I bought this mixer because I did not have enough money to buy the Kitchen Aid that my mother has and I have already gone through 3 hand mixers. I figured, if it breaks with my usage, I can always return it. Low and behold, this thing does what I want it to. Let's be realistic here people. This mixer cannot add on any more attachments. So if you are looking for attachments, this is not for you. Looks wise, it could have been better but it matches my kitchen! Black and stainless and sits permanently on my counter bar. Also, not too bulky! Very simple design. Material seems pretty sturdy. The paddle and dough hook are not made with plastic like some people claim. It is made of some kind of aluminum alloy which will last you years. This gives it the "light-weight" feel of the paddle and dough hook. The whisk is made of standard steel wire. Obviously, stainless steel bowl. Performance. Now this is where it gets interesting. I have had this machine for about a month now and made pizza dough, bread, cookies at least 2 a week! I have been using this everyday trying to actually "wreck" the thing. LOL No luck. It is surprisingly quiet compared to my mother's KA. My hand-mixer is louder!! No matter how high you immediately set the speed, it always starts slow so not to spill anything. Awesome! It also has a suction base so it will never "walk" on your counter! It has a spill guard/shield. Now, again, let's be realistic here. It is a guard or shield, not an air tight Tupperware container. Best part is, it actually attaches to the top of the tilt head and not the bowl! So when you lift the head, the cover rises with it!! Unlike KA, it attaches to the bowl. Saves me time and not having to worry about touching the shield all the time. Put it on, take it off... you know the drill. The bowl at the bottom has a funny plastic thing that you can remove. This is what I don't understand, BUT!!! Keep it on there because removing it will lower the bowl and mixer cannot mix the bottom. Some people say the bowl is not "tight-fitting". Easy fix I think, put a paper towel underneath the black "raiser" and voila! Over all rating for me is this. If you want to make dough, bread, and all other simple mixing needs this is the mixer for you. TOP 10!! Definitely saves you money and does the job. Now, if you compare it to KA and want other attachments, then save money and get the the KA! I think this thing is amazing for the price. Didn't even blink and eye in making cookies or bread dough. And trust me, I have seen my mother's KA in action, and this is no different. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a simple, no-attachment stand mixer on a budget, definitely well worth the money!
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