That said, it's not abuse proof either. I've got the pro, and there were a few times in the beginning when I was making stiff doughs that I could see it struggling with. I imagine with bigger batches that it could probably crap out. From what I've read online, there are definitely better quality mixers out there in the price range.
The attachments aren't really worth it either. They're horribly expensive if you don't buy it on sale or as part of a bigger package and now you're locked in with your machine. For things like meat grinding, I would much rather get a dedicated all steel grinder.
Sure, dedicated tools are superior, however each of the attachments has significantly less marginal space cost they a dedicated powered tool that would replace it, because the motor is shared (as, often, are other parts between attachments, e.g., there are a number of attachments for the grinder attachment.) If you aren't doing heavy volume use on any one attachment, and you don't have a gargantuan kitchen (or even if you are, but you have a small kitchen), space efficiency can be quite compelling.
At some point in the past few years, KitchenAid products replaced steel internals with plastic ones. You still have a big honkin' powerful-looking mixer or blender, but it breaks just around when the warranty expires.
On the other hand, they still have a reputation for products which last forever, as their products did until a few years ago. That allows for obscene markups and short-term profits.
I'm not sure when the change happened. You can see it in Amazon reviews, though (and my own products; I have a broken mixer and, stupidly, two broken blenders, both with powerful-looking steel or cast-iron externals).
I have a 15 years old Miele washing machine I bought used. Still running like a champ...
This is the kind my mom had: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxgSd59Z4Yo
The lady in the video seems to not really understand how it works though, and is only making jello mix, which seems like a poor demonstration...
Mine looks like this: https://cbsethumb.blob.core.windows.net/534x389/69/97/90/ele...
21 years later, it's still good as new and gets regular use. Incredible machine.
And that's how I learned about aluminum reacting with dish detergent.
After seeing one really old Kitchenaid machine at my SOs parents, I finally decided to buy one. Never regretted it. We make Pizza at least once a month my GF makes cakes once every 2 weekends. It is in use a lot. Especially the dough hook looks massive and I can't imagine a dough that could break it. So what did you do with it? ;)
I can't imagine what could break it. Maybe grinding bricks ;)
1 - https://tamararubin.com/category/kitchenaid/
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