death of the mixer

It’s a sad, sad day in the VH Kitchen…


My KitchenAid mixer has officially died.  It’s been on it’s last leg for awhile now, making crunching noises every time I would turn it on to whip up a batch of cookies.  However, I’ve been in denial ever since the motor started puttering out on me.  I didn’t want to admit that my favorite kitchen appliance was about to go ka-put.

Last night, I was mixing up some of Mama Pea’s famous peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough balls to take as a thank you to my OB’s office for taking care of the 3 of us for the past 10 months. 

Things started off just fine – butter, sugars, and peanut butter in the bowl ready to mix.  I flipped on my beloved mixer and started to mix.  Once things got a little mixed, I went to turn up the speed and… nothing.  One speed.  And that one speed kept getting slower… and slower… and slower.  Until eventually, nothing.


I shed a little tear for my beloved blender and then wallowed my sorrows in a Fritz’s concrete.


Pumpkin + brownie bites mixed in their delicious vanilla.  The brownie bites didn’t do much for me flavor wise, but provided a great textural element.  I think it needed either more of a chocolate flavor or some peanut butter mixed in.  That would have made it.


It’s just too bad it didn’t fix my mixer problems…

Anyone else have the same issue with their mixer?  I’ve only had my mixer 5 years and haven’t used it that much that would make it die so soon.  So very sad…   

  • I’d contact Kitchen Aid? Their mixers are expensive because they are made to last forever. I love mine, and if it died after only 5 years of minimal use, I’d be so upset!
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  • Don’t those things have a lifetime warranty or something? I thought that was part of justifying their expense. Mine makes weird noises sometimes and I get scared it’s going to die…so far, so good though.
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  • Dana

    I agree with Brittany and Heather… you should definitely contact Kitchen Aid. I know someone who’s had a KA mixer for 25 years and it still works well so only 5 years is terrible!
    Hope you get it back up and running soon… gotta finish those dough balls! 🙂

  • Tricia

    Oh no! I would definitely contact KitchenAid. Is yours an Artisan? When I was researching all the different models I found out that the Artisan has a plastic gear piece that’s designed to strip to save the motor. Maybe it started to strip at some point and now it’s done?

  • I came here to tell you to contact Kitchenaid. Those are supposed to last forever. Good luck!
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  • Jen

    Yes, call KitchenAid! Those things are SO pricey. We’ve had ours a little over 4 years and haven’t had any issues. So sorry 🙁
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  • oh no!! 🙁 i’d be soooooo sad if my mixer died! i hope you can get it taken care of without needing to get a new one!
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  • Susan

    I am shocked as well. I thought they were supposed to last forever! I have not bought one (because of my small kitchen), but this makes me sad.:(

  • That bowl of deliciousness would have fixed my mixer problems. 😉
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  • I actually don’t have a KitchenAid mixer but I have wanted one for years. So I can only imagine how it must feel to lose one 🙁
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