to think that there can’t actually be people out there who justify paying £400 plus for a kitchenaid food mixer?

(169 Posts)
wannaBe Mon 08-Jul-13 12:02:39

just received a load of special offers from qvc for kitchenaid products. there are items such as

toasters for £295. coffee makers for £615. Food mixers upwards of £400 up to as much as £700! shock

Surely nobody in their right mind actually pays those kinds of obscene prices? grin

Popsandpip Mon 08-Jul-13 12:06:46

People pay what they want to pay. Why do you care? Everyone's different. Who are you to judge them - and who are they to judge you?

LeaveTheBastid Mon 08-Jul-13 12:08:17

I would love a Kitchenaid, but I honestly can't justify it. I spent £230 on my stand mixer and that nearly brought tears to my eyes as I was keying in my PIN. I could buy a cheap runaround car for the price of a Kitchenaid. They are bloody lovely though.

squeakytoy Mon 08-Jul-13 12:08:54

If I had the money I would buy kitchenaid appliances. They are beautiful to look at, as well as being high quality to use.

LRDLearningKnigaBook Mon 08-Jul-13 12:09:34

My mum bought me a Kenwood a year or so ago, I think it was about half that, but her big one would probably be more.

She's used it for, ooh, 20 years? Whereas the mixers I've had from Sainsbury's previous have broken within two or so.

If you have a magic cheapie option that lasts, that's brilliant, but I assume people pay silly prices because they're hoping it'll last a lifetime and mean they don't buy umpteen dozen different mixers.

I'm sure there's a big element of fashion here too, especially with those red mixers that look all 'retro'.

Trills Mon 08-Jul-13 12:09:35


Of course there can.

If they have £400 to spare, and the kitchenaid would give them more happiness than any other thing they could spend the £400 on then it is "worth it".

LRDLearningKnigaBook Mon 08-Jul-13 12:10:15

(I have to admit, though, whoever paid a bomb for the fancy toaster in our rented house was totally had. It's rubbish!)

StuntGirl Mon 08-Jul-13 12:10:33

I would have one in a heartbeat if I could. No space in our kitchen with all my other gadgets grin

Trills Mon 08-Jul-13 12:10:37

LRD - there's definitely a fashion element. It's a bit like an expensive handbag. It doesn't carry your stuff around any better than a cheap one, but looking at it makes you happy.

stargirl1701 Mon 08-Jul-13 12:11:34

YABU. We were given one as wedding gift. People are allowed to spend their money as they please.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 08-Jul-13 12:12:53


For some reason I would draw the line at a really expensive toaster, but good equipment costs money.

BombayBadonkadonks Mon 08-Jul-13 12:13:22

I have a Kenwood Chef Titanium - birthday pressie from my Mum and Dad. It rocks and hopefully will still be working in 40 years (like my Mum's).

Expensive but totally worth it!

Pennyacrossthehall Mon 08-Jul-13 12:14:06

My mum has a Kenwood chef (which I think is similar to the Kitchenaid mixer you're referring to).

I have no idea what she paid for it, because she's had it since before I can remember.

I'm <cough> 45.

I think that's why people buy them.

Allegrogirl Mon 08-Jul-13 12:15:18

My MIL. They blew their inheritance on all types of shiny stuff. She is a crap cook but likes the retro styling. She also has the Kitchenaid juicer. They look pretty on the worktop. It will last forever and therefore we will get to inherit it apparently. It's a shame they can't afford the petrol to visit their grandchildren but each to their own.

Val007 Mon 08-Jul-13 12:15:35

If I had the money, I would pay. Why not? You pay for what you can afford. When you have some money, your mentality changes - wait and see wink

tigerlilygrr Mon 08-Jul-13 12:16:07

Can't comment on KA as the retro look is not for me. But my kenwood chef titanium was a similar price and to me, it was worth every penny. I love it!

Poledra Mon 08-Jul-13 12:16:30

I bought a Kenwood Chef Titanium a few months ago, Bombay. 'Tis the knees of the bees, and I hope that, like my mum's and my MIL's Chefs, it'll still be mixing away in 20 years time (more like 40 years for MIL's!).

I chose to spend that amount of money because I believe that it will last me for many years, rather than have a cheaper one that breaks in a couple of years. I did spend a lot of time researching the different makes, though, to try and ensure that my money was well spent.

newestbridearound Mon 08-Jul-13 12:18:01

I would absolutely love one to go in our kitchen which is being redone- but sadly cupboard doors are a more important use of our money right now! If I had the cash spare though I'd buy one immediately, I think they look beautiful and apparently they work brilliantly too.

impecuniousmarmoset Mon 08-Jul-13 12:18:19

I have a magimix that probably cost the equivalent of 400 quid when I bought it. Over 15 years of near-daily use later, it's still going strong. I still have my granny's kenwood that she bought, at great expense and great sacrifice (one cleaner's salary) in 1951. It's still going strong too.

With kitchen equipment like that, you pay for something that will last you effectively for ever, rather than plastic crapola at 50 or 100 quid that you'll have to replace after a few years. If you can afford the initial outlay, and I appreciate that many can't, then it's absolutely good value for money.

PickleSarnie Mon 08-Jul-13 12:18:30

I have one. I love it.

I don't smoke. I don't have a shoe habit. I can spend my money on whatever I want.

Pagwatch Mon 08-Jul-13 12:18:36

I have one. It's lovely.
I don't justify though because it's no ones business. People spend more than that on shoes and they can't even make cakes

<hides shoes>

ZacharyQuack Mon 08-Jul-13 12:18:46

I have a Kitchenaid, it's gorgeous.

My handbag is crap and our car is ancient. Priorities.

My Mum and Dad have one and if I had the money I'd get one too. They've had theirs for years and it still works as if it's brand new. It's awesome.

