Summary: The shield certainly aids in pouring in ingredients and avoiding flour from going everywhere while mixing. My problem is that it does not fit snug on the bowl and slides off easily while mixing. I bought the model shown for my mixer which is an older model. I use it and hold it in place while mixing.
Summary: Not ready to give up on KitchenAid altogether, but would definitely rethink the Ultra-Power model. Received mine as a birthday gift (HAPPY birthday to me!) and made several batches of bread but found that the tilt head wasn't locking securely in place. After a short time of kneading dough, the latch would actually free itself and the mixer head would start bouncing up and down.
Summary: The mixer works great, but the beaters that came with it had a burnished metal coating that makes them not dishwasher safe. KitchenAid and other companies make dishwasher safe replacements for some of the beaters. I learned this the hard way. The dishwasher removed the coating and there was this oily black stuff that would not come off which rendered the beaters useless. KitchenAid support told me there was nothing I could do except replace them.
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: Hello, The mixer is good, we are happy with it but we are unhappy with the seller. I didn't receive an invoice (or proof of purchase) with the mixer, I requested but never received any feedback. Hopefully I don't have any issue with the mixer otherwise I wouldn't have found anybody to talk to.