I have always lusted over the Kitchen Aid mixer. Of course, who doesn’t? They are so pretty and fun. As you probably know, they are also really expensive. So there was no way I was going to register for something like that when Charlie and I got married. So I registered for a different, less much less expensive mixer. So I never thought I would be one of those people who owned a Kitchen Aid mixer.
Fast forward 7 years – this past fall, I was doing some baking, and I realized that one of the beaters wouldn’t stay, and therefore the bowl wasn’t turning and therefore nothing was mixing. (Side note – the way my old mixer was set up, the beaters made the bowl turn). So, two things happened – Charlie started jamming paper towels up there to keep the beater in place, and I made him stand and turn the bowl, since the paper towels didn’t really work.
For Christmas, I was shocked to open my very own pale pink Kitchen Aid mixer from Charlie. Apparently, he was tired of being the bowl turner. Plus, he really likes when I bake things. It was completely out of the blue, but he knew that I had dreamed of a Kitchen Aid mixer, so he got my mom to help him hunt down the pale pink mixer of my dreams.
So is it really worth all the hype? That really depends. Of course it is really pretty, and it comes in a variety of fun colors. And it works really well. The attachment moves and not the bowl, so it was a little bit of an adjustment for me. It comes with 3 attachments (a dough hook, a flat beater and a whisk), but you can get others (like a pasta maker!) which I love. I haven’t gotten any others, but I want to try them some day.
My old mixer sometimes had issues handing things like butter at first. But this one must have more power because it has no problem at all.
It is HEAVY. Like, really really heavy. It also takes up a decent amount of space. I wish I could leave it out on my counter to be admired at all times, but I just don’t have the room. So mine lives in the closet next to the fridge. The top of it tilts up and down, so you have to be careful to have it locked, especially when you are moving it.
The only thing that was a little bit of a disappointment was that it didn’t come with a utensil to scrape down the sides. But I just took mine from the old mixer and the problem was solved.
Bottom line – if you really love to bake and you use a mixer a lot, go for it. It is worth the money. But, if you don’t, then I would absolutely skip it.