NEW! Google Custom Search

Loading

Kitchenaid Confusion

Mag_Burlit's picture

*
I am thinking of purchasing a kitchenaid for breadmaking and soap mixing.
Bread making will probably be the toughest job to do. There are so many wattages and models, I haven't a clue which one I would need. Also read a complaint about the motor tilting up but not locking being a problem when there's a lot of weight on the hook. Also switches being too easy to accidentally bump on. What advice can you give me? Do I need something this powerful?

Wolverine's picture

(post #53714, reply #1 of 23)

*
For bread making ( unless you get the Breadman alot of people on this site recommend - good idea BTW), I would get the Pro Series 5 1/2 qt Kitchen Aid Mixer. This one does not tilt back at the head, it elevates the bowl to lock into position under the beater, then you lower bowl again to remove. It is heavier than the 4 qt KA, and hanldles bread dough quite well.

As to soap - never tried it, can't make any recommendations there.... :-)

Sandra_'s picture

(post #53714, reply #3 of 23)

*
Ditto to Wolverine's suggestion re the KitchenAid. The pro model does everything the less expensive model does, and then some. One curious thing about KitchenAid prices -- here (in Vancouver) the pro model is only available at Costco, and the price is about $50 less than the lower-powered models that the kitchen boutiques sell. (I bought mine second-hand, so got an even better deal on it.)

Chiffonade_'s picture

(post #53714, reply #6 of 23)

*
There was some talk on this forum about a mixer whose bowl revolves
i around
the beater. I remember reading absolute raves about it. I remember it being compared quite favorably to KitchenAid. Here's the bad news, I can't remember
b the name!!
Mixalot, Magic Mixer, Mixer That Goes Around In A Funny Way, geez.

Maybe a dreaded SEARCH is called for here. :(

Wolverine's picture

(post #53714, reply #7 of 23)

*
As someone stated to me ( Sandra or sanderson?)
"Here I come to save the day" WS has that type of mixer listed, mfg is AEG. 7 qt work bowl ( says it holds up to 23 cups of flour, enough for 7 loaves of bread), as the bowl turns a scraper constantly cleans the sides, etc. A catalog only from WS - lists at $499.00 - I think I'll stick with KA and getting a breadman for now! ;-)

Wolverine's picture

(post #53714, reply #9 of 23)

*
Just found P Mace's post -

The name of the mixer used by P Mace was Magic Mill - no price, but sounds the same as AEG...

Mag_Burlit's picture

(post #53714, reply #11 of 23)

*
Hi Sandra,
I take it you're here in Vancouver? What is the price at costco? Fred Meyer just advertised that model for $279 - does Costco beat that?
Mag

Cooking_Monster's picture

(post #53714, reply #12 of 23)

*
FWIW, the head on the 4 qt. Kitchen Aid does tilt up to attach and remove the beaters, but it also DOES have a lock so it will not kick itself back up when mixing even the stiffest of doughs.

I can't vouch for the other brands mentioned, never having had them, but I have had my kitchen aid for 7 years now, and it gets very heavily used. It shows absolutely no signs of wear. You also get great support from the company should you have any questions or problems.

Sandra_'s picture

(post #53714, reply #13 of 23)

*
Hi Mag, glad to have another Vancouverite on board! Fred Meyer is American, isn't it? If so, then the Costco price (I think $349 CAN, but haven't looked for a year or so)still beats it.
You might also check out the Buy and Sell -- I occasionally see them advertised there, though not often, and not usually the Pro model. I got mine by sheer fluke -- a woman who wanted to open a small special-order bakery on Salt Spring bought it, used it twice, then promptly developed a medical condition that put her plans on hold indefinitely. So my machine came with all the bells and whistles for considerably less than the basic Costco model.

Rose_'s picture

(post #53714, reply #14 of 23)

*
Costco (in California) has Kitchen Aid 325-watt motor, 5 quart bowl, with the standard 3 beaters, for $239.00. That is the best price I've seen for that wattage.

noChefAtAll's picture

(post #53714, reply #15 of 23)

*
Magic Mill, by Electrolux. Zabars in New York sells it for $400, I believe that's the cheapest I've seen it by about $75.

