A little late to the party. You really can have a great stand mixer for very little money.

And you never throw it quickly into stop either… you ease it down to stop. I broke the whisk attachment the first time I used it, but I never replaced it because I really only use that mixer for bread dough and just use the scraper and dough roller. I grew up with a KitchenAid, so it was a natural thing for me to continue the tradition when I got married.

I am going to weigh in on this debate. Hands down, the accessories would make it hard to part with my beloved Kitchen Aid mixer. Thanks for such a thorough post Mel, I love your site!