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I purchased my Kenwood Chef Foodmixer a few years ago for around £300, which does seem a lot for a food mixer, but to be honest we wanted a great quality one that would last us many years and one that was versatile, so we could squeeze as much use out of it as possible, therefore the Kenwood Chef Food mixer seemed like the ideal purchase.
It is available to buy from Currys for the sale price of £169 which is a great saving from the usual £299 retail price. It is also available to buy from eBay sellers from around £160.
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* 800 W motor and 4.6 Litre bowl capacity
* 3 power outlets and silver finish
* Planetary mixing action
* Includes 3 non stick bowl tools: K Beater, Balloon whisk and dough hook
* 1.5 L acrylic liquidiser included
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The Size & Weight
The Kenwood Chef Mixer measures approx 390 mm in height, 235 mm in width, and 290 mm in depth. Therefore this is reasonably big food mixer, which to some might be a disadvantage due to the amount of room it may take up in smaller kitchens. I however find pop this in the garage when not in use, and when ever I need to use it again pop it back out. It weighs 6.4kgs therefore it isn't the lightest thing to be carrying out of the garage, however as long as I grip it with two hands it isn't that much of a hassle. The metal and plastic finish probably adds to the weight, but to me this also adds to the quality and longevity of the product.
Operating & Speeds
The 800 watt power and speed is operating by a dial located at the side of the mixer, which allows the low, high, or pulse speeds to be chosen. The mixer comes with a splash guard which is particularly useful when mixing at high speeds as it prevents any liquid splashing onto the worktops or any icing sugar of flour from clouding up the kitchen.
The Attachments & Their Uses
The mixer comes with three main attachments which include a dough hook, a K beater, and a wire whisk. The attachments are all non stick and easy to attach and out inserted in the outlet located at the back of the machine. It has a 800 watt powered motor and speeds of both low and high to choose from depending on the attachment connected and the use that is intended.
The Dough hook is perfect for mixing and kneading bread, and makes the process of kneading so much easier as it basically does all the tiring work for you. This is especially useful for me as I do like to make Nan, pizza bases and other types of bread quite frequently, and I find it not only does the job really well, but also does it quick quickly, saving me preparation time in the process. The Dough hook can also make pastries, however I have never tried making pastry yet, but it is always good to have the option if I decide to in the future.
The K beater is specialised in mixing and beating, and is great for beating and mixing ingredients for cakes, biscuits etc. I find that it works really well and together with the non stick coating of the bowl makes the beating effortless. It is worth mentioning that all attachments are made from stainless steel, and even though the beating process is fast and quick it doesn't leave any scratches or marks on the bowl which is mainly due to the specialised rotating mechanisms that the attachments perform. The beater rotates in the opposite direction to the mixer sockets which enables the beating process to mix all ingredients excellently.
The Whisk has a balloon like shape at the end which when powered on and rotating in the circular motion provides the mixtures to inherit air and volume to produce thick mixtures such as creams, icings, mousses etc. I use this alot for making cream fillings for cakes, as well as icing and find that it whisk balloon shape helps in making thick and creamy mixtures and does so fairly quickly without leaving those annoying lumps behind.
Bowl Capacity & Other Useful Attachments
The Kenwood Mixer comes with a detachable 4.6 litre mixing bowl which has a non-stick coating. The large capacity makes it very useful when mixing large quantities of ingredients and especially when mixing dough for bread making. It also comes with a liquidiser and a multi mill attachment, which I find both work great in either liquidising ingredients no matter how tough they may be and ideal for making soups etc.
As all the attachments including the mixing bowl has non stick coatings, I found it made it so much easier to thoroughly mix ingredients together and to also remove the mixture from the bowl and attachment. A simple few scoops with the included spatula easily gets all mixture off from the bowl and attachments so there isn't anything wasted. This is especially useful during the cleaning process, as you would think it would be a nightmare to clean due to its size, however the attachments are dishwasher proof and I therefore let the dishwasher do the cleaning for me.
There are other attachments available to buy for the Kenwood mixer and include and ice cream mixer, bean grinder, mincer.
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This Kenwood chef food mixer is an excellent purchase and is more than worth the high price tag due to its many versatile uses and longevity, as I have had mine for a good few years and it is still working excellently, making great mixtures for bread, cakes, cream, icing, biscuits etc. Therefore I would give this a full 5/5 rating.
