Fiend of Leo's
- Jun 4, 2005
- Western NY
We've had one for almost 20 years, I think it's equivalent to the Artisan 5 qt. model, and it's been one of our best kitchen appliance purchases. Both my wife and I, and now our teenage daughter, cook and bake a lot and we have put a ton of miles on the Kitchenaid and it's still going strong. We actually bought a second Kitchenaid -- the larger 7 quart mixer -- but truth be told the 5 quart still gets more use.
In terms of attachments, I have the meat grinder/sausage attachment which I've only used a few times and the 3 piece pasta roller/cutter set which I use a lot. Both work very well and I love making fresh pasta with the pasta roller/cutters.
If you regularly use a mixer and can afford it, don't think about it and just get a Kitchenaid.
I've found that to be especially true with kitchen appliances like mixers, food processors and blenders. We used to go through these like crazy just buying cheap knockoffs of everything until we figured out that it ends up being cheaper in the long run to spend more on the front end getting the real deal like the Kitchenaid mixer, a Blendtec blender and a Magicmix food processor. The extra money you spend typically goes into a more powerful motor which not only improves the performance of the appliance, but reduces the wear and tear on the motor itself since it's not working as hard each time you use it.
Right. It's like any tool. Save your money, buy the best one that fills your requirements, and you'll buy it only once.