"NOT THE MIXER FOR YOU, IF YOU LIKE WHOLE WHEAT RECIPES"0.5 starson by unhappywithkitchenaid
Pros: I owned a lift stand mixer for 13 years, and loved it. I used it almost daily wihtout problems. My new bowl lift mixer can make double batches. It worked well for a year an a half.
Cons: Can't handle double batches of whole wheat dough. Gears 'give out' after only 1 1/2 years! NOT A HEAVY DUTY MIXER.
Summary: We owned a regular Kitchen Aid lift stand mixer for 13 years and LOVED it, but when we decided to upgrade to a heavy duty bowl lift mixer we were in for a very big disappointment! Regretably, we gave away the first mixer and theirs is working better than our new one! I DO NOT RECOMMEND THESE 'HEAVY DUTY MIXERS' TO ANYONE who likes to cook using whole wheat. They can't handle double batches of 100% whole wheat bread. They can't handle the food grinder attachment for grinding wheat sprouts, or making whole wheat pasta. At first it handles dough beautifully, but the gears start 'popping' after a year or so, and by then your warranty is expired. Having used a smaller Kitchen Aid mixer for 13 years, I did not worry about changing my dough recipes. I didn't see in their instructions that I could not use 100% whole wheat until it was too late. It's very discouraging to spend $400 for a mixer that can't do any more than the smaller, less expensive, models. These are NOT heavy duty mixers. You have to 'baby' them more than the smaller mixers. BEWARE wheat-savvy-cooks...This is NOT the appliance for you. The repair center says it will be a minimum of $75 or so to fix our gears. PLUS, I can no longer make whole wheat bread (I must use white flour too), and I no longer dare use the food grinder attachment (which was $75!) because I don't want to go through this repair again!