Learning of those reviews suprises me......because I've owned my k-aid for a little over 8 years, use it for a lot of heavy, hearth bread and pizza doughs and have never had any problems with it. In fact, once, when I left it unattended, it actually fell off my counter and onto the floor and it still works perfectly. FYI, mine is the 5-quart, 350 watt "professional" model. Most people swear by them--even in threads on this site.
Has k-aid quality diminished as of late now that they are one and the same as whirlpool?
What I don't like about my k-aid is how hard it is to get into the bowl without a lot of effort--an obstruction that, via its design, is not an issue with the magic mill. My step-mom owns a magic mill and she swears that she likes it--but why is it that I always see her using her kitchen-aid? She does a LOT of baking and tells me that the magic mill is notably harder to use. I will try to get some specifics from her on this.
Still, on paper, at the high end, the magic mill is more powerful, has a larger capacity and has built-in timer features too (something that may have prevented my k-aid from falling off the counter).
I've always had a comb-over but now I have no hair...