I have the Breville BEM800. In green and silver. It lives permanently on my bench and I've used it more than once a week for the past 3 years. It's got a fab timer on it, so you can beat/knead for how long you need to and it will turn off at the end. I'm getting the ice cream attachment for christmas. Love it.
I love my Kitchen Aid - as pp said I use it all the time and I have the ice cream, mincer and pasta attachments! I've also heard bad things happening to the machine when bought in the states but I do buy my attachments from the USA as they are a lot cheaper!
I use it weekly for pancakes, pizza dough, pastry, cakes, pasta, desserts, ice cream, sorbets, making mince , it's just wonderful!
My kitchen aid also never leaves the bench. I've heard bad stories with the us ones and the transformers look bulky, (at least the one I saw.)
I also got my attachments from the us a lot cheaper!
You can find re-furbished kitchen aids they are usually around the $500 mark.
I have a very old Kenwood, and have grown up with them and they are faultless. I was given a 'junior version' (ie not the Chef) and it bounces around a lot and the plastic bits break, and I prefer to use the old Kenwood anytime. You can get spare parts/bowls at garage sales all the time. Go quality, and not the downsized versons if you can afford it.
I have a kitchen aid mixer... LOVE it! And the attachments you can get are great! (I love the mincer one!)
I had the Breville one and it was going great till my husband cleaned it out (broke it!) - 4.5yrs for $150 at the time.
Then I got the sunbeam mixmaster $199 at the time. It's been a yr now and it's working well. I use it 4-5 times a week. My breville mixing bowls fit inside the turn table so I'm happy.
Next one will be a kitchen aid IF I can save up for it. They are very pretty but DH wouldn't let me buy one.
I have a KitchenAid. I've never had another mixer to compare it to (except for a tiny hand mixer!) but I just love it. I have no regrets
ETA Mine is almond cream. I still sometimes swoon a little when I look at it.
Last edited by lambjam; 04-12-2012 at 21:59.
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