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swtgran's picture
swtgran

DLX mixers

I have been researching mixers, since my bread machines are on their last leg.  I am leaning toward the DLX but have noticed some places sell them as Magic Mill and some not.  Also, the Magic Mill seems to be 450 watts and the DLX 600. 

I just wondered if the mixer has any changes other than the wattage?  I don't want to get into a situation like the Kitchen aid, where they have changed them into a less quality machine.  Should I be considering getting one under the Magic Mill name while they still have them?

I would like to have the option of making more loaves of whole grain loaves than I can now.  I currently use two bread machines and can only mix 2 loaves at a time.  I also have an Ultra KA and it seems to only handle one loaf to bread dough.  It has already been replaced by KA once.  Thanks.

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Marni

Swtgran,

Have you looked at the larger kitchenAids?  I have the Artisan and the Professional 600.  The Artisan has 350 watts and holds about 6 cups of flour- it's 5qt I think.  The Pro has 575 watts ( I guess they rounded up for the name) and a 6qt bowl.  I have used  5lbs of four in it - about 8 loaves.  It can make 13 dozen cookies.

I use the Artisan all the time and find it easier to use.  The Pro is mostly metal construction, so maybe it would be stronger.  I've only had them for about 6 months, so I can't speak for their durability, but so far, they're great.

I've also heard good things about Bosch's mixer. It also holds about 5lbs.

I think another good question is:

If we use these mixers daily, with fairly heavy loads, how long should we expect them to last?

Good luck, I hope you find the perfect mixer.

Marni

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ehanner

I just bought a new DLX from http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/magic_mill_dlx_mixer.aspx
Zolablue suggested checking out the above source and they have been great. I didn't have any trouble but they were in stock and shipped the day I called. They seem to have all the add on accessories also.

Eric

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swtgran

Marni, thank you for the info on the KA.  I guess I am just wary of the KA since mine struggles with one loaf of WW.  It is good to know the bigger ones don't seem to have the same problems.  What is the price range of the Pro 600?  I will definitely keep it on the list to investigate more.

Eric, did you get the 600 watt unit and is it the same as the one that uses the 450 watts except for power?  Thanks

Terry

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Marni

Terry,

I think the KA  600 is about $400. I like the dough hook on it, they've changed the style for the 600 series.  I use the Artisan for most things becaue it is easier to deal with and has a lift head.  The 600 has a bowl lift which nice.

Marni

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verminiusrex

I got my KA 600 for about $340 plus a rebate for a free second bowl.  Constant checking on nextag.com and waiting for a good deal pays off.

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colinwhipple

The Consumer Reports web page lists the Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 6322 series as a Best Buy.  Amazon.com has it for about $180.

 Are there any opinions here on it?

Colin

 

 

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Free Rider

I have had one for a long time now and have used it for everything from easy batters to difficult doughs.  I am very happy with it and the price was perfect. I use it at least twice a week. It hasn't failed me yet and it's been way over a year that I've had it.

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Gardenwife

That is the model I'm considering, too. I'd love to hear from more people who have a Hamilton Beach. I don't foresee needing all the attachments for grinding, making pasta, etc.


I am primarily interested in a mixer for making 2-3 loaf batches of whole wheat bread and for mixing cookie doughs for the holidays. For holidays I like baking for gifts, so I would like to do triple batches of bread dough.


It seems the reviews on Amazon are quite good for them. I would love a Bosch Universal Plus, Electrolux Assistent or Viking, but they are far out of my price range and I don't really trust KitchenAid after reading so many negative posts about their more recent construction.

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dmsnyder

I have a KitchenAid 5 qt mixer and a Bosch Universal Plus. I really like both and have had no problems with either one. Here's my take on the choices: 

If you are going to be making large batches or mixing stiff doughs, you want a more powerful motor than the KA Artisan. Once you are in the $400 ranger for a KA Professional, you might as well spend the same money for a DLX or Bosch Universal Plus and get more mixer.  If you will just be making small batches of less stiff doughs or batters, the KA Artisan will serve you well. Just don't ask it to do more than it's able to do. 

Having both the KA and Bosch, I still use the KA more. But for double bread recipes (more than 3.5 lbs of dough) or for bagels, I go with the Bosch.