HawthornLantern Mon 08-Jul-13 12:19:56

We got our Kitchen Aid with Airmiles that we couldn't use so ours has always felt like a bargain. If you pay cash they are indeed eye-wateringly expensive...but...they are incredibly well made. If the mixer doesn't see me to my grave I'll be astounded and if you are a regular baker it could well be worth it. If you are an infrequent baker and have the luxury of the spare cash it will still be a joy I think...

wannaBe Mon 08-Jul-13 12:20:04

wow it's not about being judgemental it just seems like an obscene amount of money to pay (and to charge) for a food mixer. And no-one will ever convince me that a £200 toaster is any better than a £40 one.

But yes agree that it's a fassion statement more than anything.

And from the grin at the end this was meant to be lighthearted rather than judgemental so no need to be quite so snippy... if you have money to burn then go for it...

ChunkyPickle Mon 08-Jul-13 12:22:41

I would get a Kenwood myself - my mum's is still going strong 35 years after she bought it.

I know that kitchenaids come in different colours which is nice, but I have a sneaky suspicion they've got a reputation for being good only because in my experience other US kitchen equipment is so awful (I couldn't believe how noisy, shaky, and poorly made the medium-high price big brand named food processor I bought was in comparison to the cheap number I could get from Argos in the UK)

I've a Kenwood, had it ten years so far - got it as a wedding present (actually it was John Lewis vouchers).

Still totally perfect obviously - will likely outlive me.

I've also got a £200 quid coffee machine - had it 13 years and its saved me a fortune as I don't buy coffee out.

I have one. I hardly go out, I don't smoke, my clothes are mainly from charity shops I get my hair cut like twice a year. Everything I earn and that my partner earns goes on rent bills and the children. So, I'm allowed one treat in seven years. grin

wannaBe Mon 08-Jul-13 12:26:20

impecuniousmarmoset I had a magimix food processor which lasted me about ten years I had a £10 hand mixer which lasted me about the same.

Tbh I think for me it's the kinds of products, i.e. a food processor is multifunctional, you can do all sorts with it chop/slice/grate etc etc and it is versatile. But a food mixer is just that a food mixer. it doesn't do anything that special apart from mix cake mixes and whip up a few egg whites and maybe a bit of bread dough.

I find it more amusing really than anything that that kind of money is seen as a good investment iyswim...

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Mon 08-Jul-13 12:27:09

Justify it to who?

I am sure there are people who are so rich that £400 for a poncy kitchen appliance is no big deal envy

I would, if I had money to burn.

Totally jealous of those that can afford expensive gadgety stuff!

freddiefrog Mon 08-Jul-13 12:36:44

I've got a big Kenwood. Not much change from £400 and that was on sale.

I used to make wedding cakes for a living, it took everything I threw at it and more.

My Mum's must be at least 30 years old and still going strong

Poledra Mon 08-Jul-13 12:38:44

Dunno about the KitchenAid, but my Kenwood came with a food processor and blender, both of which fit to the top of the machine.

GoldenGytha Mon 08-Jul-13 12:47:34

I'm no cook, and have no money so £400 for a mixer would be out of the question for me. If I could afford it, and was a better cook, then who knows?

My £5 Blender from Asda will do me for now! grin

DeWe Mon 08-Jul-13 12:53:02

Dh get me a kitchenaid because he knew I was covetting one. we don't usually get each other big presents, so it was really nice of him. However he didn't pay the full price, he got a discontinued colour from a shop with a 20% sale. I think it was about £250, which is a huge amount for us. More than we paid for our car grin

But, it's brilliant. It's also really good for cooking with kids and even my 6yo can make cakes almost alone. And it whips egg whites brilliantly too.
Dh got me the juicer attachment which is also really good, particularly on pancake day.

StUmbrageinSkelt Mon 08-Jul-13 12:54:19

Love my KA and love my thermomix. I love to cook and I love the shiny gadgets that make it easier and fun.

I have a Kenwood from about 1950 and a Kenwood from 1970 which both still work but I wanted the pretty.

Sparklesandglitter Mon 08-Jul-13 12:57:46

I love my kitchenaid smile

whatsthatcomingoverthehill Mon 08-Jul-13 12:58:05


Some people have said it is a fashion statement, but those who actually them say that it is because it will hopefully last a lifetime. Yet you only seem to hear those whom you already agree with....

I have a Kenwood Chef, and it is hardly a fashion statement, being covered up most of the time. You also don't seem to know anything about food mixers - they have multiple uses with liquidisers, food processors, meat grinders, pasta makers etc

ouryve Mon 08-Jul-13 12:59:43

I paid £150 for my Kitchenaid. It's white and doesn't have any bells and whistles, but it does what I need it to do.

£400 is a lot of money to spend on a mixer, but each to their own. I'd never pay QVC prices for anything like that, anyhow.

BrianTheMole Mon 08-Jul-13 13:00:27

One of my friends has a kitchenaid. It is very very cool. I wouldn't buy one, even if I had the cash, but I could easily blow that cash on a camera or something. I can see why she wanted the kitchenaid. The cheap ones don't last that long.

Kveta Mon 08-Jul-13 13:02:02

I won a kitchenaid, and I LOVE it - best thing in my kitchen. Simple enough for 3 yo DS to use it, and powerful enough for me to want to use it - it makes better cakes than my old kenwood chef, but that was 30 years old (was mum's old one), so who knows how well the KA will last? Even so, I think it really is worth the money in the case of the KA - they really are that good.

siblingrevelry Mon 08-Jul-13 13:03:27

I was bought one for my birthday by DH. I am starting an at-home cake business (isn't everyone!), and after seeing the blisters on my hands from making 100+ cupcakes, I think he thought the time had come.

It is something I've coveted ever since Nigella first burst onto the scene, and we're very skint and frugal so I think my husband thought he could justify it as it helps me to make money (as the business has grown it has enabled me to be more efficient), and in the last 6 years I've given him 3 spectacular children (and as a result had to give up smoking 7 yrs ago, have barely been able to drink because of near-continual pregnancy/breastfeeding, and have been fed up with the body changes and excess weight so I don't spend on clothes).

