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Fluff - Kitchen Aid

Pretend with me that $200 is a lot of money to you. Also pretend that you do a lot of baking. Is a Kitchen Aid mixer worth the money, or is there another cheaper brand that is still a really good quality?

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Bonita, I'm going to pm you.

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No idea but I'll take this opportunity to share a weird story about my mom's mixer. I was about 14 or 15 and it was my mom's birthday so I decided to bake her a cake. I got out the mixer and plugged it in, then noticed that the beaters were dusty. I took the beaters off, washed them, and went to put them back on. The mixer started up even though neither of my hands was anywhere near the on/off button. My left hand got caught & two of my fingers were chewed up. I ran next door to the neighbor who took me to the ER. Six or seven stitches later, I was fine, but I never baked anything in her house that required a mixer ever again. We joked over the years about how that old mixer had been possessed by demons and disposing of it required priests and a sacrificial lamb. A few years ago, I was at my mom's house for some special occasion and she pulled out the same mixer. My sisters & I all said, "OMG, you still have that thing? That's the mixer that tried to kill Stacey!" My mom said, "Well, it's been working fine for 30 years since then, and Stacey probably just didn't make sure it was turned off." She set it on the counter, she made a big deal about checking that it was "off" and then she plugged it in. And the beaters started. Cue Twilight Zone music.... :shock:

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"ClairesMommy" wrote:

Bonita, I'm going to pm you.

Got it. I will write you back right after this.

"Spacers" wrote:

No idea but I'll take this opportunity to share a weird story about my mom's mixer. I was about 14 or 15 and it was my mom's birthday so I decided to bake her a cake. I got out the mixer and plugged it in, then noticed that the beaters were dusty. I took the beaters off, washed them, and went to put them back on. The mixer started up even though neither of my hands was anywhere near the on/off button. My left hand got caught & two of my fingers were chewed up. I ran next door to the neighbor who took me to the ER. Six or seven stitches later, I was fine, but I never baked anything in her house that required a mixer ever again. We joked over the years about how that old mixer had been possessed by demons and disposing of it required priests and a sacrificial lamb. A few years ago, I was at my mom's house for some special occasion and she pulled out the same mixer. My sisters & I all said, "OMG, you still have that thing? That's the mixer that tried to kill Stacey!" My mom said, "Well, it's been working fine for 30 years since then, and Stacey probably just didn't make sure it was turned off." She set it on the counter, she made a big deal about checking that it was "off" and then she plugged it in. And the beaters started. Cue Twilight Zone music.... :shock:

Oh no! I am sure it was not funny at the time, but makes for a good story now.

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I have a classic and I love it. I want the bigger model now. I use it for everything, cookie batter, cake batter, frostings etc.

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I have a Sunbeam mixer and I do love it, but I crave a Kitchen Aid. I used my Mom's when I was visiting her last year and it really made a huge difference.

My friend Marcie still has the Kitchen Aid her parents used, those things last forever.

I bake almost daily, and my Sunbeam is sturdy enough, but I do want to upgrade at some point. I don't want to offend my husband, who bought me the Sunbeam for Christmas a few years ago.

They go on sale, too. . . that's what I'd wait for. I do think it's worth the money.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

Pretend with me that $200 is a lot of money to you. Also pretend that you do a lot of baking. Is a Kitchen Aid mixer worth the money, or is there another cheaper brand that is still a really good quality?

I don't know about other cheaper brands, but i do know that I love my kitchen aid and if for some reason i lost mine and had to buy another one, i'd save up for it, no matter how long it took.

We also use it for other things too. We use it to grind venison and make sausage. And I badly want the ice cream maker attachment!

But most of its workout is from baking. I made muffins and mixed them by hand this past weekend....man my arm hurt!

Buttt, for what its worth, my mother never had one, she only had a hand mixer. She always said she wanted one.

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Stupid Double Posts

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I am so sad to say that mine just went out this last weekend. DD was making some cookies and it started smoking, it is totally done. I do think it was older then me though, my MIL gave it to me when Dh and I were dating and she thought she got it when he was a baby.

I used it for a ton of stuff as well, since I dont really bake very much.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

I have a Sunbeam mixer and I do love it, but I crave a Kitchen Aid. I used my Mom's when I was visiting her last year and it really made a huge difference.

My friend Marcie still has the Kitchen Aid her parents used, those things last forever.

I bake almost daily, and my Sunbeam is sturdy enough, but I do want to upgrade at some point. I don't want to offend my husband, who bought me the Sunbeam for Christmas a few years ago.

