchenaid, i could, but not with this hand mixer. How about some instant pudding?' I got a kitchenaid that next Christmas icon_smile.gif
post #6 of 56
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Originally Posted by sweetheart6710

I would point out how many functions it has. Pasta, ice cream, bread, etc. Its not just for hobby baking. You can whip up cookies faster on a stand mixer then a burnt out hand mixer. Then 'bake his favorites just for him hot out of the oven' lol. My mother has had her kitchen aid for 25+ years. Its really an investment. Anytime my husband would say 'can you make _____ for my work meeting tomorrow?' I would say, 'with a kitchenaid, i could, but not with this hand mixer. How about some instant pudding?' I got a kitchenaid that next Christmas icon_smile.gif



This is not the reality in today's world. Many people need replacements after a year of easy use. KA's metal parts are being replaced by plastic parts and are not providing the same quality they used to.

Look into a Sunbeam or Cuisinart stand mixer for $50. Much nicer than a hand mixer and will tie you over without breaking the bank until you're in a better situation. My mom used the same Sunbeam stand mixer the entire time I grew up. Same as my grandparents.
post #7 of 56
I justified it this way - I said to my husband, you see how my hand mixer just burned up after a few batches of buttercream? They will all do that, and we will be replacing them all the time. This one won't do that, and it will save us money in the long run!

Good luck!! icon_biggrin.gif
post #8 of 56
i have had my kitchen aid for 5 years now and i love it. that said my grandmother did buy a sunbeam and i used it once, it seemed to struggle with thick or heavy batters and doughs whereas my kitchen aid doesnt. This is an investment piece. I have alot of the extras for it and the only plastic thing i have is the pour shield...they are still made with metal. Worth every cent, purchase yours on layaway or just save a little every week. Poor or not, if you make it very clear to you husband how much you need and want an ugrade he should respect that. Let him know how much you will spend in 5 years replacing other models...that alone would do it for my husband. Good luck!
post #9 of 56
give him a bowl of butter to turn into icing. that will convince him quick smart that you need a good mixer.
yes, kitchen aid is really the top, but there are plenty of other good machines, more mid-range prices, that will work just as well.
xx
post #10 of 56
Mix up as many cakes/cookies/cupcakes as you can mix while your mixer is working, take them to local doctors' offices or business (especially beauty/barbershops) and sell them. You can raise your own money to purchase what you want. Attach a name and phone number to your baked goods and you may generate more business than you bargained for. I believe in women having a way to earn their own money. You will feel independent and everyone is entitled to having something of their own that they can spend however they choose.
post #11 of 56
A couple of things:

1. You WANT it, but do you really NEED a Kitchenaid? You need a new mixer, but does it HAVE to be a Kitchenaid? If it's not in your budget, but as bad as you want it, you probably shouldn't get it.

2. Don't let the lure of Black Friday override your common sense. Just because something is on sale doesn't mean you have to have it.

3. Don't let a "Cake Cricut" happen to you. A LOT of hobby bakers on this site went out and bought the Cake Cricut because it would be sooo cool and great to have. Two minutes later they were on here with TONS of problems. Two months later they were trying to sell them because they were just a huge "paperweight" to them.

I do have a Kitchenaid. I've had it about 10 years now. I bought it with birthday money I got an employee discount I had at the time.
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post #12 of 56
Realistically, as a hobby baker, how often are you using your mixer?

I agree that a stand mixer is much better than a hand mixer, but depending on how much baking you do, it doesn't necessarily have to to be a KA. There are a number of stand mixers that will work for you. Maybe you need to sell him on one of those instead of a KA if he is concerned about the price.

If you are using your mixer frequently then I would tell him that a KA is a good investment and that you should be able to find a good deal on black Friday.
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post #13 of 56
It's a great investment...my 4.5 qt has lasted since the late 90's. My wonderful brother bought it for me as a high school graduation gift and it's still going icon_biggrin.gif Do you work? Then use some of your own money if he's giving you a hard time icon_mad.gif I'm sure he has hobbies that he spends money on...my DH is a competitive shooter...do you have any idea how much ammunition costs???? icon_wink.gif
post #14 of 56
I was one of the Cricut people. I watched the videos and seen the cake challenge where they used it. They made it look like it was super easy to use and that it would actually cut a lot of time off things I needed to make. I can honestly say that you dont have to be an expert or take classes to use a Kitchenaide mixer and it becoming a paperweight. Ofcourse if you dont do much baking or cooking then it is a lot of money for something that might sit there. But if your baking on a regular basis then it can be justified.
But if its too much money for your budget, then I say like the others to get something cheaper for now and save up for it for the future. Its not worth losing your house or not being able to put food on your table over. You can get the same effect with a less priced stand mixer. Will it last as long? Probably not. But if your only using it once in a while then it will last longer.
So I agree. Use your judgement. Discuss the pro's and con's with your husband and then make the decision together.
post #15 of 56
Here in NZ Kitchen Aids (artisan) are $900 (which is about US$685). I have seen it cheaper at kitchenaid.com however the warranty would be void and the voltages different, I would need to request for it to be changed. It is such a scary thought to buy something that I wouldn't be covered for in case it needs repairing. I have had the same prob with my hubby, but I can understand his point of view. It is just too expensive and my current stand mixer can produce the same work (just doesn't have the capacity to make bigger batches).

I suggest, like what others have said, ask yourself if this is something you really need right now. Sales recur, so don't feel like you have to get it on Black Friday. Wait for your emotions to subside before deciding on it. Sometimes we get too excited about something, then buy on impulse, then have buyers remorse. I'm sure you'll work it out. All the best!
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