In general, the Kitchenaid Mixers are quality products (although I've heard rumors that the products not as high quality as they used to be years ago). I find my 4.5-Quart Ultra Power to be an invaluable resource in my kitchen whenever I bake (cookies, cakes, and bread) and whenever I need to whip cream (liquid to stiff peaks in one to two minutes).
You can try the EVENTKHBBAMZ coupon code to see if you get $25 off this purchase. The code says it doesn't work on Kitchenaid Pro products, but I'm not sure if the Artisan is a Pro product or not.
There is also a mail-in rebate for a free cookbook with the purchase of this mixer. Be sure to print out the rebate forms.
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