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Planetary mixing action provides faster and more thorough blending of ingredients - the bowl never needs to be rotated. Having 10 speeds at your disposal, the mixer is versatile and will effortlessly whisk egg whites or knead bread dough

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      13.02.2013 14:27
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      Great product if you use it often otherwise may be wasting your money as its expensive

      I saw this being used on Nigella Lawsons cooking programme and thought how wonderful it looked, she seemed to be using it all the time and for so many things, what i wasnt aware of was the price! I had wanted one for so long and my wonderful husband bought me one 2 years ago when we redecorated our kitchen.

      I had often pointed out the cream coloured one as this would sit nicely in the kitchen itself, it looks stunning to be fair and i have so many comments when people first see it. The initial problem was getting it to work, or should i say getting me to successfully use it! I read the manual and it was very straight forward, it has 10 speeds and mine came with a chrome mixing bowl as well as a glass one and 3 different hooks. One hook was a bread dough mixer, there was another which mashes potatoes wonderfully and there is the whisk.

      There is a lid that goes on top of the bowl to stop food stuff flying all over the kitchen and although its somewhat noisy.....its fast and efficient.

      My kithcenaid is the Artisan model and cost hubby over £300 at the time, its around 10 pound in weight and sits solidly on the worktop. The top has a catch that allows you to tip the motorized unit back to enable the food to be put into the bowl. There is a gap in the lid so you can add fluids or other items as the motor is going, saving time stopping and starting.

      Cake mixes are wonderful and light, mine are always professional looking (until i try and decorate them that is!) and when i made batter for the Yorkshire puddings, they were amazing. I make a lot of mashed potato in the kitchenaid and this is lovely, you can also whick the spuds to make a whipped cream potato which can be piped into swirls.

      I havent bought any attachments as i never really need them but i will be sourcing these as i now work from home.

      I would recommend this unit if you feel you would make a lot of homemade food (cakes, pasta etc) but you may find its too expensive if you don't. Cleaning it is relatively easy but in find that some of the food gets up around the top of the catch where the attachments go and this can be a little fiddly to clean.

      Great machine and looks the part in the kitchen

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        21.01.2012 00:51
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        A very worthwhile kitchen gadget!

        Well, to be honest, I've never made lemonade in my kitchen aid. For those that are unaware this is a line from a Ben Kweller song, which kind of sums up everyone's feelings towards the Kitchenaid! It is beautiful, and over seventy years since its launch, I think it's fair to say that this is one kitchen gadget which has stood the test of time.

        Why a Kitchen Aid?

        We received our Kitchenaid as a wedding gift about three years ago. It was something that we had both wanted for a long time, but found it difficult to justify it's price tag; we were so happy to be given it as a gift! We were given the Kitchenaid classic. I think this one has a slightly smaller motor than some of the other models but has never had any difficult ploughing through batch after batch of muffins (there was one occasion when we made around 250 in one day) and the weekly pizza dough has not phased it in the slightest.

        I think it would be fair to say that we are a foodie family, we talk about food a lot and cook a lot, but if I'm honest it's not the adaptable, impressive abilities of the Kitchenaid which make me love it so much. I just love to look at it. I love to walk into the kitchen and see it sitting on the worktop. I feel like it says something about us, and I guess that is exactly what good marketing does! I know that some people may find it offensive, because I am effectively buying into the brand identity instead of declaring my own individuality. The truth is though, I'd love to be a 'stay at home mom'. I want to make my family the perfect life in the Kitchenaid - and I bet at least some people will read this and think I want that too!

        So, I feel I have digressed slightly, the Kitchenaid has helped me on the nice days when I can be at home baking with my family. Our model does not come with the splash guard, I would try and get one of these if possible. When I have been working with icing sugar everything within a two metre radius has ended up covered! I have heard that Kitchenaid are going to be given you a glass bowl with these soon. If you are given the option, I would take the metal bowl; these things are used so frequently that sooner or later someone is likely to drop it!

        Cost?

        Whilst the Kitchenaid is not cheap (retailing from around £240 at the moment), nor are it's attachments. The mincer for example is around £40.

