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I have bought both a kitchenaid artisan stand mixer and this mixer and tried them side by side.
The recipe I made was a simple pizza dough with a maximum of 3 cups of flour and yeast and water (won't disclose whole recipe :-))
Kenmore Elite Kitchenaid
Noise Louder, but consistent sound (no grinding noise) Less Loud, but ginding noises can be heard on first use
Speed Same Same
Power 400watts 325 watts
Warranty 5 year replacement included 1 year replacement included
Price 179 299
Dough Mixing Hook Actually kneads dough Moves it around the bowl
Mixing Light YES NO
Number of Mixing Bowls 2 (5Qt, and 3Qt) 5 Qt
Attachments All KitchenAid Attachments All KitchenAid Attachments
Standard Use: If you use this mixer for just cake baking and cupcakes and whipcream creation then you need to probably get the kitchenaid if you want a wide range of colors. But if you want to make pizza dough or wheat breads or other things on a daily or even weekly basis you need to get this mixer because both will probably strip their gears out over the next five years but only one has a five year warranty and local replacement. So make the smart decision like I did, a mixer is going to be loud no matter what but if you want bread for home then you need to buy this kenmore Elite Stand Mixer
Had this mixer for 3yrs, the darn thing turned on in the middle of the night all by itself. I returned it to sears for a gift card credit, was able to purchase a kitchen aid. FYI the motor is really noisy on this model. Only thing this has that the kitchen aid does not is the LED light. SMH on a fire hazard switch, good thing i was home.
Generally a good mixer, very comparable to the kitchenaid. Mine is about 3 years old, and has had light use (once or twice per month max). I now have the same problem others have described, it starts by itself and won't turn off. I took it back to sears for replacement, per the warranty, and was told they couldn't swap it and to call the service people. I showed them the warranty book from one on the shelf that says bring it to the store for replacement. They still wouldn't help since I didn't have the original receipt. Kind of shameful, since it says on the Sears page that this item was added in Oct 2010, so all the red models would still have to be under warranty - at least till October of this year. If you buy one, keep in mind that yours may experience the same problem I and others are experiencing. You will have to decide if you get the value from it and compare it to the warranty on the other name brand mixer and if you are willing to accept the risk of using a device that has a history of starting on its own. A device like this, that starts on its own and doesn't turn off is a big safety hazard to the user. The last thing any of us would want is to get a sleeve caught in the mixer and then not be able to stop it. Or have it start unexpectedly when you are changing a bowl or attachment. At a minimum, unplug it before changing attachments, lifting the head, or not using. Even if I get the warranty replacement, I am concerned about the safety risk of having this in my kitchen.
Got this about two years ago. I do a lot of baking, and the rating was the same as a KitchenAid but at a lower price. After a year and a half, it started making grinding noises and the dough hook and beaters started jerking as they rotated. Today it jammed. Time to start looking for a new unit, but one that will last.
The only thing 'elite' about this product is that it hides its flaws well... for a while. The first mixer I bought for my wife was a bit noisy but after 18 months, it would start on its own and then would not start at all. Returned it for this one, same model just red. Now after 14 months, same problem. Starts on its own, no known fix. Hand mixers from the dollar store are more reliable. When I pay this much for a small appliance, it better last a lifetime.
I bought this for my wife for Christmas and she loves it. She makes all kinds of stuff with it. We have since bought some of the attachments rhat didn't come with it and she uses it atleast twice a week. Great buy.
I received this as a Christmas present in 2012. The adjustment screw began slipping during use, finally denting the bowl and chipping the paddle as I was mixing. In October I asked for a replacement. The replacement lasted 8 months before it developed an electrical short--would turn itself on, and sometimes wouldn't work at all. The 3rd unit had a damaged base that would not allow the bowls to lock into place. And when I asked for a refund, I was told that since it was more than 12 months since the original purchase I was out of luck even though not one of the mixers lasted that long.
We had this Kenmore mixer for a few months, using it only once or twice per month. One day it started on its own. We unplugged it to shut it off. When we plugged it back in, it blinked and did not work. According to the instructions, it does this when you plug it in with a speed other than 0 set. It seems it lost the 0 or OFF setting. The instructions said to return it to the store, so we did. After a bit of hassle, they exchanged it. A few months later, with the same light use, the second mixer turned itself on also, and quit working. This time I called customer service, as instructed by a card that came in the box (instructions still say to return to the store). I had to leave a message. It has been 3 weeks, and no one has called me back. We will not get another Kenmore mixer.
Broken Arrow, OK
Love this mixer. It's very heavy duty and has mixed everything perfectly. It did require a bit of adjustment out of the box, but we have never had to adjust it again and we've mixed quite a bit with it. Would recommend.
Purchased this item 18 Months ago. Used it maybe 20 times. Unit began turning on by itself. Turned on with the head up or down. Then it began timing out and would not turn on for a number of hours. I can see from other review that this is not an uncommon occurrence. Think twice before buying!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bloomfield Hills, MI
I know many say it's too loud but thats because it has a more powerful and reliable motor then the Kitchen Aid. Love it it's solid uses all the Kitchenaid accessories. You really notice the difference when you make bread with it the Kitchen aid can not hang with it.
