Planetary Mixer vs Spiral Mixer
I currently use a bread maker to do my kneading, but it has size limitations; I want to be able to change from 1 loaf at a time to making 3-4 loaves (6-8 lbs of dough) at a time and am checking my options. I am trying to decide if it would be better to get a good quality stand / planetary mixer (I have never used one), or make the plunge of investing in a spiral mixer. While a planetary mixer has other uses that might be nice, I do not need them at this time, and really only want good quality dough in larger quantities. Assume I am making one 8 lb batch of bread dough per week. Will I be glad I made the investment in a spiral dough maker? Or is the performance of a planetary mixer so close to a spiral mixer that the cost of the spiral mixer is a waste of money?