Summary: The KitchenAid Mixer does the job! We use this for all kinds of baking mixes (except thicker doughs) and it's been great. I've not tried it on anything too dense but I have a food processor for that. My daughter uses it frequently for cookie dough mixes and it works like a champ. It is easy to clean and store. I expect to have it for a long time. The beaters are easy to assemble/disassemble and black is classic color. No complaints.
Summary: I was really disappointed in this mixer. After using for a couple months, I realized I didn't like the beaters and the speed wasn't as fast as I thought it should be. It just never seemed to mix very well, so I went back to my old Hamilton Beach one that's probably 10 years old. Wouldn't recommend it.