Last year Michael got me a new kitchenaid mixer at christmas since my old one was headed down hill (truth be told, I now use both of them when I am baking a lot though the old gal sounds TERRIBLE). This year, we replaced my Cuisinart food processor – I have already replaced the work bowl on it once to the tune of 100.00 and the base is now 12 years old. The new work bowl only lasted a year or so before it cracked again. So, we read up and got this one from Kitchenaid that Consumer Reports rated the best! This should help me make the chipped beef ball for christmas eve quite easily!