I've had my Kenwood Chef for about 6 months now and I use it all the time!
It is fantastic for all sorts of kitchen uses. Including, mixing, making cakes, but I use it mostly for making my own bread.
The dough hook attachment is an absolute must in my vuew.
The machine itself is built very sturdily, I struggle to lift it because it is so heavy, which could be a downside if you need to put the mixer away after every use. On the plus side, this makes me feel that it is very well buit and I don't anticipate needing to rreplace it anytime soon, which is good! The motor used in the machine, appears to be ratehr powerful and doesn't seem to struggle in the slightest if the mixture is thick, or needs to be mixed for a long time. I have used the machine for a solid 20 minutes and although it gets warm, it hasn't overheated, although I imagine if left running for too long it may well do.
I absolutely recommend this purchase if you do a lot of cooking/baking like myself. If you don't use your kitchen very much, then it is not worth it, so it should be a decision you think about carefuly before dropping some serious coin on what could be seen as a glorified arm.
I love mine and use it almost every day to bake fresh bread, but if you don't pretty much live in your kitchen and adore cooking, irt might be a bit of a dud investment.
Having said this, if you love your kitchen and its gadgets, then you won't be dissapointed!
I got a Kenwood chef for christmas about 3 years ago when i really started to get into cooking - well baking mainly cakes, cookies etc, and this tool has been a life saver!
No longer do i have to spend ages with a fork or a whisk trying to get teh butter and sugar to mix together and become creamy and light - the Kenwood chef does it all for me in about 30 seconds!
I got the standard model which came with three internal attachments; the famous K beater, a whisk, and a dough hook. I have used all of these and they all work great!
I only have two problems with my Kenwood chef.
1. It can be damn noisy! It is hard to hear what you are thinking when you have it on!
2. Sometimes the attachments do not reach the sides and the bottom very well - depending on what you are mixing, and this requires me to have to stop mixing, open the lid and use the plastic spatula to scrape around the edges and the bottom and mix it again. This isnt the worst thing in the world as you can take the time to have a quick taste, but whenyou put your hand it to scrape it and get mix all over your hand from the attachment, that can be annoying!
Great product, works really well :)
Oh! and there are so many wonderful and amazing attachments that you can get! Treat yourself!
I bought my kenwood chef a few years back after constantly borrowing my mum's who has had hers for over 35 years.
The model that I bought came with blender attachment and between the main mixer and the blender this piece of equipment gets almost daily use in our home.
The mixer is very heavy so I leave mine sitting out on the countertop, I think you are more likely to use it if you don't have to keep taking it in and out of cupboards.
I use the main mixer part for baking mainly, it comes with a dough hook for kneading bread, a balloon whisk for cream, egg whites etc and the K Beater which is really good all rounder.
The bowl on my model is D shaped making pouring batters and cake mixes musch less messy that the traditional round shape, this D shape bowl can be bought seperatly if you already have the round bowl.
I use the K Beater more than any other attatchment, not just for baking, it is very good for mashing potatoes and I also use it to mix together things like ingredients for home made meatballs, burgers etc.
The blender is attatched at the top and I use it for blending soups and sauces, making smoothies, crushing ice.
The control dial on the main mixer also operates the attachments and has a pulse setting for crushing ice or making crumble topping, or crushing biscuits for cheescake bases.
There really seems to be no end to the attachments that can be bought for the mixer, including a mincer, coffee and spice grinder, sausage maker.
I am writing this on behalf of my mum. Shae makes bread, cakes, pate etc on a almost daily basis.
Prior to buying the KW Chef, she had a Magimix food processor (slightly diffeent product) that lasted 40 years. In this, she was able to mix bread and cakes (you are supposed to use a dough hook, as on the chef, but the single blade of the magimix works fine and there is no need for multiple attachements). The good things about the old Magimix were its weight (heavy, reflecting a solid motor); the plastic bowl was made of strong plastic; the switches were solid; so bomb proof.