        Conclusion
        The Kitchenaid is something which we will probably have for the rest of our lives. It's one of those things that never grows old and which you will always be happy to own. I look forward to baking cookies with my grandchildren! Be good to yourself, it is worth it!

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          10.09.2011 23:59
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          A classic design mixed with up to date technology makes this the perfect household mixer.

          The high quality of this mixer is instantly noticeable from the weight and classic design. However, at times the weight can be slightly overbearing, especially if the mixer is kept in a high cupboard and needs to be brought out before use and put away after. Despite this slight inconvenience, it ensures that the mixer is sturdy and grounded, which makes it far more reliable and results in a smooth, controlled mixing process. The speeds vary from a slow, kneading pace to something much much faster, perhaps used to beat meringue or similar. I have never needed to use the top two speeds and can therefore safely assume that the mixer will be fast enough for any cook's wishes. The mixer comes in a variety of colours and with three basic attachments (one for kneading, one for mixing and one for whisking). However, a full range can be purchased from various KitchenAid stockists or from their website. Attachments such as the ice cream maker have made this mixer a firm family favourite. Despite the price tag, this mixer certainly earns its keep and has helped me develop my cooking and begin to branch out into making my own bread and baked goods. It is certainly worth the money and is as effective as it is brilliantly easy to use (as with the majority of KitchenAid appliances). My only advice would be to leave the mixer out if you expect to use it regularly, as the weight of it can make it difficult to move around the kitchen.

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          06.02.2011 22:15
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          Sturdy kitchen appliance with beautiful exterior and a simple design

          I'm quite fortunate to have use of a kitchen aid multi function mixer because it comes in handy for many things including mixing cake mix, bread kneading and whiskng. Our kitchen aid is a lovely duck egg blue colour, however I'm sure you can get them in a range of different colours. The design is quite beautiful and retro-looking.

          The kitchen aid frame itself is rather heavy so moving it from place to place can be quite difficult. When I'm getting it out of the cupboard I find myself doing a quick run to get it to where I want it to be. However, this allows it to be sturdy and when in action it has no unnecessary wobbling around. The mixing bowl is quite large and is definitely big enough for what a family might need, or even a small kitchen business.

          The kitchen aid comes with a whisk, dough hook and another mixing device perfect for cake mix (although I can't remember the name of it). A rubber spatula is also included, which works perfectly for pushing the mix to the bottom of the bowl. There are also guards which come with the kitchen aid, although I personally never use them because it's something else to wash up, and the mix hardly ever spills unless you accidently turn it onto too high a power. Although I suppose they could come in handy if an adult is helping a child make something using the kitchen aid.

          The controls of the kitchen aid are fairly simple. One is the lever to lift the mixer out of the bowl and the other control is in charge of the speed. The speed is quite decent, and I often find I don't need to put it on maximum anyway.

          I have never read the instructions to this product, that's how easy it is to navigate your way around it. Overall, this is a fabulous product which I am very happy with.

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          04.10.2009 21:50

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          If you want something thats functional and looks great and have the money go for it.

          This mixer is a really stylish retro design which comes with a large capacity bowl and 3 attachments - a dough hook, beater and whisk. My mum wanted to buy me it as a gift and initially I was horrified at the price and would have preferred the money, but then I decided that I would like it as one day it'll go perfectly in my dream kitchen. This was a few years ago and I don't have my dream kitchen yet, but I do have a very nice one that has been styled and accessorised around the mixer (I have the red one).

          To be honest I don't actually use the mixer that often, I have a small hand whisk that I generally use for baking as its easier to get out and clean but the mixer is invaluable when doing large quantities of icing, or big cakes, and it does look great so I don't regret getting it!

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          18.05.2009 08:42
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          A must have item in every kitchen.

