There was a time in my life I really wanted a stand mixer. There was a time in my life I wanted to play professionally too. Life moves on, and I grew out of wishful thinking. Besides, my time is spent working, eating, sleeping, and writing comments on a daily deal website, and there is just no time to bake.
@PersonandStuff Aukey got booted off of Amazon. Like many such outfits have done in the past, they appear to be dumping their current-brand merch to disposal specialists. I would be unsurprised if the “Aukey” name becomes entirely unsupported in the next six months, at which point any “manufacturer” warranty would become worthless.
Meanwhile, the same actual product is also sold by Amazon itself, for less than half of what Aukey shows as MSRP on the Aukeyhome dot com website.
I really want to click buy it. But I doubt I will ever use it. I had a 6 quart kitchen aid that I kinda inherited sitting on the shelf for years. I used it once, attempting to make fudge for xmas, a massive batch, & it didn’t work out so well. Turned it on & the ingredients in the bowl splashed out making a bit of a mess.
This one has a splash guard included…! I can attempt that fudge making thing again! Or not.
Edit: the Kitchen Aid went moved out due to neglect & now resides at my sister’s house. She used it a bunch for a while now it sits neglected over there.
@ergomeh And don’t get ME started on recipes that call for veggies based on size - what is the NIST official size for a “small” onion? Exactly how much liquid is in "the juice from a small onion?
Saw one chicken recipe on seriouseats.com which called for “four half chicken breasts (about 1one pound)”. One commenter bitched about not having nearly enough sauce for the chicken. She’d apparently missed the weight notation - the recipe was apparently written before chicken breasts became as bloated as they are today.
Not to be a buzz kill, but it would be nice if, interspersed with the fun and games here in the forum, we could actually see some info, maybe some real info on whatever product is being sold on any given day.
@andrewkl So here’s my take, as an experienced baker, KA owner, & gadget bargain hunter:
The downsides to this vs. a KA are likely durability, sure. But also, availability of parts and accessories. Want an extra bowl (my most useful KA accessory by far), or a replacement beater/whisk/dough hook? Almost certainly not available. Obviously there’s no spot on the front to use the motor for KA-style accessories like a pasta roller or meat grinder. If something breaks, it’s almost certainly not worth opening up, because you won’t be able to find any replacement parts for the internals.
That said, the specs are impressive for the price. High-capacity motor and metal gears (assuming that’s true of ALL the gears) suggests that it might not be a total piece of crap. If you’ve got someone on your list who’s kind of into baking or is just starting out in a new home, this could work for quite a while. But if you have someone on your list who has specifically asked for a KA, and you were intending to grant that wish, this is NOT a way to fulfill that wish while saving some bucks. Head on over to the KA site and get a Pro Plus 5qt with very good Black Friday pricing.
@andrewkl@tet3 I got a really nice silver KA from my MIL about 15 years ago. It’s heavy-duty and heavy, and works a treat, but probably won’t last as long as my mom’s: 60 years or so. I use mine 15-20X a year, and the meat grinder attachment is great. This cheapie version will probably burn out if it’s put under a lot of strain (thick batters/dough/etc), but might be good for a young person just setting up house, with an actual interest in baking…
For some inexplicable reason, after debating with myself for over half an hour, I decided to purchase the Aukey Home 5-Quart Stand Mixer only to have my repeated and repeatingly frustrated clicks on the “purchase” link be IGNORED! WHY? WHY?!? WHY!!!
@Jantho Try refreshing the page when that happens, and try turning off any ad blocker or script blocker that may be in your browser or its plug-ins. (Disclaimer: I don’t know if those measures make any difference here, but they’re essential when trying to use many other commercial sites.) (If your browser or plugin allows just exempting this site only, that’s usually the safer choice.)
@tet3 Aukey appears to be dumping their current merch after getting booted off Amazon for buying reviews. They’ll probably go into zombie mode when the warehouse is empty, if that’s what they are doing. It’s a common tactic. By way of just one example, TackLife pretty clearly has evaporated after dumping a big load of their stuff to Mercatalyst at a really attractive price. Their stuff wasn’t awful, but they weren’t willing to live with honest reviews, and they got caught trying to bugger the numbers.
Their stuff wasn’t awful, but they weren’t willing to live with honest reviews, and they got caught trying to bugger the numbers.
@werehatrack Yeah, I’ve purchased a couple Tacklife products back when they were on Amazon; they worked just fine and the price was right. It’s a shame that they resorted to cheating to try and get ahead instead of continuing on the build-up-the-brand-naturally path.
I’m spending way too much time looking into this product I’m not buying instead of finishing my pie baking…
But, what’s up with the warranty? If you buy direct from Aukey, it’s 2 years. Only 90 days, from meh. No manufacturer warranty mentioned at Walmart but they of course have the extended warranty upsell. Are these not new, or are they seconds? Maybe Aukey price is 5x meh’s b/c they know they’re going to have to send a couple replacements.
@tet3 Sometimes, when a seller’s name is booted off of Amazon, the seller quietly evaporates as soon as all of their existing inventory has been moved off, be it via retail sale or by disposal to a specialist like Mercatalyst. When that happens, the product becomes essentially unsupported, and the “manufacturer’s” warranty is worthless. And make no mistake; Aukey is not a manufacturer. They are selling a product made by an offshore company that does not have and does not want the hassles of maintaining an actual presence in the US. Meanwhile, the booted seller quietly registers a new seller name, orders up merch boxed with the new label, and goes right back to selling the same stuff, but without accepting or acknowledging liability for anything they sold before.
TackLife is an example of one that’s in the post-endgame phase, having no product left to sell on their own webpage, and responding to no contact attempts. I would be entirely unsurprised if Aukey were to be equally vaporized in the next few months.