Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating Business › New Kitchenaid 8 quart Commercial Mixer
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

New Kitchenaid 8 quart Commercial Mixer

post #1 of 46
Thread Starter 

Has anyone bought the new Kitchenaid 8 qt Commercial mixer?  I can't find any reviews on it, or if the only difference between it and the 7 qt are the bowl size.  It is both on the Webstaurant Store site and Amazon, among other places.

 

Trying to decide if it would be a good one for cookie doughs, etc.

 

Liz

Follow me on my Twitter handle: @Sugar_Iowa

Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SugarFineBakedGoodsAndConfections

Reply

Follow me on my Twitter handle: @Sugar_Iowa

Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SugarFineBakedGoodsAndConfections

Reply
post #2 of 46

Liz-I haven't used the 8 qt but I LOVE my 7 qt commercial kitchenaid. It's super quiet. I have it on high and I can still answer the phone and have conversations. Compared to my 6 qt 'professional' mixer that I have to turn off to hear people. 

Birthday Cakes
(6 photos)
  
Reply
Birthday Cakes
(6 photos)
  
Reply
post #3 of 46
Thread Starter 

Thanks Ali, I'm glad you are happy with the commercial version.  They both have the same wattage and motor, and both say they hold 14 cups flour, but the 8 qt is $50 more than the 7 qt.  (??)  Maybe the 7 qt bowl is really an 8 qt bowl, and they are just relabeling it, otherwise you would think it would hold more flour.

 

Liz
 

Follow me on my Twitter handle: @Sugar_Iowa

Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SugarFineBakedGoodsAndConfections

Reply

Follow me on my Twitter handle: @Sugar_Iowa

Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SugarFineBakedGoodsAndConfections

Reply
post #4 of 46

That's weird that they hold the same amount! I'm pretty sure the 7qt is actually 7qt since my 6qt blade still worked decently. My assistant accidentally used a blade from my 6qt mixer and didn't even realize it until after she was finished. She only mentioned that she had to scrape the bottom more than usual. 

 

I also just looked them up on Chef's Catalog. The 7qt says its "16 c flour power". And both the 7 and 8 are the same price. Now it's even more confusing. I know I do a triple batch of my red velvet cake, which does 72 cupcakes. HTH! 

Birthday Cakes
(6 photos)
  
Reply
Birthday Cakes
(6 photos)
  
Reply
post #5 of 46
Thread Starter 

I know, I wonder if the Webstaurant Store just copied the text over from the 7 qt and forgot to make any changes.

 

I liked that the commercial models have all metal gears - I have had to replace the plastic gears in my Artisan, and although it is fairly easy, it is messy to get in there with all the grease.

 

Thanks for the heads up - I will contact Kitchenaid next week and just ask them what the difference is between the two models. :)

 

Liz
 

Follow me on my Twitter handle: @Sugar_Iowa

Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SugarFineBakedGoodsAndConfections

Reply

Follow me on my Twitter handle: @Sugar_Iowa

Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SugarFineBakedGoodsAndConfections

Reply
post #6 of 46

update us please!!!  I am also curious!
 

post #7 of 46

If it's a true commercial grade mixer, maybe they mean they used all metal parts like the very old regular ones? From what I understand the newer non commercial grad KA mixers are not that sturdy. They might hold up fine for mixing liquids, but breads might wear them out long term.

 

I would definitely pay $50 more for an extra quart.  They may be trying to step forward past their competition who makes commercial grade 7 qt mixers. (Like Hamilton Beach) and looking for a reason to help customers justify the extra price of Kitchen Aid. Because anyone in business is going to compare what's available and not be so stuck on Kitchen Aid .
 

post #8 of 46
Thread Starter 

UPDATE: I talked to Kitchenaid after receiving an e-mail with the factory phone number.  They say that both the 7 and 8 qt models use the same motor, etc.  The 7 qt is rated for 16 cups of flour, but the rep said that is based more on the motor than the bowl size.  The 8 qt. saying it is rated for 14 cups flour is a TYPO they believe, but haven't heard what the correct number should be.  Since it is based on the motor size, she said to assume it also should be rated for 16 cups.

 

She also said the bowl is only taller, not wider, and uses the same implements as the 7 qt.  I didn't think to ask her, but I wonder if you could use the 8 qt bowl on the 7 qt model??  She also said the 8 qt comes in more colors than the 7 qt.

 

Does that make anyone's decision easier?  I think a taller bowl would help contain more dry ingredients in the bowl.  I am waiting a few weeks to see if more reviews pop up on the 8 qt.  One finally posted yesterday to the kitchenaid site - a person bought 2 mixers, one is working great, and they had to send the other back for replacement due to a clunking noise.  They were happy with the one that was working, though.

