I have had my mixer for over a year and a half now, and it is the best kitchen appliance purchase I have made! (well, received from hubby). Anyways, this is a one time expensive purchase, but you can do so much with it. I make veggie noodles, regular noodles, cakes, brownies, literally everything. The attachments are amazing and endless as well! It is much better than a hand mixer and they last so long. my mother in law has had hers for over 15 years!