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.
Got this refurbished and it has only been a week, but I am loving it. I have wanted a stand mixer for a long time and now that I am baking more than ever, I decided to purchase one. I am very happy with the things I have made so far, though I haven't strained the motor yet. I wanted a Kitchenaid Pro line with its 1.3 horsepower motor, but this should work fine for just about everything short of the heaviest bread doughs. There's an adjustment screw just above the bowl for moving where the beater lands in the bowl. This does need to be adjusted when moving from one kind of beater to the next. This is an important thing to note. I will keep a small screwdriver in the kitchen because tweaking the beater position makes a lot of difference in how well the dough mixes. I purchased an additional bowl (handy for complicated recipes, a flex edge beater, and a whisk with 20+ wires that makes short work of meringues. Not sure how well it works with one or two egg whites or small amounts (I rarely bake small amounts of anything), but they sell a separate bowl and whisk for making a little meringue. Personally, I would probably just use a hand mixer for a couple of egg whites. Although it defies belief that they still make such things, the burnished metal beaters are NOT DISHWASHER SAFE. I have seen many reviews from people screaming about the beaters after they put them in the dishwasher. Read the booklet that comes with the machine - it has a lot of information, some of it important and very useful. So far I am very satisfied.
This is an amazing mixer... beautiful to look at and fantastic in quality .This is a very large mixer, 6 qt capacity, KitchenAid's largest home mixer. (The next size up is for commercial use.) No plastic or cheap materials. This has a steel housing, stainless-steel bowl, and heavy-duty metal paddle, whisk, and dough hook. I have developed rheumatoid arthritis (RA). I love to cook and bake, but with the RA I never know from one day to the next what I am able to do. So, when I am well enough to get in the kitchen, I make large batches and throw them in the freezer for the days I cannot. I also no longer have the hand strength to knead dough or mix large-batch recipes. This large-capacity mixer takes care of all of that. It can knead as many as 8 loaves of bread dough at a time. It has a "soft start" feature that prevents splashing of liquids and flour clouds on starting. I just love it. This is a bowl-lift mixer. I cannot lift the head of the tilt-top mixer... the RA saps my strength and I have pain. The bowl lift takes care of that, too. Even with a full bowl, the lift mechanism works with ease and takes minimal effort. This mixer is easy to clean. A quick wipe with a damp cloth takes care of the mixer itself. The bowl, paddle, whisk, and dough hook are dishwasher safe, but if you prefer hand washing, the cleanup is easy. I love this thing. I look forward to getting some of the attachments to help me with other kitchen tasks I can no longer perform by hand. My only gripe is that I cannot get in the kitchen often enough to use this thing. My KitchenAid is the centerpiece of my kitchen. If you are getting only one piece of kitchen equipment, get a KitchenAid. It does so many things and replaces so many appluances, and with the avalable attachments it can do even more. I'm done gushing. Spend the money and get one. You won't regret it.
My younger daughter was absolutely delighted when she unwrapped the Kitchenaid 5 quart Artisan mixer for Christmas. She's been wanting one for a long time. She is a real Betty Crocker in the kitchen and I wanted to make things easier for her by providing this to work with. The cost I felt was very reasonable and Overstock packaged it carefully for safe delivery to my home and it arrived within days of when I ordered it. I love this mixer for a lot of reasons but one of the reasons is that there are so many attachments you can buy for it...so those can be future gifts for my daughter. The only problem I had was trying to decide which color to order it in!
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