I'm planning to buy a stand mixer after our 30 something year old Kenwood finally broke down with no replacement parts available. I looked at the new models and was surprised to find that even the higher end ones are made in China! I turned to Kitchen Aid, and even that is only assembled in USA but the parts themselves are made in China.
I looked at Bosch Universal, which is not made in China and read reviews that it doesn't handle smaller batches well, when most of our cooking is in smaller batches. I looked at the compact model, and I wasn't sure it would fit larger batches which we make from time to time. I also noticed it's made of plastic which made me question its durability.
My current budget for this is around $500-$600. We would be using it for various purposes: bread making, mixing, pasta dough, but mostly and mainly for cake batter, whipping and cookie dough. I'm looking for something very sturdy that would survive heavy almost daily use. I'm even willing to slide in a couple more hundreds if need so.