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Old 05-03-2012, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Outer Space
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My hand mixer is about to give up the ghost and I am trying to figure out if a stand mixer is right for me. My main question is breadmaking. I do make a lot of bread, but I am really afraid it will be a waste of money if it is too underpowered for my doughs. I make artisan whole wheat and whole rye sourdough breads twice a week and white wheat pizza dough once a week. Occasionally, I'll make bricks like rugbrød.

I read some people say that no consumer mixer can really handle regular bread kneading. If you make a lot of batter breads or light yeast, fine, but real stuff will send your machine smoking soon enough. I just wanted some other opinions on it.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:40 AM
 
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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My kitchenaid is awesome for breadmaking. My only suggestion is, no matter what brand . buy the one with the biggest capacity you can afford. The stand mixer I have works great for 2 or 3 loaves but that's the limit. It is, however such a work and time saver I don't know what I did without it, even for kneading the stiff dough. I use the same machine with attachments for grinding hamburger, making icecream, grinding flour, slicing, grating....seems I turn that thing on at least once a day.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I have a kitchenaid stand mixer that I got 5 years ago. I have made bread dough with it. It's great. I make cheesecakes, irish soda bread and even mixed up a meatloaf using it.
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:13 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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We've had the Kitchenaid Professional 6 for several years and it's been great.
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:40 PM
 
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My Kenwood Chef Stand Mixer is excellent. It has a huge capacity, a powerful 1000-watt motor, and is very sturdy. In the 20 years that I've had it, I've never had any problems with bread dough; it handles the heaviest doughs with no problem.



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Old 05-03-2012, 01:41 PM
 
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I have a Viking 7 quart and solar it has handled anything and everything I have challenged it with.
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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We have had a Kitchen Aid for 10 years and it still going strong..My wife makes at least one loaf of bread a week.
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:26 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Watts are what you need for bread making. Get the highest wattage motor you can afford. Anything less than 400 is unsatisfactory, IMHO.
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