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Best stand mixer for bread dough

Thanks for all the input! I am actually drooling over the Electrolux/Magic Mill/Ankarsrum, but I would need to save up a bit longer for it. I think in the meantime I am going to go between my Zojirushi bread machine (it has been on the fritz lately) and my KA until I can save up for it. I was interested I seeing the Cuisinart in person, because it looks so closed in, more so than my KA, which can make it a pain to add ingredients. The Bosch looks interesting, too, but I don't like the fact that the basic beater and cookie dough attachments are sold separately.

Apr 27, 2013
Rebah5 in Cookware

Best stand mixer for bread dough

I have a ~10-year-old KitchenAid Ultra power (300-watt) mixer. I have noticed that recently it seems more bogged down when kneading bread dough and mixing thicker cookie doughs. I have toyed with the idea for a while of upgrading to a new mixer, but looking at the options I am getting more confused as to which mixer is the best option for me. I generally use my mixer for thicker doughs and rarely use speeds higher than 6. If I go with the Artisan, I'm not sure it's a big enough power and capacity gain to make it worth the risk of getting a new machine (my current one isn't perfect, but at least I know its flaws.) At the same time, I'm not sure about the Pro 600 because of the price difference, plus it seems to have quite a few negative reviews compared to the Artisan. I'd love any input and advice! TIA!

Apr 26, 2013
Rebah5 in Cookware