          If you are at all looking to buy a kitchenaid food mixer and think they may be a little pricey think again, they are really tough and strong and would certainly out do any other cheaper brand on looks and also functionality. You can make mixes for massive 14" cakes and that's a lot of cake mix, it has comes with 3 different interchangable pladdles, a flat beater for general mixing, a dough hook, and a whisk head. You can also get lots of add on fixings that simply push on to the front, I have the pasta roller and it works really well, a shredder/grater I use this a hell of a lot and I also have the juicer/mincer. Although the mixer is very heavy to be honest you would keep it out on the side why would you hide this beautiful baby.
          It is very easy clean just quarter twist the bowl it lifts out and just push and twist the attatchments and the come off easily, there's no small knooks and crannies to get bits of food stuck in. If you watch any cooking shows they usually have these mixers and that says it when a proffesional is using them you know they work both functionally as well as being durable. My father is a head chef and would definately recommend them.

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            15.05.2009 13:49
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            Amazing mixer that will not disappoint

            Whilst visiting some friends in America I noticed they had one of these gorgeous beasts! Theirs was in the brushed steel and looked so chic in their kitchen (along with the matching blender). When i came home i investigated how much these cost and decided to forget it. That was until i came to do my wedding list. I put this on as a pipe dream thinking no one would get it me, but the did and im delighted.

            What's all the fuss about? Primarily i love the selection of colours and went for the bright cherry red which matched my KitchenAid pan set. The design is beautiful and really is a key feature in my kitchen. Almost everyone that visits comments on it.

            What KitchenAid say: They say this is more than just a mixer. It is the ultimate cooking tool. The artisan mixer comes with a dough hook (makes amazing bread), a wire whisk (i use for making meringue and whipping cream) and a flat beater (cake batters etc). The gorgeous stainless steel bowl also comes with the mixer as well as a splash quard. You can buy optional attachements such as a pasta maker, a food grinder for making mince and loads more. I haven't indulged in an of these yet.

            What i like: May seem like a simple thing but the grips on the bottom really hold the mixer in place. It is sturdy and solid and feels expensive (which of course it is). I also like that the bowl really locks into position so you can turn your back and do other things merrily without having any disasters. the splash guard is really useful when whipping cream. No more kictchen walls covered in the stuff! i also like that the mixer has 10 adjustable speeds. This really gives you lots of control and means that you can put a larger amount of care into each product.

            Worth knowing:The machine is really heavy, but you dont have to lift it once its on the counter. The controls are very easy to use, just one simple slide gauge on the side. The parts are easy to wash as the machine doesnt have any fiddly unnecessary bits. I only got the three attachements listed in above. You can expect to pay around £50 for other attachements mentioned.

            The price (ouch) £349 and is available from John Lewis, other supermarkets, on ebay and in quality Kitchen shops

            It is expensive but i expect to have the mixer for years to come. It really is a great investment

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              15.05.2009 13:27
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              Excellent mixer, tough and long lasting and worth the expensive price tag

              My husband (at the time fiance) purchased my kitchen aid for my birthday. After I had fallen in love with them at work- as bakery technologist. The planetary mixing action ensures that all ingredients are fully mixed in- although occassional scraping of the paddle blade is required. My old breadmachine is now redundant as I much prefer this to knead the bread and I prefer the bake of bread in the oven. Mashed potato is excellent and lump free, and the whisk attachement makes meringue effortlessly.

              I used the kitchen aid to make our wedding cake and this saved a lot of effort in mixing as I was able to make a large quantity of cake mix. I do have the mixer and grater attachement for the kitchenaid however I have not yet made full use of this.

              The kitchen aid is easy to clean- and most of it can be put through the dishwasher. The mixer is tough and should hopefully last for a long time- however as it was very expensive this is what I would expect. I would recommend this mixer to anyone- both from a cooking point of view and of course from the design aspect.

              The main downside is the price and the price of the extra attachments.

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                28.07.2007 21:49
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                superb quality that begs to be used

                My wife isn’t a wasteful woman, which is obviously good, so when she told me she wanted this mixer I was taken aback, as it was so expensive. She is an excellent cook and enjoys cooking in all its guises. When we first married she introduced me to a Kenwood chef which was rather like a pet as it had been in the family so long. This died quite suddenly; it choked on some bread dough and was unable to be resuscitated. The KitchenAid KSM150 BWH Artisan Food Mixer was to be the replacement.

