I have a basic KitchenAid stand mixer and it did a good job. I make a lot of homemade bread and the bowl was not big enough. This mixer has no problem with my sour dough bread making a 5 pound loaf. It looks great and does a great job. The only drawback is that it is 16.5 inches tall and I have 1950's cabinets and the mixer just fits under them.
Getting the bowl on and off the mixer can be a little tricky. Otherwise, it works great. As I use my mixer more and more, the mechanism to get the bowl on and off is smoothing out. Also, definitely get yourself a beater that has rubber edge with , it's so much easier than trying to scrape the bowl.
Product came as described and on time for the holidays. Used it a few times already and it works great. The placing and removal of the bowl from the two arms holding the bowl in place is a bit tricky for an elder person. Someone in her 70s tried to help me in the kitchen and she had tough time placing the bowl and snapping it into the proper position. Also, the removal of the bowl requires a little force. So, if you have difficulties with hands then this unit might prove to be a bit challenging to use. This is the reason I gave it 4 stars. But, for all other who do not have any issues with hands, finger dexterity, this until is excellent and a great value. For my personal use I would rate it a 5 star.
Big fancy mixer, sexy color, perfect fit for my dated 50's kitchen. It whipped up angel food cake batter in a jiffy with the whisk attachment. Nice. Then we switched to the normal beater and threw a triple batch of gingerbread cookie dough in it, which is about the toughest thing we could think of. It churned that thick sticky clay stuff like a champ most of the way but then overheated and shut itself off to cool (we were able to start it back up about 10 minutes later). The bowl is a bit difficult and awkward to get seated correctly. Hopefully the retaining clip in the back will loosen up with time. Yes it is a big heavy duty machine. Yes these Kitchen Aid mixers have something of a hallowed, exalted image (at least in my mind). In reality it is not completely unstoppable. Maybe I had unreasonable expectations. Just beware that it won't mix concrete. Overall a reasonable investment I guess. No complaints.
I've had kitchen aid mixers for over 40 years. they have never disappointed me. I double a lot of my recipes & end up with very dense dough. this one outperforms all of them. I was a bit hesitant because it is refurbished & not new so I got the extended warranty. even with that additional cost it was still far cheaper than a brand new one. I LOVE it!!!