I was planning on putting my whole tax refund towards my credit card which will pretty much wipe out all of my debt (excluding the car). Then, I found out that my refund will be about $500 more than I was planning on. So, I sort of have an extra $500 that I didn't budget for.
Jerad has been trying to buy me or get me to buy a stand mixer for years now. YEARS. As in, years before we were even dating.
I do soo much cooking and baking and I only have a travel mixer whose motor gets hot and smells funny if you mix anything stronger than eggs.
Just last weekend I made bread, mashed potatoes, and brownies. And mixed everything by hand since my mixer is on its last legs and not strong enough anyways.
I have had this constant internal struggle for some time. Obviously I don't NEED a KitchenAid because I have been cooking perfectly fine for a lot of years with out one. But oh my, it would make my life easier! There are so many times when I want to make bread or pizza dough for dinner but I just don't want to spend the time kneading the dough (I also don't own a bread maker). Or when I make whipped cream and it takes 10 minutes because my mixer is so slow.
I know that I wouldn't be one of those people that go out and spend a ton of money on one and then it just sits on their counter top unused.
I called Jerad and asked him what I should do. He didn't hesitate and told me to "buy one today! on your lunch! get the best one!" Obviously you can tell who is the
Of course I couldn't just buy one, I had to read all of the reviews and try to find the BEST one.
Oi vey. Who knew KitchenAid made so many models? I thought the models consisted of plain white, or colored. Noooo, I had to choose between:
KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixers:
KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart:
KitchenAid Pro 500 Series:
And a few more.
Don't even get me started on the available attachments!
I was reading reviews and trying to figure out what would be best for me. Is 245 watts okay? Will it work as well as the 325 watt one? Or do I need the 575 model?
If I get the 4.5 quart, am I going to wish I had the 6 quart?
As I was trying to decipher the reviews, I started coming across a lot of talk about the Cuisinart SM-55:
Professionals prefer it to the KitchenAid? How could it be so?!? It has 12 speeds compared to the KitchenAid's 10. It has an 800-watt motor! It has a timer! You can also get attachments for it just like the KitchenAid. INCLUDING a Food Possessor top and everyone loves Cuisanart Food Processors right? It has a 3 year parts warranty and a 5 year motor warranty as opposed to KitchenAid's 1 year parts and service warranty.
It is even a little cheaper than the KitchenAid.
But, honestly, its just not as cute. And KitchenAid has been "the" mixer for 40 years now right? Obviously buying a product based on "cuteness" isn't the way to go, but I have wanted a KitchenAid for soooo long. Hmm.
What kind of mixer do you use? Any words of wisdom?
I would be mixing different batters, whipped cream, meringue, sauces, eggs... all the normal stuff that I'm sure any mixer would be fine for. What I'm worried about is dough. I love to make bread. I want to be able to make big batches of pasta, pizza, and bread dough and not worry about it.
Hold my hand, I'm feeling needy. AKA give me some advice :)