What are your thoughts?
The reason I like a standing mixer is that:
1. While it is mixing I am multi tasking around the kitchen
2. I do not want to have to stand there for 16 minutes holding the hand held mixer to complete a batch of my icing.
Totally up to you as to what you want to do though. Watch the sales. Ask for it for a birthday gift or Christmas gift. Many different makes and models and prices.
I got mine off Craigslist for $150. It is a red, tilt-head KA Artisan. I wrote a thread with information about buying a KA:
Go to the Williams Sonoma website and look up the KA mixers and attachments. There are videos that can show you a variety of things the mixer and its attachment can do!
I prefer the bowl lift models as they are the ones with the most power!
Whenever you do buy one, buy as many watts as you can afford.
"my grandmother used to use this crazy device that looked like beaters but you had to crank it with your hands".
Now I'm feeling old and creaky and better get my cane and hobble out to the living room to watch a Ronald Coleman movie on the AMC channel.
By the way, for you youngun's, here's the thing she's talking about.
I have one in my kitchen.
That I use.
Sheeesh! You probably don't know about hand-powered potato mashers and ricers, or meat grinders either... Oh, and we used to knead bread by hand! Yup, no dough hooks.
My KA is my favorite thing in the kitchen. Red, Artisan. Got it earlier this year. It's so preeeeetty...and so powerful...
I think used is the way to go if you're not going to use it a lot. They're SO durable that even a used one will have loads of life left in it!
All that said, I used hand mixers for several years before I saved up enough to buy my KA. You'll notice I said "mixers." That's because I burned through a few. And I had a Sunbeam Mixmaster that was an incredible disappointment. I had to turn the large bowl by hand. (Yes. I did shift the machine to large bowl mode.) Twenty years later I was given another Mixmaster. Same problem. Use your hand mixers, buy a KA or Cuisinart, or whatever, but do not waste your money on the Sunbeam Mixmaster. For a while you will get by with a hand mixer, but if you get a quality stand mixer you will never regret a penny spent on it.
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