Summary: OK, I have used a Kitchenaid stand mixer for many years and just purchased this mixer. Amazing performance and service from Cuisinart (I needed a rubber spacer - they sent it for free). Does a great job everytime.
Summary: This is the first stand mixer I've ever had so, so far I am pleased with it. I gave it 4 stars because I haven't tried making bread yet. If it works good for that I'd give it 5 stars. It is very sturdy and I am happy I got the 7 quart. I had a hard time making up my mind on this or the 5.5 quart Cuisinart makes.
Summary: I have a kitchen aid 5 quart that i have used for years and need a larger capacity mixer. My husband surprised me with a 7 quart kitchen aid for Christmas. I used it about three times to determine that I disliked it. The bowl had to be slammed into the machine to hook up, the attachment did not mix the bottom of the bowl and and I had to pull the bowl under the attachment to get it out.
Summary: I had a Blakeslee (aka Kenwood) 7 qt. heavy duty stand mixer for 35 years. Never had any problems with it until I went to mix up something and the blade wouldn't turn. The motor still ran, but a gear must have worn out. Tried to have it fixed, but it was riveted together with no way to get inside. The "beast" finally kicked the bucket. I was hesitant to buy the popular brand you see everywhere because my daughter has one and isn't happy with it.
Summary: WOW, This guy does the trick. Can easily make 4 loaves of bread at once. Love the features like the timer for slow mix,deep bowl so mix does not rise up. Much easier to clean, no ingredients seeping or splashing out . The top cover is even clean after i make bread.This mixer is also easy to use.
Summary: Didn't know why I wanted a mixer this big (7qts) (1000wts), but am so glad I splurged and bought it. It's a little taller (2-3 inches) than the 4.5- 6qt mixers but still fits on the counter for storage. I like the industrial look to it and the fact it is heavy duty. I ususally blow up everything else...or they start on fire. Seriously. I'm terrified of most appliances.