Kitchen Aid 575 watt 'Professional' mixer failure after just 2 months
I was given a 5.5 qt, 575 watt Kitchen Aid "Professional" mixer for Christmas 2012, used it for just over 2 months. I am using again a 300 watt Kitchen Aid mixer, which replaced my first one from the 1980s. I wasn't looking quite yet myself for a new mixer but the 300 watt mixer is showing some wear, and loosening up.
This mixer seemed to struggle from the beginning. I generally make 2 loaves of bread at a time, with a preferment starting on Friday of 125 ml water and 250 g flour, then adding another 125 ml on Saturday and finishing the mixing, cooling in the 'fridge until baking on Sunday. Been doing this for 25 years or so, with relatively little variation.
I don't think this mixer has truly 575 watts of power, with the mixer bowl seeming like it could handle large quantities. I felt it struggled from the moment I started using it, and had taken the 300 watt machine to our cabin. I am back using the 300 watt mixer. The new one simply quit during mixing. The motor sounds like like it is moving inside, but it also sounds like there is something banging around inside it, and the dough hook moves 1/4 or 1/2 a turn and stops, only to start up again.
The mixer was on sale at Costco, and returned it. They didn't even look in the box. I think I will look for another brand of mixer in the future. I see some people have had motors catch fire. Yikes! At least that didn't happen. I'm thinking this was either a lemon or KA is going through some quality control issues. I'd be interested in comments.