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: I purchases this as a mfr. respiffified (refurb) unit from a little web site in Texas that is now under the Amazon umbrella... I've used it twice now, not a lot of experience with the machine. I gave it 3 stars because it does run, it can work, and it could be much better and probably not cost any more to manufacture. But here are my findings: The first batch of pizza dough was 1200g flour, 50% hydration (not dry, but certainly not a high hydration dough).
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: 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: We purchased this mixer in May, 2011, partly based on an (obviously incorrect) belief that Cuisinart was a reputable company, and partly because of the five year motor warranty. Less than two years later, the motor burned out. Cuisinart charged us to return it to them for warranty repair. However, they have now advised us that they cannot repair the mixer and they refuse to replace it. $430 down the drain.