The Ankarsrum Original has been around since 1940, showing it stands up to the test of time. Its unique Swedish design is a case of form serving function. Ankarsrum puts the motor in the base of the mixer to make for an extremely stable machine. It also makes it easier to see your ingredients versus most standing mixers that have the motor over the mixing bowl. The mixer is powered by a belt from the motor instead of by gears that tend to fail over time. This makes the mixer extremely reliable over time (the motor is backed by a 5 year warranty). Given a try this mixer will win you over!