@Stallion yeah i helped a friend pick up one of these artisan series for about $180 a bit before christmas after a mail in rebate they had at the time. Still, You'd be hard pressed to find a better price than meh's this side of black friday i suspect.
@sirnuke My mother had our kitchenaid before I was born and passed it on to me. I'm now 27 and it's still in perfect working condition and we've had no maintenance that I know of performed on it. I'd say the quality is amazing!
@Stallion I got an unbelievable deal Christmas of 2013 on the classic one at Kohl's. It was $50 off the regular price, I used a 20% off coupon, got $40 Kohl's cash back, and there was a $50 rebate. If you count the Kohl's cash as a credit, I ended up spending $70.
@Stallion -Keep an eye on Gilt dot com. I got the next model up- 475 HP, lift bowl model, in red, for $194! Gilt has a $30 credit for new customers, and when I bought, there was a $30 mail-in rebate from KitchenAid!
@Teripie Yep. This is a kitchen gadget that lives on the counter and never gets put away, like the coffeepot, because it is getting used all the time. And it's a darn purty appliance too. Of course, choice of colors changes over time (I'm graced with the cobalt blue), but if you get one you like, you'll still have it when that color trend comes around again, and again, and again.
@StrangerDanger The reason once-a-year-pricing is relevant is that, even per Meh's description, this is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. So the correct analogy isn't paying with your Christmas bonus (which is still your money, duh), but whether you would wait till the best deal of the year to buy a car. If not, you're rolling in it, so why are you even on Meh?
@snazweb I wasn't saying it was just cyber Monday. That's acceptable but you can't count store credit and cashback because that is a deal only Jeepdude could have. The Christmas bonus was another guy :)
@StrangerDanger Sorry you're right. Store credit definitely doesn't count. I saw one too many posts saying you shouldn't count once-a-year sales and coupons, and didn't realize this post was a different matter altogether. (I realize I'm breaking all sorts of Internet Rules by apologizing on a forum, and for that I, erm, oh nevermind.)
@Dash Instead of milking this thread with puns, why don't you guys mix it up a little and throw some real yolks in here. I mean yer beating it to death! Whip yourselves into shape, will ya??? Punbelievable....
Meh. A good "starter" Kitchenaid model, but you'll want to upgrade to one that has the bowl lifter eventually. You'll always have ingredients at the bottom of the bowl that don't get mixed otherwise. No matter how much you adjust the height of the beater/dough hook.
@marvelljones@metageist@editorkid So this is my problem right now. Things like cake batters are not fully mixing at the bottom even when using the wire whisk. I have the style where the bowl cranks up and down, not the tilter. I had to pull out the hand mixer to fix it. So is this my KA with a problem, or am I doing something wrong? I normally make bread dough, not so much cakes.
@Pamtha Use the paddle for batters. The whisk is for incorporating air into things (like egg whites). And scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula every so often - it's a stand mixer, not a Ninja.
@deichernc If I put a mask and a black belt on it, can I call it Ninja Mixer? :) Thanks for the tips, I was in the "well I paid a zillion dollars for this thing, it should scrape itself" category. There should be a KitchenAid for Dummies book.
@sinless Yeah. I was kinda annoyed when the wife put all the accessories on the wedding registry (I bought the mixer myself as a bachelor beause.) but now that we have them all... they may not get used all the time, but we had handmade fettuccine the other night...fantastic!
My sister has one of these, a larger version I believe. Its amazing for making things like cookies and bread but if you want any attachments they can be around $40. These are really good for a diy cook but they take up a decent ammount of counterspace so be warned if you arent making miltiple batches of something and arent afraid to buy a wooden spoon and mixing bowl than you probibally wont need it.
@metageist I just got the meat grinder at Christmas. It's amazing how much better a burger from ground steak tastes than just using ground beef from the store. I would love to have the ice cream and pasta attachments.
