I have aways wanted to have one of these, but considered it too expensive. However, I had thought the same about Magimix food processors as well, until I bought one and found that in that case, you really DO get what you pay for. Anyway, on the strength of that I decided to buy a Kitchenaid Artisan and I have to say I am absolutely thrilled with it. It ticks all the boxes! It is sturdy, quiet and versatile. I have made cakes, bread, naan bread, whipped cream and real custard, I have even made Yorkshire Pudding batter with it, (though don't tell my mother, she's convinced the ONLY way to make real yorkshire pudding batter is with a fork, lots of elbow grease and a supple wrist!!) It is very easy to use, easy to clean and actually even looks good sitting out on the work top.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this super piece of kit :)