They go on sale, too. . . that's what I'd wait for. I do think it's worth the money.

"KimPossible" wrote:

I don't know about other cheaper brands, but i do know that I love my kitchen aid and if for some reason i lost mine and had to buy another one, i'd save up for it, no matter how long it took.

We also use it for other things too. We use it to grind venison and make sausage. And I badly want the ice cream make attachment!

But most of its workout is from baking. I made muffins and mixed them by hand this past weekend....man my arm hurt!

Buttt, for what its worth, my mother never had one, she only had a hand mixer. She always said she wanted one.

Thanks for the input. I am going through cheap hand mixers every couple of months. The motor burns out every time I make something with any consistency. I know it would be smarter to buy something better that costs more then to keep buying cheap hand mixers. I was not sure though, if another stand mixer would have the same effect. I do a lot of baking though. DH is willing for me to buy one, but I hate to spend the money if there is something cheaper that will work.

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If you Dh is willing GO FOR IT! I have never heard of someone that didnt love theirs. I just convinced my mom (the cheapest woman alive) to get one last year. She wonders how she did any baking in the last 60 years

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Yeah...it is worth the money.

I like my Sunbeam but it requires a lot more attention, I have to work it and scrape the sides and be present for whatever is happening in there. The Kitchen Aid paddle is amazing, it scrapes the sides and mixes beautifully. I have made the same recipes in both mixers and just loved the experience of the Kitchen Aid. I'm also worried about my Sunbeam lasting, since I use it so much.

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All I have ever invested in is a whisk. LOL maybe that is why I don't like baking. Smile

Although, it has proved to be very entertaining to watch my fancy dinner party guests take turns whisking heavy cream before we eat dessert.

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All I have ever invested in is a whisk. LOL maybe that is why I don't like baking. Smile

Although, it has proved to be very entertaining to watch my fancy dinner party guests take turns whisking heavy cream before we eat dessert.

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I love my whisk. Whisks. I have 3 different sizes. I love them all.

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A Kitchen Aid to a baker is probably like my Cuisinart food processor is to me! I could not cook without it. Smile

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I love mine! Make sure you wait for a great sale - usually on Black Friday you can find someone having a big time deal on them.

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Was a LOT of money for us too. I told my dh I wanted one.. years later he found a deal at Costco and got me one for Christmas. I love it, use it all the time, and I wouldn't get a cheaper one.. Go with the good one girl!

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Thank you for all the responses. I believe DH is or has gotten me one for my birthday. We are redoing are whole kitchen, so it will make a nice addition.

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That's great. I want to know what color. I am craving a red one, or an orange one. Dave bought me the Sunbeam a few years ago when I started baking so I don't want to hurt his feelings by upgrading. I'll wait for a great sale and then it'll make sense.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

That's great. I want to know what color. I am craving a red one, or an orange one. Dave bought me the Sunbeam a few years ago when I started baking so I don't want to hurt his feelings by upgrading. I'll wait for a great sale and then it'll make sense.

I'll let you know when I know.

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I have a plain white one but I want to get some decals for it. They have the cutest designs!

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Mine is purple.....and I love it!

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I have that candy apple red bad boy with the glass bowl. It's pretty.

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If anyone needs one right now and has a Kohls card they are having a good sale at Kohls.

KitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer $144 or less AR w/ Kohls card + $30 Kohls cash - Slickdeals.net

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But alas, no colors....

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I bought a good quality hand mixer several years ago, and then for my wedding I got a KitchenAid. We always had a KitchenAid growing up, so I was dying to have one, but I find I still use my hand mixer a lot more often. It just seems easier to get out, I can use it in any bowl, it's easier to clean, etc. I really only use the KitchenAid for things that have to mix for a long time and I don't want to be standing there holding the blender for all that time. I do bake a lot, but I could totally do without the KitchenAid. I LOVE my hand mixer. I think after 8-10 years, it's almost time for a new one Smile

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I love my KA. We have a big ol' commercial stainless steel one. And I love it. And use it all.of.the.time.

I'm certain that I have the best KA story, though.

When I was 4 ,my mom had a big KA. She was baking a cake for my father's birthday. I was "helping". I leaned over the mixer with my lovely long 4 year old hair and WOOOSH!It ripped out all of the hair on the left side of my head. Like a giant pluck, I was bald. My poor preschool teacher thought I had cancer and I had the world's worst comb over/short haircut until kindy! I should find a picture bc it was hideous. Hideous. The power of a Kitchen Aid!

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Oh my, that is terrible.