This is my first stand mixer since using my mother's 20 years ago. I have been struggling with a handheld since, but I have to say this mixer is revolutionizing my cooking. Egg whites are whipped to fluffiness in minutes. Whipping cream only takes a minute or two. Creaming sugar and butter for cookie dough was done in no time, and mixing in the flour was a cinch! I just love the bowl lift system - it makes it very easy to add a bulky ingredient, then continue mixing. The slow start is good too, but it will not prevent you from getting a flour dusting in your kitchen if you go straight from off to setting 10! I find it a little strange that the speed is marked stir to 10 (stir, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10), but there are actually only 6 possible settings... Cleanup is very easy.
Overall I am very happy, and can see that I will be baking more often and more ambitiously now I have the great tool!
I recommend this product.