And we can't afford a much-longed for 4th baby (longed for only by me I hasten to add), so I think this was his compromise!

We used to spend on ourselves and each other a lot, but over the last few years we've stopped the big pressies for each other, so it meant a great deal to me that he got it (usually so careful with money so I know how much it would've hurt!)

And he loves me.

And I'm worth it.

And when the nuclear attack happens, all that will be left are the cockroaches and the Kitchenaids! £400 is a lot, but they're virtually indestructable so if you could re-assess in 20 yrs time I reckon the cost per use is equivalent to cheaper versions.

wannaBe Mon 08-Jul-13 13:06:48

actually whatsthat the ones I have seen for sale generally come with just a mixing blade, a dough hook and a wisk. Anything extra you have to pay extra for... None of the kitchenaids I've seen have blenders or food processors included in the £400 price tag - if they did I'd think that a far more justifyiable price

As I said I'm not judging, I just think it is an awful lot of money to pay for something unless you actually make cakes professionally In which case of course you would want the best.

Fwiw I think the same about spending that kind of money on a handbag. grin but I would spend more than that on a keyboard so it's what works for one iyswim

ouryve Mon 08-Jul-13 13:07:20

And we gave in and bought a Dualit toaster (the proper clockwork ones) after a run of toasters which lasted about a month longer than their warranty. We got a good deal, so it was about £80. At 9 years old, the timer started sticking. DH stripped it down, we ordered a new timer and fitted it and now have a fully working toaster again. The timer cost the same as a new ordinary toaster might, but instead of disposing of a whole toaster, full of electronics and plastic, we disposed of a tiny little clockwork device.

Now, i just wish we could get a kettle so reliable and easy to service, without it being too heavy for my poor hands. I simply can't lift metal kettles.

tabulahrasa Mon 08-Jul-13 13:07:26

I've got a friend who makes cakes (not professionally), I know she covets an expensive mixer...she burns through the motor of her cheap one about every 6 months, of course the upside of that is that they usually have a 12 month warranty and she just keeps taking it back for a new one, lol.

FeckOffCup Mon 08-Jul-13 13:09:24

Meh, I can't get worked up about what expensive gadgets other people buy. Why do people buy a ferrari when a vauxhall corsa will get you from A to B or spend hundreds on an icandy or bugaboo when you can get a basic buggy for £30? Because they think it looks nicer and if they can afford it then good for them.

DoItTooJulia Mon 08-Jul-13 13:11:49

Buy cheap buy twice. Simples.

BrianButterfield Mon 08-Jul-13 13:12:13

I have a kitchenaid mixer - I used to make a cake a week and it makes it sooooo much easier and the cakes are always gorgeous. I can't believe how much quicker it is to do things and I will use it until it dies, which will hopefully never.

Gingersstuff Mon 08-Jul-13 13:16:50

After a procession of cheap toasters, we bought a Dualit chrome one with our wedding vouchers, though at the time the price was an eyewatering £175 I think. However, that was over 17 years ago and it's still going strong. For me, it's not just about buying something beautiful and of great quality, it's about the environmental impact too. Surely it's better (if you can and want to) to buy the one thing that will last for near enough a lifetime, than to keep buying lots of inferior things that might do the same job but only last a short while?

DaisyBD Mon 08-Jul-13 13:17:38

I've got one, I can't possibly justify it as we couldn't afford it (was a houswarming present from my parents) and I don't cook much during the week, but I absolutely love it and I do use it every weekend, it makes brilliant cakes and icecream. I love love love it and I don't care what other people think. I've got a mulberry handbag (more than one in fact but I only use one) too and I can't justify that either. grin

IShallCallYouSquishy Mon 08-Jul-13 13:18:09

My DH got me my kitchen aid as my 30th birthday present. It's raspberry pink and beautiful and I love her. I use her all the time and DH knew how much I would love one, so to him was worth every penny he spent on it.

So ner wink

VestaCurry Mon 08-Jul-13 13:19:26

If you can afford it and are actually going to use it regularly, I don't see why not.

About 10 years ago I managed to find an original early 1950's Kenwood chef. It works brilliantly, has all the mincing and other attachments too. The modern kitchen aid looks a lot like it in terms of style.

My sister has asked me to leave it to her in my will grin.

SsimTee Mon 08-Jul-13 13:21:42

I don't drink, I don't smoke. I hardly ever go out. I'm not interested in clothes, shoes, handbags, etc. So if i want a £400 KitchenAid I just go out and buy it without giving it a second thought to be honest. I'm not a spender, I've saved my money all my life and I buy things that give ME joy. If anybody dares to comment, I happily point out where they could save £400 to afford a KitchenAid too. By the way, I haven't got a KitchenAid 'cos my kitchen isn't finished yet and I dont' know what colour will I want when it's all done.

BubaMarra Mon 08-Jul-13 13:26:13

I LOVE KitchenAid.
My mum bought her Kenwood almost 30 years ago, still going strong.

gallifrey Mon 08-Jul-13 13:33:51

we spent £800 on a coffee machine! I have had cars that cost less than that! Makes bloody lovely coffee tho grin grin

And the kids benefit too smile bake sales at school -10 mins and a lemon drizzle cake knocked up, job done. Not to
Mention home made rolls and muffins for their lunch box. Mums happy, kids happy, win win grin

Morloth Mon 08-Jul-13 13:53:00

I have one, it is pretty and does a great job.

Happily I am in a position where £500 is not very much to me.

EatingAllTheCrumpets Mon 08-Jul-13 13:56:36


I have just bought one grin

I bought it because;
1) I've wanted for ages
2) I bake all the time and have gone through 3 £100 ones in the last 4 years
3) its beautiful!!

I agree it's a lot of money, but that's what I go to work for!

