I used this mixer to make cakes, icings, bread dough, and mash potatoes. I sold a Kitchenaid mixer and sold it be cause it was heavy and bulky. I find the Sunbeam Heritage Series works efficiently and can be easily stored away. I can scrape the sides of the bowls while mixing and do t have to shut off and then scrape down with other mixer. I bought the extra small bowl. Also bought extra big bowl and extra set of beaters. Have given this mixer as gifts to family members and they, too, appreciate the ease of using this mixer.