Sportsman's Series - Appliances
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Tue May 19 00:00:00 MDT 2015Troy F. Rating:5.0
Very satisfied with this purchase. Larger capacity for mixing dough than Artisan series. No problems mixing pizza dough which can be a chore from some mixers. Does not even get warm on top of machine. very good price from overstock.
Wed Mar 27 00:00:00 MDT 2013iirc Rating:5.0
I had been coveting my sisters lift bowl mixer for years and when I found the ad for the refurbished 600 series in my in-box at less than half of retail, (delivered), I couldn't pas it up. I'm very glad I didn't. Thanks Overstock. (But bring back the German model for your TV ads.)
Fri Jan 17 00:00:00 MST 2014sousvider Rating:5.0
I read mixed reviews on purchasing a 'refurbished' machine, both good and bad experiences. However, I have a brother who worked on refurbish machines at his company and he assured me that many times the refurbished machines are brand spanking new because customers changed their minds after making the purchase. This happens for many reasons, but sometimes it's buyer remorse, especially on higher price tag items. With his insight, I took the dive and made the purchase for my wife over Christmas. The mixer comes in a 'refurbished' packaging and the model number also reflects it's state. However, the actual product looks indistinguishable with the new. It does not come with the splash guard, but it does come with the whisk, dough hoke and the other third one (I forget the name) that looks like a skeleton of a spade. Some may like the open head model of the lower end KA Artisan series, but I find no problems with the lift method. The mixing attachment can be easily removed along with the bowl so that you can remove and clear any batter off the attachment before you proceed with your prep work. It's a heavy unit, so make sure you have a home for it. Right after I made this purchase, we learned from a family member that they bought a brand new machine at COSTCO for the same price I bought my refurbished model. At first this made me confused as to why a refurbished machine would cost the same as a brand new unit at Costco, but upon further investigation, I discovered that they are actually very different. The series I bought was an KA Mixer 600 Pro. The COSTCO units are model 6000HD. The two modes look almost indistinguishable on the outside, but they are completely different in the following ways. The 600 Pro has an AC motor; and the 6000HD is a DC motor. I don't have an electrical engineering degree to tell you the pros/cons of the two motor types, but I can judge from the pricing that a DC motor is cheaper to include in the units. Now, as for as it's life, I do not know how long a DC motor lasts 'vs a AC motor and which is better to handle load, but I can say that all reviews you hear about mixers that have a working life of many, many decades are almost always all AC motors. I wield Occam's Razor to then trust an AC motor solution since it's 'proven'. It's up to you to subscribe to my simplistic valuation, but that's how I went about it. I also see other differences in the bowl shape and well as the fact that the 6000HD does not have a splash guard solution. That is important if you were to need to mix things that are more viscous. My wife would have been fine if I had bought her a hand-held solution, but I believe a happy life is a happy life and I do not want her cooking pleasure to be met with injuries later on in life. She bakes because she loves the family and so I want to make the endeavor as easy on her joints and muscles as possible. I hope this mixer last us a life time and that we can pass it on to one of our kids. I would highly recommend you buy this item. The worst that could happen is that the item comes to you non-working, in which case, you can just return for another. I'm sure eventually you will get one that is in as pristine condition as ours. The best thing is that you will end up dishing out a smaller sum than a 'new' labeled machine.
Wed Apr 27 00:00:00 MDT 2016Sherreldene P. Rating:4.0
To date i have not used my new mixer, but l am confident in name brand as l have other appliances by sunbeam.
Fri Aug 09 00:00:00 MDT 2013mbentley46 Rating:5.0
My wife and I had debated which Kitchenaid color to buy, as colors seen on a computer screen don't always reflect reality. We were looking for something in the gray family. Our trips to various stores weren't much help for several reasons: (1) limited colors on display, (2) mixers displayed where the salesperson couldn't identify the exact color on display, and (3) we found some colors that were no longer on the Kitchenaid website as current colors. The metallic series Artisan mixer we found on Overstock in brushed nickel was exactly what we were looking for, and was*** cheaper than any metallic series Artisan mixer we had seen. After the mail-in rebate, the price was ***. Slightly less than we would have paid for a regular color on sale at ***, etc. The picture on the Overstock website were an exact match to how the mixer looked on our counter. My wife hates to buy to buy things unseen from the Internet, but this time she was extremely pleased with the decision.
