I have wanted one of these mixers for many years and I received one this year for mothers day. This is the absolute best mixer I have ever owned in my life! I love the bowl lift and the Pouring shield is the best thing ever invented. Every time I use it, I'm more and more impressed! One especially great thing is the slow-start feature...I do a lot of cake batter and icings, and it's nice to avoid getting flour all over the cabinets. This mixer is also very quite. Mixing Performance Mixing performance is exceptional! The balloon whisk is ideal for mixing egg whites which require a lot of air. The spiral dough hook does a fantastic job of kneading dough. The mixing paddle is perfect for blending cake batters or whipping mashed potatoes. Ease of Cleaning Cleanup is very easy. I hand wash my attachments and bowls although they are dishwasher safe. The body of the mixer wipes clean with ease. Ease of Use For the most part, this mixer is extremely easy to use. Changing the attachments is very easy. The bowl lift is magnificent. The only irritant is that the bowl is so deep, that I have to stop the machine to scrape dry ingredients from the bottom of the bowl. Design The fit and finish of the external parts is exceptional. The stainless steel bowl is larger and deeper. Changing attachments is quick and easy. Durability This mixer is a real workhorse. It whips egg whites and heavy cream quick and easily. The spiral dough hook does a fantastic job kneading dough for bread, biscuits and rolls. It doesn't rock or shake when working with dough, large batches of batter or even when mashing potatoes.