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The Ultimate Kitchen: Mixer

This week's ultimate kitchen item is a great mixer. I know, it's a bit of a splurge, and not everyone is going to use it. However, if you bake a lot (or plan on becoming a better baker), then you might really want to consider one. And, if you're building a registry, it's a great item for people to chip-in and get for you, so go for it!

My personal favorite (the one I have and love love love) is a KitchenAid Pro 600. It's a little pricey (list price: $500, but most places sell it for less than $400), but it will do everything you want it to and more. It comes with a flat beater, a wire whip, dough hook and a clear plastic pouring shield. You also have the option of purchasing other attachments such as a meat grinder, pasta maker or ice-cream machine. If the Pro is too pricey, KitchenAid also has an Artisan model that has a bit less power and capacity.

Three more mixers, including one you can use even if you don't have the counter space, so

Growing up, my mom had a trusty goldenrod colored Sunbeam mixer. In fact, she still has it now. Assuming that Sunbeam's quality standards haven't declined in the last 25 years, then I'd have to say that for $99.99, this shiny red Sunbeam Stand Mixer is quite the bargain. It's available in other colors as well.

Another great mixer splurge is the DeLonghi Stand Mixer. Made from brushed aluminum, it can hold up to 7 quarts, has 6 power speeds and comes with a 10 year warranty. It's similar to the KitchenAid in that you can purchase many attachments and accessories and it comes with a high-ticket price. $440, is not an easy price to swallow, however these things are built to last.

Finally, if you don't have room for a full stand mixer, or can't see yourself using it often enough to justify the purchase, then be sure to get a small hand mixer. This small appliance can be stored in the cupboard and will really help out for things like beating eggs or whipping cream. Hamilton Beach has a 6 Speed Mixer that retails for about $30, but is on sale for $16.97. It also comes with a handy storage case.

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siren6 siren6 10 years
I got myself the Artisan model (in a beautiful cream color - my fave!) last fall with a gift certificate, and it was certainly the best gift I gave myself last year! It made one of my favorite activities - baking cookies with my daughter - so much easier and safer for all involved. I think she loves the mixer as much as I do!
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
I use my KitchenAid Pro all the time as well. I got it for really cheap--I think it was $250US at Costco.
OliverCakery OliverCakery 10 years
I just recieved this WONDERFUL tool for Christmas this year... let's be honest, I've used it about six days out of the week since I got it. FABULOUS and in love, for Valentine (because it's all about what you L-O-V-E) I'm getting the pasta set - and, well, I'm beyond excited. :) I just what to give a personal 'Salute' to all here at YumSugar. I'm new and excited to share food with others who LOVE IT like I do!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
i want one! mine is like 20 yrs old! LOL
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
The Hubs (who loves to cook, but not bake so much), and I (a mostly holidays-only baker who almost never cooks) have decided to go in together and get ourselves a joint second anniversary gift and get the Kitchenaide mixer. We have been eyeing since we set up our registry, and since no one ever got it for us, we're just going to do it ourselves. I can't wait!
SaraSmile SaraSmile 10 years
We bought my mom the Artisan model for a gift one year, and she loves it, so it is definitely worth the investment if you like to bake. I couldn't see spending more than a couple hundred dollars on a mixer, but that little DeLonghi one is really cute!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
The KitchenAid Pro 600 is at the top of my wish list. (But I'd settle for the Artisan model if I had to!)
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