Sat Jun 06 00:00:00 MDT 2015johnniedoo Rating:4.0
I bought this item via another online spot just about 6yrs ago. From very early on there were transmission noises.Kept getting worse, can feel the looseness and just today it quit on me. Frantic, I searched out all fix-it sites and got interesting information regarding this model. I have to say I love this machine, I got the full boat version 6qt with 2 additional packages for meat grinding, cheese grating and more, pasta add on and a processor. Each extra pack works fine, even the sausage making stuff that came with it. I have made many things with this and it has saved me a huge amount of time and made some tough jobs a breeze. Mostly, over the past 2yrs, i have been making my own pizza dough and focaccia only slight differences in process no need to go into here. but the mixer with spiral dough hook makes a labor intensive job done with out a sweat in 20mins of machine time total. well beaten/kneaded and the spiral gets the ball formed and pulls it up and away from the sides. I have just read that on some of these Pro 600 models there were plastic transmission case or case covering, sounds as if i got one of those. Good part is replacement is only $30 or was at the time of the fixya post by a moderator or someone who had done the job at home-so claims it is an easy DIY job. I plugged mine in just before i put it off into its box and in a cabinet because i thought the motor had burnt out. Well, it started up. Had been dead as a doornail for 20mins worth of testing the socket and breakers and the switch a few times. I was only kneading a round ball of bread dough. the machine was not hot anywhere which i first thought was the issue. had been hotter I think the only downside of this model is how it can struggle on plain bread dough, no double recipe either which was promoted as 'easy' for this model a big reason i got it. from day one, i found out that it just can not handle bread well. should, but cant. not sure why, maybe the cut rate transmission parts? but that electric motor doesnt have replaceable brushes. must buy the $100 motor complete. no idea if it is a much better replacement , as the transmission was said to be. dont even know that for sure, just read the 3 or 4 reviews by people who gave reports,step by step plus kitchen aid is supposed to have a good parts list , not very expensive , i read, and a great manual with the exploded views of each component with parts clearly shown i did download this and I only got through a bit of it, when i found that my machine seemed to get another shot at life. for how long? time and bread will tell. but i will be replacing the transmission or parts of it as the step by step guide appeared to be very doable , just a bit of grease, which i noticed should be checked anyway with all the grinding and grating i did. even listed the parts number and description and brand of grease they have I am still happy with Kitchen Aid in general and hits product did not do much to tarnish my impressions which go back 60years when I was a kid and got to use my grandmother's KA stand mixer with the turn table an fitting bowls. dial on back. It might have been new in 1953 or 54 or could have been 10yrs old still worked fine in the 80s or 90s when the last bowl broke and no one wanted to send for a new one I got this very good looking Pearl Metallic and it has stood up to use a few times a week for one thing or another. I leave it out on an island unit i have with a clear , translucent cover , if i cover it at all. It is just as nicely finished as it was the day i took it out of the box. easy to keep clean ,same with the SS bowl with handle held up well with no nicks or dings in the shiny mirror finish of the handled bowl. nothing bent all aligns as well as day one, too. same with lift device. all 3 beaters are in perfect shape too the 11,(i think)wire whip and the paddle as well as the cork screw/spiral dough hook. I spent almost 20yrs in professional well equipped kitchens and a 20qt mixer was about the smallest one. even those top rated Hobarts had first gear/speed transmission hassles on some. I only have good things to say about mine after about 6yrs. though some transmission noise. it has worked, till today, and will still need to see how much trouble it really is. I have yet to find any posts or search hits for this one time shut down other than heat. not any sign of heat today If any one of thsesKP26M1X colors in the 6qu Pro lift series is available, especially with a couple of those additional packs, grinder , sausage making things and even a pasta making attachment though those are expensive, and, the prices I have seen listed here at overstock.com are icing on the cake. I would