I purchased last summer and have used quite extensively to mix cake and other batters, frostings, and breads. I agree with most other negative reviews, in so far as you get what you pay for, it only has 1 speed.....HIGH, and it cannot be used for thicker batters...but, hey, it is a very expensive mixer and common sense would tell you not to use if it gets bogged down with thick mixes. It has brought me through heavy use for Thanksgiving and Christmas and hopefully will last for a while longer. If it doesn't, I'll spring for another!!