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12/20/2007 12:55:37 PM · #1
Hey all,
I'm thinking of getting one of these, as I can get an excellent deal at Kolhs this week. I'm looking into getting the big-dog 600 pro series. I know there are a ton of reviews out there (almost all of them favorable), but I wanted to hear from those of you here that own one. You likey? Yes? No? Why?? Do you use it all the time, or only once in a great while. Cooks, kooks, chefs, bakers, and wannabes post here! :)

Thanks!

-Don
12/20/2007 01:00:15 PM · #2
I've had my KitchenAid Mixer for several years and I LOVE IT !
I can mix batches of cookie dough like there's no tomorrow, whip potatoes or whatever else.

I also purchased the meat grinder attachment, and I make my own ground chicken. I season it and make patties and stuffing for roulades. My next attachment (and hopefully Santa is reading this...) is the pasta maker.

Go for it. If you like to cook / bake you won't be disappointed. I actually skulk around estate auctions hoping to pick up a second one...

12/20/2007 01:00:41 PM · #3
Fantastic tool. If you're serious about baking, pretty much indispensable. The meat-grinder attachment is fantastic for making your own sausages, which I highly recommend that everyone do. If you can afford it, and have the room for it, go for it. Unfortunately, mine stayed in San Diego with the ex.

I miss it so much... :-(

R.
12/20/2007 01:01:28 PM · #4
You likey? Yes we do :)

Use it all the time. From bread dough, cake mix, ice cream mix, whipped cream (a very popular one). The motor is great! and keeps on running. You can also get a pasta attachement and meat grinder one too. Just make sure to dry the metal bowl before you a fix back on to the machine for storage. So the bottom won't get a little rusty on you after 5-10 years or so.
12/20/2007 01:04:03 PM · #5
I would have never bought one but my partner's parents gave it to us when we moved in together. I love it! It's great when you can mix all the stuff and not have to stand there, you can go get other things ready. I mix things in it that previously I had to do by hand. I don't use it a lot but I would not give it up now. I've never had any problems with it.
12/20/2007 01:12:19 PM · #6
They are great.
And while you are at it, buy one for 21.gif Bear_Music, he seems very sad about having lost his to the ex.
12/20/2007 01:14:18 PM · #7
I love mine as well and you will not be disappointed! nice thing about them is they come in lots of different colors to match your kitchen.
12/20/2007 02:04:05 PM · #8
Originally posted by ErikV:

They are great.
And while you are at it, buy one for 21.gif Bear_Music, he seems very sad about having lost his to the ex.


LOL--I noticed that too! Notice how he didn't say he misses his ex, just the mixer!
I never considered the meat grinder attachment, but we eat chicken a LOT, and being able to grind it would certainly add to it's versatility. I'm not huge into baking (yet), but I love to cook. My wife likes to bake once in a while, and I know she would get a lot of use out of it.
So, who has some killer bread recipes? :)
12/20/2007 02:13:09 PM · #9
I love my kitchenaid. I got the step down from the 600 (I think), but it is sweet. Get one and you'll never know why you didn't have one before.
12/20/2007 02:14:06 PM · #10
I miss my old mixer, too. Mostly I just make bread by hand now. Kitchenaid mixers always look pretty good to me.
12/20/2007 02:18:12 PM · #11
My wife uses ours all the time. She goes on and on how great it is. We got the Ferrari red one :-)
12/20/2007 02:30:07 PM · #12
I am using the same one purchased in 1979-- the k5a- I make a lot of bread which is about the toughest task a mixer can perform- never had a single problem.
12/20/2007 02:40:33 PM · #13
I got one last year and love it. Wouldn't do without one now. I don't use it as often as I would like, mostly due to time constraints, but I use it mostly to mix home-made crêpe or streusel cake batter. It also mixes a great aioli.
12/20/2007 02:57:59 PM · #14
Unless you're making triple batches of cookies or running a bakery, the big KA bowl lift mixers are overkill and just take up more counter space and are heavier to move around. The standard 9 cup version will easily handle double batches of the stiffest cookie dough and is more mixer than most people will ever need.

I also find the bowl lift versions to be more awkward in use than the tilt head mixers.

