Question about Ankarsrum
Hi. I've been lurking and reading in these forums for some time now, but decided to now join for all the excellent advice and sharing that I've seen here. My main question right now is, how does the older (less wattage, but I know that doesn't necessarily mean anything) N24 DX200 or even Magic Mill compare with the new N30 Ankrasrum? I have seen on Craigslist one of each of these older models for reasonable prices. Would it be worth it or should I bite the bullet and spend twice as much for the newest N30?
I current have a Bosch Compact (MUM4) with every possible attachment that I spent a fortune for (I know they dropped in price considerably, but when I ordered it, it was a good chunk of change) about six years ago, and I really dislike it. The mixer itself is okay power-wise, but I find it doesn't completely get everything from the bottom of the bowl mixed well, things stay lumpy, and it's hard to get the head down with a hook or whip into the bowl. It hits the side of the bowl and has to be forced into the bowl. Everything from cookie dough to bread dough climbs up to the head of the machine and I'm not usually making large batches. It's hard to clean and it's often a mess after using, even with using the splatter shield. The attachments I ordered are a joke. I would up buying a dedicated meat grinder so I don't end up with mush, and a full size Cuisinart food processor. The ice cream thing has never worked no matter how long I freeze it. The only attachment that works well is the blender.
I really don't want to make another huge, expensive mistake. I would get just the mixer itself and possibly the grater attachment, as I've found dedicated appliances are the way to go and now I've got them after being so disappointed with my Bosch's attachments. Anyone still using either of the older models? Are you still happy with them? Money is a little tight for spending $800 on a new mixer, so that's why I was looking at previously loved (or not loved?), but I'll save up for it if that's really the way to go. I want to get back into breadmaking and i make pretty much everything from scratch, just not in super huge batches except during the holidays.