I loved my old stand mixer, but there were 3 things I hated about it: first, it wasn't attachment compatible - the only thing it did was stir/mix. Granted, this is the core competency of these machines, but with so much innovation going on in the area, I was seeing friends do everything from making veggie pasta to grinding meat all by using attachments on their stand mixers. Second, my old mixer was one solid piece, so there was no easy way to add ingredients to the mixing bowl without interrupting the actual mixing process. I could pour in liquids around the edges, but adding anything large required the entire process to stop. Third, it was ugly. The thing was a puke-yellow colored hand me down from my Great Aunt. It worked just fine, but it was an absolute eyesore.
About two weeks ago I tried out one of these new Kitchen Aid head-tilt stand mixers at a kitchen appliance demo event, and I immediately went online and ordered one for myself. I am writing this review as part of a contest related to the event, but my sentiments here are real and reflect my honest opinion. This thing beats my old mixer on all of the above issues, and I'll explain how. First and foremost, this mixer is nothing if not compatible. It comes with a flat beater, a dough hook, and a wire whip included, so you've got most of what you need for baking right in the box for no extra cost. But the really fun attachments are available to be purchased separately. Off the top of my head, I know that you can attach a fruit juicer, a meat grinder, a cheese grater, a veggie spiralizer, and a pasta press (and I'm sure there are more that i don't know about!). I picked up the pasta press since I cook spaghetti a few nights per week, and I cannot tell you how cool it is to press, dry, cook, and eat your own noodles.
Secondly, the head is ingeniously designed to tilt back so that the whole bowl is open when you need to add ingredients. No more turning the mixer off, removing the beater, twisting and removing the bowl. This sounds like a small feature, and it is, but it makes a world of difference when there's only one set of hands in the kitchen.
Finally, The blue finish really is beautiful in person (even more so than it looks in the pictures). I leave this out on display in my kitchen rather than hiding it in the cabinets like I did with my old mixer.
On top of those main points, I like the following about this appliance: 10 speeds, quiet, large bowl volume, price (was selling here for about $100 off of the list price when I got it!). Check out the photos of me making homemade angel hair pasta at the event