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mscartee
Dec 20 , 2009
Great KitchenAid Alternative, Buy it if you make bread!!!

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

 

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BeckiK
Nov 8 , 2013
Faulty mixer was fire hazard; not backed by Sears
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.
 
Mar 26 , 2014
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Do NOT Buy this Mixer!!!

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


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kho07

East Providence, RI

Mar 1 , 2014
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not happy

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.


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sassman

Omaha, NE

Feb 7 , 2014
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Too loud

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.


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tnmijm

Newton Grove, NC

Dec 14 , 2013
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Worth the money!

We bought this on sale online and picked up in store. The mixer itself is great but our's was missing the owner's manual so we didn't know how to use it without searching the web. Kenmore and Sears both were not helpful on getting a replacement!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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BeckiK

Merritt Island, FL

Nov 8 , 2013
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Faulty mixer was fire hazard; not backed by Sears

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.


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olegy3

Valencia, CA

Aug 3 , 2013
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Nice mixer- like color

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.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Woodsprite207

Ashland, ME

May 18 , 2013
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Price difference worth drawbacks?

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.


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HappyLaura

Orlando, FL

Mar 13 , 2013
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Why buy higher priced machine?

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!!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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MwanaLesa

Stroudsburg, PA

Mar 1 , 2013
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Not bad for the price

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

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Jan 10 , 2013
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not sure yet

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


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Cupcakes_for_PTSD

Monroe, LA

Dec 30 , 2012
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This mixer is awesome!

I love this mixer. It does most of the work and makes making icing more enjoyable. The only thing I will say is its not quiet!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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collieboy

Louisville, TN

Nov 9 , 2012
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The mixer works like a charm.

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.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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RollingThundaar

Painted Post, NY

Nov 7 , 2012
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Top-notch quality stand mixer!

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 would recommend this product to a friend.

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powens997

Bryan, TX

Sep 30 , 2012
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mixer for your cook

this mixer is the best to have, it is great for baking and making any sumptious dish great.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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LeonSongbird

Leon, IA

Sep 28 , 2012
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Really good mixer

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!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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STARCHILDCHAZ

Galivants Ferry, SC

Jun 28 , 2012
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KENMORE ELITE 5 QT. STAND MIXER IS A WINNER!!

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!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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ktimm

Harker Heights, TX

May 9 , 2012
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Way better than Kitchen Aid

Not only is it more robust that the Kitchen Aid Mixer, but it has a light when you turn it on that illuminates what you're mixing. Also uses the accessories from Kitchen Aid as well. I love mine and I would highly recommend it.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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cheychey7375

Hopewell, Virginia

Apr 9 , 2012
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So far so good.

This is my very first stand mixer, and I can't find anything to complain about. I have had it for almost 6 months now and it handles everything I do with no problems. It is a little on the loud side, but it's not like you run it for hours. Comes with quite a few attachments and 2 mixing bowls. Great value and a 5 year warranty. I really can't complain.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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mangomadness

Goleta, CA

Mar 10 , 2012
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Kenmore Elite 5 Quart Stand Mixer is great!

I have always wanted a stand mixer and finally took the plunge and took this Kenmore home. first off, love that I could get it in red to match the trimming in my kitchen. It does an amazing job and lives up well to my expectations. I highly recommend this item.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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ziffchef1

MIDDLETOWN, RI

Feb 27 , 2012
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I would rate this mixer at a 8

I have this mixer and it is the best thing I have brought in a long time.


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chefabbielong

Maitland, MO

Feb 26 , 2012
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The Kenmore Elite Stand Mixer is a beautiful piece.

I have yet to know how long these mixers last but I do know that I really like the way it has worked.  I have used it to knead cinnamon roll batter and to make cookies and some pizza dough so far.  The knead head is very nice and the color of the mixer is beautiful!  It looks great on my countertop and I am excited to get great use from it!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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MikeDetchon

Malvern, OH

Feb 23 , 2012
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Bowl doesnt lock in

Got this mixer and should of got something different. The Bowl does not lock on either size. I got this one cause the rep said that its the same mixer as a kitchenaid but cheaper. Wont make this mistake again! If i could take it back i would. Hate it!


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Glorioussnookie

Paris, TN

Feb 10 , 2012
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Fantastic Mixer

I waited several months before writing my review, I wanted to be sure the mixer would meet my expectations! It more than met my expectations!

I have a lot of physical problems with my upper body and was to the point of having to choose whether or not to continue making cakes, cokies etc. My Hubby suggested getting a stand mixer, I did a lot of reading on the various brands. I decided the Kenmore Elite 5 quart mixer sounded perfect!

A big bonus is the handle on the large bowl, this makes it so easy to pour into the pan(s)! The 3 quart mixing bowl is ideal for small jobs!

I used it to make 7 different types of cookies in December for Christmas gifts. It is a real work horse! I have made 3 cakes with it and a number of other items and have been absolutely thrilled!

I noticed some people mentioned it was loud. Gee I believe it is quieter than my Hamilton Beach hand mixer was! Afterall a mixer has a motor, so there is going to be some noise!

I like that, the attachments and bowls are the same as the much more expensive Kitchen Aid Mixer. I did learn Kitchen Aid makes the Kenmore Elite mixer.

I highly recommend the Kenmore Elite 5 quart mixer!!!

 

 

 


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KitchenTinkerer

Spring Hope, NC

Jan 16 , 2012
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Great product for the money...

I've had this stand mixer for over six months. I have used it for everything - cookies, breads, and cakes. Everything turned out great. I have not had one single problem. I don't overload the bowl and I stop and scrape the sides every so often.  As far as the noise concerns... I have a hand mixer that is louder than this thing.

If you are not a professional baker, this should suit your needs.

 

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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catladyc

Antioch, TN

Jan 1 , 2012
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Kenmore Elite 5 quart stand mixer is loud

Mixer looks good but is very loud to use. Was disappointed in the noise.


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