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I own a small Specialty Dessert business and I use this mixer for all of my baking. It is the best mixer I have ever owned. It is sturdy and dependable. I have owned this mixer for 4 years and I have never had a problem with it. I bake approxiamtely 35 cakes a month and I use this mixer for all of my baking. I also use it for my personal cooking needs. I recommend this item for anyone that does a lot of baking because you can not only depend on it to always work, but you can also do other things while mixing. The silver mixer is the best as far as I am concerned in looks, because it wipes off easily and looks brand new every time. No finger marks or streaks. I simply love it!
Worked but plastic housing cracked after normal use - cheaply made. Better off buying a higher quality unit. Also, when I requested a repair or warranty info, I received no responses after several attempts to contact Kitchenaid. I own the pasta and ice cream makers and those units are still working very well.
I had the 5-quart kitchenaid mixer before and updated to this one for the bigger bowl. I got a pretty good deal on it (I paid about $270 for it after the mail-in rebate. It has great power which is good for doing thick batters and bread doughs. The only thing I'm not crazy about is that the whisk attachment seems a little off. It taps the bowl when I have it on high speed, which makes an annoying sound and, from what the instruction manual says, could wear off the natural finish on the metal. Another thing that stinks is that the attachments and the bowl are not supposed to go in the dishwasher, so you have to hand wash them everytime you use them. I leave my mixer out on the counter (it's nice looking, so I don't mind it being out) but its very heavy. If you don't have counterspace for it, it would be very inconvenient to move.
<p>I had been using a 5 quart professional series for 4 years, but this new one really increased my batch yeild. Love the newer, slower startup on the speeds.</p>