I am purchasing my first stand mixer, which I want for bread, pasta, baking etc...I am considering buying a Kitchenaid, but here in NZ, there are only 3 models available - the Artisan (300 watts) and the Heavy Duty/'Professional (both 325 watts, and, it seems to me identical, other than the fact that the 'Professional' comes with two bowls, and has 'thermal overload protection'). All three models retail at around the NZ$1000 mark. (Ouch).
My question is, given that there are only these 3 models to choose from (ie not the range of more powerful machines available in the US), would you recommend the Kitchenaid over, say, a Kenwood? It appears there are tons of models of Kenwood available, with engines up to 1000 watts.
Keen for your thoughts!