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Vintage KitchenAid mixer

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Higgledy

Vintage KitchenAid mixer

I have a vintage KitchenAid mixer that I am not using. It runs well, is in good cosmetic condition, but it does need a new cord. The cord is the original and it has hardened and cracked, but it does still work.  The model is K45. I can post pics if interested. 

Novice Baker's picture
Novice Baker

Hello, is this item still for sale? What color is it?

Thank you.

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Novice Baker

I've dreamed of owning a Kitchen Aid mixer dor ages, but they are so expensive.  Goodwill never has any.

Will a vintage cost morw than a new one?

Thanks.

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David R

If you want a mixer mainly just for bread, a new KitchenAid is not a top choice. (If you want it for only the occasional loaf of bread plus you already love to use all the other attachments that come with it and know that those will be used frequently, that probably changes things.) There are several other brands of mixers that do a much better job with dough.

The reason for this is that the part of the company that makes home mixers (as opposed to industrial ones) was bought out many years ago, and since then quality has declined. The actual takeover was in 1986; I don't know how quickly the machines were affected.

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Novice Baker

I am simply a home baker who does it for enjoyment.  However, I am trying to improve my baking skills.

I have only ever had a hand mixer.  There are a few no-knead breads that I can make the dough for in my food processor.

I have so many recipes I want to try (wet bread (e.g., Ciabbatta), cookies, cakes, sweet rolls, etc.

Do you have a link on this site that you could share that serves as a primer for multi-purpose stand mixers?

Thank you for sparing me the expense of purchasing a new Kitchen-Aid, especially since they are not the same quality as my mother's. Her lasted over 40 years. 

 

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Novice Baker

My mother-in-law has an older KitchenAid stand mixer from several decades ago, that she put up and does not use.

I never would have thought to ask, if not for your reply.

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David R

I hope your new/old mixer does a great job of everything you may care to try! Money saved for you, space saved for her... though perhaps she could have sold it for a crazy price on eBay... I won't tell her if you won't. 🙂