From Pizza dough to cookies, to shredding cooked chicken or pork! I love my KitchenAid Mixer. It lives on our counter and gets used on the regular. There are tons of different add-on items you can attach to this as well! I haven't tried it, but I heard there is an add on to make pasta, How cool is that!
It's a classic because it works on everything from dough to meringue. I prefer the tilt-head model because I find it easier to change the beaters but you won't be disappointed by the larger bowl-lift model either. The hardest decision will be picking the color!