In your opinion what are Best Stand Mixers??

herbantherapy Posts: 453 ✭✭✭✭

It’s time I buy a stand mixer. I have waited 3 years to buy a Kitchen Aid and can’t seem to fork over the dough (pun intended). In the last year I have really upped my baking game and make bread(s), pie dough and cookies every week now. And I make zoodles regularly as well as sauces and butters. Doing this all by hand is time consuming and I know I could speed some of it up by using a machine. The kitchen aid mixers have great attachments to do it all. If I have to I will pay out the $300 for the pro mixer.

BUT... I wanted check here and see if real experienced homesteaders have a good alternative? My mom used her grandmothers sunbeam forever but it was all steel and I have only seen plastic sunbeams today, plus not as many attachment options.

Tell me your opinions!



  • judsoncarroll4
    judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,354 admin

    I inherited a Kitchen Aid - I'd never buy a new one! It is a great tool. When it comes time to get another one, I'll check out the thrift shops. If they will elt you plug it in and torn it on int he store, you can find out if the motor is in good shape. If it is, they last forever. I really wish I had asked for my grandmother's when she passed away - it was big and tough and 50 years old, at least.

  • Linda Bittle
    Linda Bittle Posts: 1,500 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'll admit to coveting a Kitchen Aid, but it's not in my budget. And, I don't really need a stand mixer.

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  • shllnzl
    shllnzl Posts: 1,816 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Keep your eyes open -- sometimes you can buy a new Kitchenaid mixer at a great discount.

  • Ferg
    Ferg Posts: 285 ✭✭✭
    edited October 2020

    ebay sometimes has Kitchenaid mixers... I'm a huge hobart/kitchenaid fan ..

    that being said, I haven't needed one in over six years. I do overnight yeast proof bread, which was one thing I liked about the machine pre-long-proof method. I do have a viking stick blender with a few attachments that cost me a bit of money, but still a LOT less than a kitchenaid.

    I suppose if I made a lot of baked goods (non-bread), I'd look into it, but I don't, and I can make cookies with a big bowl and the right mixing tools (-:.

  • Ferg
    Ferg Posts: 285 ✭✭✭

    oh! and people oftentimes rerfurbish the Kitchanaids. The old ones had metal gears, the new ones have plastic, and the plastic doens't last as long.

  • Gail H
    Gail H Posts: 359 ✭✭✭✭

    If you can find an old KitchenAid , I would definitely go for it. Mine is 35 years old and still goes like a champ. I've never used any attachments, though, so I can't speak to their value.

  • annbeck62
    annbeck62 Posts: 994 ✭✭✭✭

    I have a kitchenAid. I got it a few years back during black Friday. I don't remember the exact price but it was well under than $200.

  • dipat2005
    dipat2005 Posts: 1,225 ✭✭✭✭

    I have had a Kitchen Aid stand mixer for about 20 years. They are wonderful. Sign up with Krazy Coupon Ladies and they will let you know when there are Kitchen Aid mixers available. I saw a lot of ads last year for around $250. I just love my mixer and use it frequently. I do not have any of the attachments. My mixer is in really good shape. It came with three beaters: a paddle, a hook and a whisk.

  • JodieDownUnder
    JodieDownUnder Posts: 1,482 admin

    I scored big time for my 50th birthday, everyone chipped in and I got a black kitchenaid mixer, very lucky girl. If I didn't have that, I'd be looking around 2nd hand stores and garage sales for an old Sunbeam, reliable and in those days, they were made to last!

  • SandyMcWhoo?
    SandyMcWhoo? Posts: 15 ✭✭✭

    Kitchen Aids are quite versatile... I love mine!

  • Acequiamadre
    Acequiamadre Posts: 269 ✭✭✭

    Kitchen Aid. Most. Used. Tool.

    Costco has regular deals (and a great return policy) and you see them sometimes at a thrift store.

    Black Friday is another time to find great deals on them.

    A hint--use the lower speeds when possible to preserve your motor for a lifetime.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,507 admin

    I have a Kitchenaid that is almost 20 years old. I made do with hand mixers for a long time, then inherited an old Sunbeam stand mixer but it didn't last long. I think it may have been one of the first made. Back to hand mixers until I was able to afford this Kitchenaid. My only regret is not paying the bit extra for the Pro model. I use it all the time.

  • annflancan
    annflancan Posts: 84 ✭✭✭

    My kitchen Aid has lasted me 30 years (it was a wedding gift) and never a single problem. You get what you pay for. They are so good that it is standard practice in our family that when family member gets married we pool our money and buy the new couple a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. The tradition has been for as long as I can remember.

  • ltwickey
    ltwickey Posts: 369 ✭✭✭

    I love my Kitchen Aid. I would not trade it for the world. I use for everything. It was a Christmas gift early in my marriage, and 20+ years later it is still going strong!! I just recently got the ice cream maker component. No more store bought ice cream for us!!

    Highly recommend saving up/splurging for one if you can't get one second hand.

  • Lisa K
    Lisa K Posts: 1,839 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have and love my Kitchen-Aid mixer and I have had it for over 25 years!

