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Cuisinart SM-55BC 5-1/2-Quart 12-Speed Stand Mixer, Brushed Chrome
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- 800-watt stand mixer housed in durable die-cast metal
- 12 speeds; 5-1/2-quart stainless-steel bowl; slow-start and gentle-fold functions
- 15-minute countdown timer; 3 power outlets; auto shutoff; tilt-back head
- Chef's whisk, flat mixing paddle, dough hook and splashguard included
- Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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Cuisinart 5-1/2-Quart 12-Speed Stand Mixer
The Cuisinart 5.5 Quart Stand Mixer has the capacity, power, and precision engineering to handle any job your recipes call for. With a Chef’s Whisk, Flat Mixing Paddle, and Dough Hook included, you can whip, mix, and knead your way through any family recipe for foolproof baking. With 12 speeds and an auto shutoff Countdown Timer, you have complete control of your mixing for perfect results. We also offer optional attachments that connect to one of three power outlets on the Stand Mixer to let you blend, process food, squeeze juices, make homemade pasta, or grind your own meats. And with a splashguard with spout, baking becomes family friendly without anybody getting messy.
- Tilt-back Head and Top Cover
- 3 Power Ports
- 5.5 Quart Stainless Steel Bowl with Handles
- Head-lift Release Lever securely locks stand mixer head into raised tilt-back position
- On/Off, Fold and Speed Control Dial
- 12 speeds for precision mixing.
- 15-Minute Countdown Timer with Auto Shutoff
- Chef's Whisk
- Flat Mixing Paddle, Dough Hook and Splashguard with Pour Spout
This stand mixer features a powerful 800-watt motor that can handle the heaviest mixing tasks. Its large, 5-1/2-quart, stainless-steel bowl accommodates big batches--even double recipes. The unit also provides 12 mixing speeds, along with a 15-minute countdown timer and automatic shutoff, for maximum precision. Choose the slow-start function to eliminate splatter or the ultra-gentle fold function to carefully blend in delicate ingredients. The mixer's tilt-back head allows for easy access to the mixing bowl and makes attaching accessories simple. Accessories include a chef's whisk, a flat mixing paddle and a dough hook, as well as a splashguard. The whisk aerates ingredients to increase volume or can also be used on slow speed to gently combine dry ingredients. Contoured to reach the bottom and sides of the bowl, the flat mixing paddle ensures thorough mixing. The dough hook makes hand kneading obsolete, while the splashguard offers an extra-wide pouring spout for easily adding ingredients. The stand mixer also contains three power outlets, including a high-speed outlet for its optional dedicated attachments (meat grinder, citrus juicer, blender, food processor, or pasta maker--all sold separately). The stand mixer measures 15-1/2 by 10 by 12-1/2 Inch and carries a three-year product warranty and a five-year motor warranty. From the Manufacturer More than 30 years ago Cuisinart changed the way the world cooked. Now it's changing the way the world mixes with the Cuisinart stand mixer. The new extra-large Cuisinart 5-quart mixer has the power, capacity and precision to handle any job a recipe requires and delivers more power to mix even the heaviest dough. Theres also more capacity to double and triple recipes. The mixer comes with three accessories, allowing you to mix, whip, or even knead dough. It has 12 speeds to ensure splatter-free starts and fabulous finishes. In addition, Cuisinart offers optional attachments that can be purchased separately. Each attachment connects to one of the three power outlets on the mixer (two on the top and one on the front) to let you blend, process food, squeeze juice from your favorite citrus fruits, make homemade pasta, or grind your own meats. Multiple Outlets Mean More Functionality High-speed power outlet for the blender and food processor attachment (sold separately), which connects to the rear power outlet on top of the stand mixer. Mid-speed power outlet for the citrus juicer attachment (sold separately), which connects to the front power outlet on the top of the stand mixer. Slow-speed power outlet for the large meat grinder and the pasta-maker attachments (sold separately), which connect to the power outlet behind the slow-speed outlet cover on the front of the stand mixer head. An Array of Helpful Features The mixer's tilt-back head securely locks the stand mixer into a raised position, which