We received this Toastmaster mixer for our wedding, almost 10 years ago, and the mixer is still going strong. It was by far the cheapest option that included a stand with the mixer, and it has delivered amazing quality for that price. The mixer is quite powerful. I had a cheap mixer in college, and "seven minute frosting" took 20-30 minutes to make. Not so with the Toastmaster mixer. "Seven minute frosting" truly takes seven minutes. I do not use the stand very often, because the bowl spins based on the movement of the mixer. There is a small plastic attachment that snaps on the bottom of one of the beaters. It touches the bowl and makes it spin. Unfortunately, our small plastic attachment was lost, so we have to turn the bowl by hand, making the stand much less useful. The fact that you need that small, easily lost piece is the only drawback to this mixer. Overall, I love this mixer and are very glad we have it.