Summary: I have wanted this Kitchen Aid mixer for years and finally broke down and purchased one for myself for Christmas. It was one of the best investments I've made. For what it is worth, here is my two cents about the whole process. First, make sure you do your research and choose the right mixer for you. Also make sure you take advantage of Best Buy's price match guarantee. I researched and found the same mixer online at Target.com for much less than Best Buys price.
Pros: Work-horse of a mixer. Lives up to its reputation, and performs better than anticipated.
Cons: attachment and accessory prices, but shopping around you can get pretty good deals.
Summary: I am an academically trained professional chef, and this is my work horse. Go into almost any professional kitchen, and you will find and army of these, for a reason. It is large enough to feed an army, strong enough to power through multiple portions of notoriously tough pizza dough effortlessly, and fast enough to give you a full bowl of whipped cream is minutes. I live alone, cook constantly during the week, but host large dinner events often at my home.
Pros: Large, powerful, and with the accesories it gives you the right tool for every need.
Summary: I have waited many years, envying my sister's KitchenAid stand mixer. Finally, my wonderful groom of 5 months, gave me the mixer of my dreams. I must say it is everything I had hoped for. Egg whites are whipped nice and fluffy in a flash. Whipped cream is ready before you can get the berries in the bowl! I have mixed breads, cakes, meatloaf and everything else I can come up with an excuse to make. I love it.
Summary: Bought this product for the KitchenAid name--have since learned my lesson. Product lasted two years being used barely to half capacity, then the gears just stopped working. When I contacted Kitchenaid, they surprised me by really not caring an ounce. They would not help me an iota because it was beyond warranty--unless I'd shell out more money to them to fix it. They even tried to make is sound like it was my fault.
Summary: I can mix anything with this machine. I always double batch my cookies and it is a breeze! The machine mixes bread dough with complete ease. I have had my 600 series for a year now and it has made my life much easier because I bake so much.
Summary: My husband had been telling me for a while to get a stand mixer. Quite frankly I didn't think I would use it much. Well, I was wrong, I have had this mixer for over a year now and I use it so much that it has a permanent place on my counter top. I ended up getting the Nickel Pearl color. It has 10 speeds, 575 watts and the Professional also comes with the 6 Qt mixing bowl. I have even purchased an extra bowl for when I am cooking and have to mix different items.