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How I Solved The Stand Mixer Dilemma


So how did I solve the stand mixer dilemma? I caved completely.


Like many Kitchen Warriors I’ve always wanted a good stand mixer. If like me you bake at a moderate pace for a small patronage you probably find yourself right on the fence of an expensive purchase. And with good reason because a decent mixer is one of the more costly small appliances you’re likely to consider for the home kitchen. Its not to be taken lightly.

I started out with the notion I wanted a KitchenAid and after reading a lot of reviews/experiences of close competitors that’s exactly where I ended up. I began by looking at the smaller tilt-head models like the Artisan but I kept running into the advice that if you do a lot of breads/baking you’ll really appreciate the power of KitchenAid’s Professional series. Plus the Pro series comes with the highly touted Spiral Dough Hook. Besides I write a blog called Kitchen Warfare, can I really be seen in public with a mere 325 watt mixer?

So now that I’ve decided on the Pro lift bowl series, the next decision point was a 5 or 6 quart model. You can save a few bucks with the 5 quart mixers and according to people I’ve spoken to who have used both models the difference in power isn’t something noticed. Plus after seeing the 6 quart bowls they looked huge and seemed overkill for my small audience. But apparently a lot of people who normally cook for 2-3 people felt the same way at first. And I kept getting consistent advice – you get used to it.

Alrighty then. We’ve decided on the Professional 600, KitchenAid’s top of the line. Their most powerful. The one that belongs in the Kitchen Warfare kitchen (somewhere Tim Allen grunts).

So we’re off to buy. In today’s online world there are often many purchasing options and KitchenAid Mixers are no exception. You can pay between $500 and $240 for the EXACT same model.

Obviously prices and availability can change but the best price I found on a brand new Professional 600 was $339 (includes shipping!) at AceHardwareOutlet (authorized dealer). Another very good option is to purchase a refurbished unit at KitchenAid’s Outlet Store for $239 (plus shipping). KitchenAid also has an authorized eBay dealer which they use as another outlet for their refurbished units (only it seems). Biggest different here other than the auction format is that it gives you a place to find other colors since refurb stock seems to come and go quickly. If you’re set on a refurb in a particular color, just patiently watch both places.

Other than the obvious, the difference between the refurbs and the new units seems to be – refurbs could have nicks or minor scratches, don’t come with mixing shield and have a 6 month (opposed to full year) warranty. Most everyone I talked to that had purchased a refurb seemed thrilled about it and most noted no blemishes.

I’ve always had a lot of good luck with factory refurbished stuff so that was my first inclination and the price I had for a refurbished unit was about $255 shipped, a difference of $84. But wait KitchenAid has a $30 rebate until the end of March. Difference is now $54. AceHardware Outlet is in cahoots with the new Google Checkout payment system (think PayPal) and Google is giving a $10 instant credit on first purchases to new users of their system. Difference is now $44 for a new mixer with an additional 6 months warranty and the pouring shield (which sells for $20). In my mind I make this out to now be a $24 difference (must . . have . . . pouring shield) so I snag a new one.

Did I make a good purchase? Will I use it enough to make it worthwhile or will it just be an expensive counter ornament. We’ll see.

<<A word on product referrals if I may. When I feel its relevant and appropriate I may include an affiliate link (none are in this post) for a product I recommend. This helps pay for bandwidth and otherwise support this site (for example I’ve ruined more than one digital camera using it for kitchen work, heh). Typically that’s who many of us purchase from anyway. However I will NEVER recommend a product that I haven’t purchased or used (without explicitly saying so). Additionally I’ll tell you the good and bad of products I use whether they are available through affiliate programs or not. If I bought something at Amazon because it made sense for me then I might link to that in my post. However like in the case of KitchenAid mixers I’m going to tell you about the best price I found from a reputable dealer.The place I thought it was smart to make my own purchase. If you find that our recommendation saved you a few bucks and you’d like to help us out you can always use the Donation button on our main page, submit tips or your own favorite recipes also on the front page or generally just spread the word about Kitchen Warfare to your friends.

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