This stand mixer exceeds its reputation, which is formidable. I had purchased another stand mixer, less expensive, but a known national brand, that burnt out after fewer than 10 uses, and was leery at first, having had such a bad experience with that one. I use this one for everything. It mixes like a dream. It is very easy to use. It cleans up quickly and nicely. The only thing I've not tried yet is mixing bread dough, which will be happening very soon. My opinion will most likely become even more favorable.