KitchenAid Heavy Duty Stand Mixer (KSM50HDBK) and 5-Quart KitchenAid Classic KSM150PS are only going to be on sale for a little while longer! For use of the 30$ off Amazon coupon (plus FREE SHIPPING) then use this KitchenAid stand mixer rebate coupon.
As an owner of the KitchenAid 5-Quart Stand Mixer KSM150PSWH, the real value I see is being able to make your own bread. We are always eating pizza but now we can make our own pizza dough and save so much money buying ingredients / toppings in bulk now. These are powerful motors yet remarkably quiet. The Artisan Mixers themselves are extremely heavy – which is normal for KitchenAid since they are well-built.
As an alternate to the KitchenAid Stand Mixers, Cuisinart has released some of their own. Cuisinart mixers are plastic so they are lighter than the KitchenAid brand and a bit nosier. BUT, some Cuisinart Mixers like the Cuisinart SM-55BC 12-speed stand mixer actually provide more power than the standard KitchenAid Artisan Mixers and some nifty features like a splash guard. Amazingly you can buy Cuisinart SM-55BC 12 speed mixers for over 300$ off at Amazon, plus FREE SHIPPING for a total of 315$ (normally 685$).
KitchenAid does provide the option for a stronger mixer with more capacity than the 5 quart. The 6 quart KitchenAid KP26M1X 600 Professional Series Mixer is 33% off at Amazon including free shipping and 30 dollar kitchenaid rebate. This thing handles dough (especially larger amounts of it) substantially easier than the kitchenaid artisan mixer. As with any stand mixer though make sure not to put in too much high gluten bread flour or you will be sending it back in.
There are some eBay deals for an even better value – if you keep an eye on some of these kitchenaid / cuisinart stand mixers you can save hundreds!