I bought this mixer as a treat and I had a nice NHS discount too. It had been recommended by an online bakery. It was a little bit cheaper than the other popular brand mixer on the market but reading the reviews it appeared to be similar in purpose. I really like the design of it (even though some say they don't), I got it in blue and it looks good left on the counter. It is really sturdy and heavy. It made quick work at making meringues, biscuit dough and mixing sourdoughs. It's helpful to have two bowls and the silicone mixer is great. I love using it and use it regularly on a weekly basis. There is a 2 year guarantee and I hope it will last me a lifetime. It feels like it will!