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.