nutrimill artiste vs KA classic for smaller batches of batters
i have a bosch compact i use for bread dough, and since i usually make 1 loaf at a time, i'm quite happy with it after a year and a half. what i'm NOT happy with is the beater whisk (or is it called a whisk beater?) whatever it's called, i'm not happy with what it does with cake batter, pancake batter and lighter cookies. for heavy cookies, i use the dough hook.
i have a current budget of $200 plus tax and a preference toward buying new, i've ruled out a lot of mixers thus far. these are two that seem to have potential.
the nutrimill artiste
it seems very cool. it's light weight, not too large, and you can use every bosch universal plus attachment, including those made by l'chef, and there's a lot of them. my two concerns are these - it's pretty new, so no reports of how it does in the long run plus fewer reviews than mixers like the universal compact and just about every kitchenaid made. and how does it do with smaller amounts? i usually make only 1 or 2 cake layers at a time or 1 batch of meringues.
the kitchenaid classic
smaller footprint. i won't be using it for breads of doughs - i can use my compact for those. it will only be for batters and maybe meringues. decent, although not steller, support if needed. being a smaller mixer, i would imagine it can do smaller amounts. anyone confirm this?
the kitchenaid artiste seems to have a few more problems than the classic, but maybe i'm wrong. there are a couple colors that are close enough to my budget, so if anyone here likes this one for cakes and softer cookie dough, please let me know.
and i'm open to other new mixers for mostly cake batters and things like that within my currently limited budget.
any input definitely appreciated :)