Is This Stand Mixer Too Expensive?

Do you ever want something so bad because everyone else seems to have it?  Do you like to cook, bake, and generally feed your family and friends, but you just don’t feel like you have the latest and greatest gadget?  Do you NEED a KitchenAid Stand Mixer?  (psst….we’re giving one away!!) 

I’d love to make this easy for you and pretend that you can simply substitute any kitchen gadget for a, shall we say, more economical option.  But, its generally not that simple, and some kitchen items are just not replaceable.

The KitchenAid Stand Mixer has graced the our kitchens  since 1949!  I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this one is just not replaceable, it’s just too damn good.  With that said, until recently I refused to buy it for one simple reason: the price point is insane. There, I said it!  Ok?  So, what is one to do if they aren’t willing to shell out $200+ for a mixer?  For starters,  enter our sweepstakes for your chance to win a beautiful red KitchenAid Stand Mixer. 

How about the old school Hand Mixer?  Yes, that’s right, that ungainly looking appliance that never seems to break.  You know, the thing from the 80’s you throw in a draw next to your electric knife (which, by the way is avacado green).  Guess what?  It works just as well as the stand mixer, its just not as convenient.   Meaning, you need to stop mixing for example when you are cracking eggs, pouring flour, or generally trying to be efficient.

Today’s hand mixers are quite effective, and have many of the same features that a stand mixer brings. For example, KitchenAid’s new hand mixer is available with a dough hook attachment which previously was something you could only get with a big stand mixer.  The price-points are really economical and range anywhere from the sunbeam at $19.99 to the KitchenAid at $99 which is loaded with cool options (although, at this price point you’re getting close to the stand mixer price point anyway).

OK, OK, I  know, hand mixers suck, but I’m just trying to make you feel better about not having a stand  mixer.

While it’s definitely limited in terms of what you can use it for, the submersible hand mixer (yea, I usually call this a “boat motor” because i’m really not that sophisticated and have a secret crush on Emil Lagasse)  is another option.  This is great for soups, stews, even whipped cream to some extent.   In fact, i’m not the first genius to come up with this as an alternative,  its become such a common alternative that Braun now includes a whisk attachment with their Multiquick 7 submersible hand mixer.   We tested and love the Braun unit, but at the end of the day, its definitely NOT a KitchenAid stand mixer.

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