Who’s got the best Black Friday deals on stand mixers?
November 11, 2010 § Leave a comment
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If you’re looking to score a deal on a stand mixer on Black Friday, Kohl’s is offering three models at reduced prices. A recently-leaked circular announced that they will offer the KitchenAid Professional 600 for $399 (normally priced at $499), the KitchenAid Artisan for $299 (regularly priced at $359), and the Kitchen Classic Plus for $199 (normally $259). Each mixer also includes an extra 10% in-store discount and a mail-in rebate for additional savings.
Sears will also offer comparable savings on the KitchenAid Classic for $199 (an additional $50 off can be achieved via mail-in rebate), as well as the KitchenAid Artisan for $299 (the final price is $269 with a $30 mail-in rebate). The stainless-steel Pro 500 is available at the same price as the Artisan. Sears also promises an additional 10% in-store discount on all stand mixers.
Worth braving the crowds?
The prices are good, but are the actual mixers worth subjecting yourself to the Black Friday mayhem?
The answer is yes.
The KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer and the KitchenAid Classic Series Stand Mixer are two of our best-reviewed models. Not only do they perform extremely well in professional tests, but they’ve received abundant positive owner feedback, too. Reviewers say the Artisan is best suited for kneading and mixing tougher dough, but it also does an exceptionable job at whipping heavy cream and egg whites. This mixer comes with a 5-quart stainless steel bowl and three attachments: a flat beater, whish and dough hook. Users say the 10-speed slide control and splash guard with chute make the Artisan easy to use.
The Classic Series also excels at the aforementioned tasks and offers many of the same convenient features. What’s more, it’s significantly cheaper than the Artisan. That said, it does have a smaller mixing bowl — 4.5 quarts instead of 5 – and it’s only available in white. (The Artisan is available in 25 different colors, but the circulars don’t indicate which ones are in stock.)
The KitchenAid Professional 600 earns performance ratings that are on par with the KitchenAid Artisan and Classic. Experts warn, however, that it's noisier and larger — about five pounds heavier and 2 inches taller. Rather than lifting the motor head, the bowl on the Pro slides up and down; this requires extra height clearance under cabinets. The Professional 600 mixer is available in 10 color choices. The Pro 500 is not covered in our full report on mixers, but it earns generally positive feedback at Amazon.com.
To save a nice chunk of cash on a stand mixer this holiday season, get up early on November 26th and head to either Kohl’s or Sears for their Black Friday deals.