Conclusion: I like this mixer for making cakes or whipping mashed potatoes but it doesn't do a good job mixing heavy doughs for making bread. And the mixer begins to smoke while mixing. The bread always comes out heavy. If you like making home made bread I would no recommend this mixer.
Summary: While I do not regret having purchased the mixer, I have found that I use my hand mixer and food processor more frequently to do similar tasks because of their portability and ease of clean up in comparison to this item.
Pros: Capacity, Even Mixing, Heavy Duty, Works Quietly
Cons: Difficult to Clean, Difficult to Store, Heavy
Summary: I love this mixer. It gets the job done, and done quickly. However, it is not conducive to adding ingredients without stopping the mixer or putting on the plastic attachment in order to be able to add ingredients. Replacement parts are expensive [...].Storing the plastic attachment takes a lot of room in a drawer.
Pros: Capacity, Even Mixing, Heavy Duty, Stand alone
Cons: Challenge to add ingredie, Replacement parts expense
Summary: Love the powerful motor however you can't get a spatula down to clear the sides while the machine is running. The beaters do not get everything clean. My much less powerful Sunbeam does not have this problem.