John purchased this wonderful appliance for me three valentines day’s ago. The kids and I used it for the fifth time yesterday!! No really, I have made exactly five things in this mixer. I really really wanted a red KitchenAid, and then when it showed up, I realized I am more of a bowl and spoon kind of girl. I like to throw everything in the dishwasher, and I can’t bring myself to put the big bowl and attachments in the dishwasher. It’s not that I don’t want to use it, I just forget. John has actually used it more than me, mostly because he is trying to be funny. While he mixes cookies, he is full of comments about what a fabulous machine it is. It is a beautiful machine, and I have enjoyed making play dough in it. I survived so long with my hand mixer that I hate to disturb the beautiful appliance chillin’ on my counter. I am recommitting to use it… the kids love it, and I really should put some miles on it because it was a very sweet gift. We made tasty banana nut bread today. If you adapt well to change I recommend getting one because they are fabulous. The kids did all the pouring, and Jensen even turned the machine on and off. My only job was measuring and putting the loaves in the oven. The KitchenAid eliminates all of the arguments about whose turn it is to stir, as well as the amount of food being flung onto the walls.