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#1 miss_bossy18

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 11:16 AM


What do you like about yours? What features do you use all the time? What do you wish yours did?
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 11:18 AM

I have a kitchenaid mixer. It was a gift. I like it but since I do not do a lot of baking, do not use it too much. I have an add-on shredder which is nice. :) Bowl is big so I can mix up two batches of choc. chip cookies at once with no problems.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 11:36 AM

I also have a Kitchen Aid mixer that is primarily used for baking and making homemade mashed potatoes. I am sure it has features that are awesome that I don't use. I like the fact that it can mix on it's own while I do something else. For what I use it for, I have no wishes that it did anything else.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 12:03 PM

Mine is a KitchenAid too, and I love it. I use it for pizza dough, cookies, mashed potatoes, and making whipped cream. It does everything I could want, and I like that I can buy add ons for grinding meat, shredding cheese, etc. The splash guard is helpful so that flour doesn't spill out everywhere when pouring in. Everything I've read says it's worth spending the money on a KitchenAid (the professional series) because it's the only stand mixer you'll ever buy. The lesser priced ones have motors that will blow out in a few years.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 12:23 PM

I have a kitchenaid too, not a pro just the standard and I love it. I do hate that it's soooo heavy though, so I leave it on my counter even though I don't really have the space to leave it out.

I use it for cakes, cookies, icing, mashed potatoes...etc. I have the attachments for grinding meat, and two other ones I can't think of what they are now, but I rarely use them. Mine gets used about once a week. I got a great deal at costco on it and it was well worth it.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 12:29 PM

I also have a Kitchen Aid, and have had it since before the twins were born, so at least 7 years. I've never had a problem with it and use it on a weekly basis. I don't have any of the attachments, though.. maybe I should look into them!
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 12:36 PM

We are on our second Kitchen Aid. After about a decade, it started leaking oil or grease. It still worked, but that was annoying so we got a new one. I love it. It does everything I need it to do, and you can buy attachments to do things you never thought you'd need to do.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:02 PM

We are on our second Kitchen Aid. After about a decade, it started leaking oil or grease. It still worked, but that was annoying so we got a new one. I love it. It does everything I need it to do, and you can buy attachments to do things you never thought you'd need to do.


This is probably not a good thing. ;)

Well it sounds like Kitchen Aid is clearly the front runner. Thanks!
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 02:57 PM

I have no attachments. Turns out I don't have a lot of need to make my own pasta or grind my own meat. Some of them are cool though.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 03:11 PM

I have a KitchenAid, too. I like the splash guard for flour and powdered sugar. I had no idea there is a cheese shredder- I really want that, now!
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 04:09 PM

I have a kitchenaid also and I love it for making bread, baked goods, anything requiring a batter etc. i have the professional one. We bought it from Costco 8 years ago and it still works perfect. Love the whisk for making homemade whipped cream/icings. It is 1 of 3 appliances allowed to stay out on the counter.
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 12:37 AM

I just got my Kitchen Aid for Christmas and I use it when I make my cakes and icing. I also use it for big baking days. But I don't use it everyday. I still use my hand mixer for little jobs. I haven't bought any attachments yet, but if I were I really want the pasta attachments (which I will probably never get), or the ice cream maker attachment.
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 07:04 AM

I heart my kitchen aid! We got it right after we got married, so its almost 12 yrs old and it still works great. On thing we especially love is the bread hook. When dh makes bread you can kneed it in the mixer! I mostly use it for baking cakes, cookies, etc. it's heavy so it has a dedicated spot on my counter, but I use it enough that it deserves that spot.
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:13 PM

I have a Kitchen Aid as well and I love it. Very sturdy and I use it a lot.

On a side note, my mom has had the same Hamilton Beach stand mixer since she got married in 1959 and it still works perfectly.
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 08:46 PM

Oh! How did I forget? I have the pasta attachment for my KitchenAid and it's awesome. We haven't made pasta in awhile, but it's so much fun to do. And the dough hook is super cool too - I barely knead our pizza dough or breads because the hook does all the work.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:51 AM

Oh! How did I forget? I have the pasta attachment for my KitchenAid and it's awesome. We haven't made pasta in awhile, but it's so much fun to do. And the dough hook is super cool too - I barely knead our pizza dough or breads because the hook does all the work.

We are talking about getting this attachment. DH wants to make gluten free ravioli for me. :wub: I have the KitchenAid Pro and love it! Worth every penny.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:18 PM

We are talking about getting this attachment. DH wants to make gluten free ravioli for me. :wub: I have the KitchenAid Pro and love it! Worth every penny.


The kitchen Pro is what I have as well. All this talk about pasta makes me want the attachments even more! Does anyone know if you can buy just one at a time instead of all of them together. All of them is quite the investment at one time.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:02 PM

I have the kitchen aid pro 6 quart mixer. I have had it for 10 years. In my last house I used it at least once a week. I hate my kitchen so it does not get used as much, but it sits on my counter. I'm going to use it after dinner to make banana bread with the girls.

I have the pasta roller attachment. I don't know if that was worth the price, since i probably have only used it a handful of times and the last time i used it, the pasta did not come out okay.
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 06:35 AM

The kitchen Pro is what I have as well. All this talk about pasta makes me want the attachments even more! Does anyone know if you can buy just one at a time instead of all of them together. All of them is quite the investment at one time.

I would think you probably can. What other attachments are there? I have the meat grinder attachment but I've never even opened the box. It came free as part of a rebate when I bought mine.

My next major appliance purchase is going to be a Vitamix. I want one so badly.
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:58 AM

I love the meat grinder attachment. When I make beef or pork roast, I grind up the leftovers for sandwich meat. With beef, I grind up pickles or use relish, add mayo and mustard to it. Pork roast, I just mix some mayo in it. The kids LOVE it for sandwiches.
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