I’ve had my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer for about 4 years now, and I’ve hit a point where I’m not sure I could function well in my kitchen without it. My husband bought it for me for Christmas 4 years ago (maybe he wanted me to bake cookies more often?), and I would guess I’ve used it 2-4 times a week ever since. It has really sped up the process of baking for me, and makes it easier and faster to go from ingredients to a finished product. I love using it to mix up cookie dough, cake and cupcake batter, frosting, and muffins. And it comes with two attachments--one for mixing batters and a dough hook for breads, so you have the option of choosing which will work best for whatever you’re making.

"I’ve had my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer for about 4 years now, and I’ve hit a point where I’m not sure I could function well in my kitchen without it."

I love that the bowl swivels into place in the base and stays locked in place while it mixes. I remember my mom having a stand mixer when I was a kid, that had a head that had to be lifted and lowered into and out of the bowl to mix--I remember it being very heavy and awkward to try and maneuver the head into place, so I’ve always loved that this bowl just turns and locks into place easily. I also think it’s amazing that the bowl is stainless steel. The material comes in really handy when mixing ingredients that have to stay cold--for example, I can toss the bowl in the freezer for a few minutes before mixing up whipped cream, and it will stay ice cold as I mix, allowing the cream to whip.

I use my mixer mainly for baked goods, but I also find myself using it when cooking as well. It’s great for making mashed potatoes, or even shredding chicken, so I think it would still be a valuable kitchen tool to have even for those who don’t consider themselves bakers. I love tossing cooked chicken into my mixer, fitting it with the paddle attachment, and letting it ‘mix’ for a minute to perfectly shred the chicken. This chicken shredded perfectly in the mixer for a dinner of BBQ Chicken sandwiches. It would have taken me 5-10 minutes to shred the chicken using a fork and knife, but took about 45 seconds to shred in the mixer.