  • Merin Porter
    Merin Porter Posts: 1,026 admin
    edited October 2020

    We've got a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer and love it. I do use the attachments, especially the one that grates cheese/zucchini/etc. It's awesome. I've seen them on Craigslist and online garage sale sites, at estate sales, etc. I agree that they tend to last a really long time, so this is something I'd be willing to buy used and still expect it to last a long time.

  • Silkiemamuska
    Silkiemamuska Posts: 99 ✭✭✭

    I am also voting Kitchen Aid stand mixer, it just works that well.

    I have had two and for me the most important decision is which bowl attachment. Some bowls twist to lock and over time (or if the dough is really thick) the bowl will "unlock" during the processing. NOT fun! Nothing like loud metallic clanking when you turn your back to work on the next item. Can you say momentary panic???😂

    Keep researching, watch for sales, set up alerts, get creative and you will get exactly what you need.

  • naomi.kohlmeier
    naomi.kohlmeier Posts: 380 ✭✭✭

    @herbantherapy I used to have a Kitchen Aid. I loved and hated it. It was a commercial one. I work in a kitchen and gift store and was introduced to an Ankarsrum Kitchen Assistent! I was able to bring one home and use it so I could talk about it to our customers. I absolutely loved it and bought one for myself and gave the KA to my daughter! There is no overhead motor to interfere with adding ingredients. It has a dough roller and a dough hook, a bowl scraper attachment (this is a great tool), a stainless bowl for heavier doughs, cookies, etc and an acrylic bowl and beaters for cakes, whipped cream, etc. It is incredibly easy to use, clean-up is a breeze and the motor has a 7 year warranty. Kitchen Aid only has a 1 year warranty last time I checked. I have most of the attachments and can not tell you how much of a joy it is to make things with it. I even made 7 pounds of meatloaf with it. It's a bit pricier than the Kitchen Aid, but in my opinion it is well worth it. if you want to check it out.

  • kbmbillups1
    kbmbillups1 Posts: 1,316 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I too have a Kitchen Aid that I got last year for Christmas. My family gave me the professional one b/c I already had the regular one but my dough mixing was too much for that one. It got so bad I had to hold the bowl down to use it.

    I love the professional Kitchen Aid b/c it lifts the bowl up and it is able to move around a bit while the dough mixes. Watch the deals that I bet will start soon. Everyone had them on sale last Christmas.

  • vickeym
    vickeym Posts: 2,019 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have both a Bosch mixer and a kitchenaid. When I got my Bosch I loved it. It could handle mixing dough for around 4 loaves if bread at a time. After using it a bit and no longer needing such large batches at one time I finally realized I did not like center post style. The dough climbed the post and got black looking going inside the metal gear area. And it did not mix well for small batches. I had gotten a job where I used a kitchenaid almost daily. Decided I loved everything about it. Waited for awhile trying to find one but got one on Craigslist and seller turned out to be someone I knew. Older, well used but still going strong. Found attachments to go with it. Absolutely love it.

  • Granny Marie
    Granny Marie Posts: 53 ✭✭✭

    I love my Kitchen Aid. It's about 30 yrs old. I have the ice cream maker bowl, which we try not to use all the time. I'd love to have to larger Pro model but I make do.

  • Angel
    Angel Posts: 61 ✭✭✭

    My mom's had an Oster stand mixer for nearly 40 years. I have a Kitchen Aid, and I love it. It's been used nearly daily for about 12 years or so.

  • Melissa Burford
    Melissa Burford Posts: 69 ✭✭✭

    I love my Kitchen Aid - purchased years ago, on sale, and use it several times a week. Over the years I've purchased some attachments and use them as needed. The meat grinder is probably the most used attachment. I haven't gotten the one to make zoodles because I have a spiralizer and felt that using the Kitchen Aid to make zoodles was a bit overkill for me. But it's easy to use the Kitchen Aid for so many things from dough to whipped cream.

  • burekcrew86
    burekcrew86 Posts: 248 ✭✭✭

    I’m a huge Kitchen Aid fan. It has served me well for over 20 years. It’s worth the investment. There’s always great sales around Black Friday.

  • herbantherapy
    herbantherapy Posts: 453 ✭✭✭✭

    Looks like Kitchen Aid is the winner!!! I’m keeping my eyes peeled for a good deal💕

  • MissPatricia
    MissPatricia Posts: 318 ✭✭✭

    My son gave me a Kitchen Aid more than 2 decades ago, and it still works great. Sturdy machine. Worth the money, if you can swing it.

  • Sharie
    Sharie Posts: 276 ✭✭✭

    I bought one for my daughter who has tendonitis and it's been a game-changer!

  • KimMullen
    KimMullen Posts: 38 ✭✭✭

    I was given a kitchen aid 30 years ago for a wedding present. It has made many hundreds of loaves of bread for us, ground meat, made pasta, ground flour, you name it. I wouldn't want to be without mine.

  • twinspringsnc
    twinspringsnc Posts: 21 ✭✭✭

    My favorite is my Kitchenaide. Have had it for 30 years or so. Have attachments for it and it is my favorite tool.