Cuisinart 5.5-Quart Stand Mixer SM-55 : This heavy-duty Cuisinart 5 1/2-Quart Stand Mixer has the power, capacity and precision to conquer any job your recipes require. Super strength 800-watt motor and large stainless-steel bowl tackles food preparation with professional ease. With 12 speeds and 3 accessories you can easily mix and whip up dinner for a hungry crowd or even knead up to 12 cups of flour for bread dough. The auto shutoff countdown timer means you'll handle each job with timing perfection. Sturdy die-cast metal unit weighs 19 lbs. with bowl and attachments. All stand mixer accessories are dishwasher-safe. 14 1/2"L x 8"W x 13"H. Full five-year motor warranty, limited three-year product warranty. Model: SM-55. Product Features Ultimate power 800-watt motor handles the heaviest mixing jobs with ease Extra-large 5 1/2-quart stainless-steel bowl holds triple recipes and huge batches 12 speeds ensures the just-right control you prefer Tilt-back head makes it easy to attach accessories 15-minute countdown timer with digital precision and auto shutoff for perfect results 3 power outlets for attachments: High-speed for blender and food processor, Mid-speed for citrus juicer, Slow-speed for large meat grinder and pasta maker Includes tools for all mixing, whipping and kneading tasks Fold function designed for folding in delicate ingredients Professional chef's whisk aerates ingredients for lighter, fluffier meringues and scrumptious desserts Flat mixing paddle mixes the thickest batches of cookie dough with precision and ease Dough hook smoothly kneads homemade breads, pastries and pizzas Wide-pour spout on the splashguard eliminates splatters and keep countertops clean Bowl's two sturdy handles make lifting and balancing a full bowl simple Optional attachments can be purchased separately Includes 5 1/2-quart stainless-steel bowl Chef's whisk, Dough hook, Flat mixing paddle, Splashguard How-to DVD with food expert and author Maureen Petrosky (approximately 75 minutes) Instruction book Recipe book with more than 60 recipes
I had a Kitchen Aid before it was the "in" thing, as a wedding gift 25 years ago, and just this year needed to replace it,. I know they sold the Kitchen Aid name to a new company, and was a little leary if the quality would be as commendable. When I started looking at stand mixers there were very few competitors with the Kitchen Aid, but this model caught my attention. It is fabulous. Love the ease of use, and the fold option and timer are a great asset. I have only had it about a month, but have really enjoyed it, and anticipate lots of use over the course of the next 20-25 years.