My wife has been insisting on having a stand mixer in the kitchen for years, but I just didn’t want to spend a fortune on one if she was only going to use it once a month or less.
So, when I saw the Durabrand Stand Mixer at Wal-mart for just $20, I couldn’t pass on it.
I’m wondering if I should have.
The mixer itself doesn’t look any different than the more expensive brands you can find at the stores. In fact, its black color actually makes it an attractive decoration for our kitchen counter when it’s not in use. I also loved the fact you can remove the mixer itself and use it as a hand mixer. But, the performance certainly leaves a lot to be desired.
First, the mixer is much noisier than I expected it to be. When using it, you can not only hear it on the other side of the house; you can actually hear it being used outside with the doors and windows closed. When my wife is baking, I have to leave while she’s using this mixer or my ears will end up ringing for the rest of the day.
The mixer is much messier than I would think it would be too. Even on the lowest setting (which isn’t really that low) the batter is thrown all over the counter and floor. I’ve never seen anything like it. My wife learned very quickly not to use this while wearing anything nice. How bad is it? Think of any television sitcom that has a funny scene taking place in a bakery and you’ll get the picture.
In addition to the mess the mixer makes, it also seems to make the baking process longer because it constantly has to be turned off so one of us can scrape the batter off the side of the mixing bowl. Some how, I don’t remember this being an issue when she just used her hand mixer.
Since I haven’t owned any of the more expensive mixers on the market, I don’t have much to compare the Durabrand brand to. But, I certainly would hope that, if I had spent the extra money, we would be getting better quality for our money. If that isn’t the case, then I’m glad I didn’t spend more than I had to. However, if I’m right on this, then I’m convinced I should have spent more on a better brand and would recommend doing the same if you’re in the market for a stand mixer and happen to come across this one.