The Kenwood Magimix requires a spanner to change fittings (a real hassle), the cover on the mixing bowl is made of plastic that will shatter easily (very silly to have a solid steel bowl and a cheap, nasty cover for the bowl); the on/off button is flimsy and looks like it will break off after a year or two of hard use; you can not mince meat, such as for pate easily (the blender attachment is not well suited, as it clumps the meat into a ball, due to its small circumference); the blender is made of robust, heavy glass, but the blade is unexceptional; the motor of the main products is weak, so you have to mix ingredients slowly (can't just chuck it all in at once).
To some extent, this reflects the fact that most modern products are not as good as the old ones and are not built to last. However, there are better products on the market. Perhaps of the KW Chef type, one of the better ones is an Ameican product (looks simila in style, costs more, can't remember the brand). There is a Kenwood food processor, that looks a bit like the old Magimix. that is a top of the range products and looks half decent (not tried it though).
I suspect the people who give this a good review do not use the product every day, or else they have not ever experienced the older products that were better made.
If you're looking to buy a food mixer then you really can not do better than to go for the kenwood chef.
I've had mine for around 7 years now - when I bought it, I debated over whether to go for the kenwood or a kitchenaid.
After carefully investigating both machines, I decided to go for the kenwood. The only thing really pulling me towards the kitchenaid was its beautiful design and the variety of colours it comes in - all the best chefs on telly seem to have one and I wanted one too! However, the kenwood was a much more practical choice as well as being a robust machine that has a long-standing reputation as the world's best mixer.
When I first bought the machine, I did a lot of outside catering and as such, the kenwood was on the go morning, noon and night. I have since given up the catering, but continue to use the machine a good 2 or 3 times a week. I mainly use it to whisk and mix for making cakes but I also use it for break making - without the kenwood I wouldn't make as much home-made bread as I do....I've got better things to do than knead dough for half and hour! THe kenwood takes the heavy work out of bread making and leaves me to swan around the kitchen till it's time to pull a couple of hot, fragrant loaves out of the oven and proclaim myself a master baker.
I have most of the attachments....the dough paddle; the whisk; the cake mixer; the very useful splash guard which stops you pebbledashing the walls with your cake batter; the juicer, the food shredder attachment; and the meat grinder.
The meat grinder I've used only a couple of times.....the cogs and attachments went rusty the first time I used them - strange and very off-putting.
I also had the liquidiser which I used on a daily basis through the summer months for my smoothies and shakes. After constant use one of the wheels at the base of the liquidiser broke - a very sad day :( I know and can easily order a replacement part though...just one of those things I need to get round to and never do....
One thing to mention though, when I overload the machine with heavy bread dough, it can rattle around a bit if I have the dial up too high - but as long as I keep it at a steady medium, it's fine.
Other attachments on my wish list are: the ice-cream maker and the spice grinder - both have great reviews and would come in very handy, especially the spice grinder which comes with two or three storage jars.
I paid about 230 pounds for my titanium chef, but I know they can cost 150 pounds, depending on the model. Yes, it's a fair whack of money to outlay at once, but you have to think of it as a lifetime investment - I reckon mine will still be around to pass on to my children!
If you are reading this review because you have doubts as to whether or not to get a Kenwood chef as compared to another make, it is probably because (a) you didn't have one at home as a kid, so you don't know how well they last, or (b) they are outrageously expensive! In brief, if expense is your concern, they can be bought second-hand at far more reasonable prices and, if you've never had home at home before, then you probably don't know that these really will last a lifetime.
You could dismiss this for being a glorified foodmixer that has obtained some kind of middle-class cult status. That's a bit unfair - it may well be just a mixer, but it is the best out there and will never let you down. It takes all of the effort out of mixing, be it mashed potato, basic cake mixes, egg whites, bread dough, fishcakes or beef burgers. What's more, it does all of this without fuss or any smell from the motor, and a fair bit of noise (depending on when it was made - if buying new, the modern versions address this).
The quality of a Kenwood Chef is second to none. The motor never needs servicing and will last for decades without complaint - I grew up with the same model which is still going strong for my parents.
The beauty of the Kenwood Chefs is that accessories are interchangeable with other versions. You can get a mincer, juicer, smoothie maker and even a potato peeler, to name a few.
Overall, these are great kitchen workhorses that should last you a lifetime if bought new. However, given that you can get one delivered off ebay for around 50 quid, you may well prefer to get a model there that will also give plenty of years of good service.
