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Kitchenaid Mixer Pros and Cons
If you're in the market for a stand mixer, it might seem like Kitchenaid outshines the competition by far. That's probably true, but there are still a few Kitchenaid mixer pros and cons that you should keep in mind.
Ease of Use
People buy mixers to save themselves hassle, and all the Kitchenaid models are pretty good in that regard. From the Classic Kitchenaid to the pro models, they tend to be user-friendly and simple to maintain. Changing attachments is also a quick and easy process.
Versatility is a major advantage of the Kitchenaid brand. All their current models are compatible with a wide range of attachments (most sold separately). These include a dough hook for kneading bread, an ice cream freezer, a sausage stuffer, a grinder, and a variety of pasta tools and juicers. Using the motor of a Kitchenaid to power all these different tools is a great way to get a lot of functionality while saving money and kitchen space.
Another plus for the Kitchenaid line is the large number of different mixers to choose from. The choices range from simple and relatively affordable to much more powerful professional machines. Other options include different capacities, design details including color and finish, and tilting versus fixed heads. Not all of these options are available at every price point, but the company seems to have created as many viable combinations as possible. There is a mixer for almost every cooking style and a lot of different price points.
Not What They Used To Be?
The advantages of Kitchenaid mixers are obvious, but the biggest disadvantage takes some buyers by surprise. While most customers are pleased or even thrilled with their mixer purchase, there are a significant minority who feel that Kitchenaid products are not what they used to be. They cite a change in company management in the early 2000s and a switch to cheaper parts, sometimes replacing metal gears with plastic. These problems occasionally manifest as motor breakdowns, and are most often mentioned in relation to the dough hook which can put a lot of strain on the mixers' motors.
Still, Kitchenaid remains an incredibly popular brand, and many customer complaints are resolved satisfactorily. However, when considering a purchase it's important to choose a machine that will be right for your style of cooking. What Is the Best Kitchenaid Mixer? explores this question in greater depth.