get another one, if i had a 2nd home. as it is now. regardless of which issue i have, I may be able to fix it myself and replace even a motor for a small fraction of what a brand new or refurb might cost and much less shipping, if any. bottom line is that i struggled over the 4 or 5star rating. Only due to the not so good transmission, and i cant , at this point report whether i do have the cut rate plastic housing /cover or not-though it has made clicking and ticking noises since the first dough recipe i did the first week i had it and did not get a no shipping offer on a repair even under warranty, forget details and it was over the year before i considered actually sending it regardless of reporting it in a timely manner, no soap , i had to pay shipping that was steep due to weight and need to insure. I am mostly disappointed in the far too short warranty-should be 5yrs but lower quality parts, may have made it bad business sense but costs a star in my book with struggle but still must go despite a strong possibility i may be able to fix it myself, a plus but not as good as any reasonable 5yr warranty particularly on any "Professional" Series models. If I were younger I would probably move to the commercial 8qtKSM8990 as extra tools are supposed to fit and it is no vibration and SILENT. this 600 shakes and quakes and does whine and make a racket even at the top speed i use on dough #3 , slipped to 4 once for a second . i only use 7-10 to whip up things really. silent and smooth it is not but i still like it fine and do not take anything away since i was very aware of these issue before i opted for this model. at that time there was no ksm8990 ,but a ksm7990 with a bigger by far , then, price about double or $700 or so. not discounted at the time i was looking i dont think. still would probably gone for this kP26m anyway. a very good, not great though due to warranty and an obvious transmission issue from not well designed part or part, according to more than just me , but i can say for sure and i do not want to over state this, it should not be considered any deal breaker , more of an idiosyncrasy ,mine is still going, and even if it had a 5yr warranty, it is still , literally, ticking away, but i would have sent it in by now had it been covered. one last time -one year warranty on a $450 retail mixer is just no good. john
Mon Oct 05 00:00:00 MDT 2009mvb2 Rating:3.0
This machine slices meat from paper-thin up to a half inch, which is what it is supposed to do. A few notes: --The blade is geared down to a fairly low speed by a gear drive, which is not quiet. I hope this is normal and does not mean the drive is about to tear itself up.-The model advertised is supposed to be a Buffalo Tools brand, but mine says Sportsman -- this, of course, makes no difference as the machine is of Chinese manufacture, probably sold around the world under many different labels. --The manual is totally generic and fairly primitive. --The machine obviously needs to be cleaned after use, including behind the blade. How do you get behind the blade? I quote the manual: REMOVING THE BLADE: Remove the screw clip (right, near the cutting blade) of the blade mount and the blade lock by screwing out the screw clip. Huh? What screw clip? What blade mount? No such thing on mine. Nor does the sketch in the manual, which lists and shows all the parts, mention any screw clip or blade mount. I see no way to remove the blade other than by taking out the three Phillips screws that hold it on. I did this, and its OK, but there is a discrepancy here that bothers me. Bottom line: a decent machine that does a decent job; noisy and not simple to clean. I would recommend it with disclaimers, as noted above.
Wed Mar 06 00:00:00 MST 2013jtaigen Rating:4.0
The reason I wish I could give it two, separate ratings is because the look & style is so clever and exciting that I would give it an "excellent" rating on those parameters. The functionality is not exactly "excellent" but quite good. I read and paid attention to the other reviews when I bought hot-dogs to use in it for the first time. They must be ROUND dogs as opposed to those that are sort of squarish or else they won't roll correctly on the grill. I doubt they made square-ish hot dogs back in the 40's & 50's when things like this were designed, so maybe that's why they don't really work in a very simply-designed appliance like this. Anyway, everyone who sees it thinks it's super-cute and we use it a lot. Seems to be holding up under usage, so that's a good thing!
Tue Jul 26 00:00:00 MDT 2011sunstroke Rating:5.0
This mixer is the best. This gray color looks good with my appliances. It's a good investment.
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