There is someting special aout having a 'Kenwwod Chef.' Some of my earliest kitchen memories involve using one to make cakes at my Gran's house. Ever since I was young any kitchen that I have been in that doesn't have one has seemed incomplete.
I was lucky to recieve a 'Kenwood Chef Classic' for christmas last year and it has quickly become the most used food preperation tool in my kitchen. The 'Chef' is a great looking machine and has the same basic design as was used in the 1950's. The 'Chef' is considered by it's fans (me included.) to be virtualy indestructable by anything you are likely to use it for, indeed my Gran's 'Chef' which was a gift for her in the seventies is still going strong. The 'Chef's' reliability and versatility have given it almost a cult following.
When I recieved my chef it came with; a spatula, a 'K' beater, a baloon whisk, a dough hook, a liquidiser, a multi mill, a splash guard, a cookery book and DVD and of course the chef itself. The only two items that I recieved with mine that my gran didn't all those years ago were the splash guard and the DVD.
The K beater is the item that would probably be used the most as it works like a standard food mixer. The balloon whisk is a decent tool and really takes the arm ache out of large whisking jobs. I was a little aprehensive of using the dough hook as I make my own bread but have hated using bread machines, I find bread machine bread has something indescribable wrong with it. Here though I was delighted with the results, there are only a few odd breads such as brioche that I prefer to make by hand, in terms of kneading the bread the chef is a real time saver.
My wife always used to complain when I was baking that I was making a mess in the kitchen, now I use the chef for most baking jobs she is much happier. The liquidiser that came with the chef is of a much higher quality than the standalone one that we previously had and is also much easier to clean, our old liquidiser has been donated to a charity shop. The cookery book is a great starting place for a lot of the different attatchments and I would recommend following a couple of the recipes to see how to make your favourite recipes easier by making them using the 'Chef'. I have not yet used the multi mill.
There are a great number of attatchments you can buy to make light work of many jobs in the kitchen. So far I have only bought the ice cream maker, which really is so easy to use. I am desperate to get hold of the grain mill that would bring a whole new level to the meaning of making stuff from scratch.
This is one product that I would not want to be without. I cannot recommend the Kenwwod Chef and all of it's attatchments highly enough. If you were able to give some outstanding products higher than five stars this would have ten. A Kenwood kitchen machine will set you back between £130-300, shop around and make sure you get the right one for your needs.
As anyone who owns a kenwood chef knows these mixers are virtually bombproof. They have remained very much the same over the years the main changes tend to be colour and the position of the eject button. I have owned 3 so far and this is my newest. The first I used for seven years in a catering trailer mixing dough so it was well used. The only reason I replaced it was not because it broke but because the paint started chipping off and it looked tatty. The second one is installed in the trailer and the third I use domestically. There are lots of different attatchments you can use for the chef but I only use it as a mixer. There are 3 mixing attatchments. The K mixer, a dough hook and a balloon whisk. The dough hook is mainly for bread making and the whisk is for cream, eggs and meringues, anything where you want to incorporate a lot of air. The one I use most is the K mixer which is an excellent all round beater.
I find if I'm doing a small amount of mix, it doesn't combine the ingredients as well and it's best to scrape down the sides with a spatula. The beating attatchments can all be height adjusted so if you find it's leaving ingredients at the bottom this is what you need to do.
The speed adjuster is on the side and is easy to turn even with doughy hands. It also has a good range of speed and because it's a dial you can start slowly and work the speed up which lessens the chance of mixture splattering everywhere.
The body of the mixer is easy to clean, but the stainless steel bowl has a lip underneath which is fiddly and when put in the dishwasher there's always lots of water in there when you come to take it out.
If by any chance something does go wrong with it parts are readily available and reasonably priced.
These mixers may seem quite expensive but as long as they're looked after will last a lifetime.
Sleek, stylish and completely sensible, this is an ultimate kitchen gadget. Whether you're making cakes or chopping carrots - the Kenwood chef has the potential for these and many, many more, but is it worth the high retail price?
Brief History of Kenwood
I always love to know how a product has developed alongside a classic brand such as Kenwood. Here is a condensed history of that brand,
Founded in 1936 by Kenneth Wood (wonder where he got the name from...), he sold and repaired televisions and radios. However he is probably much better known for the Kenwood Chef, introduced in 1950. The shape is still recognisable to this day, proving that a classic design can have incredible longevity.
