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choosing a stand mixer, need advice

the word yes | Mar 5, 200702:37 PM     12

i'm looking to purchase a stand mixer and have narrowed down my choices to kitchenaid and viking. in researching both, i've been reading about big problems with each.

with the kitchenaid artisan, i read that the newer models use plastic in the motors, where before they used metal. the motors supposedly break down when mixing anything that's on the heavy side like bread. i enjoy kneading bread by hand, i also don't want a machine that's going to break down on me on a day i'm feeling lazy.

with the viking pro, i read on cook's illustrated that while it's very sturdy, the attachments (paddles/hooks) fall off in the middle of mixing. i don't really need to deal with that, either.

so i'm curious as to what your experiences are with one or the other, and what you would recommend. i don't have the kind of money where if one breaks down and is out of warranty that i would be able to buy another to replace it right away. thanks!

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