FishCalledWonder Mon 08-Jul-13 13:59:27

My red Kitchen Aid is beloved and beautiful. It takes up about a third of the kitchen in our tiny house. As Zachary said: priorities.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 08-Jul-13 14:16:59

gallifrey what did you buy? Ours is on it's last legs and we are looking for a replacement.

Can't agree enough about Kenwood Chefs. I inherited my Grandma's which she was given as a wedding present over 70 years ago. I retired it when I got married and was given a Titanium - that was nearly 6 years ago and it is like new.

TheRealFellatio Mon 08-Jul-13 14:18:31

I have the Kitchenaid mixer and the separate blender. Suck on that. grin

OhDearNigel Mon 08-Jul-13 14:20:19

I run a cake decorating business. I have a kitchenaid and a commercial kenwood. With 3 bowls, natch. I would not be able to function without them and they represent one of the best value for money buys I have ever made.

OhDearNigel Mon 08-Jul-13 14:23:09

and I used to be a pastry chef - so life without a stand mixer is unthinkable shock
If it was a choice between a TV and the kitchenaid, the kitchenaid would win, every time

wannaBe Mon 08-Jul-13 14:25:09

tbh I think that all quality has reduced over the years though. My mum has a cheap £10 mixer that she got from her sister because she had two as wedding presents about 30 years ago and it's still working. She's only just replaced the tumble drier she had before we moved to south Africa (again 30 years ago!) and now the average washing machine is only expected to last about five years.

Things just aren't built to last any more IMO and not even just the cheap things...

VikingVagine Mon 08-Jul-13 14:25:46

There was a thread about toast racks the other day and there was a link to one which cost almost £700. Makes a kitchenaid mixer seem positively cheap with regards value for your money!

javotte Mon 08-Jul-13 14:26:57

My parents bought me a professional Kitchenaid for my 30th birthday. They ordered it from the USA and my electrician husband made me an adaptator so that it could run on a European voltage.
It will probably outlive me and no £50 mixer would be powerful enough to knead big batches of bread dough every day.
Like SsimTee I don't drink smoke, go out or buy expensive clothes.

gallifrey Mon 08-Jul-13 14:40:01

Alibabaandthe40nappies we have a Delonghi perfecta (ESAM5600) bean to cup.
It's lovely, wouldn't be without it now smile

afussyphase Mon 08-Jul-13 14:44:30

Love mine. Got in in the US for 265$ (sale on some of the colours). I think they are generally more reasonable in the US, it's a US company. We run it on a little transformer we bought online... As for toasters, I couldn't agree more, all they have to do is heat up. Mixers have to do a lot more!

aldiwhore Mon 08-Jul-13 14:47:20

My mum's Kenwood has just died after 35 years, me and my siblings are buying her a Kitchenaid, and yes, it will be around the 'silly money' mark.

She uses it though, constantly.

YABU op it's a bit like me saying "Why would anyone spend £20k on a car when mine only cost £200 and is fine". Why not?

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 08-Jul-13 15:15:01

That is what DH wants, a bean to cup. Maybe Santa will be feeling generous wink

IsaacCox Mon 08-Jul-13 15:16:36


Dh got me a raspberry ice kitchen aid a few months ago. I do a lot of baking (though not lately for myself as I'm on Slimming World, so it's currently mainly just a beautiful thing to look at and stroke in the kitchen)
I love it and it makes me happy. The price tag is definitely worth it, and it'll last forever.

expatinscotland Mon 08-Jul-13 15:21:15

I would buy one in a heartbeat.

babybearsmummy Mon 08-Jul-13 15:21:47

I'd love to upgrade my cheap Argos own £4.99 hand mixer for a kitchen aid.... one day (crosses fingers)!!

flatmum Mon 08-Jul-13 15:25:06

a girl I work with paid over £1000 for a juicer!

LRDLearningKnigaBook Mon 08-Jul-13 15:26:24

ohdear - this is one reason we don't have a TV. Or a microwave.

Since I'm no kind of chef this is really indulgent, but they look a damn sight nicer to me. The sight of the TV does not promise delicious, delicious carbs.

Hercy Mon 08-Jul-13 15:27:18

I have one and I don't see it as burning money or a waste of money at all. It's bloody awesome and I use it every week. I imagine I'll still be using it in 30 years. Have you actually ever used one before condemning it to be a fashion statement?

Idocrazythings Mon 08-Jul-13 15:30:22

I have a Thermomix which is double and then some the price of a kitchen aid. It is the best thing I have ever bought. I use it everyday; we have healthier meals and far less processed food so very worth it to me.

bedhaven Mon 08-Jul-13 15:43:56

They reckon that clothes are worth it if they work out at less than £1 a wear...quite reasonable to transpose that idea to other desirable items.
An avid baker will certainly get their money worth from a kitchen aid (and they look so pretty). I was lucky enough to be given a kitchen aid blender as a gift. It's brilliant, still totally fit for purpose far outlasting many a cheap one and the parts are replaceable if anything does break.

KenAdams Mon 08-Jul-13 15:44:31

I have one but I don't need to justify to anyone why.

The hardest part for me was deciding what colour to buy. It took me weeks, weeks I tell ya. I printed off lots of different colours and stuck them round my kitchen.

It looks fabulous and I love it, but my old hand mixer is better.

SHarri13 Mon 08-Jul-13 15:52:17

I have one, bought it with some money we were given when we got married. The cash was given with the sole purpose of buying one. We just wouldn't have £400 to spend otherwise. I LOVE it and use it every day, I bake bread and like the odd cake. I used it to mix coleslaw yesterday as the bowl I used kept spilling over the side.

We also have quite a few expensive kitchen things, it's we're we like to spend money and think you get what you pay for without a doubt. On the other hand I buy cheap clothes, especially for myself, don't go wild on groceries (lidl for most). Don't go on holidays abroad very often. It's all relative.

SHarri13 Mon 08-Jul-13 15:54:47

Ok, so what colour did everyone buy?

Mines storm black (dark metallic grey) with a glass bowl.