                This mixer doesn’t look anything special to anyone not in the know. It looks old-fashioned although maybe retro is a more suitable term and it is quite bulky. She first saw this mixer when Nigella Lawson was using it in a cookery programme and it obviously caught her eye.

                I’ll explain this machine roughly as she explained it to me.

                The Artisan is a heavy duty machine with power delivered direct from the motor to the mixing end making it very reliable. It needs its weight and bulk to be able to deal with glutinous dough and mixes. It mixes with a ‘planetary action’ which means its blades don’t mix in a circle like most mixers but rather its blades work in an ellipse. This leads to greater efficiency as it catches the whole contents of the bowl at some point and stops small amounts of ingredients escaping the blending process.

                The initial outlay is expensive but these machines have lives that can be measured in decades rather than years. They are solidly made with not one flimsy part, every centimetre of it looks indestructible. It has an all metal construction with an enamel finish and the result of this is a mixer that is stable, durable and robust. Apparently the Artisan, like the other appliances in the range, is still assembled by hand from solid die-cast metal parts. It receives the individual attention to detail necessary to ensuring top performance and quality. The Artisan is resistant to chips, staining, bumps and knocks.

                The accessories; blades whisk and hooks are all stainless steel as is the 5 litre bowl. The bowl has the capacity for kneading dough for 2 loaves of bread (1.2 Kg of all purpose flour or 1 Kg of whole wheat flour)

                It has a direct drive 300 watt motor and 10 speeds ensuring fast and thorough mixing every time and gives you perfect control so there is no flour shooting everywhere. The bowl has an integrated carrying handle and there is a pouring shield. These touches reduce the likelihood of any mess further. The retro design isn’t a fashion statement its been designed purposefully to be rounded and smooth so there are no dust raps or places where ingredients can linger out of sight. It just wipes clean and all the accessories; bowl shield, whisk etc are dishwasher safe.

                It has a tilt back mixer head design that provides easy access to the bowl and the mixer head locks back into the tilted position securely. The direct drive motor is nearly silent. They are also reliable and long lasting

                The Artisan also has a wide range of add-ons to select from so you can gradually expand the capabilities of this machine depending on available funds. It comes with a dough hook, whisk and flat beater as standard and these are able to cope with the majority of baking tasks,

                There is a single attachment power hub at the front of the machine which increases its versatility. The accessories fasten securely into the hub and do not destabilise the Artisan whatsoever.

                • Food grinder (mincer): This can be used to mince meat and fish, to grate cheese, make bread crumbs and combine dips, salsas and spreads. Included are a 4-blade self-sharpening stainless steel cutter, as well as a food pusher and fine and coarse grinding plates.

                • Sausage stuffer: For use with the Food Grinder attachment, includes 2 tubes 3/8 inch and 5/8 inch and instructions. Dishwasher safe

                • Vegetable slicer: The vegetable slicer is ideal for slicing and shredding root and green vegetables, potatoes, onions, fruit, chocolate, nuts and hard cheese. Includes slicing drum and medium and coarse shredding drums.

                • Additional cone pack for the vegetable slicer: contains 3 extra cones - 1x Fine Grater, 1x julienne, 1 x puree

                • Pasta maker: Pasta maker with 3 attachments: Pasta Roller- To make Lasagne, totellini, rolls and flattens pasta into sheets of 140 mm. Tagliatelle cutter - cuts pasta into tagliatelle, 6 mm wide. Linguini-fini- cuts pasta into thin linguini, 1.5 mm wide

                • Can opener: Fast, safe operation leaves edges smooth and snag free and holds the can securely until removed.

                • Cover: Protect the Artisan from dust, grease and kitchen debris with this machine washable heavyweight, quilted cotton cover

                • 3 and 4 litre bowl for making smaller quantities

                • Juicer attachment: freshly squeezed orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit juice. The strainer traps seeds and pulp

                • Pouring shields: For the smaller bowls, prevents ingredients from splattering out of bowl when added. Like the large bowl they have side chute for adding ingredients. Is made of dishwasher-safe plastic

                • Grain mill: Grinds low-moisture grains such as wheat, corn and rice from coarse to fine

                • Vegetable /fruit strainer: For use with the Food Grinder attachment to puree fruit and cooked vegetables quickly and easily, separating the puree from the waste. Perfect for jams and chutneys, baby food

                • Food tray: attaches to the top of the mixer and holds large quantities and helps maintain even flow of food when using the food grinder and attachments

                The dimensions of the Artisan are approximately: 36 cm high, 36 cm deep, 22 cm wide and it weighs 11.3 kg.

