Kitchenaid mixer: lift vs. tilt, help me please
I have a 27 year old 250 watt 4.5 quart almond classic tilt KA mixer that JUST WONT DIE and I just refreshed my kitchen so am treating myself to a new KA mixer in a fashion color.
I use my mixer for cakes and cookies but not stiff doughs like kneading bread. I'm typically working with recipes using 3 cups flours and usually not doing quantity, so if I need two batches I just do them serially but this is actually rare to need two batches. The 250 watts has always been fine for me, power-wise, for how I use it. I occasionally slop out of it so a slightly larger capacity is somewhat appealing but not a must have.
The main reason I'm considering a lift bowl model is that I have some under cabinet molding that I've banged into several times when tilting my tilt-head mixer and this cannot happen with a lift bowl model. I have 17 1/4 inches from counter top to bottom of molding, so the 16 1/2 inch tall lift bowl models would fit and slide out. I keep my KA on the counter on a slide pad and pull it out from under the upper cabs when I use it, then push it back when wiped and done.
I'm torn whether to get an artisan model that still has the banging issue when tilting, or to get a lift model which might have equally peeving issues with bowl access and stability that would offset the benefit of no banging.
What I'm wondering from you all who have the lift bowl models is this:
I like to tilt up the head and scrape the edges and beater a few times per batch. (I never use the pouring shield.) I also like to remove the bowl afterward and place it on the counter to cookie scoop from it. The lift bowl type looks hard to edge scrape (because the beater doesn't come up and OUT of it like it does on the tilt head model). It also looks like it might not sit stable on a counter for cookie scooping or in a sink for soaking before washing (because the bottom of the bowl looks round in the pictures I can see).
Can you tell me your opinions on these two issues, please?
Does anyone have either the gloss cinnamon or grenadine color? I'm wanting a true cranberry red (kitchenaid's "cranberry" color looks bubble gum pink to me in pictures) and not a fire engine/bright scarlet red that I think is what empire red is - I haven't seen either in person, just web pictures.