The only reason they don’t outright recommend them is because KitchenAid hasn’t tested them (and obviously because they don’t make them; they lose money). But hundreds of test users and positive reviews can’t be wrong. Cook’s Illustrated recommends the SideSwipe beater in their January 2009 issue, and that’s what I’m considering getting.
Considering that KitchenAid is dragging their proverbial feet about making either stainless steel or food grade nylon beaters and dough hooks, this looks like the only option I’ve got left. I’ve tried their enameled/painted beater and all it did was chip off during use.
I’m sooo over the burnished aluminum turning cake batters and icings gray. The only answer KitchenAid ever gave over this issue is that it shouldn’t happen if you’re hand washing the attachments. Duh! Hand washing is all I ever do, the kitchen at the shop doesn’t have a automatic dishwasher.
Someone once told me that rubbing down the aluminum beater with lemon juice would remove the powdery tarnish that forms and keep stuff from turning gray. Can anyone verify that? I guess it’s worth a try.