As for the accessories, the pasta maker, meat grinder/sausage stuffer attachments are excellent. The roto-slicer isn't really worth the hassle unless you're making a ton of coleslaw. The citrus juicer is the same way, unless you have several pounds of citrus to juice, it's not worth the effort. The ice cream maker is good too, if you're into making your own ice cream, but the attachment costs more than a dedicated ice cream maker. The can opener works, but it's kind of a hassle and a standard electric can opener does a better job, is much easier to use ans costs less.

As you can tell, I have quite a bit of experience with different KA mixers and the attachments since I used to work for the manufacturer.

Message edited by author 2007-12-20 15:07:37.
12/20/2007 03:02:36 PM · #15
I love my kitchenaid mixer! I have several attachments and use it all the time. The other great thing about it is I got it in a colour that matches the kitchen so it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb.
12/20/2007 03:05:27 PM · #16
Now I want one too. I don't think I need the 60 quart size any more though.
12/20/2007 03:07:02 PM · #17
they work great and last forever.

at least the one we have - i think it's older than me...


12/20/2007 03:11:56 PM · #18
I don't step foot in the kitchen except to get a beer, but even I know that my wife swears by her KitchenAid mixer, and she does a lot of baking so she uses it all the time. I think lately it has been used every day for two weeks straight as she does her annual holiday baking extravaganza.

ETA: Same goes for her KitchenAid food processor and blender. They've performed better and lasted longer than her previous Cuisinart processor and Oster blender.

Message edited by author 2007-12-20 15:15:42.
12/20/2007 03:13:56 PM · #19
dang, I don't bake a lot, and only cook if i have to. but, like gordon, i think i want one!

are y'all secret reps for kitchenaid?
12/20/2007 03:39:32 PM · #20
Love mine..even used it as subject matter for the Kitchen ware challenge (and then thought better of it!!!) 624358.jpgThey will last forever...and I LOVE the tilting head feature on mine! You will not be sorry. :)

Message edited by author 2007-12-20 22:28:52.
12/20/2007 03:40:24 PM · #21
One thing I hadn't mentioned is I do have a Kitchenaid food processor, and it is built like a TANK. I swear I could but a piece of a truck tire in it, and have chewing gum 30 seconds later. :) It is probably the strongest, sturdiest machine in my kitchen, and I expect it to last for MANY years to come.
And I realize the 575 watt pro model is overkill, but I can get one for about $75 more than the 325-watt version, which is why I am tempted. The price difference seems pretty small, considering the increase in motor strength. And some day when I start my catering business, I can put it to even better use. (Okay, I'm kidding about the catering business, although my wife tells me all the time that I could do it). I think I'm going to jump on this opportunity, and put one of these beasts in my kitchen! Thanks for the posts so far, as it sounds like everyone agrees that it is a great product. Now if only you Nikon users would switch to Canon...

JUST KIDDING! DON'T FLAME!! :)
12/20/2007 04:53:16 PM · #22
Probably the most OOB use that will get posted here, but we used to use Kitchenaid mixers at a previous employer of mine... for mixing small R&D batches of solder paste! That stuff is damn stiff, and those mixers took it all in stride.
12/20/2007 05:04:22 PM · #23
Originally posted by kirbic:

Probably the most OOB use that will get posted here, but we used to use Kitchenaid mixers at a previous employer of mine... for mixing small R&D batches of solder paste! That stuff is damn stiff, and those mixers took it all in stride.


Well, since that's a testament to the mixer's strength, it is certainly a valid post. But I don't plan on making that in my kitchen any time soon, unless I wanted to make a batch of cookies for someone I REALLY didn't like... :)
12/20/2007 05:12:02 PM · #24
Indeed for a home mixer Kitchen Aid is excellent, even for some small bakeries. For a blender though, nothing beats VitaMix. That thing is a monster. Going strong for almost 15 years, whilst we had 3 blenders burnout before we got that.
12/20/2007 05:20:32 PM · #25
Hubby and I are reluctant to eat meat ground in the markets these days. We just feel as though no one is going to be as careful as we are safely handling our food. Our Kitchenaid grinds up beef for burgers/meatballs/meatloaf, etc with ease. I love it! It stays out on my counter. I inherited mine from my Dad when he passed away.

If you can find a good deal, don't hesitate.
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