I have never had a food mixer, and just wondering if there is any difference in the results between beating by hand or using a mixer. I have looked at the kitchen aid mixers but just not sure I would get my money's worth - but I do bake cakes and cupcakes all of the time.
I recently got a mixer and can't say that I've noticed much difference tbh. My arms aren't so tired though . I have switched it on and left it to beat while I've started on a syrup or something. I have to say I love love love it. It's a Kenwood.
I've got an ancient Kenwood Chef - I got mine from my grandmother, so I think it's probably around 30 years old now. It's fantastic, you can make cakes, bread dough, whisk egg whites, cream etc etc. You can sometimes pick them up at car boot sales or on eBay for 50 quid or so, they seem to go on forever!