Sturdy, long-lasting, and effective
As long as I can remember, a KitchenAid mixer has been part of my life--my mother had one, and when I moved out, it was the big college graduation gift I requested. I love this mixer, it can do anything, and it beats the hell out of creaming butter and sugar by hand for all the Christmas cookies I bake! This product is extremely durable, and unless something drastic happens, you will probably need only one for your entire life. It is powerful, and the different speed settings are easy and intuitive to navigate. It is very heavy, so expect to part it in a corner of your kitchen and not move it (possibly ever), but any necessary cleaning can be accomplished either by washing the detachable bowl or wiping it down with a rag. I have many fond memories of baking with my mother and using this mixer, and it has only continued to live up to my expectations now that I have one of my very own. Highly recommended.