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2nd KA stand mixer, another classic or artisan?

bakedbohemian | Mar 31, 201408:05 AM

I am a home baker and have been using a classic for 2 years now. I have 3 bowls and extra paddles and beaters for it. I am getting a second mixer as I find I always need two going at once most days. My concern though attachment and bowl compatibility vs the extra power and size.
Does anyone know if I can use my 4.5 qt bowls and beaters with the 5 qt artisan or will I have to buy all new ones if I want additional bowls or beaters other than what is provided? If so, would it make more sense to just get another classic so all of my bowls and attachments already fit?
I find the 4.5 bowl a bit too small when doing fondant and large cake recipes. Other than that its sufficient.
I wish I already had the artisan (which was always my dream mixer anyway) or could just upgrade for a smaller cost somehow, then an additional artisan would be perfect.

Anyone know if the beaters/bowls are interchangeable?
Would you just get a second classic or go for the artisan?
Or, just skip artisan alltogether and get a 600 pro since you already have a smaller one for lighter jobs?
(price not issue in decision for these three models)

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