I use mine mostly for breads and cakes. It IS heavy duty, it does have a large capacity, I can mix a double batch of cake batter or cookie dough but... this is 4th one I have had in 11 years and the worst. Even with adjustments the beaters/paddle don't reach the bottom or sides, the motor does not always start at low speed, I have to crank it to high to get it going and then back down the speed. The motor overheats and stops, and there is a shear pin in there that well, shears off at the most inopportune times. DH is an engineer and now keeps a supply of replacement shear pins on hand to do at home repairs for me. When the Kitchenaid is down and I need to mix a batter or cookie dough- I pull out my MILs 60 year old stand mixer. I also have to use the 60 year old mixer for whippig cream as the whisk does not reach the bottom or sides of the bowl. Unfortunately there is not really another home baker option. I looked at a commercial mixer but wiring the kitchen for 3-phase electric was a hard sell.