Kitchen Aid was the premier in kitchen mixers. But now to make them cheaper in price, to sell in 'Big Box Stores' they have changed a few things. 1st. There's No Handle on the mixing bowl anymore. (But for $60.00 extra you can purchase one with a handle). 2nd. They don't include the plastic shroud/filler for the top of the bowl anymore. BUT again for extra you can purchase one. And I can only GUESS at what they have done to the insides, ie : Motor and gears.
Although its still a great mixer, the missing handle and shroud really do make a difference. I had wanted/planned to purchase one for myself, And the 'Black Friday' price seemed to good to believe so I purchased one. Had I known about the changes I would NOT have purchased from a 'BIG BOX Store' but instead would have purchased form a kitchen store with ALL the bells and whistles.
I purchased one 20 years ago for the wife, still works, no problems and one for my son 2 years ago. So this one is the 3rd one in the family, So you can see why I'm disappointed with this purchase.