I borrowed Susan's Kitchen Aid this past weekend. She has an Artisan series. My two favorite things about this mixer is my color choice, I would definitely get a yellow one, and I love the splash guard. It works better then the one on my Cuisinart. I really didn't see anything spectacular about it to be honest. I only made Twinkies in it. It is only 325 watts which is not very strong. I do like the handle on the side of the bowl. I'll be testing out another kitchen aid this weekend, I have a baby shower cake to make, so we'll see how it does on peanut butter buttercream.
To sum up, the kitchen aid artisan is great for a home baker, but if you need something big with a lot of horse power, this is not it. When baking cakes and making buttercream for church, I usually either double or triple my recipes, and this Kitchen-Aide would not be able to keep up.
I am open to any comments anyone might have about their mixer. Remember, I am in the market for a new one! I wish I could test out a Kenmore, they are sold at Sears. Since I do not have any information on them, it is highly doubtful I would buy one.
In my opinion,