I didn't think I needed one. I had a handheld mixer, and it never let me down! I bake multiple times a week, and got by just fine! Then I received one as a lovely gift and I haven't looked back. It kneads bread, whips up meringues, and creams butter and sugar in no time flat. Since adding this to the house, I can have a dozen cookies in the oven in about five minutes. Crazy!