I was going to buy a kitchenaid classic plus but then saw this kenmore elite ovation. I read the reviews and despite a few negative reviews about the heavy glass bowl, the short cord, and the plastic lid I went for it. It’s not cheap and not cheaper than the entry level kitchenaid mixer but the design is a lot better in my opinion. First it’s a few inches shorter, and can fit on the counter under your cabinet, even when it’s tilted back! That’s not possible with even the smallest mini kitchenaid artisan 3.5 quart. This bowl is 5 quarts and has a lump in the middle so that stuff wouldn’t get stuck unmixed in the middle of the bowl. The chute to dump ingredients in is wonderful, no messy kitchen after you are done, just take the spout out! The hooks are metal and pretty non stick.
My husband bought me this mixer for Christmas. It was missing a piece I called the number in the handbook and did not get any response. I couldn't understand if the voicemail was saying it was Kenmore. I then called Sears and got the run around and ended up getting the case escalated. They then told me I could only return it not exchange it. The Sears woman told me they would give me a $5.00 credit for my missing part even though it was a $38.00 part. Save yourself the hassle and buy a Kitchenaid.
Really easy to use convenient pour opening at the top love the light ?? while mixing.
lighter weight so easier to move around. I love the low profile making it easier to store on my counter. the shield keeps things clean. a great machine. only problem: I would like to buy an extra bowl and betters and they don't seem to sell them!! WISH THEY WOULD.
I'm very pleased with my Ovation stand mixer. (I got the burgundy one.) I give it a 4-star because I've only used it a few times so far, and just for bread making. That may change as I use it for more things come holiday baking season. It gets 5-stars for ease of use and for appearance, for whatever the appearance may be worth. I have wanted to buy a stand mixer for years but couldn't justify the hundreds of dollars for something I'd use just a few times a year. When I saw this on sale for a hundred dollars, and how attractive it looked, I wanted to get it. I read some reviews first, though. One review and demonstration from someone named Amy, I think, who reviews kitchens tools, was full of inconsistencies and she seemed prejudiced before even using it. (She commented on how it was shorter than the Kitchen-Aid so it fit on the counter under the cabinets better, but then complained that the paddles were short. Wouldn't the paddles have to be shorter to fit a shorter bowl? It's still 5 qt. She thought the splash guard would create a mess on the underside of the top of the mixer, but after using the 3 different paddles, she had no comment on any underside mess. It made me think there was no mess and she didn't want to mention it because she was wrong. She also complained about the consistency of the bread dough, but she only kneaded it a couple minutes. Even someone off-camera told her she should have kneaded it longer. The recipes for the bread doughs I've made called for longer kneading times. And don't get me started on how she didn't even know how to use an egg separator, which, of course, she complained about.) So I completely disregarded her views. Other reviews were very positive, especially about the pour-through funnel in the top, which I haven't had occasion to use yet, but probably will when making cookies. They referred to it as the future of stand mixers. I have never made bread before, but this machine made it easy. My first loaf--white bread--came out very well, and no mess on the underside of the top of the mixer. The second loaf was rye bread and it came out even better. I couldn't have been more pleased. Next I'll try raisin bread. I understand that the knob on the left, while facing the mixer, is for using attachments made by a different stand mixer manufacturer. I have none of those so I haven't been able to verify this. It looks like it would, though. I like the LED light that shines into the bowl while mixing. It seems like a little thing, and I thought it would be unnecessary since I wouldn't be using the mixer with all the kitchen lights turned out, but it is a nice feature. It functions as a warning signal, too, in case problems occur. Also, not related to the mixer itself, but when I ordered this online, it actually was delivered to my home three business days before I expected it. It has a 5-year warranty, too. All in all, I'm very pleased with the Ovation mixer. I guess what I'd say is I'm glad I bought it.
Excellent product. I love this mixer. It is really easy to clean and it lets you maintaining working area clean.