IsaacCox Mon 08-Jul-13 15:56:11

What colour did you get Exit? Love that you put printouts round your kitchen grin

IsaacCox Mon 08-Jul-13 15:57:38

Mines raspberry ice (pink). It came with a glass and a metal bowl plus free Salter weighing scales.

VikingVagine Mon 08-Jul-13 15:57:42

I want a metallic blue one with a glass bowl but they've stopped doing that particular shade. <stomps foot>

Yellow. I was very drawn to the Boysanberry and the Grape though.

Samu2 Mon 08-Jul-13 16:01:18

I have one! Love it.

londonrach Mon 08-Jul-13 16:06:11

Mother in law and I split the cost of my kitchenware when I got married. At the time only 5 years ago my brand new kitchenware from steamer trading cost 200 pounds. It was the best investment ever and gets used on a daily, weekly basis. Can't believe they cost so much more now. I know mother in law regrets not getting one for herself. She was still using her one from when she got married over 40 years ago. If I won the lottery a kitchenaid mixer in her chose of colour would be one of the first things I'd buy. Yes it's expensive but if you work cost per use its cheap. By the way I'm very happy with my cheap 5 pounds kettle and toaster. X

FasterStronger Mon 08-Jul-13 16:06:58

I have a £200 toaster and a £1300 dishwasher.

I buy really good quality and get it serviced when it fails. my gaggia classic coffee machine (purchased 2000) has just had a new pump fitted.

londonrach Mon 08-Jul-13 16:07:01

Kitchenaid not kitchenware. Sorry. Xxxx

Samu2 Mon 08-Jul-13 16:07:23

oh and mine isn't a fashion statement.

I bake a lot of bread, it is awesome for kneading. It should hopefully outlive me and then I can pass it on.

Worth every penny and I can justify paying the money, just like I can justify spending a lot on shoes. If you want something and have the money who cares?

Ragwort Mon 08-Jul-13 16:10:44

I have one, bought over 10 years ago - personally I can't believe that people spend so much money on clothes/handbags/shoes/mobile phones/ipads etc etc - but so what, we are all different and how dull if we weren't grin.

Actually my mother did spend £400 on an ipad which she can't even use - I don't understand that but hope she might give it to me.

Trazzletoes Mon 08-Jul-13 16:11:12

The fact that its beautiful is a side issue. It does a much MUCH better job than any other mixer I have ever owned.

IThinkOfHappyWhenIThinkOfYou Mon 08-Jul-13 16:14:56

I have a kenwood major which cost about £350 ten years ago (inc blender and processor). Its a lot of money but I probably use it 5 days out of 7 which is more than I use my TV, piano or even my car which cost very many times more. I like it and I could afford it. I wouldn't pay £30 a month for gel nails like some of my mates do but I understand that people have different wants. I would love a fancy coffee machine but I'm too scared to make the commitment in case the coffee isn't that good but I have to keep on drinking it because I spent so much on the machine.

I've got my eye on a toaster that cost £175. I know that there are cheaper toasters that do the job but I like it and if I spent £175 on a bag nobody would turn a hair.

mignonette Mon 08-Jul-13 16:16:11

My Mother bought one in the early 80's. It is still working and has needed no repairs. She uses it at least twice a week to make bread.

Enough said.

I happen to know that there is an ordinary domestic kitchenaid being used in the kitchen of a very popular cafe near me - it was a wedding present to one of the owners, and when she opened the cafe, she decided to use it until she could afford a commercial mixer - as far as I know it is still going strong, despite the heavy workload it receives.

Ouryve - I have a Dualit toaster - partly paid for with christmas present tokens - and I love it. One of the big selling points for me was the fact that it has replaceable parts, so will hopefully last and last - unlike the toasters we have had in the past.

Thanks to this thread, I have just gone and looked at Kitchenaids on ebay, and I am in lust love.

FasterStronger Mon 08-Jul-13 16:26:09

SDT - I have replaced dualit toaster elements. unfortunately they don't sell replacement kettle elements anymore.

damn them!

Damnautocorrect Mon 08-Jul-13 16:28:35

I've a kenwood chef, one of the best things I've bought. It gets used frequently, I went through alot of cheap mixers before I bought one

I don't have 1 kitchen Aid I have 2 grin both in strokable candy Apple red. They are not just machines to me they are my livelihood but even if they weren't it's my money and I can spend as much or as little on anything I choose.

ExcuseTypos Mon 08-Jul-13 16:35:15

I've got one. It's in Candy Apple Red and I actually do love itsmile

I use it almost every day for breadmaking and dd uses it as she does a lot of baking.

It is a lot of money but I can afford it, so why not buy one?

ExcuseTypos Mon 08-Jul-13 16:36:24

Oh snap blue. I like stroking mine too!

When I first got it, I used to tell people to have a stroke, cos it really does feel lovely.

Plomino Mon 08-Jul-13 16:38:06

I've got one . Yes I paid about £400 quid for it . And you know what ? I'm not even going to bother to justify it , because I don't have to .

If you want to spend your money on a £20 mixer , good for you . You must obviously be in your right mind .

Southeastdweller Mon 08-Jul-13 16:41:24

I think that with most things you get what you pay for and the testimonies on this thread and on the other KitchenAid ones about these mixers speak for themselves. I would love one and whilst I don't regard one as a fashion statement, I'm not embarrassed to admit I partly covet one because they look divine - I don't ever buy ugly or dull looking stuff.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Mon 08-Jul-13 16:41:49

I rejected a Kitchen Aid in favour of a Magimix a few years ago because of the increased functionality, but you lot are almost selling it to me ..... If only I had the space.

fluffyraggies Mon 08-Jul-13 16:43:26

I have a KitchenAid!

It's cream and i loves it. It's powerful, easy to use and looks luurvly.

DDs and i go through spells of using it daily, if we're in a baking mood, or sometimes it sits for a few days without being used. It's always on the work top so it's easy to chuck in the ingredients for Yorkshire pud, pancakes, scones, a quick lemon cake or whatever. The most basic thing i do with mine is the mash if there's loads of us. Makes it creamy and fluffy.

