Choosing a stand mixer
I've never used a stand mixer: I either knead dough by hand for oven-baking or use a bread machine (for both dough and finished loaves). But I've come across several recipes and books that use (or recommend) one and I am ready to buy.
I make small loaves (500-750g size with 300-400g flour) and small batches of pasta dough (120-140g of dough), so I don't think I need anything very large or the most powerful.
My current preference is for a Kitchenaid Artisan Mini, but the regular Artisan is the second choice (and apparently somewhat less expensive). Would these work for my intended uses? Is there a better model or brand you recommend? What attachments or paddles/hooks should I get if not included already?
Also, I plan to buy a pasta roller/cutter and extruder sometime in the near future. I currently roll and cut past dough manually, using a Marcato Atlas, and a hand-held, plastic extruder. That's another reason why I thought the Kitchenaid would be best.
Advice and suggestions are welcome.