My Disappointing New KA Stand Mixer
I got this beautiful new KA Artisan stand mixer for Christmas. I have wanted one for years and years and finally got one this past Christmas. I was so happy to get it but I am disappointed with how stiff and rickety it seems. What I mean is that when I go to increase the speed levels the lever is really stiff in movement and just isn't smooth like you would think an expensive piece of kitchen equipment would be. It is actually a little hard to move the lever forward to increase the speed. Then I noticed that the motor sounds like it is speeding up until you get to 8 and then it sounds the same through 9 and 10 speeds. I don't think it is working right. I noticed when I was making something that was really hard to stir that the motor slowed down and almost quit. After that is when I noticed it not changing in speed at all on the higher levels. I wasn't making something that I thought it couldn't handle like a bread dough so it seems odd that it would not be able to handle it.
The other things is that it is hard to tell if the beaters are set correctly in height so that they hit correctly on the bottom of the mixing bowl. I adjusted the beater height because I worried it was too low but so much was being unmixed on the bottom of the bowl such as cream cheese when I was making a cheese cake, it was stuck on the bottom of the bowl and not mixed well at all. I then put it back to where it was and it helped a little but still disappointing. The speed problem at the top range is still a problem. I also bought the KA brand batter paddle that is supposed to help scrape the sides of the bowl while mixing and the dough hook, whisk and paddle came with it.
I wish I could have tried one out before purchasing and also tried out the Breville and some other brands to see if the way it mixes is just normal or troublesome.
I'd be interested to hear how you like your KA stand mixer or if you have a Breville how you like that one.