The mixer is great, no problem there, but it says in the specifications that this mixer is made in the USA. I am betting that it may have been assembled in the USA, but the bowl says "made in India" right on the handle. It is unfortunate that even when something says it is made in the USA, it is most likely not. Great mixer, but wont last 50 years like my granny's Kitchenaid. Every piece of that was made and assembled in this country. Unions and greed are the problems
Immediately made my first loaf of French Bread the day the mixer arrived - kneaded the dough in 3 minutes!! Used the recipe from the box and it was truly delicious! Mixer is excellent, no problems at all and it looks amazing in my kitchen too!
I got this mixer 4 days ago and I've used it for mashed potatoes, squash, cookies and today I gave it the real test with a double batch of cinnamon roll dough. I got a little nervous around the 9th cup of flour but it made it through without exploding! It didn't even get hot. I finally had an excuse to get one of these when my who-knows-how-old-***-garage-sale-hand-mixer finally kicked the bucket. I'll never go back!
We make 6-8 loaves of bread a week with this and it works well. One of the gears stripped once (after a year) so I used YouTube for instructions on how to replace it. My wife doesn't use it for cake or other baked goods because it doesn't get close enough to the bottom of the mixing bowl.
I bought this because it was $$$ cheaper than a new one and I saw pretty good reviews on refurbished ones. The only defect was a paint chipped from one of the arms of the bowl holder (there is no warranty for paint defects because it is refurbished). The first time I used it to make bread dough, I found black streaks in the dough and thought that it came from the power knead attachment (dull gray instead of shiny silver when new). I called KA customer service and they told me it was because a surface coating on the metal mixing bowl was not completely washed off. After several rounds of scrubbing with detergent and rinses with hot water, I have had no more black streaks in my bread dough ever since. I have made a dozen loaves of bread so far and the results have been consistent. KA Pro 600 looks, sounds and feels solid during operation and I hope to get many years of service out of it!
After 15 years of heavy use my standard Kitchen Aid died. Since I have all the attachments, which are NOT cheap, I was kind of forced to buy a new Kitchen Aid. Chose this one because it has metal gears vs. plastic. So far, I love it. It is heavier and more awkward to move/ store than the original, as if that is even possible, but my 12 year old daughter can get it up on the counter and use it herself. The only disconcerting thing is the "delay" speed. This is an intended design feature, I'm just not a patient person and when I switch to #8 I think its broken if it doesn't immediately zip off. Just an FYI! Otherwise love it.
We bought this to make bread (loaf and flat), pizza dough and the occasional baked good. We are hoping to add to our accessory collection down the line and have a meat grinder and pasta maker (which was one of the deciding factors for getting a kitchen aid). The refurbished price made this something we could actually get. It now lives on our counter and we use it a few times a week to make anything from whipped cream to pizza dough to waffles.