Kenwoods have always been style, and this latest chef does not disappoint. It is a substantial machine with the engine encased in chromed silver metal on the right, with an easy to adjust, prominant dial, and the large, metal mixing bowl on the left (with my chef titanium version). On top there are two removable lids with reveal extra locks for the add-ones (more later).
However, there is a slight downside: the machine does have to be cleaned faily often (obviously after use!) to remove fingerprints. Otherwise it is very easy to maintain a very high level of cleanliness.
Technicals (courtesy of amazon.co.uk)
Powerful 1400 watt motor and 4.6 litre bowl capacity
4 power outlets
Planetary mixing action
Includes 4 bowl tools: K Beater, Balloon Whisk, Dough Hook and Flexi Beater
1.5L glass liquidiser and food processor included
Ease of use
The kenwood is so amazingly simple and intuitive to use. Simpley plug it in and turn the dial to control how fast the mother, and the mixing arm, spins. You have the option of either inserting ingredients, whilst the mixing is still running, through the flap in the clear, plastic, splash guard - this can be tricky as the opening isn't massive especially with ingredients such as flour. The other method is to lift the lid by raising the switch, this brings the entire top of the kenwood up, exposing the mixing bowl - it is recommended that you stop the mixer before attempting this. The latter prevents almost all spillage since the bowl is so big.
There is the option to change the mixing attatchment to suit what you are doing or making. These include a 'k beater' (shaped as a 'k' encased in a semi circle of metal), a balloon whisk (like a normal whisk), a dough hook (for making bread) and a flexi beater (perfect for reducing the need to whip out a spatula every five minutes). To change the beater - as with the bowl - simply twist and it releases.
There are a whole hoard of extra attatchments that you can buy for the chef. Personally I have the blender and the centrifugal juice extractor. Unfortunately most of these can be bought independantly and cheaper though in my experience they do work very well and look superb. The price is their only downside.
Value for money
As of publishing date, amazon.co.uk were offering:
Kenwood Chef Classic for £145.73 from £229.99
Kenwood Chef Premier for £219.99 from £319.99
Kenwood Chef Titanium for £299.90 from £399.99
Kenwood Chef Major for £367.00 from £499.99
These are great investments (I have friends who have inherited Chefs from their mothers and use them regularly without complaint) and well worth getting them at a know down price - though maybe wait for the Christmas deals or the New Year sales
My Kenwood Chef A701A must be 35 to 40 years old. It's what I wanted when I got married but it was way beyond my means so I opted for a Kenwood Chefette, which served me well for about 25 years. I bought my A701A second-hand and I don't know how I ever managed to live without it now. The only disadvantages it has are that it's noisy (maybe that's just age; maybe they didn't have the technology in those days to make a powerful motor quiet) and it's also very heavy. I can't leave it on my bench because I don't have a cover for it and don't have the room anyway, so it has to go in the pantry. I very much doubt today's Kenwoods are a patch on this grand old lady. Two small modern Kenwood mixers broke down on me after five years. I wasn't impressed.
This is a serious piece of equipment. Try lifting it! So the first point to make is that, unless you have much more storage space and much bigger muscles than me, it is going to be sitting permanently out on your work surface. Is it good-looking enough for that? Definitely. Light battleship-grey in colour, which adds to its serious, purposeful aura, and with shiny chrome trim, it's an asset to any kitchen.
The Kenwood Chef has not changed a great deal over the years. There's a 30 year-old one in my family which is not very different from mine, give or take the colour, some new curves and re-designed accessory fittings. And that one is still going strong, having only had one small repair in that time. Not only does it look good, it's going to be with you for years. The build quality is excellent, everything about it feels solid, well-engineered and reliable.
This category does not specify a particular model so I should make clear that the one I have and am reviewing here is the flagship KM001. Take a look at the Kenwood site and you will find a family of 5 current models: KM001, KM005 (the Major version of the KM001), KM310, KMC500 and KMC550. The motor size ranges from 1000w in the top model to 700w in the KM310. All have 4.6 litre stainless steel mixing bowls except the Major which has a 6.7 litre. There are variations in the range of accessories each supports, but most of the following comments about the basic functions apply to all of them.
