I've had my Bosch Compact Mixer for about 7 years and I absolutely love it. I like that it is ightweight and compact enough that I can leave it on my counter. But definately a workhorse! I've had opportunity to use a friend's mixer that is more "industrial" looking and it made me appreciate the power of the Bosch. We use it almost every day to make bread, tortilla dough, pie crusts, pizza dough or cookie dough. We also use it weekly to whip egg whites for our waffles! We also purchased all the attachments. We make smoothies in the blender all summer long. We use the grater to grate blocks of cheese and to shred meat for tamales. I think the price was great for the mixer and all the attachments. When I purchased the Bosch compact I had a choice of getting the Bosch Universal with no attachments or the complete compact set. I've been very thankful that I chose the Bosch Compact.