                It comes in a choice of 10 colours

                • Yellow
                • Blue
                • Very dark onyx grey.
                • Black
                • White
                • Metallic grey
                • Green
                • Cream
                • Silver
                • Red

                The Kitchen Aid KSM150 BNK Artisan comes with a 5 year guarantee

                There is a complete KitchenAid Artisan range that is made with the same attention to detail. The whole range is available in the same 10 colours as the mixer and the range includes a blender, toaster, espresso maker, burr grinder and food processor. All of the products have the same tactile, 'retro' styling, with solid knobs, buttons and smooth curved lines

                We don’t own any of the other KitchenAid appliances but we do own most of the attachments and there are great, I’d never had a home made sausage before and they are wonderful. Everything about this appliance states quality and durability.

                Our mixer is now well over 2 years old and looks no different to the day we bought it. It really easy to take care of and has not given us a moments trouble. It hasn’t developed any strange rattles or habits. Everything still fits as perfectly as they did when it was new. The hub is very solidly made and I am positive it will never become worn. There are no plastic parts to weaken and break.

                There are so many colours to choose from that they would compliment any kitchen. The colours are all the same price as the white one which is unusual, ours is metallic silver. We have a kitchen draw underneath the Artisan dedicated to its attachments so everything is always close to hand. Some get used more than others, such as the juicer, mincer and slicer but we use all of those we have regularly. We didn’t buy a grain mill as it was felt we wouldn’t use it for anything other than coffee and we already have a coffee grinder.

                You can get the 3 main attachments as an accessory pack which includes the Food Grinder), the Vegetable Slicer and the Fruit/Veg Strainer and this is a bargain.

                This is a product for someone who loves to cook and will use time and again. It’s a premium product with an expensive price tag and wouldn’t be cost effective if you won’t use it. Because it’s built to last and last it probably wouldn’t be a good buy for the person who likes up to the minute products, unless you are mega-rich

                The Kitchen Aid KSM150 BNK Artisan costs around £300- £350 and the accessory pack around £100 so it needs to be regarded as an investment.

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                  05.07.2007 18:03
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                  An expensive piece of kit - but robustly made so probably good value

                  The KitchenAid® stand mixer was designed by one of the great American style gurus, Egmont Arens. First launced in 1937, it ranks as one of the classic iconic shapes of the early 20th century.

                  I was given my KitchenAid Artisan mixer as a gift from my daughter who lives in the States. We went together and chose it from a fabulous shop called Bed, Bath & Beyond at the Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix, Arizona. Obviously, that makes it extra-special to me, but you could buy yours from some of the bigger department and household goods stores.

                  My KitchenAid is matte black and very swish. Because it is an American-bought appliance it came with the standard American 3 prong plug but we have added a couple of 3-pin sockets in our kitchen and it presents no problem.

                  The KitchenAid Artisan:

                  The legendary tool of generations of cooks and bakers, the KitchenAid is endlessly versatile, easy to use and clean afterwards.

                  The appliance is very heavy, robust, stable and durable. No shuggling around on the kitchen worktop.

                  The stand mixer I have had the following attachments included and this would seem to be pretty much standard in the UK :

                  4.5 Qt. Stainless Steel Bowl with handle
                  Flat Beater
                  Dough Hook
                  Wire Whip
                  Pouring Shield
                  Rotor Slicer/Shredder
                  Food Grinder
                  Fruit/Vegetable Strainer Parts

                  There is a good selection of other attachments (including a cover for you mixer for when stored away) which you can buy separately for your KitchenAid and these can be purchased in-store and online in the UK.