David

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ehanner

I agree with David in that if you want to mix larger batches you need to get the right equipment. I don't have any experience with a Bosch so I won't comment. I have had a KA for 25 years and it never gave me any trouble. Now that I am baking many breads I wanted to get a mixer that would handle a 8 pound batch of dough now and then. The DLX will do that and not break a sweat. The mystery of how it works is fun enough to watch that I am still surprised at how effective it is. Also you easily add flour and such from above without having to be careful or lowering the bowl/raising the head. I would say the DLX is the half way point to a Hobart 20 Qt.

I purchased the Electrolux Assistant from Pleasant Hill Grains in Aurora Nebraska on line. Very helpful and prompt.
Eric

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zolablue

swtgran - The Magic Mill name has been dropped and is now called Electrolux DLX Assistant. There are still a lot of references to Magic Mill online because it was called that for so long and many people are more familiar with that name. The machine is the same except for a change in wattage. It speaks well of the design of the machine that it has remained the same for about 50 years or more.

 

I have some really great info from someone who actually "test drove" various mixers at King Arthur and spent the day doing it. If you are interested I can post it here as she has given me permission. She is a very experienced bread baker, who taught classes at one point and has made some incredible notes on this mixer and others.

 

Having dealt with both a KA Artisan and DLX it is comparing apples to oranges. I don't think it matter which KA you have it just isn't the same as having the capacity, strength and versatility of a DLX or that type of mixer if you are mixing bread dough.

swtgran's picture
swtgran

Zolablue, I would love to have you post the info you have.  I'm sure others would learn from your post also.  A new mixer strong enough to do more than one loaf of 100% whole grain breads is a big expenditure and it is for sure no one wants to waste money.  Thanks in advance.  Terry

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AnnieT

Me too! I have read and read so many opinions and it is truly confusing, so to hear from someone who has actually used the machines would be very helpful. Who knows, I may win the lottery,lol. I hear you have to buy a ticket to do that, A.

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dmsnyder

I made my choice, based on the vendor's recommendation, and I am happy with my Bosch. But I would be interested in a detailed, documented side by side review by a KA baker.  

Thanks, zolablue!

David

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ehanner

I did some research but in the end I trusted the advice of Zolablue who I know to be a very able baker. I haven't been baking long enough to say much about what works but I'll tell you this. When I made a 4 loaf batch of 50% rye bread the other day, the dough developed very well from the clear in the mix. It felt like a wheat dough and I was able to french fold it after it came out of the mixer. I've never ever been able to that with a Kitchen Aid Pro with half the batch size. The DLX is expensive but you won't be making any excuses when it's time to mix 54% bagel dough or whole grain mixes.

Eric

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Marni

How easy (or difficult ) is the DLX to clean? Any feedback on other mixers clean-ability?

Marni

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zolablue

Guys, I was trying to figure out a way to excerpt the most pertinent info from these threads but after reviewing them again I felt it would just be easier and better to post the links here and you all can read what you wish from them. (I have copied these threads for later posting should they finally slide off and the info is lost.)

 

Note these were posted at the end of 2005 but the information is super. Please note the posts by TriciaE, who is very accomplished at bread baking and at one time even taught classes. I think her posts are so well written and helpful because while she is now biased towards the DLX she also has owned and loved the Bosch mixer.

 

Both Bosch and DLX are apples to KA oranges (and don't forget I loved my KA mixer for what it could accomplish). If you take the time to scroll to her posts you will see the arguments she makes in favor of DLX and against KA based on solid personal use and side-by-side comparisons. That was important to me when I was trying to make my own decision and because I knew her from another forum where she is very well respected and always very fair.

 

I hope it is acceptable to post these links and then maybe there can be some discussion based on the things that are still in question or maybe you feel were not addressed. I really do think all this info will help and don't be fooled by the thread titles because they all discuss the DLX:

 


TriciaE discusses "test-driving" mixers at King Arthur kitchens:

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cookware/msg1101380330845.html

 

TriciaE compares Bosch to DLX:

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cookware/msg1223230331514.html

 

 

 

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swtgran

Zolablue, thank you for taking the time to post the information. 

I have had a small Ultra Pro KA for about a year and half.  Actually, I have had this one less than a year because it is a warranty replacement for the first one I bought.  I can't complain too much, as I bought it for $99 brand new. 