I had some cash to splash when i bought it, had always hankered after one, had no mixer before - all hand whisking, and i don't begrudge a penny. Don't drink much, don't smoke, don't do shoes and handbags over the 20 quid mark - so - why not? I'm hoping it'll see me out and be passed on the which ever DD grabs it first [grin}

pooka Mon 08-Jul-13 16:43:37

Mine was a wedding present from my mother. 11 years ago, and still going strong. I love it, it looks great and works like a dream. £400 bloody well spent.

Technotropic Mon 08-Jul-13 16:44:39

We went on a Dualit frenzy a while back:

4 slice original toaster - check.
Matching coffee machine - check.
Matching architect kettle - check.

The toaster was the most expensive (£200) but is possibly the best domestic toaster about.

I'm not sure about £400 for a mixer but each to their own. It's all down to what you value shirley. If kitchen appliances/gadgets are your thing then great.


JamNan Mon 08-Jul-13 16:47:31

The money I have spent in the last five or six years on buying cheap mixers that have died on me after a year's use would have bought me a KitchenAid. I would love one.

Mama1980 Mon 08-Jul-13 16:56:07

My mum bought me a kitchenaid 6 years ago for a housewarming present. It's still going strong as is her kenwood that she got as a wedding present 30 odd years ago, that's why people buy them.

imademarion Mon 08-Jul-13 17:01:15

I love my KitchenAid and use it about three times a week.

Why do you think it's an 'obscene' amount of money? What should a KitchenAid cost?

If you think it's immoral, where should that money be going?

sparkle12mar08 Mon 08-Jul-13 17:11:30

My MIL was given a second hand Kenwood Chef as a wedding present in 1972, which despite being second hand, was still a very generous gift indeed. It was about 15 yo then she thinks. It finally gave up the ghost this year - it's lasted over 55 years! I doubt the current equivalent will last 50-60 years, but I'd hope to get at least 20 out of one.

Notcontent Mon 08-Jul-13 17:13:57

I have one and expect to have it for a very long time.

I think in the past people were used to big items like that being expensive - so people used to save up for a long time for new items and would buy few of them
Now people expect to be able to buy lots of stuff really cheaply.

I have one but I waited and bought the floor model so it was less than half price. It is fantastic, I use it at least twice a week and I love it. I'm sure it will outlive me.

Also, I know of two relationship break-ups where the man kept the KitchenAid, even though he never used it, because he knew how much the female partner loved it.

Absolutmum Mon 08-Jul-13 18:07:47

I have A Kitchen Aid mixer. My justification is that I wanted it, I worked hard to earn the money to buy it and I use it regularly.
So there!

Crikeyblimey Mon 08-Jul-13 18:08:26

Yep - I've got one (cream). I love it. Worth every penny.

I can't understand people paying similar for a handbag but hey, folk are different and isn't that a really good thing?

I fully intend to buy one when I have enough money.
I love them, and I will use it, I cook all the time.

I am desperate for a good food processor but money is tight at the mo. I am thinking of saving for a Magimix Le Mini but would sell a kidney for a KA with all the attachments.

I have a Kitchen Aid. It is not a fashion statement.

RoxyFox211 Mon 08-Jul-13 18:53:34

I agree with you, wouldn't catch me spending that on a toaster with people starving in the world but at the same it is up to the people buying it, can't be doing with people being judged all the times for their choices. We all have our little luxuries I guess, some peoples are more extravagant than others

Scruffey Mon 08-Jul-13 19:00:07

There are loads of people with loads of money - just go to a posh part of your city and look at the cars driving around. We went to a part of our city that we have never been to in the evening last week to do something and we felt like we should be scrubbing the shoes of the people there! They could certainly afford the a few hundred quid for kitchen stuff.

IfIonlyhadsomesleep Mon 08-Jul-13 19:06:53

I love mine. At the time we bought it, ten years ago, we had disposable income and were not extravagent in other ways. I wouldn't have gone into debt for it, but I use it a lot and enjoy looking at it in my kitchen daily. I fully intend to have bit in use for decades.
Plenty of people spend extravagent amounts or money on gadgets or hobby gear. This is no different. I may not understand expensive bikes, for example, but I get why people who like cycling buy them. It's their thing. This is mine.

RhondaJean Mon 08-Jul-13 19:15:09

I love my kitchen aid. It's one of the best things I ever bought.

However after years of buying £100-Ish kettles which never lasted put the year, I went in a strop and spent £17 on one in the sale three and a half years ago and it's still going strong. Looks okay too.

I don't know where that leavesme really...

EeyoreIsh Mon 08-Jul-13 19:19:46

I did. I love baking. I saved up lots of vouchers and money I'd received as presents, and bought one in the sale.

It's great, it should last for years. I would much rather have bought this than have random presents I didn't really want.

So it's not about splashing the cash. It's about investing in something I enjoy.

Compared to some hobbies, it's really quite a reasonable price to pay. especially compared to how much we've spent making this house habitable

didireallysaythat Mon 08-Jul-13 19:48:53

At the risk of sounding stupid, what do you do everyday with a mixer ? I think I must be missing something but I honestly don't know what you do with one. I have my grandmother's 1950 Kenwood thing which comes out of the attic once a year to make the madeira birthday cake but then it goes back.

I think I'm missing something. I shall look up magimix books on Amazon.

OK, things I regularly make with my KitchenAid... Pizza dough, I hate kneading. Pancake batter, quick and easy. Anything that mixes something thin or acid with something thick or greasy, like this. Whisking eggs, making anything where you should be stirring constantly, avgolemono soup for example. Lots of things. It's as easy to clean as a whisk or spoon and bowl so why not?

VikingVagine Mon 08-Jul-13 20:33:15

Also, I know of two relationship break-ups where the man kept the KitchenAid, even though he never used it, because he knew how much the female partner loved it.

shock Now that's just cruel!

