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I wanted to complete my new kitchen with a stainless steel look, even if it meant that some of the appliances had to be kept in the cupboard. My budget was £80 - £120 and I wanted something that had a good build quality that would last at least 10 years. I have a Gordon Ramsey waffle maker which is pretty good, so looked for a mixer which could suit or match this quality.
The GORDON RAMSAY Professional Stand Mixer had a few good and bad reviews, mainly good thought, so I thought I'd take a chance and opt for this particular model which was well packaged. Upon opening it I found it to be very attractive with it's stainless steel bowl and outer black casing.
WHAT"S IN THE BOX:
Good set of instructions that DOESN'T include any recipes which I found to be a tad odd, surely Gordon could have knocked up a couple of his fine recipes for us to try? Also in the box can be found one large bowl and a small bowl, 2 dough mixers, 2 cake mixers/whisks and 2 beaters which are ALL colour co-ordinated so that you can't mistake which hole you're inserting them into (like this). Everything is guaranteed for 2 years.
Firstly when the bowl is sat in it's cradle it doesn't feel that stable - so not a good start. I tried to mix a bread dough with this using the twin hooks (as I have a bread maker) and found it to be thoroughly useless beyond belief, it just didn't have the power to mix the ingredients properly, it can't kneed to save it's life. Surely only 1 hook is required for this task? The very loud motor created a burning electrical sound which was worrying but this seemed to disappear after at least 3 uses of the mixer. The dial is at the back of the cone and clearly tells you which speed is required for the particular task that you wish to carry out which is probably the best thing about the machine. It mixes cake batter well, but then a cheap £20 whisk can do exactly the same job. When you've finished mixing it's straight forward to clean afterall it's just a bowl and the whisks to wash up and then give the entire appliance a quick going over with.
Since buying this machine 2 years ago and it packing up, I've since purchased a Kenwood mixer which is a lot better.
Purchased from Amazon for £89.99 inc del.
When I think of a standard electric mixer, I thick of the usual White plastic machine and clear plastic mixing bowl. So when I seen this for the first time I thought it looked great. The design is not overtly feminine nor overtly masculine, it's just stylish and that will be appreciated by both sexes. This mixer is part of the Gordon Ramsay Professional range of kitchen products. It's BATMAN like design won't be suitable for every kitchen, it's probably more suited to a modern kitchen. But could also add an interesting touch to the more traditional home.
It really does look and feel professional it has a sturdy strong construction and the heavy stainless steel bowls add that extra touch of class. The control dial at the back is one of it's more unusual and innovative design features. It's twists very easily just like an egg timer. There are twelve settings in all and this simple design makes selecting the perfect speed and function as easy as can be. The settings can go from the lowest, which is a gentle folding action all the way up too the max, which is a powerful aerating setting.
There are different attachments to suit the task in hand. There is a very useful dough hook, I find this prefect for as the name suggests mixing dough, but also for the thicker cake batters. There is also a whisk attachment and a beater attachment. All of these are made of the best quality materials and it shows, they feel strong and tough like they will last longer on this earth than I will.
This unlike other high end professional mixers comes with two stainless steel bowls. The first is the large, I use this one for mixing cake batter, and will definitely be mixing my Christmas cake mix in this larger bowl as it has a 4.4 Liter capacity. The second bowl has a 2.2 Litre capacity and I find this great for whisking egg whites for meringues. The cool stainless steel is perfect for this use as the Whites whisk up much quicker than in a plastic or ceramic bowl. This is also the case with whipped cream it fluffs up in little too no time at all.
One of the main selling points of this mixer over others was the fact that it has twin motors. This simply means that one of the motors power the mixer, while the other motor independently powers the bowl. This way neither has to compensate for the other and the full power is put into it's intended use. All of the included attachments are colour coded. This I find makes it even easier to use, as they just slot into their matching colour on the mixer head.
Cleaning is fast and simple the bowls wash off in warm soapy water. I find not even the stickiest of ingredients stick to the bowl once plunged into the warm water. The same applies to the attachments, they clean off with a slight shake under some water.
The black, sleek, curved body is easy to clean as are most exteriors of machines like this. Just simply give it a rub with a clean cloth, and if necessary use some light washing up liquid.
It isn't the quietest of machines but it's not unbearably loud either. It makes more noise with the softer ingredients and less with the thicker stuff. It's because of the steel meeting steel, that it can be a little loud. Although I have never used a mixer that is as quiet on the harder to mix items.
This is a bit of a luxury buy, but unlike most, this is actually worth the money.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night
This can be purchased online at :
For £139.99 + shipping.