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KitchenAid K45SSOB Classic 4.5 Quart Stand Mixer, Onyx Black
Price:$261.55+Free shipping with Amazon Prime

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2012
This is a great machine and spending $200.00 on it was a bargain. Some people complain about the bowl sticking. The user manual states to gently turn the bowl to lock it, not forcibly but gently.
There's absolutely no need to twist the bowl into the locking mechanism too tight. I do it very gently and it stays in place even when kneading bread or cinnamon rolls dough and once done I twist it in the other direction and comes off without any problems.
The overheating some are reporting when kneading doughs is that the machine must not exceed speed 2 when working on bread dough. If you do it at higher speed the motor isn't powerful enough and can't keep up specially when there's a lot of dough. For that kind of jobs you may want to look into the professional grade machines like the kitchenaid pro 600. I knead bread dough on level 2 and just let it run for a good 5-7 minutes and the dough comes out soft and velvety. The trick is to let it run on a lower speed even if it has to take longer.
Lighter tasks such as cake mix, whipped creams and even cookie dough I have no problem running on higher speed up to 10.

One other thing to mention is the first time I used this machine I found the head was wobbly. An issue experienced by some customers from the reviews I read. I had my husband tighten the 3 screws under the motor head like another customer suggested and the wobbling stopped. I think Kitchenaid needs to improve on their quality control in my opinion. Other than that, this machine was a great buy. It handled all I've thrown its way for my 10 year old daughter's birthday (we've baked from cakes and cookies to chocolate eclairs and key lime pie (recipe for key lime in in the kitchenaid recipe book).
Hope this helps !
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2011
This product does not come as pictured. There is no bowl handle or black 'arms'... This picture is apparently the 'professional' model not the 'classic' which is the one described and sold. Was a little disapppointing since I really wanted one with a bowl handel but other than that I absoluately love my mixer, just wish it had come with the bowl pictured.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2013
I've been wanting a kitchenaid for a couple years now. I'm so pleased with this machine and how easy it is to make treats. I wish I had bought one with a bigger bowl, I should have read closely that you can't interchange bowls but I love it none the less.
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on February 4, 2014
I like the KichenAid . My daughter if baking some thing every week . she enjoys the kichenaid more than me. some times i find it hard to remove the cup from the mixer.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2014
Good purchase.

I had purchased the white model over at Overstock.com before, but the product arrived damaged and used.
I was pleasantly surprised when I decided to check Amazon and buy myself a Christmas present in December. At $189.99 I knew the price couldn't be beat even after doing my research and shopping around with various price match guarantees at the big-box stores.
It's been eight months already, and the mixer still works great! In fact, I just bought the ice-cream maker attachment today and will begin to experiment with my collection of gourmet ice creams.

The only complaint I have with the model I received, is that the bowl smelled of vanilla cookies and there were traces of cookie dough stuck to the top of the tilt-head from out of the package. (maybe I got someone's returned product?) Also the wire whisk isn't aligned and it had silvery powder rubbing off of the wires.

I opted for the black model, as it is way easier to keep clean with just a simple wipe-down. Stains don't show up as easily.
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on July 8, 2015
It is a great product!!!!!!
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on February 23, 2015
great price , works perfect
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on August 24, 2015
we love this!!
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on August 22, 2015
A gift
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2015
Really what I expexted
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