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Any advice about buying a mixer ?

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talalzahid

Any advice about buying a mixer ?

Hi everyone :) 

I was planning to buy a kitchenaid series 6 ( around 550$ value) and then started to read the reviews about it on amazon and I was shocked buy how many people is hating it and how many times it would break. 

I would like to make artisan bread with it (sourdough, ciabatta, baguette doughs) looking to working with 3-4 lb 

Any recommendation for anything better than kitchenaid and in the same range price please feel free to drop a line. Thanks in advance :) 

Taz

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Yerffej

Hi Taz,

You can search the archives here for a lot of information on this subject.  Personally, I would NOT buy a KA mixer for bread.

Jeff

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plevee

I highly recommend the Compact Bosch mixer. It kneads up to 6# of dough effortlessly and efficiently.  It costs less than half the price of the KA and can handle whole grains and stiff doughs without stripping gears.  Patsy

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Gise54f

Purchased a kitchen aid, was highly disappointed.  the quality of Kitchen Aid have gone down drastically.  returned it and got a Cuisinart, which has worked very well.  would also recommend one of the older Kitchen Aids made by Hobart.  good luckK

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dennis cook

you can visit our site  www.boschmixers.ca   you can also find cookshoppe on face book  You can do up to 6-8 loafes depending on size 15lbs of dough.  We only ship in Canada.

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Niashi

I agree with the other recommendations about the Bosch. I myself own one, the Bosch Universal Plus. I love it to death. If you plan on using the paddles though, make sure you buy the metal bracket for them, because with some doughs, it'll completely thrash the plastic one the Bosch comes with.

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LindyD

If you are looking for a stand mixer, talalzahid, the Bosch compact is far superior to the KitchenAid.   And at considerably less cost.   I have both and the KA collects dust for the most part (except when I need to grind meat or mill rye berries).

http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/bosch_compact_mixers.aspx

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loydb

A KA will die an ugly death doing 3-4# loaves. I suggest a Magic Mill DLX.

 

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gary.turner

See my comment here. I don't think you can go wrong with the DLX.

cheers,

gary

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talalzahid

Thanks everyone and sorry for the late response I was out of town :D more specifically in montreal doing a sandwich tour lol 

The magic mill is really tempteing but I guess I will go with the bosch.

Again Thanks for saving me from the KA lol I will update you with what I bought :D

 

Taz 

 

 

 

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Grampa Knuckles

If you haven't bought yet...Take a second look at the DLX (Assistent Original)  larger size and stainless bowl plus a smaller plastic bowl.  Well worth the difference in price.  Great locations in Canada and am sure lots in USA too.  Just google assistent with .com or .ca  Great for heavy artisan breads.  Handles the extra work with ease.

 

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gary.turner

I'll second that suggestion.  I don't make huge batches, but I can testify that 6lbs/2.7Kg batches of bagel dough don't  even slow the machine down or heat it up.

cheers,

gary

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MANNA

I would suggest the electrolux verona

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Grampa Knuckles

They are all the same machine just different names used by different companies....The best out there for sure.