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post #16 of 56
I killed three Sunbeams, a couple of others whose brand I can't recall and nearly killed a GE stand mixer before I got the Kitchenaid. And that was just making cookies and doing two cakes a year. A mixer that is basically a hand mixer with a base to set it on and a bowl isn't really a stand mixer.

It's easy to say that any mixer will work, but the average, $50 "stand" mixer from Walmart will not work for very long. They never seemed to go quietly either...always shed their gears into a bowl of cake batter or mashed potatoes, except for the one that melted and smelled so bad we had to open the windows and leave for a few hours.

I'm not suggesting you blow the grocery budget on a mixer...maybe look on craigslist for a used one (I bought one as a backup for $25 that way) or have a yard sale or do some babysitting to make a little money. Or maybe ask your relatives for money instead of gifts for Christmas, and put that together to get your mixer.

Besides making frosting and cake with it, it's great for making bread. My husband loves having homemade burger buns, breadsticks and pan dulce. I also use it to mix tortilla dough, so between that, bread and cookies, my KA is used at least once a day.

This is what I told my husband when I wanted a KA: "If it was a car, it would be a Mercedes. If it was a gun, it would be a Kimber. It's going to last years and I'm going to use it all the time."
post #17 of 56
The answer to this one lies in your reality. Is the KA really too much of a strain on your budget? Or is your husband just being cheap because it's something you want not something he wants. If it really is too expensive right now, get another cheap hand mixer and do without. Sometime in the future when you are more plump in the pocketbook you will really appreciate getting a KA. If however your husband is just being cheap with your wants but not his own; well, a KA isn't going to fix that problem. And I have no suggestions for you.
post #18 of 56
I've wanted a Kitchenaid for YEARS! but it's not my husband holding me back...it's me! I refuse to pay so much, and I'm picky. I will continue to keep my eyes open for a good deal on a KA, until then, I will use my Black & Decker 6 Speed hand mixer. I got it from Wal Mart and I love it. It came in a storage case and has a spatula/bowl scraping attachment, dough hooks, and whisk. There is also a power boost button you can use for tough mixes.
post #19 of 56
KA's are wonderful tools that can really make your life SO much easier. It was actually my hubby's idea to get one a few years ago and I've heard him comment MANY times how much easier MY life has become because of its speed and versatility. I just made noodles with it this week for T'giving with the pasta attachment, in fact. You can use that pasta attachment to roll out fondant as well. We bought my mom a Sunbeam stand mixer about 4 years ago and when I was trying to make whipped cream with it for T'giving it wouldn't even whip the cream. It was horrible. I was upset that we didn't get her the KA.. Hand mixers do burn up if you try to mix anything with substance (large batch of cookie dough, for instance) so if you're constantly replacing hand mixers you might as well get the KA and pay for it ONCE. If there's a way to hold off on something else you've been wanting (not needing) and get the KA, I think you'll both be happy. Your baking life will become easier and hubby will get to enjoy the fruits of your labor! I've had my KA for about 4 years and so far not one issue. My friend in CA has had hers for 25 years and she gets it serviced about every 5 years just for routine maintenance and it's still going strong. Someone mentioned getting the artisan model - that's a great start! Then later if you want and can afford the larger model, go for it.

Good luck!
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post #20 of 56
IMO - you save your money for it. You do not need to justify your purchases if you save. If you have to take on an extra job to save then just do it. Look for a good deal after you have the money.

I have TWO a Classic and an Artisan and I use both all the time and sometimes at the same time! Best kitchen appliances next to my oven and dish washer.
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post #21 of 56
Just my opinion.... how many power tools does he have and how offten does he use them? I feel that what I do hobby or not I feel that occational I deserve to buyt something nice that I want and that is it. I am not a selfish person but come on I know my DH has many things that go beyone what I spend and uses it occationally hence the hobbiest it works both ways. Buy it for yourself if you really want it. icon_smile.gif just my oppinion.

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post #22 of 56
I saved for my Cuisenart (which I love), because it was something I wanted. Save, save & save then wait for it to go on sale! It is MY TOY and DH has his!
post #23 of 56
Just some fyi here. First, there is a rebate on KA's right now. Second, when you look at them on Amazon.com, click on each color. Different colors have different prices, so if you aren't as picky about the color to get a better deal, you can do that too.
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post #24 of 56
Tell your hubby about all the yummy things you can make for HIM with your mixer!!!!

You can knead bread dough for homemade rolls and bread....(nothing like piping hot, buttered bread to melt a man!) You can use the whisk attachment to make some gorgeous whipped fresh potatoes.... it mixes up any dessert....cake, cheesecake, cookies, etc.... You can make meatloaf in it.....

Just convince him its not just for your business...its for your FAMILY!

And there are some pretty decent deals on a regular Kitchenaid mixer on Black Friday....
post #25 of 56
Any chance he's stonewalling because Santa is going to bring you one? icon_razz.gif
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post #26 of 56
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Originally Posted by cakesbycathy

Any chance he's stonewalling because Santa is going to bring you one? icon_razz.gif



That's a nice thought, but surely most men aren't THAT organised?! Not the ones I know anyway.
post #27 of 56
Texas Rose, tell him because he loves you, thats why icon_smile.gif

oops I meant original poster...lol I am tired
post #28 of 56
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Thanks, guys! After I posted this, my dh came up to me and told me he wanted to donate his Christmas money so I could get the mixer, knowing how much I wanted it. I felt so guilty, but he told me he wanted to make me happy. I profusely promised to make him lots of goodies and he seemed happy with that. But I'm going to tighten the belt anyway and try to save up for something he really wants next year. Wish me luck! I'm so bad at saving...
post #29 of 56
Congratulations!

KA has a one year, no questions asked warranty.

Costco will allow you to return it within 2 years of purchase date,

Amazon is running a great deal on the KA Pro 600, depending on the color. I think free shipping and hopefully no tax.

Forgot to add...WHAT A GREAT GUY!!!....
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post #30 of 56
yaaaayyyy!

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