I’d like help deciding whether a 5.5qt. tilt-head Cuisinart mixer would be sufficient or if I should spring for a 5-qt KitchenAid. I’m finding lately that my KitchenAid handheld mixer isn’t cutting it. I’d prefer a stand mixer, both because it has a paddle (the handheld only has whisk beaters and dough hooks) and because I’m lazy and sometimes the handheld is messy and unwieldy.
I mostly bake cookies, quick breads, brownies, muffins, and simple cakes. Occasionally I’ll make a batch of pizza dough. I have a separate pasta machine (Phillips), so the roller attachment isn’t much of a consideration, as well as a stand-alone meat grinder.
The Cuisinart is about $100 less than the KitchenAid on sale (sale ends today! No pressure…).
I would like it to live on my countertop, preferably in the 18" under my upper cabinets – but that isn’t a dealbreaker. Lighter, cheaper, and a 3-year warranty seems appealing, but then again so does a suspended bowl and fancy name. Help!
can’t cite any experience comparing the two.
but . . .
have a 20+year old lift bowl KA
get the new ‘spiral’ design dough hook
used for bread and pizza dough.
used for making real whipped cream.
used - with scraper paddle - for cake batter.
bought the ‘old style’ grater ‘kit’ - wonderful item for grating cups+ of cheese . . . ’
bottom line, I’m extremely ‘happy’ with the KA performance.
downers: I’ve tried - the spiral attachment grinder is garbage.
downers: do not buy the cheepo cheep=cheep plastic edge scraper paddle.
it’s plastic, it deforms, it clacks and clicks . . .
Also to be mentioned all the older models have metal gear. Mine is 40 years old a lift bowl and I use it at least once a week to mix bread beside using it every week to bake something. Newer once have plastic except for the pro ones and classic models
Cuisinart makes excellent food processors. But for a standing mixer, I recommend the Kitchen Aid.
I’ve owned 2 KA mixers–currently using an Artisan–and it have no complaints. As @ScottinPollock mentions, it’s very easy to repair KA and there are many tutorials available. Parts and accessories are widely available. They won’t go out of style and can live in any kitchen.
Up until about 15 years ago, I was using my grandmother’s very ancient KA. It was slowing down, but I didn’t think about getting a new one until I cracked the glass bowl. My husband got me a new one with a metal bowl and put flame decals on each side. It works beautifully and looks so cool!
Set up an eBay search for vintage KA stand mixers, adding Hobart as a key word. If the gods smile upon you, you might find a deal. These are magnitudes better than modern models. More powerful motor, metal throughout, yada yada. They CAN go for more than new ones. I was very lucky some years back, being the only bidder because it was listed as a Hobart dough machine. $75 and it was mine!
No experience with the Cuisinart stand mixer, but I have been well pleased with their other products.
I’m on my second KA mixer, having given my older one to DD1. After the fact, I regretted it, because I think the older one is a better machine, and less noisy than the newer one. That said, haven’t had any problems with the 2nd one.
I have a 5-6qt KA with the lift (not tilt) head. It lives on my counter, but not under a cabinet. I have used it for everything under the sun, and my only “I wish it was different” things are:
The front hole where attachments plug in - the cover fell off ages ago. (It’s in the silverware drawer.)
The dough hook requires a minimum volume of dough, otherwise it just brushes over the top of the bowl contents. If memory serves, it was about 3C flour.
Not sure if you are a Costco member, but they have KA model KSM60SECXER for $400 right now - 6qt with the following attachments: Flat Beater, Flex Edge Beater, Dough Hook, Whisk, & Pouring Shield. (I got mine at Costco years ago because of their return policy, but I’ve never looked back.)