KitchenAid Mixer (electric heavy-duty, 5 quart)
Among all the machines, the best and most reliable electric mixers have one central paddle and a separate whisk attachment, instead of two separate rotating beaters. This 5-quart capacity machine is very pretty-with a vintage glass bowl that has both, measurement marks and a spout. Regardless of the model, it's wise to purchase an extra bowl for mixtures that are made in stages. While not truly an essential, I personally feel that using a machine with one central paddle, as opposed to two separate rotating beaters is more efficient. (My favorite version is the six quart.)
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