If you follow my cooking blog, you saw that I shared a post today featuring New York Style Cherry Cheesecake. I mentioned in the post that I had to use a hand mixer, because my stand mixer that I’ve had for years was damaged beyond repair in the move. For quite a while, I’ve been really hoping for a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, but found it hard to justify the expense since I had one that was working. Now that I need a new one though, I’d like to get the one I really want. Which one is it? It’s the KitchenAid – Ultra Power Tilt-Head Stand Mixer featured in the photo above. Why this model? It offers 10 speeds, has a 4 1/2 Quart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl, the head tilts to allow access to the mixing bowl, allows for additional attachments (making pasta from scratch, grinding meat, etc), and comes with 3 hooks. The motor is powerful enough to withstand the daily wear and tear. The negative that I’ve seen several times is it’s size and weight. This isn’t an issue for me because I have a space for it on my counter, and since I would use it daily, it would stay out on the counter. Size and weight isn’t an issue for my needs.
Because I do quite a bit of cooking and baking, I’ve found that some of the less expensive brands aren’t holding up to the wear and tear of being used several times per week. I have spent a good deal of time researching items that need to be replaced or upgraded, so I can feel confident that I am making an informed choice when the time comes.
Another item that I’d like to have to upgrade my current model, is an Oster – 16 Speed Blender. A blender is another appliance I use multiple times per day. I try to get my fruit servings in by making myself smoothies using non-fat plain yogurt and fresh fruits with ice blended together. I also use it to blend veggies to use in my sauces when I am cooking dinner. I’ve mentioned over the years that Aaron has special needs, including dietary issues. As a piece of his Autism, he has texture issues, and it is difficult for him to tolerate the texture of certain vegetables. He still needs their vitamins and nutrients, so it’s easy for me to just blend them and add them to whatever sauce I’m using. We all get the added benefit of extra vitamins and nutrients in our food.
Why do I think this blender is better than the one I have? Well, this one has 16 speeds, versus the 3 that I have now. It has a more powerful motor, so it won’t struggle to really blend the heavier fruits and veggies, and it hold 5 cups instead of 2, so I can blend more in one batch, instead of 3 batches with my 2 cup blender.
Is there anything that could make these products more appealing to me? Yes, a coupon Best Buy knows we love coupons, and they have generously offered a couple of coupons for me to share with you. One is for 20% off Small Kitchen Appliances (That’s $60 off the Mixer I want!) and it is valid through Feb 13, 2013. They are also sharing one for 20% off Health and Fitness Products, should you be trying to keep a New Years Resolution to get healthier, and it is valid through Feb 11, 2013.
What products are on your wishlist?
Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free