The package I bought contains the mixer, stainless steel bowl, glass blender, beater, whisk, dough-hook, plastic spatula and a nice glossy recipe book. There are many other accessories you can buy separately: pasta maker (2 types), slicer and shredder (2 types), mincer, processor, juice extractor, citrus press, grain mill, multi-mill, potato peeler, ice-cream maker.
The mixer lifts back on a hinge, giving access to the socket for the beater, whisk and dough hook. On top of the machine there is a high-speed outlet and a medium-speed outlet, and on the front a slow-speed outlet, all covered when not in use by chrome plates. These are for the accessories and are not interchangeable: for example, the blender goes on the high-speed outlet and the mincer on the slow-speed. A single control knob on the front activates and sets the speed for all uses; it also has a pulse function for a quick burst. The capacity of the bowl at 4.6 litres doesn't mean much, but is helpfully translated into approx 6lb fruit cake mix, 1½ lb of flour in a pastry mix or 12 egg whites. That is a heck of a lot of lemon meringue pies! The blender holds 1.2 litres (just over 2 pints).
I find it easy to use, and the pastry and sponge mixtures it produces are excellent. Being stainless steel, the bowl stays cool for mixing pastry, and is easily warmed up for sponge mixtures just fill it with some hot water and put the beater in too to warm. It certainly mixes very thoroughly, and I can easily achieve the clean bowl effect when making pastry. Kenwood likes to vaunt the planetary action of its mixers: all this means is that the beater base goes round in an orbit at the same time as the beater is turning on its axis. Call it what you like, its very effective. It goes very fast indeed at its top speed, so whisking egg whites only takes a couple of minutes. The blender is robust enough to grind hard items like nuts and ice cubes as well as blend liquids.
Cleaning electrical appliances can be fiddly and sometimes you wonder if it isnt easier to do the job by hand. How does this rate? As it mixes so thoroughly, I find there is very little left in the bowl or on the beaters, but of course it all depends what you are making. As with all things, it is best not to leave them for hours! All the non-electrical bits are dishwasher-proof, although personally I find shiny chrome goes dull if washed often in the dish-washer, so I do it by hand. The blender goblet can be easily unscrewed from the base for washing, and again it is best if you fill it with water and give it a quick burst on the machine to make the job easier later. Abrasives are not recommended.
The bowl is kept clean when not in use by an acrylic cover. This cover can stay in place when you're using the mixer it stops flour clouds forming in the kitchen and prevents splashing - and there's a detachable section for adding ingredients.
It makes a noise, inevitably. How much noise is a bit subjective, but at its speed 1 setting for mixing pastry you can have a conversation and hear the phone. It is slightly noisier at this level than my extractor fan. At top speed forget chatting, but it is not ear-splitting and only needs to run at this speed for short periods. It has a 1000w motor, more powerful than its predecessors. As with cars, the more powerful the motor the greater the performance and the lower the noise level.
But not everything is perfect, there must be some downsides? If I think hard I can come up with one or two. It doesnt cope very well with small quantities because of the shape of the beater and whisk: there has to be some depth of mixture for them to do their business. When fixing the blender goblet back into the base after washing you shouldnt stand the base on a surface and screw the goblet down into it, as this could damage the mechanism by which it fits on to the machine. You have to hold the base in one hand and the goblet in the other and fix them horizontally, as it were. Oh, and the power lead winds back into the base of the machine, which is handy, or it would be if it wasn't such a struggle to drag it out and force it back in again. Now if they were to motorise that .. !
Its size is not exactly a disadvantage but may be an issue depending on your kitchen. As I said at the beginning mine is heavy (about 7kg) so you dont want to be lugging it about. It needs its own space to occupy, permanently. Weight wise, KM310 is significantly lighter. But all of them have a footprint of about 40cm x 30cm. You also need to consider the way the top part hinges back, which may make it unsuitable to park underneath a wall cupboard. At rest it is 30cm high; fully raised it needs a clearance of about 50cm.