I have a relatively cheap Kenwood Prospero, when it dies the sooner the better I have promised myself a Kitchenaid.

I use my mixer to make all sorts, we don't eat processed food so make everything from scratch. It is very useful.

What do you knead with? The hook thingy? I have never used that.

OneLittleToddleTerror Mon 08-Jul-13 20:59:52

YABU. A lot of people pay that much for a smartphone anyway. I'd get a KitchenAid or Kenwood Chef if I have space in the kitchen. It's high on my list in my dream home.

Plomino Mon 08-Jul-13 21:00:04

Yep , knead with the dough hook . I was sceptical about it , but it does work . I make icecream with mine . And pasta , because I cracked and bought the twizzly pasta attachment . And it is so mush easier to whip cream in it than anything else , even the fancy food processor.

Shitsinger Mon 08-Jul-13 21:06:24

In the event of divorce the kitchen aid mixer is mine hmm
It was a gift from a dear relative who I loved with all my heartsad
Probably my most treasured possession and in use daily.

My Kenwood gets used almost every day. I cannot imagine how I cooked before we got it (I have the Chef) about 10 years ago.

The dough hook is absolutely essential for me - it gets used more than anything else!

Last summer I got the ice-cream attachment; absolutely fantastic, i can whip up the most fabulous ice-creams in exactly the flavours we want (with no crap in them) with absolute minimum effort.

stealthsquiggle Mon 08-Jul-13 21:14:33

I bloody love mine and there is no way DH would be taking it off me even though he uses it lots too. I bake lots, he makes bread and pasta, and ours is not the fancy one that comes in lots of colours but the entry level commercial one. It has a more powerful motor and came with 2 stainless steel bowls, which is a really big bonus (more so than I would have believed).

Similarly duality toaster, still going strong after 15 years, which makes it pretty good value for money really. It's when these brands start diversifying that it goes wrong. Dualit kettles and KitchenAid blenders are nowhere near as good as the brand would suggest. (Waring for blender, and we have yet to find the definitive kettle)

We use a K Mix from the 70's... it's actually older than both DP and myself but it still works perfectly!

Methinks the initial outlay MIL made 40 odd years ago was quite savvy.

stealthsquiggle Mon 08-Jul-13 21:22:03

not that much if you say it quickly

Who am I kidding? It's a huge amount, but it will last for ever a long long time and is a life-enhancing thing to own.

BellaVita Mon 08-Jul-13 21:25:24

I have a lovely black KitchenAid.

DH bought me it for me for Christmas. I love to bake, he knew I would adore it and I do.

impecuniousmarmoset Mon 08-Jul-13 21:33:00

Wannabe hang on, if you own a Magimix then you're clearly not averse to spending a lot of money on a kitchen gadget?!?!

I agree, personally I don't use a mixer that often, because I'm not much of a baker, but I can completely see that if you bake all the time a mixer is essential. My granny used hers for making bread most days.

So if you own a magimix, really what you're saying is 'it's ok to spend 3-400 quid on a food processor but not on a mixer'? That's quite a different way to frame your question!

Personally I've never spent more than 700 quid on a car, but I don't think you're burning money if you prefer to spend 5k (15k on the other hand, and you've lost mesmile - surely it's just priorities?

1944girl Mon 08-Jul-13 21:33:27

About 30 years ago, when I was working full time and had more money than I have now I bought a Kenwood Chef for what was then a hue amount of money.The same Kenwood is still in my kitchen, used regularl, and has never broken down.
Last year I decided to treat myself to a Dualit toaster.It was absolute crap.I replaced it with a £10 one from Asda.It works like a dream, and the sandwich cages that I kept from the useless Dualit fit it perfectly and so it makes lovely cheese toasties as well.
So I call it luck.

FoundAChopinLizt Mon 08-Jul-13 21:41:19

It costs that much precisely because people are prepared to pay that much for one. The high price also gives it a certain exclusivity.

lurkerspeaks Mon 08-Jul-13 22:43:01

I have a 30 year old kenwood chef. I don't know how much use it has had but I use it pretty regularly and love it.

Newcupboards Mon 08-Jul-13 22:51:26

I don't cook or bake but I want a KitchenAid now! Serious question; those of you who bake a lot - are you and your family overweight? Am on a diet and trying to eat more so I need this clarified before I shell out on a KitchenAid that will look nice with my new cupboards.

Morloth Tue 09-Jul-13 01:18:36

Mine is Cranberry.

And sits nicely with my beautiful Le Creuset pans and dishes.

I finally after many years of travelling/renting am living in my own home.

My kitchen gives me great pleasure. Just put in two ovens, a giant range, have the big farmhouse table in the middle.

My kitchenaid gets used twice a week, either for baking or bread, or the nose attachment for grinding/making pasta.

I love cooking, it calms me.

Morloth Tue 09-Jul-13 01:20:24

We are not overweight.

If I am baking, I make them as luxurious as possible.

Then we have some, friends eat some, some go to work, some go in lunchboxes.

We mostly eat low carb, if I am going to have empty carbs then they had better taste very very good.

The working out 5 times a week probably contributes to not being overweight though. wink

ZacharyQuack Tue 09-Jul-13 01:38:45

Mine is dark blue. I would have preferred grey or raspberry, but DH bought it for me knowing how much I had wanted one for years.

DD2 was born 2 weeks early, a few days before Christmas and DH and I hadn't bought presents for each other. DH went out on Xmas Eve and came back with the Kitchenaid for me and a lovely espresso machine for him. Hooray for panicky, sleep-deprived man-shopping!

EmmaBemma Tue 09-Jul-13 05:59:07

My mum bought me a cherry red Kitchenaid three Christmasses ago. I couldn't believe how generous she'd been, I was quite gobsmacked. It's very beautiful but I'm not sure it's worth the money, and I feel bad for not using it all the time to somehow justify the expense.

