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Offline Jackie_Treehorn

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KitchenAid 300 watt mixer question
« on: September 18, 2011, 01:53:48 PM »
Hey all.

This week, Target has 20% off KitchenAid appliances and cookware. They have KitchenAid Ultra Power Stand Mixer on sale right now for $199.99. It is only a 300 watt mixer.

I currently mix my dough in my food processor with pretty good results. My wife and I are interested in stepping up to a nice mixer for pizza and other things, but I don't know if the 300 watt mixer is powerful enough for our pizza dough. I usually mix up about 21 oz. of dough a week which I separate into 7 oz. balls.

Is the 300 watt mixer 1) a good buy and 2) powerful enough for mixing sticky pizza dough?

Here is a link to the same mixer (I think) at amazon: http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-2-Quart-Ultra-Power-Empire/dp/B000UVRC64/?tag=pizzamaking-20

Thanks!!!
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Offline Mad_Ernie

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Re: KitchenAid 300 watt mixer question
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2011, 01:36:42 PM »
Jackie:

First off, it depends on what dough(s) you plan on making with your equipment.  I own a Kitchenaid mixer with a 325-watt motor and it has performed well for my wife and me (10 years and counting).  I use it mainly for making New York style doughs.  My American/cracker style and deep dish doughs are all made with my food processor.

Yes, the price at Target sounds good.  Whether or not a 300-watt motor is sufficient or not, I don't know.  After having used my KA machine numerous times, my only regret is we do not have the larger, 6-quart model with the flour shield and the better spiral dough hook.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002Y5X9W/?tag=pizzamaking-20

Bottom-line: you get what you pay for.  The KA 300-watt may do it for you, but you would be better served by getting a heavier-duty machine, like the Cuisinart that Essen1 mentioned, especially if you plan on making pizza dough on a fairly regular basis (like every 7-14 days).  Better yet, check out the Electrolux DLX or Bosch dough mixer (which can be used for other things besides making bread or pizza dough). 

http://www.standmixersreview.org/bosch-universal-mixers/

http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f30/electrolux-dlx-mixer-review-3421.html

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001G55QUM/?tag=pizzamaking-20

The prices are a little to a lot higher than buying a Kitchenaid model, but some folks swear by them and will never buy a KA or Cuisinart again.  Again, it's a "get what you pay for" kind of thing, and how much do you need for the price for the kind of dough-making you plan on doing.

-ME

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