Summary: You get what you pay for. It's amazing now easy it is to clean though, especially after kneading dough. When I made dough previously, there would always be little bits stuck to the side of the bowl.
Pros: Powerful (as advertised). Thorough, meaning it reaches all parts of the bowl (as advertised). Easy to clean (see below).
Cons: Takes up significant counter space (as advertised). Motor grease is pungent (as mentioned in the user's manual).
Summary: Returned to Seller- Mixer was not this model- lesser wattage and motor grinding.I needed a mixer that was powerful enough to use for making bread.My 14 year old Classic is no longer able to make Divinity or stirring bread dough
Summary: I am very happy with my kitchenAid stand mixer. I only wish I had not waited this long to purchase one. You may not use it everyday but when you do you know it was money well spent. I will be buying one for my daughter.
Summary: I got my beater-blade with the silicon scrapers attachment and used my KA for the first time. I love it. It is a beautiful mixer, works very nicely, and I am extremely pleased with the results in making a few dozen cookies in it.