I do a lot of baking and have wanted a KitchenAid mixer for the longest time, but just could not bring myself to pay retail prices for this. When I saw that the red one was on sale, and in the color I wanted, and the larger size, I could not resist any longer. I'm so glad I got it! It makes break making a snap! I don't like bread machines, the bread doesn't taste as good and the shape - well I don't like them. This is a dream... it's so easy to add ingredients, and it never splatters or makes a mess all over like hand mixers do. The bowl doesn't move, unlike my old mixer where the bowl moved and the mixer stayed still, on this one the mixing tool goes around and the bowl is stationary, so you can really keep it under control, and scrape the sides, etc, with no problems. It is HEAVY so it is very stable on the counter and will not "dance" across the countertop like cheaper models. What can I say? KitchenAid delivers, I love their products the best and this one does not disappoint. Several of my friends who have admired mine, have gone ahead and bought one for themselves after seeing the great quality and how great it works. You won't be sorry.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? perfect
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. wonderful
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? very
The KitchenAid Artisan was rated as a best buy by a leading consumer testing group, relative to the other KitchenAid stand mixers. IMO it's a bit pricey, but apparently meant to last a lifetime. I'very wanted one for a long time, but finally decided to buy it, solely based on Overstock's excellent price (compared to every other etailer/retailer I could find. The also had a free attachment offer, which is ultimately why I decided to purchase when I did. Upon receipt of the shipment, it was double boxed by KitchenAid. Excellent protection for the contents. I inspected the contents thoroughly and found now noticeable defects. It's also not refurbished, as those mixers have a different part number. I've only used it twice, but it's worked perfectly so far. Note that the whip attachment is not dishwasher safe, and must be hand washed (or you'll get that ugly, white oxidation on it). All the other painted/powder coaxed attachments and the bowl are dishwasher safe. The only design "flaw" that I've encountered has been the attachment plate for the mixing bowl. From its appearance, it looks like you should be able to mount the bowl at different positions on the plate; however, it's clear that the bowl is really supposed to be attached in only one position. If it's attached in a different position on the radial plate, the bowl will not seat firmly. You can easily jiggle it to find out it's not mounted correctly. They should have made it so the bowl could only be attached one way, if it is actually important that it be done that one way (aside from the handle being in a bad location in one of the three possible attachment points, the remaining two configurations don't appear to be a problem with respect to the handle.... unless it might get in the way of some other attachment.
Bought it as a gift and they loved it! Kitchen aid is high quality recommend to anyone that enjoys cooking
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? right on
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. great
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? very good
After completing our kitchen renovation, I finally decided to make one last splurge and purchase a stand mixer. I make bread every week and wanted to use a large mixer to do most of the kneading. The price at Overstock was about $30 cheaper than elsewhere and got free shipping. Mixer arrived quickly in good shape. There are not a lot of directions to using mixer which is really nice. I did struggle making that first batch of bread but think I need to experiment with order of ingredients as the bottom flour did not mix up properly.
I love love love KitchenAid - I've had mine since 1986 and have used it like a workhorse all these years. Double batches of cookies, the baking extravaganza at Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, the birthdays, the parties, the family dinner . . .it has never ever disappointed! Mine is still going strong and I can only hope that this one (purchased for my son's housewarming) goes all the way.
Now that I have it, I really don't know how I've gone so long without it. In just a couple of weeks it's already made life much easier in the kitchen and saved a great deal of time. Definitely worth the investment and a must have in any kitchen.