First of all I want to say I am a big supporter of Sears, I have been a customer all my life. But I have had this Elite model for about 4 years, so I am an old hand about this mixer. I paid over $180.00 for it but now it is nothing but a boat anchor. Sears themselves will not repair them when they break down and the small appliance repair person Sears referred me to won't even repair them. The repair people told me that these mixers are made in China and they are hopeless to repair. I had a $15.00 hand mixer that lasted over 15 years, and I inherited my grandmother's Sunbeam stand mixer that is older than me and still works ~ and I am 62 years old. So I think when you pay this much for a mixer that Sears should put a longer warranty on them (dream on) and AT LEAST repair them when they break. It turns out that this repair shop WILL service the old Sunbeam so guess what I am going to do? The Elite was noisy and was so quirky it would just begin to start up when not in use while the dial was on "off" for no reason. I even wrote a story about it being possessed that made others laugh at the time, but now it is not so funny when I can't even repair a $200.00 mixer that only lasted less than 4 years. Cat in Seattle
East Providence, RI
This mixer is not the quality that Kenmore is known for. I received this mixer as a gift for Christmas. The first time I used it, I noticed that the paint on the paddle was beginning to chip off. This is poor quality and would like to receive a replacement of the paddle or possibly exchange the mixer for something of better quality.
I bought this for my wife's birthday and it was so loud that we couldn't even have a conversation while it was running. We returned it the next day and ended up with a kitchenaid professional 6000HD which is much quieter. I'm not sure if we got a bad unit or if all of them are that loud.
Merritt Island, FL
We bought this mixer 3 years ago, when the red became available, after comparing it to the Kitchen Aid--it seemed to be a good value, and used all the Kitchen Aid attachments. We have used it less than 25 times. One night it turned on by itself-all the controls were off! We unplugged it, and a few days later we tried it in another outlet-the machine started turning when the controls were off, and the arm was raised! Then, although the light was on, the controls no longer worked. I emailed Sears, but never got a response, so I took it to the store and was told the warranty was only 1 year, and I should've bought the extended plan for 3 years. Now it's worthless, and I will never throw away my money on a Kenmore product again if this is the way they treat their customers. We currently have a complete Kenmore Elite kitchen, but when the time comes we will replace the appliances elsewhere.
Nice mixer - like color. It does what it should, not noisy. The only problem would be absence of attachments. But, front attachments for Kitchen Aid will fit! Just got a grinder and it fits fine. Own it for 2 weeks.
A good mixer for the price, but it has drawbacks. I bought this in black (sleek) at a really good price a couple years ago. It works well and I like the work light, but it is so loud I'm considering wearing ear plugs when I use it for an extended time. I use the food grinder attachment to make large batches of mashed potatoes and the fruit strainer to make large amounts of applesauce. I have to wedge a folded piece of foil in between the attachment and the mixer to keep the attachment from wobbling. I also got the ice cream maker as I was told all the KA attachments/accessories fit this mixer, but the adapter for the paddle does not stay on the mixer. I'm still using it with extreme care and I don't make ice cream very often. Also, somehow a piece of the finish chipped off the beater. I haven't banged or dropped it and I always wash by hand. If I could afford the Artisan, I would get that instead. There were no reviews when I purchased mine. I sure wish there had been.
Love the red! I've wanted one of the [name brand] stand mixers for a long time and now I own the same quality with a Sears guaranty. I bought it at Black Friday pricing, too. Don't hesitate buying this mixer!!!
Got this as a gift from hubby. It's more affordable (and available) than the red Kitchenaid stand mixer. It seems to bop up each time it's mixing, and is also quite loud. I checked to make sure everything was right but it still does it. Otherwise it works good, and does the job in my kitchen
the head jiggles up and down when kneading basic white 4 cup dough on "2". Was told not normal and to return. The second one does the same thing. Anyone else with this problem? Maybe it's normal. Otherwise works great
We bought this two years ago and I have no complaints. We use this mixer twice a week for two years with zero problems. This compares to a Kitchenaid (which I think is made by Kitchenaid) for a lot less.
Painted Post, NY
I bought this for my wife to use for her side job; baking business, and she loves it! She raves about how well it blends dough compared to her old stand mixer and hand mixer. The build quality is excellent, and it comes with two bowls and several attachments. It embodies Kitchen Aide quality at a much more affordable price.
I not only like the eye-popping "candy apple red" color, but this mixer works very, very well. I like that it includes not only the 5-quart bowl but a 3-quart bowl, as well. I made a heavy carrot cake batter today and threw in the kitchen sink -- 3 cups of carrots, pineapple, coconut and pecans -- and this mixer handled it with no trouble, and there was no residual flour or dry ingredients in the bowl when I stopped the mixer and used a spatula to get down to the bottom of the bowl, as I had to do even with the Kitchen Aid mixer I had. It's a little noisy, but no more so than my old Kitchen Aid. I wish it came with a cover for the machine as it sits on the counter to keep it clean. Otherwise, I'm very pleased!
Galivants Ferry, SC
AS WITH OUR OTHER APPLIANCE PURCHASES, WE DID A LOT OF RESEARCH AND REVIEW READING BEFORE BUYING THIS OUTSTANDING MIXER A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO. MY WIFE AND I HAVE USED IT MANY TIMES AND IT PERFORMS GREAT! MY WIFE HAS ALSO PURCHASED ATTACHMENTS TO USE WITH IT....SHE HAS MADE HOMEMADE ICE CREAM MANY TIMES, WHICH ALWAYS COMES OUT DELICIOUS! THE BUILT-IN LIGHT IS ALSO A NICE LITTLE FEATURE THAT MOST OTHER MIXERS DON'T HAVE!