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Best Stand Mixer?


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#1 MichaelJacksons#1Fan

 
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Posted 17 April 2011 - 11:59 PM

[size="4"]I am rather new to this and my first topic post, so please forgive me if I don't get my point across very well. :) I want to buy a stand mixer to make life easier when I bake. I have been gluten-free for about 9 months, but have not done much baking outside of Betty Crocker mixes (which I can obviously use a hand mixer or with a whisk) but if I want to make bread I have nothing to use. Now unfortunately, I my budget is EXTREMELY tight between the economy and gluten-free foods. :o So can anyone recommend a good stand mixer that is good without taking a chunk out of my pocketbook? :P Thanks in advance to all who answer! :D

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 03:47 AM

It didn't take me long to know that I needed a stand mixer to bake gluten-free bread. I bought a KitchenAid...not cheap but well worth the cost. FWIW, they normally have sales on them around Mother's Day.

I still use my hand-held for cake, muffins, banana bread, etc. but it's pretty much impossible to use it for gluten-free yeast bread.
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 04:21 AM

I have to agree with Sylvia. I finally broke down and bought a KitchenAid when my daughter went gluten free. I bought a bread maker at that time also. I would totaly give up my bread maker. No way will I give up my KitchenAid. I got mine at Bed Bath & Beyond with one of their '20% off one item' coupons.
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 04:22 AM

I agree with Sylvia about the Kitchen Aide. It is definitely worth the price and should last you a really long time. I had one anyway. And look for sales at Macy's if there is one near you. :)
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 05:17 AM

LOVE my Kitchen Aid mixer! I also found a paddle attachment that has like spatula "squeegies" on the outside that swipes the sides of the bowl and keeps everything moving!
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:05 AM

Yet another KA fan! Mine is the professional series, 6 quart bowl with stainless attachments. I would highly recommend if you decide on a KA that you get the stainless attachments instead of plastic as there have been breakage problems with plastic. The artisan mixer is ok but if you are going to do heavy duty baking the professional series 600 is able to do much more. I actually got mine from eBay for half price. They are a lot more expensive here in Canada than the US so maybe that would work?? Well worth it. I also have the pasta maker/roller attachments and LOVE them.

KA has such a reputation for their workhorse mixers. They can last and last and last and last! And come in delicious colours... :P
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 10:48 AM

Sorry to be a broken record, but the KitchenAid is the only way to fly. Try Craig's List or ask some of your girl friends if they have one that they never use. Times are tough for everyone, they might rather have the cash. New ones go for $269 with a rebate (I just bought one for my Mom). Explain your problem to your girlfriends and offer to pay $135 in cash for it. Another idea is to go to your church and explain your need. They might be able to help you.
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 11:39 AM

One more vote for the kitchen aid mixer....it is a work horse .Cheaper mixers may be cheaper but wil not hold up to the gluten-free dough....so if you go cheaper then it may blow out the motor & you will be re-peating buying over ...
I got all new appliances when I went gluten-free ... I asked for appliances for birthday, holidays & any time some one would want to purchase something for me...Not very personal but very useful at a time when money was or is tight...
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 02:29 PM

I took my time and looked everywhere and found a new kitchen aid with all attatchments on clearance " because it was red" for $110. Less than half price at target. It was worth the wait!
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 02:34 PM

Mizzo,, you got a real bargain. Good shopping!
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 10:35 PM

I want to thank all of you for your wonderful advice! :) I decided to buy a Kitchenaid mixer after all, but will wait and see if I can find one on sale. Thanks again! I would have bought a mixer that would break down after a few uses if it were not for all you guys! :D :lol:

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 01:58 AM

Know I'm a Johnny come lately, but I have two Kitchen Aids, one here and one in U.S.
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:54 AM

Do check prices vs power. Walmart here was cheaper.. then I found that it was also not as powerful. KA makes so many different powers/sizes that you have to check what it is you are getting for the money. and... one more vote.
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 01:52 PM

My Kitchen Aide is also a professional model, and I found it for $150 (still in the box) on Craigslist. My mom got the same model 600pro at a regular store and only paid $250 b/c she found a sale. The bargains are out there on KA mixers...just keep your eyes open online and in store for the sales (around holidays, seasons' changing, and "ugly" colors are all prime for good prices). :)
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 02:36 PM

If you can hold out for six months or so I always see KA mixers on deep sales for Black Friday. You do have to be fast however to get them. Walmart had one for $169 this past BF and that was the best deal I have ever seen.
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