I'd love a stand mixer too, but haven't been able to justify it yet. It's on sale at costco right now though Still SWMBO is a fan of having the counters clear, and the cabinets are getting pretty full . . .
The food processor works well, and I'd rather spend my time cleaning it (putting it in the dishwasher) than kneading dough forever. But that's me.
I looked at the one on sale at Costco today. It is the right one to get. Very sturdy. The mixing bowl drops down - the head does not pivot up, and it has a 575W motor ( 0.77 HP).
Bending dough hook? wow... I make some heavy
breads with mine, so much so that the motor nearly comes to a stop with the effort. 13 years later the original hook has no bending, no dings in the enamel, still in good shape. Although the machine tends to "walk" a bit when kneading a dense dough. If it were Hobart
sized that wouldn't happen.
My wife got me the mixer because she got tired of me beating the she-it out of the dough on the kitchen counter at all hours of the night. I used to work shift work at a power plant and would make bread when I got home.
She also got me the sausage grinder attachment for the PTO port on the mixer head. Lucky thing! Few here in Hawaii know what andouille or boudin is. I've ground close to a ton of sausage with that machine. I bought a sturdy microwave table for the mixer to live on. The accessories live in the shelf space underneath of the microwave table.