The specification for the Kenwood KMX050 Stand Mixer talks a lot about the looks, referring to the product as a work of art. In some ways this is understandable, especially when consumers praise the simple shapes, classic white approach and the use of clear glass in the bowl, but there has to be more to the product than that visual appeal.
This is especially true when you consider the weight behind the Kenwood name. The motor, mechanics and accessories suggest that this product should be a great choice for the keen baker but it is performing to their expectations?
Power, reliability and versatility are important traits in a desirable kitchen mixer and that is precisely what is promised with the AEG KM4000 UltraMix Kitchen Machine. This machine comes with a series of helpful attachments and two different sized bowls for different tasks, a powerful action and tilt head system and a die-cast solid metal body.
According to the manufacturers, this machine will “help you master all kinds of culinary challenges”. Is this the experience of users?
Kitchen machines come in all different shapes and sizes; some are compact, basic options for the occasional baker and others, like the Bosch MaxxiMUM Kitchen Machine are much bigger, more powerful beasts that promise great processes for great produce. This mixer has a range of features such as the 1600w motor and easy-lift arm, is able to hold 3.5kg of cake mix for large quantities, comes with a range of attachments for diversification and also has some interesting technological aspects to ensure the best result possible with the least effort.
The promise of up to 120 different functions with this product is a little at odds with that of “no limits to your creativity in the kitchen” but surely that depends on the cook.
The AEG KM4400 UltraMix Kitchen Machine is a machine that has clearly been designed with power in mind, with its 100w motor and 10 different speed settings clearly being included for really getting the most out of ingredients and achieving a great consistency with speed.
The specification and additional features like the attachments and different sized mixing bowls give the product a lot of appeal to home cooks but can it deliver?
On first impressions, the Kenwood KM080 Cooking Chef Kitchen Machine looks like your average stainless steel Kenwood with its mixing arm, prominent bowl and additional contraptions but this particular model aims to go further than others by looking at the full kitchen experience.
The multiple attachments and 4 power outlets give the machine the potential to blend and mix a range of produce from many ingredients at high capacity and the LED controls and speed settings are designed to create the ideal consistency and change the temperature to heat and cook items too. Is this machine really able to do everything?
The Kenwood KMM770 Chef Major Premier Stand Mixer automatically looks good with its metallic finish and minimal features but the appeal just widens with all the proposed capabilities, such as the powerful planetary mixing action, and the different accessories.
There are 4 outlets for attachments and while many have to be bought separately, it does come with a k-beater, whisk and dough hook. Buyers have high hopes for this machine based on previous experiences with Kenwood’s quality and longevity so does this large Chef Major Mixer live up to expectations?
The Bodum Bistro Electric Stand Mixer is automatically an eye-catching product for the fact that it comes in the choice of white, black, bright red and vibrant lime green but there is more in the specification to ensure that it can attract buyers that are looking for a high-end, yet accessible mixer.
This 7 speed appliance comes with a stainless steel mixing bowl and the general attachments of a beater, whisk and dough hook but it also has little details like the rubber handle for pouring, the removable splash guard and the suction cups on the base to give it a user-friendly edge over the competition. Are these inclusions worthwhile or can consumers see the flaws?
After reading the initial product description of the Kenwood KMM023 Major Titanium Kitchen Machine, two thoughts quickly come to mind: firstly, this is a machine that will attempt to do almost anything asked of it with the vast number of included accessories; secondly, it should be able to do so with an impressive performance if it has a 1500 watt motor and a variable speed control. Kenwood say that this is the “machine you need for a second pair of hands in the kitchen” but are buyers ready to place that much trust in it?
The Bosch 3.9 Litre 700 Watt Styline Kitchen Machine may not sound like the most powerful kitchen aid in the world with its 700W motor, but its designers promise a great result and a range of delicious produce thanks to features like its ‘Multi-motion-drive’, 3L stainless steel bowl, electronic speed control and range of attachments.
These attachments include the dough hook, beater, whisk, continuous shredder and blender and they even come with a storage bag to keep them all together. Bosch claim this machine is perfect for those looking for an all in one appliance but do buyers share their enthusiasm?
From the basic specification alone, the awkwardly named Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Scrape Mixer is a fairly simple machine. It uses a planetary mixing action, variable speed controls and a 1000W motor to create cake mixtures in its attractive, stainless steel bowl and has an additional dough hook, whisk, beater and scraper to extend its capabilities.
What makes the machine more attractive to buyers is the celebrity on the box: the Blumenthal name has a lot of power and practically screams creativity and innovation, so does the product match up to these preconceptions?