Love-Love my KitchenAid mixer. I bought it with Christmas money from my grandmother a couple of years back (and a BBB 20% off coupon- love those too!)
Michael was not sure it was a wise investment, but is now convinced. We have used it to mix up cakes, cookies, mashed potatoes, breads, whipped cream, muffins, and more. You can purchase several different attachments to do different functions, but for now I am enjoying the basics!