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Kitchenaid Mixer, is it worth the money?

It has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember to own a Kitchenaid mixer. After struggling to find anything to spend my Christmas and Birthday money on, I finally realized that I have a good chunk of change that could go towards a Kitchenaid mixer, in fact I would only need to save for another month or so before I could buy one outright.

Firstly I should point out that I am an avid baker and so it would be used at least once a week and I also want to turn my hand to bread-making so it would be used possibly every few days.

So now that the reality is closing in on my dream I've really started to worry about spending a whopping £387 on a kitchen appliance and need some reassurance that I'm not insane.

Does anyone have any experience with Kitchenaid artisan mixers?
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  • I'm sure if you search there is another thread about kitchenaid vs kenwood

    I have a kitchen aid in cream chosen to go in the kitchen no matter what colour I paint it.

    It lives on the worktop and is used several times a week

    It still makes me smile whenever I use it even after a few years
  • FeistyFidgetFeistyFidget Forumite
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    Thanks beetle, I've already disregarded the kenwood as know I would never be happy with the aesthetics. Plus that thread is pretty old and I wanted some more recent feedback :)
    :beer: Officially Debt Free (Besides Mortgage) - Since 14/09/2014 :beer:
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    Stop making life harder for myself. Stop aiming for perfection, it doesn't exist. Enjoy the little things
  • xNinaxxNinax Forumite
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    I have a Kitchen Aid in Raspberry Ice. When I purchased it I also received the ice cream attachment and the vegetable slicer and shredder attachment as free gifts.

    I use mine several times a week for bread, baking, veg prep, grating cheese etc.
  • suki1964suki1964 Forumite
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    I too hunger over a kitchenaid. I think they are just so beautifull.

    Unfortunately I have a perfectly good Kenwood sat here :(


    The kenwood is a work horse. This one is possibly as old as me and I've just started re using it to make bread as I've a bad arm

    It's ugly though so sits in the hall cupboard when not in use lol

    Now my magimix is a thing of beauty and sits on the work top and is used daily

    Go for the kitchenaid. If it's sat out you will use it and enjoy it
  • twohooter_2twohooter_2 Forumite
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    I have no experience of Kitchenaid but agree they are very attractive - possibly due to the wide colour range available. I do however have a Kenwood Chef Major which I have had for 25 years. It has loads of attachments - choppers, mincers, blender etc. most of which I don't use. It is not a thing of beauty like the Kitchenaid but it is a truly reliable workhorse. I use mine for making lots of bread and can easily mix a kilo of flour without issue. It also makes fab cakes and whips egg whites in no time. The bowl is large, the motor strong and it has never, ever let me down despite its old age! They are now available in stainless steel which makes them a little more attractive. I would buy another in a heartbeat. Mine lives in the utility room so looks are not so vital. The best bit of kitchen kit I have ever owned.
  • twohooter_2twohooter_2 Forumite
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    Suki - like you I have a gorgeous looking magimix that sits proudly on my worktop. It is a stunner but apart from coleslaw, pastry and crumble topping I hardly use it. If you use yours daily, may I ask what for? I would like to use mine more but am at a loss of what to do with it. I wanted one for such a long time but now I have it I am unsure what to do with it - mad I know!
  • LisbonLisbon Forumite
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    I've been Money Tipped!
    It has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember to own a Kitchenaid mixer.

    Ever heard the phrase 'It's the things in life that you DON'T do that you regret most' ?

    If this is such a long standing dream and you can afford it, buy it. The sooner you do the better value it is, because you'll have more years of use out of it....!
  • suki1964suki1964 Forumite
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    twohooter wrote: »
    Suki - like you I have a gorgeous looking magimix that sits proudly on my worktop. It is a stunner but apart from coleslaw, pastry and crumble topping I hardly use it. If you use yours daily, may I ask what for? I would like to use mine more but am at a loss of what to do with it. I wanted one for such a long time but now I have it I am unsure what to do with it - mad I know!

    Like you I use it for pastry and coleslaw. Also breadcrumbs for stuffings and toppings, I slice potatoes for lyonnaise and duphanne dishes. I cook a lot of curry and it's great for slicing the huge amount of onions needed and it doesn't dona bad job of making pastes. Also when I'm batch cooking bolognaise and chillies it's great for the fine dice veg. When I make soup I slice all the veg through it, makes making soup a doddle I also make cookies and buns, grate cheese for quiches, make hummous , make butter, chop herbs. The list is endless

    I used to have a processor many moons ago and gave it away for lack of use, but then I didn't scratch cook as much as I do now. I found watching Jamie's 15 min meals to be inspirational as there nothing that lad won't put through his :)

    Today I'm only having oven baked fish and chips for tea but I'll be using it for the breadcrumbs to coat the fish and make the tarter sauce, saves all that fiddling about finely chopping gherkins and capers
  • LoveLifeAgainLoveLifeAgain Forumite
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    I have a nice shiny black Grundig premium line that matches my toaster and kettle that I have had a few years now and it takes KitchenAid attachments. I use it a few times a week, it works perfectly still and does everything I want including bread.


    However, if I could have afforded a KitchenAid I would have had one and for what it's worth I think you should go ahead and you will be :j :)
    "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety". - Benjamin Franklin
  • Kenwood for me, the motors are no lower than 500w, kitchen aid ones are 300w. Looks don't mean a thing, it's what it can do that matters.
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