I swear by Kitchen Aid for all my standing mixing bowl needs. I spent ten years in the hospitality industry before my current teaching profession, and any good kitchen had one of these either for the cooks or the bakers to use. I've mixed everything in it from whipped cream to truffle pate to sourdough bread. The multiple mixing attachments allow a home cook to be able to make a plethora of extensive restaurant-worthy recipes. My boyfriend and I own one at our house and use it every time we make cookies for perfectly creamed butter and sugar. The appliance is very heavy, which is cumbersome if you aren't strong, but much appreciated when you turn the contraption on full volume and want the weight to keep the mixer at bay. My only complaint is that over the years the whip attachment needs to be replaced, as the wires start to warp and loudly scrape the sides of the bowl, kicking up silver particles into the food. Normal wear and tear is expected, so that's a small price to pay for a great mixer.