The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

Cuisinart 7 quart stand mixer

damnbaker's picture

Cuisinart 7 quart stand mixer

Hello all,  I just started baking my own bread about a month ago.  I decided to avoud the whole bread machine route and get a good stand mixer to avoud all that time spent kneading.  So far I have had some great success with my bread, I've been making a whole wheat, oatmeal bread and only about 2 loaves at a time.  I did a bit of reading on the internet and decided to avoid the whole Kitchen Aid thing as it appears that the quality has dropped somewhat in recent years.  After reading reviews I decided that this 1000 W monster that Cuisinart was pushing was the way to go.  I even managed to get a great deal on it, $399 CDN from sears (Normally sells up here for $599 CDN). 


Well, I was less than happy.  On my first batch of dough, the mixer would pause for a few seconds and start up again on the lowest setting.  This was dough for two loaves.  I emailed Cuisinart Canada and described the situation to them.  A few days later they sent me a response asking me what the serial number was.  I responded and have yet to hear back from them.  I decided after a few days to call the 1-800 number and they told me to pack it up and take it to the Woodbridge repair centre, (only an hour away from where I am).  After I pointed out that the 9:30 to 5:00 hours were less than convenient they suggested I take it back to Sears.  I did and the new mixer was even more disappointing.  After a morning of use it was leaking grease out of the gear casing.


Anyway, I guess I'm going to take the thing back and have a look on this site to see if there are any better options out there (for less than $1000).  I'd sure appreciate any suggestions.  Until then, Happy kneading.



janij's picture

Go to Pleasant Hill Grain's website.  I have the DLX and it will do just about anything you want it to do.  I make 4 loaves at a time very easily.  It is quiet, works like a horse and is just really nice.  I have heard great things about the Bosch as well.  Search this site.  There are a couple of good threads on this topic.  But I say if your budget is $1000, go for the DLX.  I think it was like $500 or $600.  I can't remember.  But Pleasant Hill Grain is a great company, they are nice and informative.

sw3's picture

Hi, I am new to this site and have loved reading the posts, recipes, etc.

I own my own business and bake bread on a regular basis.  I tried the DLX from Pleasant Hill Grain, and was dissapointed.  I could not get the roller to stay close enough the bowl to get the desired kneading effect. The roller would end up moving into the center and the dough would just spin around.  I spoke with their customer service people, who are outstanding by the way.  We talked over a few  options and I decided to send it back and try the Bosch.  I love this machine.  I also have a few Kitchenaid pro's.  But for Bread, I think the Bosch is the best.  It is a little less expensive then the DLX.

Good Luck, Susan