The funny thing is people keep compare this brand with other brands. Personally, this website is not asking all of your reviews about products. This is where people post the best deal or price of one product. If you don't like the product itself for some reasons, it is fine as anyone has their own opinion. In this case, just simply ignore it rather than comparing. Whatever you buy on the market, there always something cheaper somewhere. So just be fair "what you pay, what you get"
Made in the USA. Used a lot in our house for making all sorts of dough - saving a lot of effort making it by hand, and have found it a great help. However, had trouble with our first Artisan after 2 months - a bolt shot out at high speed with the mixer of lowest setting. Returned it via the shop to Kitchenaid, and it got lost in their system. Shop offered replacement. Not impressed with the service, but more than happy with the replacement machine
Sold it because I bought an artisan model in its place. Delighted with it as well.
"...as a happily-married man of ten years I'm quite familiar with handwork..." :)
Very interesting tare down / un-boxing of a similar one here (caution NSFW - but funny)