Growing up all we had was a whisk.
My grandma was accustom to using it, and swore by it.
So whenever I got to help her bake a cake, I always had to mix it by hand.
Whipping egg whites and whip cream was a pain of course.
Creaming sugar and butter was no picnic either.
All I wanted as a child was to have a stand mixer because I knew it would make my life easier.
Fast forward to my kitchen experience and thank goodness we had a stand mixer! It really did make everything so much easier.
I recall making Italian butter cream with it, which I had never really been able to do at home because I never thought I could beat the butter and egg white mixture fast enough. Same goes for marshmallows, and large batches of egg whites.
A stand mixer allows you as a user the ability to focus more on other steps in the baking process rather than getting stuck for 10-15 minutes beating egg whites, or kneading dough.
I love having a stand mixer.