                  Features:
                  · All metal construction with an enamel finish
                  · 300 Watt Motor
                  · Tilt up head
                  · 10-Speed Solid-State Control
                  · 4.83 litre Stainless Steel Bowl
                  · Power Hub for Additional Attachments
                  · Capacity for Kneading Two Loaves of Bread (1.2Kg of all purpose flour or 1Kg of whole wheat flour)
                  · 5 Year guarantee
                  · Made in the USA

                  There is a choice of eight colours: cream, empire red, onyx black, blue, white, caviar black, grey and yellow. Occasionally, KitchenAid can be purchased in Special Edition colours and my daughter is very proud of her pink one.

                  The basic attachments which come with the KitchenAid are ideal for:

                  Cake mixing, potato mashing, egg whisking, cream whipping and to knead dough.

                  Why I like mine:

                  The direct drive motor provides constant power and is silent and reliable. It has 300 watts of power for heavy-duty preparations and 10 mixing speeds.
                  The mixing speeds are controlled by a slide switch situated at the side towards the top of the appliance

                  The 5-litre polished stainless steel bowl locks tightly to the base of the mixer rendering the appliance totally safe to leave alone on the kitchen surface to mix ingredients whilst you get on with something else. I can mix both small and large quantities of food.

                  Because this mixer will mix faster and more thoroughly than most other electric mixers the mixing time in most recipes must be adjusted to avoid overbeating. For example, beating time for cakes may be half as long as with other mixers.

                  Accessories are easy to attach: just a single, gentle twist enables easy attachment to the hub.

                  General Information: 'KitchenAid attachments are designed to assure long life. The attachment power shaft and hub socket are of a square design, to eliminate any possibility of slipping during the transmission of power to the attachment. The hub and shaft housing are tapered to assure a snug fit, even after prolonged use and wear. KitchenAid attachments require no extra power unit to operate them; the power unit is built in.’

                  Comes complete with instructions and recipes book.
                  I’ve used mine to make cakes and for general mixing purposes such as eggs, cream and mashed potatoes. As there are now only two of us in the house, the mixer doesn’t get as much use as it would for a larger family. I’m just sorry I didn’t have it when the children lived at home. I am one of those people who follow instructions to the letter so I can honestly say the results I’ve achieved have been perfect.

                  I have nothing to compare my KitchenAid with because I have never owned an electric mixer before. My most modern piece of mixing equipment was a hand-held Molyneux electric whisk, which I’d had for 32 years so this machine is a delight to use.

                  I have arthritis and cannot manage the mixing of cakes (or even mashed potato) by hand and because my KitchenAid is so easy to clean – just wash the bowl and beaters in hot soapy water and wipe down the appliance with a damp cloth afterwards – I don’t worry about using it regularly.

                  Price: approximately £319 in the UK or $350 in the States (equals £175.. yeh, I know!)

                  © Louise Saunders 2007

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                    26.06.2005 00:57
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                    I am in love with my Kitchenaid.
                    I am on my second one. Not because I wore out the first one, it was a colour change for my new kitchen. I bought the first one with free pasta attachment. I sold this separately and the mixer for the price of my new Cream one. They certainly hold their value well.

                    I make bread with it, easy as pie. I have the shredder which I use a lot this time of year to make coleslaw by the bucket load. I also have the mincer attachment which is brilliant. I like to make my own burger and mince but I like to know what is in it so I buy my meat and mince it myself. No matter how much meat you put through it there is no waste, an excellent bit of kit.

                    I would rather lose a limb than have to do without my Kitchenaid. The only bit of advice I would give is shop around, prices vary considerably. I bought mine from Wheesh at an excellent price. If I ever change my kitchen again I know I could sell it and get another one for not a lot more money.

                    I sold my old mixer for £200. I bought my new one from wheesh.com when it was on offer for £249 they have since gone up to around £294 however you can still get them for £259.97 from Amazon which is a good price. I bought the attachments at the same time from wheesh and got a discount for buying it all together, around 10% discount I think.

