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Powerful but awkward.
on December 21, 2009
My mother purchased this Pro model for me as a gift about five years ago to replace my old KitchenAid. On the plus side, it is a powerful mixer that doesn't balk at doubled amounts of cake batter, although I did have problems with it for bread dough as another poster commented. And yes, I read the manual, used the correct speed and attachment. The machine did heat up. I usually do my bread dough by hand anyway, so it doesn't matter that much to me. However, since the head doesn't lift, I find the machine awkward to work with. The beater extends down into the bowl even when the bowl is at its lowest level. Therefore, you have to put the full bowl onto the stand, holding the beater partially submerged in the middle, then attach it over the bowl. You have to remove the beater when you remove the bowl as well, which is messy and impractical. Even with adjusting the height screw as it recommends in the manual, I find that the whisk sometimes doesn't scrape the bowl thoroughly. I have to stop the motor and scrape with a narrow spatula, and can't reach the bottom well because there isn't much room to work with and its a hassle to take the bowl and beater off. The beater is wide so you can't hold a spatula in the bowl while the motor is running. I see that there are beaters with silicone scrapers attached for sale to remedy this problem, and I might try that although they are pricey. Since the machine comes with additional attachments and a powerful motor, and I'm used to working around the beater, I'll doggedly use this until it gives up the ghost. My next mixer will have the liftable head like my old ones, however.