For one thing I've had to footle about with the callibration so the beaters reach all the way to the bottom of the bowl without scraping it. But it's very sturdy, I can see myself having it for life. And is the best way to make sticky doughs like naan.

LtEveDallas Tue 09-Jul-13 06:21:13

I've just 'inherited' my mums Kenwood that is older than me grin - she's not making cakes much now, and thought it was going to waste. It works great, but I do wish it looked a little 'prettier'. Need to give my head a shake - substance over style Eve, substance over style..

stealthsquiggle Tue 09-Jul-13 07:13:16

EmmaBemma you need one of these

WeAreEternal Tue 09-Jul-13 07:22:14

I have a kitchen aid a limited edition design one and it was worth every penny, IMO.

I bake a lot, almost daily. I make all of our bread, muffins and cakes.

I have owned many mixers, but none even come the kitchen aid.
I had a kenwood one that was good, but it didn't kneed bread very well.

I don't think I could live without my KA.

WeAreEternal Tue 09-Jul-13 07:24:47

Sorry for the typos, I'm trying to MN and apply makeup at the same time.
Damn audio typing.

Newcupboards Tue 09-Jul-13 07:25:39

blush meant to say "am on a diet and trying to eat more healthily", not eat more!

BellaVita Tue 09-Jul-13 07:31:30

I have teenagers with hollow legs. We are all healthy and non of us are overweight.

therumoursaretrue Tue 09-Jul-13 07:35:38

DP bought me one...worth every penny IMO. Far better than some of the cheaper mixers I've used and chosen based on its motor not its appearance.

I use mine everyday and not just for cakes also make pasta etc. So imo its a functional piece of equipment that happens to look nice rather than a fashion statement.

Yonihadtoask Tue 09-Jul-13 07:40:33

If someone wants one, is willing to pay that price then fair enough.

Personally I don't do enough baking or cooking to justify one. However I do think they look ace - and have heard good reports on them.

Same goes for all household appliances- some folk won't pay more than £12.99 for an argos kettle - others arehappy to pay £200 for a fancy pants design. ?

Money schmoney. I don't care how much anyone else spends - good for them if they have loads.

EmmaBemma Tue 09-Jul-13 07:42:09

ooh, thanks, stealthsquiggle! That is exactly what I need. Why doesn't it come with one of those as standard?

JakeBullet Tue 09-Jul-13 07:46:44

I don't have one but I want one, my parents are saying that they will be giving us all some money when they sell their house and I am going to buy one when they do. I have wanted one for a long time and cook from scratch so it will be worth it....I think.

VikingVagine Tue 09-Jul-13 08:23:42

What's the difference between all the lets and numbers after each model?

stealthsquiggle Tue 09-Jul-13 09:48:47

Emma - I know. They should come as standard - no idea why they don't except that it means KitchenAid can extort another £30. Worth it, though - it halves mixing time cos you don't have to faff around scraping stuff down.

WeAreEternal Tue 09-Jul-13 10:27:53

We aren't over weight either Newcupboards infant I lost a substantial amount of weight after buying the KA.

I cook mostly gluten free so i bake bread and muffins and cakes for breakfast and packed lunches most days.
I also make pasta (occasionally, I don't use eggs either so I'm not a huge fan of pasta) Pastry, tortillas, pitas/flatbreads etc.
it's also really useful for batters and dressings.

Bogeyface Tue 09-Jul-13 10:29:19

I have a baby pink one that was released to support breast cancer care. I love it, it makes me smile whenever I see it and I use it loads. I have had it for 11 years now and is worth every single penny!

Isoscelesnorks Tue 09-Jul-13 10:41:32

I've wanted one all my life. I now have a small child with ASD and a DH who feels he is allergic to touching or preparing food. I love cooking and I grow a lot of my own vegetables. I have recently been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I think I can now justify a Kenwood Chef as it will enable me to continue making my own food (I hate mass manufactured food) smile

FreckledLeopard Tue 09-Jul-13 10:49:01

My mother's Kenwood Chef is still going strong over 50 years later.

afussyphase Tue 09-Jul-13 12:06:44

OK so how do you make amazing mash in it? When I did that it got kind of tough/gluggy...

krazipan Tue 09-Jul-13 12:32:11

I've bought myself a kitchenaid. I don't go out and enjoy cooking/baking. It would cost more to go on holiday and I would rather stay at home and get a kitchenaid!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 09-Jul-13 12:46:29

This thread is so sad, why on earth are you all justifying yourselves 'oh well I never go out and I don't drink, and I wear a hair shirt and give all my money to charity so I am allowed a Kitchenaid'?

You want one, you can afford it. You buy it. End of discussion, surely?

Because I think that for many people if they did go out a lot, drank, spent lots on fashion etc then they wouldn't have the money for an expensive piece of kitchen equipment.
It's to show that their priorites (or what they like to do) are different.

Isoscelesnorks Wed 10-Jul-13 12:30:35

I think that you actually save a lot of money by having one and using it as much as possible to make your own food. I see these sorts of machines as lifetime investment pieces in good health.

DH bought me a kitchenaid a few years ago for my birthday.

I wanted it, we could afford it.

Problem is????

ZacharyQuack Wed 10-Jul-13 12:45:24

We don't need a lot of the things we have. Some people like shoes and have lots of pairs, or very expensive shoes. Some people like clothes, or perfume, or electronic gadgets, or cars, or holidays, or pets, or expensive wine. Some people like cake mixers.

Bogeyface Wed 10-Jul-13 12:49:50


Did they go sort of shiny and gloopy? If so then it is the potatoes not the mixer. I had that problem a couple of weeks ago when I was making cottage pie, and it was the type of potatoes.

The best way to do mash is the drain the potatoes in a colander and leave them to stand for a couple of minutes so they are dry as wet spuds make runny mash. put them in the bowl, chop them roughly with a knife and put the mixer on. I change from the beater to the whisk when they are pretty much broken up, and add a knob of butter and splash of milk at the same time.

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