I received this mixer 4 days ago. However, I have used it a lot already and feel I can give an adequate review. I made two double batches of icing, a pound cake, white homemade dough with the dough hook, ice cream mixture with the whip, and creaming the ice cream mixture with the ice cream maker attachment.
When making the icing, I did notice that creaming 2 cups of shortening with a few tablespoons of water in this larger bowl took some trial and error. I found on the second batch that if I stir to get it going and then go to speed 2 and then 4 it worked a lot better for mixing as the motor was moving the beater faster.
When making the pound cake, I noticed that my mixture was thicker than when I used two other mixtures by other companies. I've always been able to pour my cake batter into the pan, not scoop it out. I had to shake the pans to level out the mixture as it was that thick. However, the cake tasted the same so I'm okay with the change in appearance.
I've always made dough with my hands on a wood surface. However, I wanted to see what this mixture would do. My recipe used 8.5 cups of flour and instructed me to add four cups in the mixer. However, I was able to incorporate 6-7 cups as the hook really mixed the ingredients very well. With the dough hook, the highest speed you will use is 2 and this did the job, to my surprise. When I folded the dough on my work surface, it make my kneading job so much easier and faster. I added the other 2+ cups of flour as needed and the dough was fantastic. Also, I used the pouring shield to add my flour on the stir setting and then increased back up to 2nd speed at intervals. This worked great for me and after all flour was incorporated, I removed the shield. I don't think you are supposed to leave it on unless you are using it as it doesn't snap in place but rather sits on the bowl.
The best part was I got to use the mixer to make ice cream using the separately purchased ice cream maker attachment. I used the French vanilla ice cream recipe provided in the supplied owner's manual. This was my first time making ice cream and combining hot mixture with cool/room temperature mixture. The instructions were very good and the ice cream taste great. I ate some freshly made and I have yet to taste it frozen. You do have to prepare the ice cream bowl at least 15 hours in advance and you must refrigerate your mixture before you can cream. I made the mixture and froze the bowl the day before use.My only complaint was that the instructions for attaching to the machine are so simple and the diagrams so simplistic that it went completely over my head. I was looking for the piece to snap to the motor head but you just push up and turn it to the angle and when the spinner is attached the two pieces lock. I was expecting it to need more to stay on the mixture. I kept looking for a center hole to slide the unit up. The unit worked just fine as designed and apparently it was me thinking it should attach differently.
My comments about the mixture are that I thought the green would be different from what was shown on the site. I thought it was the ugliest appliance I've ever purchased. However, as it sits on the counter the color is growing on me and my husband. I love that the mixture is very easy to clean, just wipe with a damp towel. The mixture is sturdy and blends foods much faster than any mixer I've owned by other companies (this is my first KitchenAid mixer). I don't like that the instructions are not explicit enough on how to place the bowl on the pegs. I just figured it out today and by the next time I use it, it will be another learning curve. Once I figured it out, it made sense but I'd taken that bowl off many times before it became obvious how to attach it. My only other concern is that when I need to scrape the bowl, I have to drop whatever beater/whip/hook is attached; can be annoying sometimes. even though it's easy and quick to do.
I definitely recommend you purchase this mixer as I'm a happy cook and new owner of a KitchenAid product.
The quality and reputation of KitchenAid is further enhanced with this 600Watt 6Quart Pro mixer. The speed in which it mixes is above and beyond anything I've used so far. Coupled with capacity of the bowl, this is ideal for the bakery as I can now make 3 batches of buttercream at one time. Tremendous time saver and worth every penny. Speaking of costs, Overstock's price was the best I could find in my research, add to it a rebate from the manufacturer and I feel as if I've taken something rather than paying for it. Phenomenal all the way around!
Is it possible to buy this product with European standard power supply (220V, 5O Hz).
It may be possible to buy a voltage converter for Europeabcde322 on Jan 12, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Thank you for contacting us abcde322. Unfortunately we only sale these to be used in the US but you could use a converter. Please let us know if you have any further questions.overstockcustomercare1 on Jan 19, 2014
Does this mixer include attachments? It is unclear from the description. Beater, whip, dough hook etc.scotk on Feb 28, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Includes: wire whip, burnished flat beater, dough hook, clear 2 piece pouring shield, 6 quart stainless steel bowl with contoured handle, burnished PowerKnead spiral dough hook. Thank you for your question
overstockcustomercare1 on Mar 4, 2013
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