Summary: I have had this stand mixer for about 8 months now, and I have loved every minute. Apparently it has an automatic shut-off for when it overheats, but I have never had that happen, even with mixing up double batches of pizza dough. I use it several times a week for making homemade bread, cakes, whipping cream, icing, etc. I have never owned a Kitchenaid, but I have heard they like to "dance." Well my Breville does not.
Summary: Awhile back, my husband and I had the opportunity of a lifetime, which was to spend nearly a month in and around New Zealand. We flew Premium Economy (oh yes! semi-reclining seat/beds, full menu, all beverages, pillows, blankets, courtesy) from LAX via Qantas - almost a necessity for a total of 22.5 hours flight time from Boston, MA/USA.
Summary: I have used this exclusively, so far, for making pasta and bread. I have read other buyers who complain the motor cannot handle large bread recipes, but I have had no problems. I make 2 loaves of yeast bread at a time, with 6 cups of flour (half whole wheat). The mixer has not heated up at all, and has not slowed down. I am getting used to having only one dough hook, as my last mixer had two and a rotating bowl.
Summary: After 30 years with my Kitchenaid mixer, it lost its 2 top speeds. Because I am an avid baker, I need a mixer that works! I researched carefully and at the time, the Kitchenaid ratings weren't that great due to a change in the manufacturer. The Breville had great reviews, so I bought one. It is a lovely looking machine, not as heavy to lift as the Kitchenaid, and has safety features that I'm sure are useful to some. Unfortunately, that's where my compliments end.
Summary: This machine puts the Kitchen-Aid stand mixer to shame! More people need to realize that, because Kitchen-Aid has a strong American presence in the market, and Breville is up and coming. But up and coming or not, they have superior products, and I will be buying a lot of their products.
Summary: I looked at a number of online comparisons before settling on the Breville. There seems to be a lot of smoke out there about stand mixers, with Cuisinart generally getting preference for no significant reason that I can see. Makes me suspicious... I turned to Consumer Reports, which really is a non-profit that has no dog in the fight, and it preferred the Breville. I use it primarily for bread & cakes. I don't make a yeast bread, so I haven't used the dough hook.
Summary: After a few uses it sprung a leak and the liquid that would freeze on the inside started leaking into the bowl. (Was my ice-cream ever contaminated? I don't know.) I called amazon and they said they would accept it back and then charged me a restocking fee, without prior notice.
Conclusion: "I bought this mixer in January 2014 mainly because I make bread at home. I decided to write the review because I researched a lot before I bought it and I hope my review will be helpful for others. I have no comparison with another mixer (Kitchen Aid or Cuisinart) as this is my first one. However I love my Breville mixer and here is why: 1.