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Stand mixer
« on: May 16, 2020, 01:41:07 PM »
I'm looking to invest in a stand mixer that can handle several loaves of bread dough.  Any recommendations? 
 

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Re: Stand mixer
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2020, 01:51:48 PM »
Look at a small industrial one. Wonít be Home and Garden cover worthy, but its motor will be stronger.
 
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Re: Stand mixer
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2020, 06:42:45 PM »
Kitchen Aid $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$  ::)
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Re: Stand mixer
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2020, 07:23:17 PM »
Weíve got a kitchenaid thatís at least 30 years old, and weighs about 35 pounds. Thingís built like a tank. Iíve made 2 loaves of bread in it at a time, but thatís probably the limit.
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Re: Stand mixer
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2020, 08:18:28 PM »
Home-use marketed Kitchen aids have gone down in quality, and arenít suited to that much strain on the gears for the resistance that a lot of dough will give.

The more commercial ones are better quality.

I have a gourmand friend who has commented several times on how kitchen aids arenít all they are cracked up to be for heavy use.

My wife recommends just mixing by hand due to being able to really feel it.
 
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Re: Stand mixer
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2020, 08:45:20 PM »
I've been mixing by hand for the last 17 years. It's my favorite method, honestly.  I'd rather do it that way;  just don't always have the time anymore, especially whenever I have a nursling around. Plus, as much as it pains me to admit it, my joints could use the break (I'm also a knitter, so between holding babies, kneading bread, and knitting....they hurt more these days). So, I need something with a metal housing, high wattage motor, and strong gears (I bake ALOT of bread.... sometimes daily) for those days I just can't get to mixing by hand.
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Re: Stand mixer
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2020, 08:50:03 PM »
Weíve got a kitchenaid thatís at least 30 years old, and weighs about 35 pounds. Thingís built like a tank. Iíve made 2 loaves of bread in it at a time, but thatís probably the limit.

Sounds like a great machine!
 

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Re: Stand mixer
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2020, 08:52:48 PM »
Kitchen Aid $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$  ::)

Indeed....which is why I'm hoping to find another brand that is better quality and lower cost.  From what I read, the Cuisinart 7.5 qt. mixer is pretty good.  I'm looking at those, but if I can find an off brand that performs just as well, I'd go that route for less cost.  I'm also trying to limit to Amazon, because I am saving my points up to get it for "free".   

ETA: also, the less digital features the better.  Easier to repair, if need be
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Re: Stand mixer
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2020, 02:01:10 AM »
Kitchen Aid $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$  ::)

Indeed....which is why I'm hoping to find another brand that is better quality and lower cost.  From what I read, the Cuisinart 7.5 qt. mixer is pretty good.  I'm looking at those, but if I can find an off brand that performs just as well, I'd go that route for less cost.  I'm also trying to limit to Amazon, because I am saving my points up to get it for "free".   

ETA: also, the less digital features the better.  Easier to repair, if need be

Honestly, just buy the Kitchen Aid, but used. Do you know how many Martha Stewart wannabes get a Kitchen Aid for Christmas/Mother's Day every year and never use them? It is a joke. Every "pinterest" kitchen in the world has one, and most of them just sit there collecting dust. You can even get the large bowl-lift 7 qt ones from overly ambition housewives. I would save your pennies, and watch craigslist/ebay (nearby so you can pick it up). You could also let your entire extended family know that this is what you would like and maybe they could all pool for Christmas. My family likes knowing if there is something big we are saving for (piano, kitchen aid, fancy double stroller) and they send cash for birthdays/Christmas/etc. I will say that I don't think there is another brand that is equal in value but cheaper. Why do so many professional bakers use KA? Why do they even sell them very successfully in Europe when they have there own K-Mix brand? Because KA is just better. You are also going to have this thing for 30 years. Divide the cost by the number of times you will use it, and I think you'll see you should get the best one you possibly can.
 
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Re: Stand mixer
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2020, 03:26:58 AM »
The European equivalent would be a Kenwood Chef.  You need to get an old model though. The modern ones are made in China and they are junk.

I have about 3. I buy old broken ones and fix the electronics. They are good as new with a few resistors, capacitors and the odd triac.



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Re: Stand mixer
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2020, 08:14:01 AM »
The European equivalent would be a Kenwood Chef.  You need to get an old model though. The modern ones are made in China and they are junk.

I have about 3. I buy old broken ones and fix the electronics. They are good as new with a few resistors, capacitors and the odd triac.



Edit: Frank will be along soon with a comment about Hobart mixers ...    :D

How on earth did you remember that. It must be telepathy because I am indeed along with a
quote about the Hobart Mixer.

We use one in the Soil Mechanics Division of the Road Research Lab in the 1950's for mixing heavy
clays with cement.  I even managed a reference to my first conference paper on the work.

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Grimer, F. J., and Ross, N. F. , "The Effect of Pulverization on the Quality of Clay-Cement." Proc. 4th Internat. Soil Mech. Conf. , 2: ... Grimer, F. J. , "Studies of Factors Affecting the Strength of Cement-Stabilized Materials. " Dept. of Scientific and ...
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They must have been good mixers since you can still buy them on Amazon. 😎

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Re: Stand mixer
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2020, 09:19:37 AM »
Cooks Illustrated agrees with the people here who favor Kitchen Aid.

 
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Re: Stand mixer
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2020, 10:17:26 AM »
Cooks Illustrated agrees with the people here who favor Kitchen Aid.


That was very interesting, thank you!
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Re: Stand mixer
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2020, 01:33:28 PM »

How on earth did you remember that. It must be telepathy because I am indeed along with a
quote about the Hobart Mixer.

They must have been good mixers since you can still buy them on Amazon. 😎

Hobart originally made the KitchenAid mixers. Hobart sold the home division to KitchenAid and focused only on making mixers for restaurants and bakeries. After Hobart sold them, at some point KitchenAid reduced the quality of the product. However, they're still pretty good. Probably the best for home use. Just not industrial quality like they used to be.
 
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