I wanted a durable mixer that wouldn't give me any problems. I am single so I don't use this much (once every other month) I make bread and pizza dough, I got the pasta attachment ( which I love) . When I am making pizza dough (5 cups of flour) the motor sounds like its really straining. Needless to say POP goes the gearbox. I used this three times and blew the transmission. I brought the unit back figuring it was just a bad one, used it four or five times again POP goes the transmission. Wouldn't mind it if it cost $ 20 but it doesn't . I have talked to several other people and their transmission also blew. (NICE) I even heard on a cooking show on how many of these HE had blow up on him. So I guess I just have a pasta machine.