allows easy access to the 5-quart mixing bowl and makes it easy to attach accessories. The stainless-steel bowl includes handles, which makes the bowl easy to hold, scrape and remove and it's oversized to let you mix larger quantities. The mixer has a handy 15-minute countdown timer, plus a slow-start function that eliminates splatter for the most delicate ingredients. The fold function allows you to mix in ingredients at the lowest speed with two options--continuous, to blend ingredients and pulse, to combine ingredients. Each pulse generates 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 revolutions of the flat mixing paddle, chef's whisk, or dough hook. The flat mixing paddle, dough hook, or chef's whisk spins independently while rotating around the mixing bowl for the quickest, most thorough results. No need to rotate the mixing bowl--Cuisinarts stand mixer does all the work for you. Features: Large 5-quart-capacity polished stainless-steel bowl Powerful 800-watt motor 15-minute countdown timer Auto shutoff and 12 speeds Includes 3 accessories: chef's whisk, flat mixing paddle, dough hook Splashguard with pour spout to prevent spattering Recipe book Power unit: clean with a damp cloth and dry Bowls and tools dishwasher-safe (tools top-rack dishwasher-safe) Warranty: Limited 3-year product warranty and a full 5-year motor warranty .
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I did more research and found that the warranty was much better on the Cuisinart than on the KitchenAid. So, nervously, I decided to switch from what I had always considered to be the top brand, and I bought the Cuisinart.
My first impressions were mixed. I immediately liked the way the mixer looked, but I was nervous about it, because the body and the mixing paddles are much lighter in weight than on the KitchenAid. It lacks the solid, all-metal feel of the KitchenAid. Since the KitchenAid jittered all over the counter when I was using it to knead bread or even whip butter and sugar together for cookies, I figured the Cuisinart would probably fly off the counter. I decided to use it pretty hard for six months, and then write my review.
I've used it every seven to ten days to make two loaves of heavy, whole-grain bread, have made many batches of cookies and several cakes and I'm very happy to write that this is a GREAT mixer.
Much to my surprise, it doesn't jitter at all, not even when I'm using it to knead bread. Ingredients are more thoroughly mixed, and I don't need to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula nearly as often as I needed to with my KitchenAid. Counter space in my kitchen is limited, so I keep the mixer in a cupboard, and the lighter weight means that it's much easier to move around. In my experience, the lighter weight has NOT affected, in any way, the performance.
Once, when I was kneading some heavy dough on speed #4 for about twice as long as the usual seven or eight minutes (I'd forgotten to add salt to the bread and was trying to knead it in) the mixer overheated and shut itself down. It hasn't done that since, and frankly, I'd rather that happen than have the gears freeze up and completely destroy the gearbox, as happened with my KitchenAid. Another greatly appreciated feature is that some clever person designed the bowl so that it's easy to remove, even after I've used the mixer to knead dough. The bowl on the KitchenAid would lock so tightly after kneading bread that I'd have to wrench it free, usually skinning my knuckles in the process. Some reviewers complain that the bread dough "climbs" the kneading hook, making a mess. I find that the dough actually climbs a lot less than it did when I used my KitchenAid. One reviewer mentioned that she finds the splash guard mostly useless, but I love it -- I find it truly useful, unlike the awkward, two-piece splash guard that came with my KitchenAid.
The timer function is nice, especially now that I don't need to stand over the mixer while it's kneading, worrying that it'll jitter its way onto the floor. I don't leave the room, but now I set the timer and let the mixer do its thing while I prep other ingredients or grease the baking pans. I really like the slow-start feature -- no more cloud of flour when I turn on the mixer.
Basically, this mixer does everything my KitchenAid did, and does it better. The performance has been highly satisfactory, and if it breaks down any time in the next five years, it will still be under warranty ... unlike my KitchenAid, which was only covered for a year.
