Fellow cooks, don't procrastinate investing in a really good mixer like I did and spend too many years mixing everything manually. This KitchenAid mixer makes everyday tasks in the kitchen so simple. I don't have all the fancy attachments, but am using the dough hook and flat beater just about every single day. And since arthritis has set into some of my fingers, I am so glad to have this mixer that holds the bowl steady and works the dough. And the handle on the bowl makes it easy to manage. I make bread a couple times a week and muffins/scones and sauces about the same. Also use it whenever an entree wants something prepped by mixing. One bowl, one quick cleanup afterwards. Place of honor on the kitchen counter. Too good to be true.
Only negative is the color: my cobalt mixer has a tad of purple to the blue tone (unlike all my cobalt pottery), and so I put the mixer on a hammered aluminum tray to give it a break from the dark blue of my