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I also have two KA's and LOVE them.  My original tilt-back head mixer is at least 10 years old and while it seems to struggle a little bit during Christmas baking season, it bounces right back after i've let it rest a little :)  My mom bought me a new one with the bowl lift from Craigslist a month ago and while I do like it quite a bit, I don't like that the paddle and whisk attachments do not reach the bottom of the bowl, which confuses me. (Yes, I have it raised up :) )

 

I do recommend KA though.  They work VERY hard and get the job done.

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post #17 of 34
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Thanks for all your help guys.

It really is much appreciated!

post #18 of 34
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another question,,,,

do you guys if the Artisan is available with a 7qt bowl? or will I have to buy a model up from the artisan? which would be? ( this is of course if i choose the KA route) 

she's be making cakes for weddings etc.. so I doubt she'll be doing massive quantities.. but I'm a little concerned about the bowl size now?

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another question,,,,
do you guys if the Artisan is available with a 7qt bowl? or will I have to buy a model up from the artisan? which would be? ( this is of course if i choose the KA route) 
she's be making cakes for weddings etc.. so I doubt she'll be doing massive quantities.. but I'm a little concerned about the bowl size now?
Spoken like a true cake layman. I doubt it gets more massive than wedding cakes for a home baker. With baking for a business, the best advice is often to go as big as you can afford. I have a bosch compact, 5.5qt Cuisinart, and a 5qt Pro 500 KitchenAid. Each mixer is good for certain things. You will notice from the posts that a majority of us have more than one mixer. So just get her the best you can afford at this time. I've read good reviews about the artisan so if that's what you have your mind set on, it'll be a good starting point. No it doesn't come with a 7qt bowl. If you want a Cuisinart I would recommend the 5.5 qt over the 7qt as the bowl design of the 7 leaves much to be desired.

KitchenAid is still riding on its former glory. They are popular, an American classic even. For gift giving you can't go wrong. They're just not as awesome as they were before but I see the draw for them, and the mixing action can't be beat.
post #20 of 34

I presume that you are in the US.  Here in Australia KA have only hit our shores in the last few years and many people are swapping over purely because of the hype of it being American.  I use a large Kenwood Chef (I think it's an English brand) and love it and will have another one when I destroy it.  The first one lasted 21 years and this one is still going strong after 10 years.

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I presume that you are in the US.  Here in Australia KA have only hit our shores in the last few years and many people are swapping over purely because of the hype of it being American.  I use a large Kenwood Chef (I think it's an English brand) and love it and will have another one when I destroy it.  The first one lasted 21 years and this one is still going strong after 10 years.

Actually no, not in the States.. I'm from South Africa and I honestly wouldn't know when since when  KA's been here. But I am familiar with the Kenwood Chef, it's what my mom had when I was young... I'll have a look at those too thanks. 

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Spoken like a true cake layman. I doubt it gets more massive than wedding cakes for a home baker. With baking for a business, the best advice is often to go as big as you can afford. I have a bosch compact, 5.5qt Cuisinart, and a 5qt Pro 500 KitchenAid. Each mixer is good for certain things. You will notice from the posts that a majority of us have more than one mixer. So just get her the best you can afford at this time. I've read good reviews about the artisan so if that's what you have your mind set on, it'll be a good starting point. No it doesn't come with a 7qt bowl. If you want a Cuisinart I would recommend the 5.5 qt over the 7qt as the bowl design of the 7 leaves much to be desired.

KitchenAid is still riding on its former glory. They are popular, an American classic even. For gift giving you can't go wrong. They're just not as awesome as they were before but I see the draw for them, and the mixing action can't be beat.T

Thanks vgcea...

well, her idea is for that, the wedding/occasion cake baking/making, to be her source of income... so I don't mind spending a bit so long as I'm being duped by marketing and salesman pitches... hence my consulting this forum.

you still reckon the Artisan would do the trick in her situation?

post #23 of 34

I recently acquired the KA 7 quart (pro model), and it makes my two Artisans look like toys.  The 7 quart KA models have all metal gears and DC motors, and you can get an 8 quart bowl for it.  I would get the biggest you can afford.  That being said, fixing a KA Artisan is pretty easy - I have replaced gears on mine, and they are pretty user friendly.

 

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post #24 of 34
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I recently acquired the KA 7 quart (pro model), and it makes my two Artisans look like toys.  The 7 quart KA models have all metal gears and DC motors, and you can get an 8 quart bowl for it.  I would get the biggest you can afford.  That being said, fixing a KA Artisan is pretty easy - I have replaced gears on mine, and they are pretty user friendly.

Liz

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post #25 of 34
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I recently acquired the KA 7 quart (pro model), and it makes my two Artisans look like toys.  The 7 quart KA models have all metal gears and DC motors, and you can get an 8 quart bowl for it.  I would get the biggest you can afford.  That being said, fixing a KA Artisan is pretty easy - I have replaced gears on mine, and they are pretty user friendly.

 

Liz
 


That's a good way to put it.  If it's as powerful as the commercial model, I think that new KA pro mixer does compare in price to the one I recommended. But it looks like the same old bowl up/bowl down thing which personally is not for me on a small mixer.

post #26 of 34
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Thanks vgcea...
well, her idea is for that, the wedding/occasion cake baking/making, to be her source of income... so I don't mind spending a bit so long as I'm being duped by marketing and salesman pitches... hence my consulting this forum.
you still reckon the Artisan would do the trick in her situation?
If you don't mind spending more then I would suggest the 7qt. That's what I plan to get next.
post #27 of 34

I had a KA and i didnt like it as muchicon_sad.gif. I now have a cuisinart 7QT and absolutely love it!!!!!icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

post #28 of 34
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If you don't mind spending more then I would suggest the 7qt. That's what I plan to get next.


Agreed, she needs at least 7 qt and as heavy duty as possible. Here's the Cuisinart and it's only $399. I didn't read th motor specs, but noticed the motor does have a 5 year warranty. If she's using this to make cake and not something like bread or pizza dough, the larger size will serve her much better than something with a more powerful motor. On my mixer, the dial goes up to 7, but I only mix cake batter on 1

post #29 of 34

I am a KA girl, my first 2 lasted for over 20 years used daily in a restaurant environment. The last Artisan KA i bought

only lasted 2 years. I'm told they use plastic gears made in China, not the USA anymore.

 

I HATE the Cuisinart I got to replace my KA. It makes much smaller batches as the gear head is  a good 2 inches below the bowl height!!!

How stupid was that?? 

Plus it is hard to clean, lots of nooks and crannies to hold the flour and whatnot... 

Buy an old KA in good shape if you can!!

Hope this helps

 

Also, the bowl has 2 tiny horizontal handles that are useless to use to pour out batters.


Edited by spoons - 8/5/13 at 4:07pm
post #30 of 34

Para empezar a hornear y ver si te va a gustar recomendaría una manual, pero lo que todas soñamos de inicio es una KA, despues te vuelves un poco mas exigente, pero para ella esa es la ideal!

 

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