I like to bake my own bread, and would like to make my own pasta and grind some meat too. This is small batch cooking just for my own household. I am shopping for a new KitchenAid mixer, but which one should I choose?
Costco has a very good buy on the 5HD (5 qts, 475 watts), but they also have a 550 (5.5 qts, 575 watts) that not even the KA site mentions; it is a good price too. Of course, the Pro 600 is also a possibility (6 qts, 575 watts).
What do all you serious cooks out there think? I would not be making large batches of anything, but I want a mchine that will last. I'm leaning toward the 550 for maximum power in minimum space, but I sure could use some help with the decision.