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 recently received the Cuisinart Stand Mixer SM-55 for my 35th wedding anniversary. This is the dream stand mixer, in my opinion. I'm a Baby Boomer and I have a lot of trouble with arthritis that has weakened my hands and wrists. I can't stir up heavy batters or bread doughs by hand like I used to. I know my husband missed those home-made baked goods he enjoyed for so many years. My old stand mixer just didn't have enough power to do the sort of tasks I required help with, so I've been shopping for a long time for THE BEST mixer to replace it. I've never liked the KitchenAid mixers. This Cuisinart mixer is it! It mixes up a double batch of bread dough smoothly and quickly. I get perfect results every time. I never thought I'd use the automatic timer built into the mixer, but this is a great feature. You set it and walk away while the mixer purrs away and then shuts off automatically when the job is done. The parts are easy to get on and off (a must for me!). The mixer attachments are coated with a non-stick coating to make them easier to clean (they can even go into the dishwasher). The bowl has 2 handles to make it easy to manipulate. The exterior of the stainless steel bowl is mirror bright and smooth. The interior has a rougher, brushed surface to help it "grip" the heavy batters while the dough hook or paddle are rotating. The motor has 800 watts of quite, dependable power. It has never once heated up during a long work session. It also has a slow start feature that automatically starts the beater moving at the slowest speed, then it speeds up to whatever setting you have chosen so you don't have flour or other ingredients flying all over the counter. This mixer is sturdy, built to last and rock stable. It never wobbles or moves around the counter when heavy dough is being beaten. The cookbook and DVD that come with the mixer are a nice plus, but I did find some errors in the bread recipes where they call for only one packet of yeast for two loaves of bread. It takes two packs for two loaves to get a proper rise out of the bread dough. Other than that, there is not a single thing I could complain about with this mixer. Even my arthritic hands can manage to get the splash guard on and off easily enough. The 5-1/2 quart model is just the right size for my husband and myself. It's not so huge that I can't lift or move it and it doesn't take up too much space on my counter. It handles any task that I ask of it from bread doughs, cakes, cookie batters, custard pies, even making meatloaf! Treat yourself to this great product.