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                      When I moved here to the UK from the US, I was heart broken to have to sell my Kitchenaid mixer. When I found out they were available here, I used my first paycheque to purchase a new one, Those first few weeks without it were tough! The kitchenaid mixer is a must for anyone who loves to cook or even if you just want to have more time and make life easier in the kitchen. It is a gorgeous machine to look at and hasn't changed much since they were first made in 1919! No need to improve much on a great thing, I guess. The mixer comes in fabulous colours (Yellow, Blue, Grey, Black, White, Red or Almond Cream Finish and even a Brushed Chrome Nickel Finish) to match anyone's decor. They occasionally introduce limited edition colours also, I used to own the retro green one. Of course the beauty of this mixer is more than skin deep. It also works really well. The mixer is made from solid metal which means it is very heavy so once you put it in place it won't be moving around, even at full speed with a bowl full of dough. It has little rubber feet on the bottom which also ensure that the mixer stays put. Also, no plastic to crack and break. The 4ltr polished stainless steel bowl easily screws into the base of the mixer. You are able to access the bowl by tipping up the head or top of the mixer which is on a hinge. The head is held in place by a safety latch on the side of the mixer which you must push to lift it. It comes with three attachments; a paddle for batters and doughs (cookies etc.), a bread hook for...you guessed it, bread dough and a whisk for whipping. The paddle and dough hook are coated in a nonstick vinyl coating and are dishwasher safe. All the attachments are easy to change. Sometimes they come with a plastic pouring shield as well. It clips onto the bowl and has a chute that you can pour ingredients down. I believe it comes standard now but mine didn't come with it. The mixer has a "planetary mixing acti
                      on", this means that not only do the attachments turn while mixing but the housing for the attachments rotates as well. It has a 300 watt 10 speed motor which makes this a very powerful mixer. Because it is so well designed you rarely have to scrape down the inside of the bowl. The speed is easily adjusted by a switch on the side of the machine. There is a little button on the front of the machine that is removable. Underneath it is a place where you can screw in lots of optional attachments like a pasta machine, juicer, meat grinder, electric can opener and lots more. I must admit I don't have any of these attachments but they sound cool! There is a slightly larger version available which is the "professional" model. It has a 4.8ltr bowl and a 325 watt motor. The kitchenaid mixer is expensive but I think it is worth every penny. If you treat it well it should last for the rest of your life. A great place for the mixer is a place that sells catering equiptment like www.nisbets.co.uk, they have great prices on them but none of the funky colours. If you want to be baking like a professional I really recommend this mixer. Especially if you bake breads at home or would like to try. Kneding the dough is so easy. Also, whipping egg in the mixer takes half the time and none of the work that doing it by hand entails. I couldn't live with out my Kitchenaid!

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                        12.05.2003 21:51
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                        I bought my kitchenaid mixer after seeing it a local shop. It has very retro looks - much more attractive than the more ordinary Kenwood mixer (which was the other option). It does exactly what it says on the box - mixes, blends and will knead bread dough while I get on with the rest of the cooking - wonderful. Bread making in particular is a doddle - just bung in your ingredients and let it do it's stuff - OK so you don't get to vent the frustrations of the day on your bread dough but neither do you need to stand there for ages pummeling your bread to get an even textured loaf. Besides, you can always finish it off by hand if you feel the need (or is that knead!)

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                          21.04.2001 02:54

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                          I bought my KitchenAid after reading How to Eat by Nigella Lawson and watching her recent TV series. She uses one in a lot of her recipes and was raving about it. They are a stand alone food mixer originally developed in 1919, they are made entirely of solid metal, have a 10 speed motor which allows it to operate really quietly with 300 Watts of power and they come in yellow, white, black, chrome, blue, red, green and grey. They come with a dough hook in a non-stick coating for mixing and kneading yeast dough (bread, pizza rolls), a flat beater for cake mixes, light dough and mashed potato and a whisk for whipping egg whites, creams and dips. The 3 litre bowl is made from stainless steel and comes with a lid should you want to use this for proving your dough or keeping a cake mixture in etc. There are several different types of KitchenAid and I have the Classic style and it costs £249.00, you can buy them from Jerry's Home Store, John Lewis and other big department stores. They look really funky, quite retro in style and if you like making bread, which I do, it saves you 20 minutes of kneading you just switch it on and leave the room!

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