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Old 02-22-2020, 08:36 PM
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My husband and I love making homemade bread and cookies and are looking into getting a standing mixer for the dough. Any suggestions? Also are they easy to clean? I love kitchen items that can be thrown in the dishwasher. 😃


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Old 02-22-2020, 08:41 PM
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KitchenAid. Fabulous mixer, great for bread dough and cookies and everything else. Mine is 40 years old and still perfect.

ETA: Mine is also the lift kind (not tilt).

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Old 02-22-2020, 08:46 PM
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I 2nd Amiga's suggestion of the KitchenAide. Love mine. Handles anything. I find it easy to clean.
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Old 02-22-2020, 08:58 PM
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Another vote for Kitchen Aid. We use ours all the time- we've had it for almost 15 years! We've made: ice cream, pasta, bread, sausage, cookies, meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, and more. We have attachments for ice cream, pasta, grinding/sausage, slcing/dicing/spiralling, plus the dough hook and whisk.

It's worth the investment. Kohl's and Bed Bath and Beyond both have great sales/coupons from time to time.
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Old 02-22-2020, 09:10 PM
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Absolutely Kitchen Aid!
Word of caution however.
Not all Kitchen Aids are created equal. There are many models.
I have one from the Professional line. Not the top of the line, but it is about 625 watts (mixer isn't near my computer for me to check specs). Might be 725 watts. It is a strong motor ---- easily handles Royal Icing.
Mine is also a lift bowl.
Less powerful motors have a tilt head.
Mine came with a mixing paddle, whisk/whip and a dough hook.

Do your research and make sure you get a motor that can handle bread dough.


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Old 02-22-2020, 09:36 PM
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Wouldn’t consider anything other than a kitchenaid. Love mine. It is a professional model with a lift bowl. I also have several attachments. Use them all the time

Mine is 19 years old. No sign of problems. Definitely worth the investment.
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Mine is a 6 quart
Old 02-22-2020, 11:17 PM
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I had a 4 or 5 but it wasnít big enough for large batch cinnamon rolls or pizza. Kitchen Aid is great!
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Old 02-23-2020, 03:06 AM
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I agree with everyone else-definitely get a Kitchenaid stand mixer. FYI-you can use the 20% off coupons at Bed Bath and Beyond on the Kitchenaid mixers.
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Old 02-23-2020, 05:13 AM
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I also have a Kitchenaid. There are advantages and disadvantages to the lift bowl model (I have had both). QVC often has great deals on them with a lot of really cool colors.
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Old 02-23-2020, 05:31 AM
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I agree with Kitchen Aid. Since theyíre such great quality buying used works too. We have the artisan model and got it from a Facebook buy-sell-trade page. We donít typically do bread though. I see them for sell fairly regularly on Facebook. Usually itís people that bought it and didnít really use it, so theyíre still fairly new.


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Old 02-23-2020, 06:15 AM
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KitchenAid as others have said. I've had mine for almost 28 years and it's still going strong.

Mine is the same as Amiga's - the lift kind.
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Old 02-23-2020, 06:47 AM
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I've had my Kitchen Aid for about 20 years and it works as well as it did the day I got it. I don't have the commercial version. I paid $200 twenty years ago. It is a must have if you like to bake.
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Old 02-23-2020, 06:55 AM
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Kitchen Aid. Mine is harvest gold and bought at a yard sale 25 years ago and is still perfect except for having to buy new whisks and beaters once in a while.
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Old 02-23-2020, 07:25 AM
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Kitchenaid! I have the lift model and we make bread in it all the time. We also have the grinder attachment and have made sausage. Mine is bright red. Got it on sale at Target.
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I do love my Kitchen Aid mixer
Old 02-23-2020, 07:27 AM
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it is a beautiful aqua color. I don't know about putting bowls and paddles in the dishwasher, I have an official dishwasher-my DH actually likes to do it.

That said, I make bread every single week. I never use my mixer. I have a bread machine and use the dough cycle. I never bake the bread in the bread machine. I think if you do not have a stand mixer get one, and if you have enough money in the budget get a simple bread machine with no bells and whistles. It is so, so easy to clean. The mixing pan is nonstick and the dough just falls out and the little paddle is removable and so, so easy to clean. The Kitchen Aid paddle is much harder to clean and there is a lot of time spent overseeing and helping with the kneading in the bowl, adding the yeast at the right time and temp. etc. The bread machine you just measure and dump in the ingredients and let it do it's job. Then have the fun part of shaping and baking the bread.

*Oh, and get a paddle like this! Most mixers come with a paddle, whisk and dough hook, but this is the best for mixing cookie dough and frostings. I had a different one with the rubber scraper on both sides. I liked that one better but I could not find it again, so I have the one shown here-
KitchenAid KFE5T Tilt Head Flex Edge Beater, 4.5/5 Quart, White (make sure you get the right size paddle for the size of your mixer)
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Old 02-23-2020, 07:34 AM
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I love my kitchen aid!!!! I do out the bowl in the dishwasher, bit not the beaters.

I didn't know there was an ice cream attachment!!! Off to go find one!

I got mine at Kohl's just before Black Friday one year. It was on sale, I had a 30% off, they had an extra $$ ofc for home and I earned Kohl's cash. It was such a deal!!! Bought one for nephew and wife and it was a similar deal.
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Old 02-23-2020, 09:12 AM
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I have the same one as amiga but mine is only 30 years old. I use it for dough and I have the pasta extruder. Itís wonderful. And it will last forever
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Old 02-23-2020, 11:40 AM
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When I started my recent cookie making hobby I wanted a Kitchenaide mixer. I hated to invest SO much money at the time, not knowing how much I would use one. It is true what PP have said. Facebook markets or Craigslist are a great place to find one that has barely been used. Around here it is THE ITEM that is on every brides registry. Even though most have no idea what they are going to do with one, they just know it has to be on their list of must haves. They figure out in about a year that they arenít using and a little extra cash is a great idea. And most are still in the box they came in.
I started looking and ended up finding a White bowl lift Kitchenaide on Craigslist for $75. It was in my DDs neighborhood so I felt safe going to pick up. I did have the girl let me plug in and run it. My DH could not believe it.
I used it for a year for cookie dough and royal icing. However, it looked like a giant on my kitchen cabinet. The bowl lift models are taller than the tilt heads. I did not want to put it in pantry and have to pull out when I made cookies, which is often, and they are HEAVY. So when Black Friday rolled around I bought an 5 qt. tilt head artisan at a great deal at Bed Bath and Beyond with sale and a coupon. And I LOVE it. Study the deals carefully as most often you see the 4 qt. on sale for as low as $179. So watch carefully.
And I sold the old one right back on CL for $75.
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Old 02-23-2020, 12:40 PM
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Well, I guess Kitchen Aide it is! I saw last year's model on sale at Target for almost 40% off, so I snatched it up. It should be here in a few days. I'm so excited!
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