I don't hate KitchenAid -- I think the mixers are probably still a good product, overall. I know that I was using mine for more than it was designed to handle. However, I am happier with the Cuisinart and have recommended it highly to several friends.
This is still a relatively early review. I expect stand mixers to last for at least a decade, and ideally for much longer. Six months after my purchase, I'm very happy with this machine. If anything happens to change that, I'll update this review.
January 29, 2009
I dropped my mixer! I was doing a lot of Christmas baking, the countertop was crowded, I put it too close to the edge of the counter and WHAM, it fell to the floor, landing hard, upside down. While I have no idea how the trauma will affect the overall life of the mixer, it still works fine. The top is a little askew now, and the hinged door at the front that covers the slow-speed power outlet will no longer stay closed. But: the mixer works as well as it ever did. I really wish I hadn't dropped it, but this is a strong peice of equipment. That was a hard fall from countertop height to a hardwood floor, and there appears to have been nothing more than cosmetic damage. I've been baking as much as ever, and it still works beautifully.
September 4, 2010
Wow -- I don't often look back at my reviews, and when I came back today to make an update, I was surprised that so many people found this helpful. Thanks! I hope if you bought a mixer based on my recommendation that you've loved it. Mine is still going strong, and this evening over dinner, I recommended it to a friend who was thinking of buying a new stand mixer.
Thank you to those who have commented, it adds some additional insight and balance. It was interesting reading the comments -- one person commented that this mixer didn't really handle large batches of heavy rye dough, so you might want to keep that in mind if you make a LOT of bread. I'm still making a loaf or two every week and am quite pleased. One commenter mentioned that his KitchenAid mixer never moved around the countertop. Since I would have to literally hold my KitchenAid down while kneading bread, it makes me wonder how much variance you might find between individual mixers. One of the things I still really, really like about the Cuisinart is that it stays still for me, even when I'm kneading a couple of loaves-worth of bread dough. In fact, I've recently stepped up my bread baking, because I've been experimenting with sourdough recipes. I've also been churning out a LOT of batches of cookies recently as I experiment with a new recipe. (I noticed today that my jeans are feeling a bit tight around the waist. Maybe I need to experiment with something a bit lower-calorie. But, I digress.)
Anyway, I logged on this evening to say I'm still quite pleased with my mixer. Despite the tragic dropping incident over a year and a half ago, the Cuisinart is still working beautifully.
December 6, 2011
I'm updating this review without much to add, other than I'm using this mixer more than ever, and it continues to work beautifully. I keep a large rubber band around the top of it to hold the slow-speed power-outlet door closed, but that's my own fault, since I let it drop off the counter two years ago.
December 14, 2012
I've done less baking this year than in the past for a number of reasons, but the mixer is still working just fine! Not much to report -- no problems, other than the minor cosmetic issues caused by the fall from my countertop in 2009.
February 19, 2014
My mixer is still working just fine. In fact, now that I've had it for about six years, I've been tempted to buy a replacement...but really, other than the minor damage I caused when I let it drop off the counter in 2009, there's no reason to replace this. I use a large rubber band to keep the door on the front closed (functional, but it doesn't enhance the appearance), and it keeps working away. I've gotten so used to the Cuisinart that it feels odd when I occasionally use a KitchenAid stand mixer at my parents' house. I've noticed that the KitchenAid reputation seems to be recovering -- the newer versions, from what I've read, are being made with all-metal gearboxes, and Cook's Illustrated rated the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer just above this Cuisinart model. Given the price difference, my small kitchen, and the fact that this has had much heaver use than my previous KitchenAid and is still going strong, I'm still happy with my decision.
When purchasing a mixer, don't forget to get a good long-handled silicon spatula for it. Kitchen Aid makes a really nice one. Common bowl-spatulas aren't long enough and often won't form to the bowl's lower area very well. A spatula is vital to get sticky dough out.