Although I have never had a stand mixer before, this is certainly an amazing product with which to start . I doubt there will be a need for another. Very easy to connect and disconnect parts, as well as the bowl (just follow the directions!). Not only is it a beautiful addition to the counter (it's a little heavy to lift in and out of a cabinet), it is so easy to use. Mixing is thorough and takes so much less time than with a hand mixer. The attachments are solid and seem to be designed to mix just about anything. I am delighted with my purchase.