Treated well, these can be lifetime investments. I’ve friends whose Kitchen Aid stand mixers are more than 40 years old and still going strong. All attachments fit the new and old, original machines, too. How can you go wrong with one of these? Kitchen Aid stand mixers are readily available through Amazon.com at great prices. The only way to do better is to get a better beater blade than what comes with any stand mixer. Get a Beater Blade or SideSwipe of superior design that constantly scrapes the bowl so you don’t have to do so. Both are available at Amazon.com (Beater Blade – SideSwipe).