I tend not to talk about KitchenAid much. I got one about 12 years ago, replacing my hardworking but still good Sumbeam stand mixer (old, old, old). I fully expected to love the KA, but found I didn't like it at all. It was so big and heavy and much harder to use than my old Sunbeam stand mixer. I mean futzing with that paddle thing all the time was awful. And when you wanted to push down the stuff on the sides of the bowl, you had to stop it and contort things to get into the bowl and do it. The "oldie" allwed me to just stand there with my rubber spatula against the side of the bowl while it turned and presto, it was done. Plus I didn't see one bit of difference in the ability of the 2 mixers to do the job. In fact, I got better results with my old Sunbeam - but that could be just because I was used to it.
The KA is in the basement with all it's attachments. I pull it out and use the meat grinder thing occasionally - I make my own sausages sometimes. (edit) I forgot that I used to use it in canning season - it has a vegetable strainer that I used for tomatoe sauce/juice, but now days I simply freeze tomatoes in season for later use.[end of edit] But that is all it is ever used for.
The old Sunbeam is still going strong, and I put it to some serious tests. I make souffle type cheesecake, double recipes of stiff buttercream frosting and other stuff that taxes most mixers. But it has handled it all for decades now. I keep thinking I'll save the KA for when the SB goes. But so far it has not been necessary. EDIT: I have made bread dough in this, but now days I usually make around 6 cups of flour at a time with bread dough, and the Sunbeam does not have that much capacity. I could pull the KA out of the basement, but mostly I use no-knead method now days.
Both of these, BTW are older models. My KA definitely says "made by Hobart". It is all stainless stell, not colored at all. The SB (also stainless steel) is circa 1950's. My mother used it before me! The KA served a church which closed it's doors and sold all the stuff. I was so excited to get the KA, then so disappointed in it.
Edited by IndyGal - 7/31/12 at 7:29am