@carwinew They no longer are the same. Kitchenaid mixers back then were made by Hobart, a commercial supplier, that relationship ended a few years ago. While they improved from the original switch to plastic gears when they first moved away from Hobart and are back to all metal parts, they no longer are the "bullet proof" build quality they once were.
@Raider My mom has an old beige Hobart and it could rip apart steel wool if it had to. But I'm not disappinted in my 6qy Artisan, and I bake bread every night. But it is a slight touch below my mom's mixer. Now the 7 qt pro.....
@Raider Yes, Whirlpool flirted with outsourcing things in the '90s, but ultimately they doubled down on premium. Every stand mixer is made in Greenville, OH same as as 60 years ago with an all metal drivetrain.
I have one of these mixers. I found it on clearance at a Marshall's... My mom was next door at Kohl's when I saw it. She looked at me like I was crazy when I told her how much I was considering spending (less than this), but we looked at the ones at Kohl's and determined that their deals are good, but not great when it comes to this mixer. (Just since it came up in discussion... I am a Kohl's shopper and minored in applied mathematics, so I hope I calculated correctly. I took into consideration their 30% discounts, specialized coupons, and all kinds of things. I truly put a lot of thought into it).
That being said, I love, love, love my mixer. I'm sure there are better industrial ones out there, but I'm happy. I make these peanut butter balls that caused my mom's mixer to jump up and down (I only had a hand mixer of my own). This mixer mixes them like it's nothing. These are heavy and it's a great feature. As @webender mentioned, the cover is a little loose, but if you're careful it works perfectly well. I baked for three straight days (came out to about 37 hours of constant baking) before Christmas and the mixer didn't let me down. My feet did, but not the mixer. If you like to bake, have a sub-par mixer, don't want to put the time and energy into maybe finding a better deal, and can afford it, I recommend it.
Other things: 1) I have attachments, but I don't use them often. 2) It mixes everything well. I'm always surprised I don't have to scrap much from around the edges or bottom (bottom often has nothing to scrape up).
@unkabob Back at the beginning of marriage, every once in a while I'd see my mother-in-law at the grocery store. We'd stop, chitchat, then be on our way. And I can't count the times she'd let one slip. No sound at all....just the smell as she left the aisle... It's funny now. Not so much back then. I'd look around and want to tell the others around us "Hey, it wasn't me!" but I'd just slink off in the opposite direction with my cart.
@lisaviolet .. Yep, and the worst of it all is the tradition that the first one who notices it, is the one who caused it then brought it up to hide his/her guilt. Made as a funny I'm sure but many took it serious else they wouldn't look at you like that. I've had many encounters in closed elevators, not all of my doing but almost always looked at.. I never could decide which was worse, the actual smell of it or that gawd awful background music you had to endure for fifty floors ((<;
@lisaviolet ... Public restrooms are the worst as I try never to have to use them, not because of the germs as much as the smell from the last guy (or gal in your case) who used it before you and what's worse, the smell lingers (as there's never any windows or venting in those places) so you know that when you leave, the smell will still be toxic and the next visitor will automatically blame you when you pass him (or her) on the way out.. More ((<:
Whirlpool ate the breakfast octopus with Kitchenaid(Hobart) in the mid '80s. Then started using offshore plastic components to replace metal parts. I hear they've stopped that and gone back to metal a few/some years ago, but hard to say if its still a machine to last generations. Still a kick-ass mixer, though. But I am going to continue pursuing my dream of finding an old Hobart model somewhere with the attachments that are hard to find now for the old models.
@mehjohnson Whirlpool flirted with outsourcing things in the '90s. As you note, that didn't work. Once again every stand mixer is made in Greenville, OH By the same families who've made them since WWII, with an all metal drivetrain. This model is a smaller motor though.
I am so glad it's not the pasta accessories for sale. I have been having fantasies about home-made pasta since I first saw those. I know I'd use them only once or twice a year, but isn't that the whole point of 'meh'?