Mag_Burlit's picture

(post #53714, reply #16 of 23)

*
I'm not up on abreviations, or maybe I'm just dumb,what is "CAN"? And I didn't follow why you said Costco still beats it at $349?? Actually, I was over there the other day but I didn't see any Kitchenaids, however I wasn't really looking for them at the time either. I checked their website and there is no listing, but my understanding is they don't have everything on the website. I have a coupon right now from Linens and Things for 20% off any single purchase. I'm thinking this may come in handy. I'm pretty sure they have the 350watt. I'll let you know what I decide.

Sandra_'s picture

(post #53714, reply #17 of 23)

*
Mag, CAN referred to Canadian $$. If Fred Meyers is a U.S. retailer then their price of $279 comes to about $380 Canadian (of course if it's a Canadian outlet, then it's a bargain, and you should grab it. Sorry, I'm not much of a shopper.)

Mag_Burlit's picture

(post #53714, reply #18 of 23)

*
Thanks for the info. I was just looking tonight at the 325 watt 5 quart machine, and I'm no so sure the darn thing would fit under my cupboards. It's HUGE!! Is yours a 300watt or higher? So you do bread and have no problems with it bogging down?
Does it also lock in the up position?

Cooking_Monster's picture

(post #53714, reply #19 of 23)

*
To be honest I don't remeber the wattage, but it's a 4 1/2 quart (it was a gift - I would definitely have gone for the larger model if it was up to me). It does a decent job on bread but if you're doing a lot (say, two large loaves) it does start to tax the capacity of the bowl. It doesn't lock in the up position, but I've never had any problem with this; it stays up just fine on its own. If counter height is a problem don't forget that this machine gets taller when the head is tipped back.

Gretchen_'s picture

(post #53714, reply #20 of 23)

*
Service Merchandise has the best prices on KA--also Kohl's if you have them in your area. I don't see any real reason for the mixer to lock in the "up" position--as was said, it does lock in the mixing position which is good for stiff doughs. The bowl is big enough for a 2 loaf bread recipe--at least mine. Kohl's is selling the 4 1/2 qt for $169--Service is usually $199. Just bought 2 for wedding gifts.

Mag_Burlit's picture

(post #53714, reply #21 of 23)

*
Boy, you buy nice wedding gifts! They must be people you care about. Thanks for the feedback.

Gretchen_'s picture

(post #53714, reply #22 of 23)

*
If you are still looking for a KA, try chefs.com
They have them at great prices--don't know about shipping to Canada. Good catalog, though. I have a hard copy so don't know about the site specifically. Best.

Gretchen_'s picture

(post #53714, reply #23 of 23)

*
I gave the wrong address for the catalog--it is
chefscatalog.com

Wolverine's picture

(post #53714, reply #2 of 23)

*
For bread making ( unless you get the Breadman alot of people on this site recommend - good idea BTW), I would get the Pro Series 5 1/2 qt Kitchen Aid Mixer. This one does not tilt back at the head, it elevates the bowl to lock into position under the beater, then you lower bowl again to remove. It is heavier than the 4 qt KA, and hanldles bread dough quite well.

As to soap - never tried it, can't make any recommendations there.... :-)

Sandra_'s picture

(post #53714, reply #4 of 23)

*
Ditto to Wolverine's suggestion re the KitchenAid. The pro model does everything the less expensive model does, and then some. One curious thing about KitchenAid prices -- here (in Vancouver) the pro model is only available at Costco, and the price is about $50 less than the lower-powered models that the kitchen boutiques sell. (I bought mine second-hand, so got an even better deal on it.)

Chiffonade_'s picture

(post #53714, reply #5 of 23)

*
There was some talk on this forum about a mixer whose bowl revolves
i around
the beater. I remember reading absolute raves about it. I remember it being compared quite favorably to KitchenAid. Here's the bad news, I can't remember
b the name!!
Mixalot, Magic Mixer, Mixer That Goes Around In A Funny Way, geez.

Maybe a dreaded SEARCH is called for here. :(

Wolverine's picture

(post #53714, reply #8 of 23)

*
As someone stated to me ( Sandra or sanderson?)
"Here I come to save the day" WS has that type of mixer listed, MFG is AEG. 7 qt work bowl ( says it holds up to 23 cups of flour, enough for 7 loaves of bread), as the bowl turns a scraper constantly cleans the sides, etc. A catalog only from WS - lists at $499.00 - I think I'll stick with KA and getting a breadman for now! ;-)

Wolverine's picture

(post #53714, reply #10 of 23)

*
Just found P Mace's post -

The name of the mixer used by P Mace was Magic Mill - no price, but sounds the same as AEG...