 

Liz

Follow me on my Twitter handle: @Sugar_Iowa

Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SugarFineBakedGoodsAndConfections

Reply

Follow me on my Twitter handle: @Sugar_Iowa

Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SugarFineBakedGoodsAndConfections

Reply
post #9 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by liz at sugar View Post

UPDATE: I talked to Kitchenaid after receiving an e-mail with the factory phone number.  They say that both the 7 and 8 qt models use the same motor, etc.  The 7 qt is rated for 16 cups of flour, but the rep said that is based more on the motor than the bowl size.  The 8 qt. saying it is rated for 14 cups flour is a TYPO they believe, but haven't heard what the correct number should be.  Since it is based on the motor size, she said to assume it also should be rated for 16 cups.

She also said the bowl is only taller, not wider, and uses the same implements as the 7 qt.  I didn't think to ask her, but I wonder if you could use the 8 qt bowl on the 7 qt model??  She also said the 8 qt comes in more colors than the 7 qt.

Does that make anyone's decision easier?  I think a taller bowl would help contain more dry ingredients in the bowl.  I am waiting a few weeks to see if more reviews pop up on the 8 qt.  One finally posted yesterday to the kitchenaid site - a person bought 2 mixers, one is working great, and they had to send the other back for replacement due to a clunking noise.  They were happy with the one that was working, though.

Liz

Yes, according to the KA website, the 8qt bowl fits the 7qt mixer and costs $89.
post #10 of 46
Thread Starter 

Thanks vgcea!  So if color didn't matter, you could get the 7 qt plus an extra 8 qt bowl!

 

Liz
 

Follow me on my Twitter handle: @Sugar_Iowa

Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SugarFineBakedGoodsAndConfections

Reply

Follow me on my Twitter handle: @Sugar_Iowa

Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SugarFineBakedGoodsAndConfections

Reply
post #11 of 46
I've been debating getting a commercial grade Kitchenaid because I wasn't sure if they were actually better quality/more durable/better built. I've looked in to getting a Viking or Hobart, since they are definitely commercial grade. But now I'll look again at Kitchenaid.
Thanks for the info!
post #12 of 46
 

If the only difference is a taller bowl, won't it be harder to use? And colors? I want a mixer that is going to be a good value, not need to be replaced in 10 years and be easy to clean. Kitchen Aid has done a great job of marketing to the novice home baker, people cling to that brand for reasons that are beyond me. I see so many discussions about buying mixers that only compare one KA to another, as if there are no other choices.

post #13 of 46
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by howsweet View Post

If the only difference is a taller bowl, won't it be harder to use? And colors? I want a mixer that is going to be a good value, not need to be replaced in 10 years and be easy to clean. Kitchen Aid has done a great job of marketing to the novice home baker, people cling to that brand for reasons that are beyond me. I see so many discussions about buying mixers that only compare one KA to another, as if there are no other choices.

 

People compare one KA to another because they are the best value for a quality, American built mixer.  Hobarts are great, but their 5 qt. model is $2300 - it is hard to justify spending almost 4 times as much on something that basically spins a paddle on an elliptical shaft.  Or you can go with a plain label, like Avantco, which is OK, but I'm not sure if I can work on one of those, and I am familiar enough with KA to do my own maintenance and repairs.

 

There are plenty of choices, but KA has an excellent warranty program (2 years on commercial models), so I find them the best overall value.

 

Liz

Follow me on my Twitter handle: @Sugar_Iowa

Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SugarFineBakedGoodsAndConfections

Reply

Follow me on my Twitter handle: @Sugar_Iowa

Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SugarFineBakedGoodsAndConfections

Reply
post #14 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by liz at sugar View Post

 

People compare one KA to another because they are the best value for a quality, American built mixer.  Hobarts are great, but their 5 qt. model is $2300 - it is hard to justify spending almost 4 times as much on something that basically spins a paddle on an elliptical shaft.  Or you can go with a plain label, like Avantco, which is OK, but I'm not sure if I can work on one of those, and I am familiar enough with KA to do my own maintenance and repairs.

 

There are plenty of choices, but KA has an excellent warranty program (2 years on commercial models), so I find them the best overall value.

 

Liz


I disagree - while that is your reason, in my opinion most people think mixing ends and begins with kitchen aid. And with the exception of the Hobart, which is true commercial grade mixer that will last 100+ years and isn't really a comparable product, the others tend to be less expensive.  My 7 qt is a commercial Hamilton Beach and it's a joy to clean and works as well as it did when I bought it 11 years ago. They go new for about $570, compare about $650 for the KA commercial mixer. And it has a tilt back head. My 30 qt is a Hobart and I guess it will last forever, but I'm not otherwise all that impressed with it. Maybe I would be if I were mixing pizza or bread dough.

post #15 of 46
Thread Starter 

I agree about the Hobarts being better suited for heavier, hard to knead doughs.  I am not sure where your Hamilton Beach was made, but today they are made in China.  I try hard to buy American made whenever possible, because I'm not a fan of Chinese made products.  So I didn't even consider the Hamilton Beach. :(  I'm sure the pre-China ones are great.

 

Liz

Follow me on my Twitter handle: @Sugar_Iowa

Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SugarFineBakedGoodsAndConfections

Reply

Follow me on my Twitter handle: @Sugar_Iowa

Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SugarFineBakedGoodsAndConfections

Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cake Decorating Business
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating Business › New Kitchenaid 8 quart Commercial Mixer