Meh- Xer! I already have one., bought it for $349+ tax last month pre valentine. Target.com has the 450KV25GOXW for $250 ,but didn't buy it. Buyers reviews tell that the UPS guys just dumps them when delivering resulting to some breakage and what nots.., this damn things are built solid. Super heavy!!!
I'd take advantage of the offer, but my parents have a hobart era Kitchenaid that i've made them give me in their will. It's at least 40 years old and will probably outlive 23 year old me. THATS HOW GOOD KITCHENAID'S ARE PEOPLE. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OFFER
@jnathanael you may not have taken them apart, but I have. The old style mixers have a physical connection to the motor...you move the lever on the left (put it to 2) and the motor instantly engages...the new mixers have a delay between the time you set the number and the time that the motor engages. Not the same. ;-)
@unixrab That's a feature, not a bug. It provides a quick but still noticeable ramp up of power to keep the ingredients from splashing out when you turn it on. Old model had instantaneous torque so if you flipped the switch to anything above 2, you'd be wearing some of the contents of the bowl.
The wife convinced me one year to get up at 3AM and drive to wal-mart to try and grab some specific Black friday deal she wanted. The place was insane; there were these pallets of sale specials covered with tarps throughout the store. In the back of the store was a pallet that I was told had kitchenaid mixers; from the size of the pile under the tarp i would guess maybe 20 of them. People were standing in the line for them all the way to the front of the store, along the front wall, and out into the entrance where the shopping carts usually are, waiting for the tarps to be pulled off the pile in another hour. I am guessing that an hour later the fistfights started right about 20 people back.
These are awesome mixers; the one we have is about 25 years old and gets used a couple times a week. Buy it, you won't be sorry.
@unixrab Why? Do you make mashed potatoes for 40 people at a time? Do you own a lunch counter? That is a MASSIVE mixer. I have a 7qt now, and most of the time I use it I am annoyed that it is oversized for the job at hand.
Interestingly enough, I have a little side business making Christmas Cookies - during the holidays, I make about 20dz-40dz cookies. The extra power and size allows me the option of making huge batches of both sticky dough and icing.
Also interesting: I never use a stand mixer to make my mashed potatoes. Potato Ricer only... + wooden spoon.
@adavidw fun fact - my first job was at a Perkin's Pancake House (circa 1980 imma guess) - and the 2 cooks were sadistic bastards. I was the dishwasher - and my work area was sort of this "U" shaped cubby with the dishwasher in the right corner (dishes came in dirty from the left, exited clean from the right). Around my 3rd day working these 2 asshats thought it would be hilarious to lift up and THROW the mixing bowl (cauldron more like) from the above mixer over the top of my cubby, nearly killing me (or at least - scaring the living shit out of me). I waited a while for them to go in the freezer (they did, often - I assume to huff the nitrous from the empty whip cream cans) - and I pinned them in. I went up front and let my manager know I was quitting, and walked out.
@Pufferfishy Hahaha. Holy crap that's hilarious. We used to do stuff like that to each other all the time in the restaurants I've worked at. Jesus that must have been loud when that thing came clattering over.
@Bingo this really wasn't the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. I worked standing in front of one of the sarlacc pit sized garbage disposals - and once when it was running one of these idiots threw one of those "classic brown Perkins plastic water glasses" into it as he pased by - and of course shrapnel launched in a thousand directions. I vowed then to end my tenure in spectacular fashion - tossing the mixing bowl just sealed the deal
FWIW, it's been a while since the KitchenAid topped Cook's Illustrated's tests of stand mixers. I'm overtired while nursing a sick cat so I'm not gonna Google, but I think the Cuisinart's won the last couple tests.
