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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:03:09 PM
I'm know I'm going to buy one, I just don't know which one. I found a "Classic" on sale at Target for $229.00. The Artisan is $349.00 and the Pro is $449.00. I'm leaning toward the Classic because it's the least expensive and I'm not someone who bakes a lot. I probably won't make much (if any) bread but I'm still wondering if I'll regret not spending the extra money to upgrade to one of the more expensive models. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Update: In a few days I will be mixing up some tasty treats! I pulled the trigger on a refurbished Artisan in Cinnamon for $229.00. Thanks to everyone who posted to this thread.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:16:32 PM
I don't own one, but always wanted one... however if I DID get one.. I'd go for the stronger motor, since I would definitely want to be doing breads, etc..
if I was just going to mix cakes, etc.. I would get the less expensive one..

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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:23:02 PM
You can get a refurbished artisan for less than the cheaper Target one. Or a refurbed professional 450W one for just a little more than a 275W basic one. I bought a refurbed Artisan over 10 years ago and it's still going strong! Right now you may think you won't do much with it, but it's always better to at least go middle of the road and spend a little more so you have room to grow. You'll also get better resale with an Artisan or Pro.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:28:38 PM
I'd go with the best one you can afford. It really is an investment and will last forever, or maybe longer. I got the top of the line over 30 years ago and it still looks and works like new.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:53:56 PM
I was given the Artisan a few years ago, and didn't want it. I've used it so much I could justify an upgrade to larger model. So I say go for it!
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Posted: 1/28/2013 3:22:40 PM
I have the pro 6 quart and love it so much. I used it for meatballs tonight. It was $189 on Amazon last year. That deal doesn't come around often but I would still suggest you check their pricing.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 3:34:27 PM
we bought a refurb classic around 18 years ago. My hubby loves to bake and it is honestly used around 4-5 times a week. It is still working. My dh thinks it is starting to slow down but I feel the money I spent back then (which was a big stretch for us then) was money well spent.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 4:22:28 PM
You might consider a Kenmore 5 qt mixer instead. It's the same size as the KA Artisan and has a more powerful motor (400 watts versus 325) for a much lower price - currently showing as $229 on the Sears website. It's functionally the same as KA, works the same way and accepts KA attachments. I've been very happy with mine. You don't get the color selection but I wasn't willing to pay an extra $150 to have a color other than black, especially considering the Kenmore has a more powerful motor.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 4:49:37 PM
I got the 5qt Artisan at Kohls after Thanksgiving for $150 after rebates. I really like it a lot. I don't use it for breads though. I have a Bosch for that.

If you aren't in any hurry to get it, I would look for deals. QVC has great deals on them sometimes. Kohls does too.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 6:00:54 PM
Thanks everyone! I went to the refurbished KA site (thanks peasful1) and their prices are great. I think I'll take everyones advice and go for a model with a bigger motor than the Classic. Since I'm not in a big hurry I'll watch Kohls and Amazon for a sale too. Thanks again for your advice.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 6:04:16 PM
If you can hold off until November, there are some really terrific sale prices on the KA.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 6:05:05 PM
Costco often puts them in the coupon book, and you can get a very nice one for slightly over $200 (and Costco sells the good ones).


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Posted: 1/28/2013 6:07:03 PM
I had the their regular mixer for about 7 years before the motor went out in it. I do use it a lot for my baking and heavy mixing jobs. When Mine went out DH bought me the Artisan and I've had no issues and the heavy load I put it under doesn't even bother the machine.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 6:30:42 PM
I have the basic and it works fine for everything I bake, although I've never done bread.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 6:54:03 PM
I've had the Artisan (in silver) for about 10 years now. LOVE it. I use it almost daily. I wish I had a bigger bowl though. I would have gotten the bigger one had I known. When it's Christmas season and I do double-batches of cookies, a bigger bowl could have come in handy.

I got mine with coupons at Bed Bath & Beyond, when it was on sale. I thought I got a good deal (I think it came to about $180). I bought a lot of accessories. I have the meat grinder and sausage stuffer, but we never use it! There are so many other attachments I'd love (juicer, slicer, pasta maker, ice cream maker......).


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Posted: 1/28/2013 7:07:01 PM
Can you buy a bigger bowl for the Artisan later I wonder? Off to google it.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:05:44 PM
I have the Artisian. I wish I had the bigger model but it was a gift and I have a tiny galley kitchen. Nowhere to store it. The only thing I dislike about it is the bottom of the bowl. I hate the "bump". I have bought 3 different dough hooks always making sure they said they worked with the Artisian but they don't.. Does anyone know what hook does?

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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:08:45 PM
I have had my Artisan since 1989 and never had an issue with it. I don't bake bread though...but for all my other needs, it's been perfect.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:05:51 PM
Ditto for the larger bowl.

I've had my Classic since receiving it as a housewarming present in 2004. I lovingly joke that it's got more miles on it than my truck.

All that you aren't supposed to do, I've done. Turned it on and had the pouff of icing sugar/flour, etc. fly up and probably into the mechanism. Overfilled the bowl. Mixed batches of fondant for hours on end and she is still humming away.

One day, I'll invest in the biggest one I can find, but any KA you get is amazing. Shop those sales!


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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:16:02 PM
Another vote for the larger size. I agree with checking out refurb pricing , as well as Amazon. I was able to get my pro at a great price and then claim a nice rebate on top of that.

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Posted: 2/2/2013 3:28:57 PM
nice. Ive got the cinnamon too. I use it all the time.

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Posted: 2/2/2013 4:24:04 PM
Nice! I had the classic and loved it. I was given an artisan (in red) for my wedding by a lovely friend, so I gifted my gently used classic to a friend who helped me make my wedding invites.

The classic was great, but the artisan is worth the price difference for sure!

ETA: I've had it over 6 years and use it several times a week. Never have had a single problem.


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Posted: 2/2/2013 7:09:50 PM
Congrats! You are going to love it!

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