I have the viking (#3). I really like it and it has tons of power. The attachments are all very high quality stainless too instead of the aluminum most others provide.
Update: OOOps upon further review, that isn't the model I have.. I have the VSM700.. It is a 7 quart version and has a 1000 watt motor.
Man I'd already ordered #3 before you updated it!
Now I'm stuck with a piece of garbage mixer that no one knows anything about! This is an absolute disaster. I called to try and cancel my order but the girl said, and I quote, "That model has a no refund policy. Due to several claims of combustion when mixing low hydration doughs it's now an 'as is' item, but we certainly wish you the best". So this is just great. ... Oh, and you do
know I'm kidding... I hope.
I appreciate all the insight very much. Good to get a mix from the people who mix what we mix... and all that.
Peace and love,