The best small appliances ever made, and why in Kitchen Consumer Posted March 22, 2007 My K45 Kitchen Aid mixer, with all the attachments (except for a pasta-roller, which I recently bought) is still going strong after more than 45 years. A spoke on the whisk just broke and I was able to buy a new whisk from Kitchen Aid (instead of their saying: it's an old model and we don't carry those parts any more, a la computer companies)←KitchenAid's support is absolutely amazing. It's like they haven't been paying attention to anything every other American company's done in the past 100 years at all. No scripts, no outsourcing and no underpaid teenagers. That's the main reason why I'll still buy their newer stuff even if there are a few plastic parts here and there--if something breaks, you can always get it fixed and quickly.