I have been baking for 35 years and had never used a stand mixer in all that time, until I came across this mixer.  I figured it wasn't that much more than a hand mixer, so I bought it.  Guess what I use?  A hand mixer and 2 bread machines.   I would rather knead by hand than use that KA.  As one of the links pointed out, it is awkward.  I never get the stuff in the bowl unless I stop the thing and tilt the head back or use a paper plate rolled slightly to make a funnel. 

I thought I was the only one in the world that had these issues.  I figured it was just a learning curve that I have never taken the time to master. 

Can you tell I am leaning toward the DLX?  I would love to see one locally though.  Does anyone know of any dept. stores that carry them?  Thanks again for everyone's info.  Terry

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AnnieT

Zolablue, I'd like to add my thanks to you for posting the links. I think the DLX sounds wonderful but it is more expensive, so it was good to read that your friend had used a Bosch for all those years and spoke well of it. I won't be getting either for some time but it is nice to dream. A.

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naschol

I just wanted to add that I regularly make 4-6 loaf batches of 100% whole grain breads with my DLX.  I have, a couple of times, made an 8 loaf batch without a hitch on the machine's part.  The dough does fill the bowl, though...  :-)


Nancy

zolablue's picture
zolablue

I don't know of any stores that carry DLX. You can see a video here that shows how it operates and the attachments available as well.

 

http://www.everythingkitchens.com/electroluxvideo.html

 

I will always recommend buying from Pleasant Hill Grain because they were wonderful to me and I think customer support is crucial when you buy a higher priced appliance like the DLX or Bosch. Besides they just have a wonderful place to see in person (we are lucky enough to live only a couple hours drive away) with the most friendly and professional staff. I was very impressed with the way we were treated. It is located in the most beautifully and perfectly manicured farm you would ever imagine, like you opened up a little story book. They will send you a unit of your choice and I believe you have 30 days in which to decide if it works for you. It you don't like it they take the product back no questions asked.

 

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bread lover

I have had the Electrolux DLX for a couple years now. I bought it because my KA could not handle the Panettone I make for Christmas, it kept on overheating, which made me overheat lol. Anyway the dlx handled that same recipe with ease, in fact i now use a recipe that uses high gluten flour and has to be kneaded for a very long time and the DLX gets a little warm, but that is all. As a matter of fact I just got done with making over 4500 grams of Columba for Easter (about 10 pounds) which also uses high gluten flour, and I have kneaded iit for over 1 1/2 hours combined today which was no problem at all, then used the DLX for something else immediately afterwards. I can only review the KA professional and the DLX since those are the only ones I have, and the DLX is a great machine. I use my KA for smaller tasks, but mostly it stays put away.

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nbicomputers

The KA was a great mixer when it was made by Hobart.  the older ones had mad by hobart on the band.  they have gone down in quality since Hobart sold the divison.

i don.t know who is making them now.

the CLX is a good mixer bit i just don't like the spining bowl and the mixing action  But thats just me i guess.  i think the next mixer i am going to buy is a hobart n50 the hobart verison of the KA or i might just realy go all out and get the L120 the 12 quart hobart mixer but it costs as much as a used car about $2,000.00 i think

Hello Ebay.

will slick's picture
will slick

that there is not one DLX i could find for sale on EBay. I have a K.A. Pro6 for about 8years. until the last few months I used it a handful of times. I originally brought for cakes and such. But being the gear whore that I am I had to get the top of the line model. It was a good thing I did because shortly after i got it I started experimenting with bread. still it sat quietly most of the time. After a failed experiment with a rye bread formula she is making funny sounds but still working fine. I can't blame this on the mixer it was user error on my part. Anyway I really want a DLX now. (gear whore) Just a wish for now because I have learned that wanting and needing are not the same. I am grateful for what I have and know the material items are not going to make me happy. I still want a DLX

SteveB's picture
SteveB

I have a DLX for sale, if you are still interested:


http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/11700/dlx-assistent-mixer-sale


 


SteveB


www.breadcetera.com


 


 

will slick's picture
will slick

Its tempting but like I said my mixer is working fine. When and if it gives out my next mixer will be a DLX.


Will