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Kitchen Aid Mixer or Cuisinart SM-70 7-Quart Stand Mixers

I’m looking to get a bigger mixer. I have the Kitchen aid 5 qt and it’s the go to for mixers but checked out the cuisinart. The cuisinart is half the price. Does it matter? Could use your experience/opinions. Thank you.

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unctoothlady ...

I have a 6 qt Kitchen Aid but have been eyeing that 7 qt Cuisinart. But the reviews aren’t that good so I am a little hesitant.

Janiepie ...

Doesn’t KA have a 7 qt out now… about 550.00 at Wms Sonoma? I need one, too.

Karen ...

well I saw them using the cusinart 7 qt on cupcake wars and the price for the 7 qut KA is 800.00 compared to the cusinart $350-450 price.

unctoothlady ...

WHOA…I don’t think I can do 800 for a mixer right now….but definitely that 3-400 dollar range is doable. Thanks for that info.

Karen ...

and I found out that bed bath & beyond carry it and you can use the 20% coupon on top of that. It sounds like a great deal to me.

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=14620451

Jessica ...

I didn’t even know about the 7 quart. I have a 6 quart Kitchen Aid, same one for almost 12 years. It’s been dragged to and from places I needed to bake and moved across country 3 times now. It still works great I love it. My want to get a 5 quart Kitchen Aid cause sometimes the bigger ones don’t mix smaller batches as well. Wish I could give you a opinion on Cuisinart but only had the KA. I loved the KA customer service too, I called them when I got my KA (almost 12 yrs ago) and told them it was really loud so it must be broken, I was use to the 5 quart. They shipped me a new one right away…and mine wasn’t broken the 6 quart is lound, has a much bigger motor.

Pam Bergandi ...

I have the Cuisinart 7 quart. Have had it about 2 years. It took me a while to get used to it after using a KA 5 qt for 9 years. Now I love it but still pull out the 5 qt occasionally for small batches and to use my pasta roller. I get the 7 lb. bag of powdered sugar at Costco and use the whole bag for a bag of icing. The timer feature rocks. No more overbeating. The splash guard is far superior to the KA as well.

Ansa ...

I have my small KA for smaller batches but I LOVE my Cuisinart 7qt for my double batches.
I also got mine at Bed Bath and Beyond with a 20% off coupon…AAAAAAND i got a FREE food processor attachment (mail in rebate).

Janiepie ...

I JUST ordered the 7 qt Cuisinart Mixer from Everything Kitchen for $329.00 – free shipping! Can’t wait to get it and try it out!

Donna Tokazowski- Cake Hatteras, Hatteras N.C. ...

I had been saving my money for this viking mixer:
http://www.amazon.com/Viking-Professional-quart-Stand-Mixer/dp/B001AGS1HC
But then Hurricane Irene came along and I had to use the money saved for evacuation expenses.
The price on the Cuisinart looks very appealing. I had a 5 qt KA but I gave it to a friend when I moved up to a 6 qt refurbished KA. I was very disappointed with it. The 5 qt KA last over 20 years. (I was working smaller volume) but the 6qt is less then 6 years old and I feel like I have beat it to death. The lift broke and I repaired it with a bungee cord. It really struggles to knead MMF. I have been babying it because it is all I have until I can save up the $500 for the Viking. My husband did a lot of research on the mixers for me, and he feels the Viking has the power we are looking for. After the 7 qt, I’m going full bore commercial. I’m tired if mixing batch after batch of bc.

Karen ...

well a couple of the features with the cusinart that I love is the splash guard and the timer. I’m tired of flour or poweder sugar getting everywhere. Janipie let me know how you like your mixer.

Janiepie ...

New mixer coming TODAY!!! Can’t wait to try it!

Janiepie ...

LOVE my new mixer: the 7 qt Cuisinart ! It has power like you won’t believe! I made 3 mixes of sour cream pound cake batter at once. I think I probably should not do over 2 1/2 to be sure of good mixing, but it is just amazing! I still love my little 4 1/2 qt Kitchen Aide, too, though for smaller batches! Great deal for $329, no shipping and got free blender to use with it, too!

unctoothlady ...

Where did you find it for 329?

Janiepie ...

at Everything Kitchen