Need help or suggestions!
Long time lurker first time poster.
I would like to get a new mixer. I need it for a variety of tasks, making cookies, cakes, and for making bread. The most frequent use will be weekly use to make loaves of sandwich wheat bread (1-2 per week).
For the last 2 weeks I have researched everything I could about the various mixers. Each seem to have their own benefits and issues. I seem to keep coming back to 3 machines. Kitchenaid pro 6, Viking 5.5 or 7 quart and the Cuisanart 5.5 or 7.America's test kitchen rated the Cuisanart 5.5 the highest with Kitchenaid next. The Viking was not recommended. Consumer reports likes the Kitchenaid classic.
From reading here and elsewhere, seems Kitchenaid is certainly popular with a larger user base than others. This could explain the higher number of gripes with Kitchenaid.
I like the wider bowl of the kitchenaid. I also like the power of the Viking but the bowl is so close to the powerhead it seems it would be tough to add ingredients. I have no thoughts on the Cuisanart except its good ratings, power and tilt powerhead.
So far I seem to be leaning toward the Kitchenaid but all the negative reviews is causing me to really scrutinize this extremely close!
For those of you with experience with these models. If you were buying one today what would you buy?
Thanks in advance!