I've been a lurker here for a while, there is o-so much that I didn't know about bread-making and so much more. Anyhow on to my question.
So here is my scenario, I am new to cooking and it has quickly come to be a very enjoyable hobby of mine (perhaps due to eating part of it ;)). I guess one could say that I am just getting into breads, with little experience but I like what I have tried thus far, and do really enjoy messing around with pizza dough's, after reading here i would really like to try to do bagels. Anyhow I have been debating getting a mixer, and had relatively been going in the direction of a kitchen-aid given my positive experience with my parents tilt head one. But after reading a lot across the internet and here It seems that KA is pretty poor when it comes to dough.
That being said I am on a budget, and do have about $200 in credit for webstaurant from reviews.
This in mind I have a few questions
Is the KA Commercial line any better (specifically KSM8990DP) than their artisan/professionals?
What is with the older kitchen-aids K5SS etc that makes them desirable? can they handle my needs of being able to knead?
Should I just do kneading task by hand, and use a cheap KA off craigslist or something for other tasks (whipping, mixing cookies etc)?
I know there are Bosch and ANKARSRUM as the strong favorites here, as well as hobart (insanely expensive), but was hoping to find something that I could use my webstaurant discount on, being that its a significant chunk of change.
Thank you so much for your input.