This is in my opinion the best mixer on the market and worth every penny. I sold my kitchen aid mixer and accessories to help purchase my Bosch. It may not be the prettiest mixer on the market, but this gem works hard and never skips a beat. It can knead up to 6 loaves of bread at one time resulting in gorgeous loaves, even using 100% whole wheat flower without a bit of strain. The bowl is generous in size allowing this large amount of mixing at one time. I also have the food processor attachment which will cut a mountain of French fries as fast as you can feed them into the processor. I do recommend the cookie paddle if you plan to mix heavier items like cookie doughs. It whips up delicate items like cake mix to heavy jobs like mixing meatloaf, meatballs and cookie dough with ease. When I used my Kitchen Aid for the heavier jobs like kneading bread, it got warm and sounded strained, while the Bosch does these jobs with ease. The only small downside is that the center mixing bar makes clean up a little more of a task, but the bowl is dishwasher safe, so most of the time mine goes into the dishwasher for cleaning. I highly recommend this mixer.