@editorkid In 2007 America's Test Kitchen (in the same group as Cook's Illustrated) rated Kitchenaids to be the best stand mixer. The winner was a 7qt pro model, the best-buy was a 4.5 qt KSM75 which is mostly identical to this version except it has a lower power motor ( 275 vs. 325 for the meh offer)
@editorkid I have a 7qt. Cuisinart. It is pretty nice, arguably TOO large for average jobs. One downside is the "power takeoff" for external tools sucks, the external tools suck and are WAAAAY over-priced, and when you engage the power-takeoff it sounds like there is a jet landing in your kitchen. It is WHATTHEFUCK loud.
The going rate (read: best deal new) for these is $239.00 they fluctuate, but you generally can get them for that... it's been $239 for the last 5 years... I've bought 2 for $239 and given them away ... I have the 6qt non-tilt I kept for myself (NOT $239... $299 for that one (everythingkitchens.com sale plus 30%off for any order over $300 (added a spatula)).
If you can get one for around $239.00 you got a good deal. BONUS: online and without tax and free shipping.
This is a decent deal. Not earth-shattering, but it's a good deal. If you can find lower than $239.00 buy.
@unixrab That website is fucked. It's says the "normal" price of "Mixer A" is $449 and you can put it in your cart for a "special price". And the special price once it's in your cart is $499. That's pretty fucking "special". Dunno if it's just a Chrome compatibility thing or what - but in general that website is a broken mess. I can't manipulate the product placed in my cart - I'm sure not sending a credit card through it....
@Thumperchick Roger that - I generally do not purchase regular consumer built kitchen equipment, I try to get most of my supplies for the kitchen from http://www.webstaurantstore.com/ - I started doing that when I saw that most consumer food processors had a "liquid" line that could not be exceeded or it would leak!! pass! My restaurant FP handles 9C of liquid. :-)
@mechno Some family friends work at KitchenAid. They always buy refurbs from the company store. Mostly burnt out motors or controls that have been replaced, and good as new. Downside of this Meh Mixer is a mediocre wattage motor, could burnout if over-stressed.
I have this one and am happy with it. I only use it a couple times a month, though. I had a bowl-lifter version previously. The bowl-lifting mechanism broke after about a dozen uses (and after the warranty expired). It sat in storage for about ten years while I seethed. I finally had it repaired and sold it on eBay and used the proceeds to buy the 5-qt Artisan I have now. I only cook for two so the bigger one was overkill anyway.
Nah, the plastic transmission is gonna bust if you use it for anything other than mixing loose batters. You need at least the 500 watt models if you make bread or stuff sausage on a regular basis. Don't even think of grinding wheat berries with this.
this is really a one time purchase, it ain't gonna break. i've seen these mixers last decades for people. as cranky1959 says tho, if you are going to make a lotta bread dough or other heavy batter in it you would need to get the top end model for the extra HP rating of the motor. my grandmother made sausage in her artisan model for decades before she passed, she still owned the original one when she passed. good meh stuff here.
@bayportbob I got the same model sitting on the counter waiting for a new transmission. Believe me they break if you use the for anything other than mixing cake batter. The transmissions are plastic crap. These things are not mini hobarts anymore.
I'll echo everyone here, I have 3 kitchenaid mixers, a 325 W 5 quart bowl lift I bought as a refurb with wedding money, then 10 years later, I saw the anniversary edition, candy apple red 325 W tilt head with the glass bowl. I was in lust, I had to have it. The original still works just fine. I will say that while the bowl lift seems like a PITA when you start to use it, the tilt head is nowhere near as sturdy. If you're going to mix up double batches of heavy cookie dough or pizza/bread doughs, you'd probably want to get a larger mixer or go with a bowl lift model. I'm now on the 6500 pro model which is the best of both worlds, lord what a beast. But the point is the other two work just fine, as long as you don't ask it to do too much.
I think shopping for KitchenAid mixers is a sport for a lot of women. It was for me. Took years before I finally bit and bought one. It sits out and I'm a baking fool. Takes no effort to throw together a batch of cookies. Love mine.
