I bought my first awesome stand mixer! Well, my husband bought it for me for an early Christmas present! Like I said in a previous post, I had a cheap stand mixer in Germany but it was not very good. I know it would never have been able to mix dough, for example. After lots and lots of research I decided to buy the Breville Scraper Mixer Pro 5-Quart Die-Cast Stand Mixer. This was a difficult choice. I had always thought I would eventually buy a KitchenAid Mixer. However, after looking at them both, reading lots of reviews, and plugging them both in at the store and comparing them side-by-side, I decided I liked the Breville better. It was quite a bit quieter than the KitchenAids, had a higher watt motor than the KitchenAid Artizan and only slightly less than the Professional, and the speed dial was easier to use. It also has a timer and you can set it to a certain time and it will automatically turn off. I love that! Especially since I have a busy boy running around and can easily lose track of time. Both mixers were the same price so it boiled down to what I thought I would enjoy using the most. I also liked the fact that the controls tells you what speed to set for different things. Again, it was a tough decision as both mixers are great. The only thing my Breville won't do that a KA will is I can't attach things to it like a meat grinder. However, the primary purpose of my mixer is for baking and using it as a mixer. The makers of it say it was designed by bakers for bakers. It's a solid mixing machine!
I bought my Breville Stand Mixer from Bed, Bath, and Beyond for $299.99. However, I had a 20% coupon so it brought my total before tax to about $240. So for a little over $260 (after tax), I have an amazing mixer. Here's a video of my unboxing.