I spoke to my baking friend about this, and asked if I should jump on it... She said it's a mediocre price (Well, I guess that fits in here). She mentioned on Black Friday last year Kohl's sold this mixer for $150. I should've jumped on it then. She did say that if this was the 6 qt mixer at the same price, it would be an excellent deal and said I should jump on it.
I'll get this mixer eventually. Eventually... But not today.
@BillLehecka Of course, if you want to bake anything for your friends for Thanksgiving, you'll have to have one of these before then... but seriously, depending on how much you'd bake over the next 9 months, there might be value in buying earlier at a higher price.
I actually haven't used mine in years. If you ferment pizza dough in the fridge for a few days, you can throw it together with a fork and cover the bowl. Done. (And I'm lousy at cakes, cookies, etc. so there isn't much incentive to make other stuff. I wish I'd known that before I bought mine, come to think of it.)
Great mixer. I've had it for over 12 years and then bought my Mom one for Christmas right after receiving mine since it was so awesome. I was given the pasta attachment about 5 years ago by someone who was going to throw it out because they didn't use it and realized I had one and might want it. I took it but have never used it, maybe one day. I highly recommend this mixer to anyone who needs one.
Tell you what Meh, lets make a deal. You send me one of these pro-bono, and I send you back a batch or two of my Grandmother's recipe rainbow cookies (also known as venitians) my using your mixer you ever so genereously sent. Pic related, not mine but they are those cookies, and they are awesome.
@Ignorant They are! They are cookies though. You basically have 3 layers of an almond paste cake, with raspberry and apricot jam between the top and bottom layers respectively. You them put them in the fridge and press the shit out of them with a ton of weight for about a week so they all gel together into an extremely dense orgy of goodness, then coat the top with chocolate. The ones in this picture didnt get pressed enough but they are still good even when they are more cake-like than cookie-like. Its a lot of work to make these and they aren't cheap to buy either, the local bakery around here charges iirc either $15.99/lb or $17.99/lb. Worth it when you're lazy, but better to make your own.
Just received my KitchenAid mixer, it did NOT come with the pouring shield as advertised here on the website or on the product box... still waiting on a reply from meh.com and KitchenAid. Hoping to have better luck here!
It sad that meh is too cheap ( hopefully not just obtuse)to hire a couple high school buddies or temps to address the cold weather crunch we've been going thru. FedEx lost my $240 food thing n meh is too busy to get back to me n fix this shit. Meanwhile...back at the ranch..through their shitty lack of response I will no longer b a customer....gross incompetence....hope it doesn't happen to any of u! Meh....sad for u!
@brettmcox just checked on this for you and CS is still trying to get this worked out, sorry for the wait and thanks for your patience. If you haven't contacted them yet I would send a message to https://meh.com/support.
I have attempted 3 times to make contact with MEH about not receiving the mixer. Each time I get the same bull shit automated response. I want answers. Fed Ex stated the package was lost and I needed to get with MEH. They provided me a claim number for you. It’s too bad I need to come onto a forum site to be heard. Spend a buck and have your drunken uncle field a few phone calls.
@Thumperchick So, when you get an automated response saying "Sorry, we have a huge influx of support tickets, we'll get with you ASAP" your idea is to send two more emails about it? Did it ever occur to you that maybe you're part of the problem?
@Thumperchick Haha, yup. It must be some other forum software that I'm used to using causes this disconnect in my brain, but I keep replying to the wrong person on Meh. Sorry you received undue snark. =)
I don't know anything about threads nor social media. I didn't realize that was how u respond to business transactions. Is this only way u all correspond? Not even thru personal email? I do not wish to be subjected to these online sassy sissies who own no part of our business transactions. Forum for response.....bad business!
@henson774 You posted your problem in a forum so they responded back in the forum. If you send your issue through the correct support channels, they would have responded directly back to you. Check your spam folder in case you missed it.