This level of quality costs, of course, but the initial outlay can be set against the number of years of use you will get out of it. Youll need to shop around as there is a range of prices and packages. As a guide the package described above costs about £300. The KM005 is about £400 but unless youre baking in industrial quantities you probably dont need this. KM310 is about £150, KMC500 about £200 and KMC550 about £250. Accessories range from £20 to £60 but at least you have only one machine instead of several and increased versatility means more usage and justifies the outlay. Dont worry about obsolescence. There are plenty of Kenwood dealers to be found on the internet offering spare parts and accessories for ranges going back years, and given the life expectancy of these machines there is plenty of business for them! Concerned about changing your kitchen décor and having a colour clash? Hell, get a matching cover for it! This is a classic machine Ill never have one sitting on the drive, but at least I can have one in my kitchen!
In Holland it is not easy to find a shop that sells new Kenwood kitchenmachines. I had to buy secondhand. An old Kenwood 901 with some attachments and an old Kenwood 701 with some other attachments. The machines are incompatible so I need to use the one for meatmincing and the other for vegetable slicing, etc. The number of new and secondhand available attachments is huge and the spareparts are available as well. Even for very old machines. That is why this sturdy machine will allways outlive other brands machines.
Most attachments are made out of cast aluminum and plastic. The material will turn darkgrey when washed and used a lot, so paint is used to cover it. The choosen paint cannot withstand many years of use and cleaning either, so at some point in time scufs of paint will come off. You do not want that in your food, so you have to peel off all paint and end up with a darkgrey aluminum item anyway. Allways wash the aluminum oxide from the item and your hands, so your food does not get black and contaminated with aluminum oxide particles. The machine itself is also made out of cast aluminum and the chips of paint will come off after some years. This does not harm the functionality in any way, it just does not look so good.
The rubber feet will need to be replaced soon and they leave marks on an aluminum workspace. You can make new feet yourself, using a heated gluepistol or a silicon kit pistol. Just take out the original feet, fill the feetholes with the kit or glue and build it up untill you have feet the height you want.
Some attachments are disappointingly incompatible.
The front attachments for model 701 do not fit the 901, but the new designed front was no improvement. Same goes for the blender attachment of these models. It looks like the design goal at the time was incompatibility.
On the Multimill attachment glass jars are used where you normally would put a blender goblet. Good thinking. But no normal household jam jar will fit the attachment. You have to buy expensive Kenwood jars. Another design with incompatibility in mind.
For the newer models there are 2 different pasta mills, 2 meatmincers, and a kebbeh mill. They are all basically the same, but designed with incompatible parts, so you have to buy them all if you want all the functions. And they don´t come cheap.
I often wonder if English woman have large hands. Or maybe Kenwood designers simply designed without thinking of the user. All parts are to large for my hands. Often I have to use both hands for what I should have been able to do with 1 hand to have the other one free for a simultanious task. It is not the most ergonomic design.
You will only buy the Kenwood kitchenmachine if you intend to buy a lot of attachments too. No designer at Kenwood has thought of the space it takes to stow all these attachments away. No parts with double purpose. No parts that neatly fit in aech other for storage. The machine and the attachments look like a first model of a product that has to be worked over by a real designer to become a real product.
Improved design would save the user money, space, time and painfull hands.
Some attachments are so badly designed, I do fear to use them.
One of those is the citrus juicer for model 901 or is it only for the 701? I tried to use it once and it got stuck, burned a model 901 motor, was put away to be never used again. Almost any brand of kitchen machines has designed something better for this purpose.
Why do I still prefer this machine above all other available kitchen machines? Apart from the choosen paint and rubber, incompatibility with human hands and other Kenwood models and parts, the attachments and the machines themselves are designed to last a lifetime. The old Kenwood machines have outlived many better looking and feeling modern kitchen machines that I have had over the years. I allways had to fall back on the Kenwoods, after a nice and much newer machine had died again.
Now that it is so much easier to find second hand machines, parts and attachments on the internet, I bought a "new" model that is only 16 years old and the attachments that go with it.
At last I do no longer have to keep 2 different models, for I have found allmost all attachments that fit my latest Kenwood.
All I have to miss from now, is the peahuller. That one has not been designed to fit machines younger then 30 years of age.
If you have the seller and the money available, it is best to buy a new machine. Should you not find all attachments you want in the shop, look for secondhand attachments. Kenwood has made many more attachments than you will ever find new in any kitchen appliances shop.
With all its downsides, this is the only kitchenmachine to consider.
Whatever the database of dooyoo makes of my judgement, I do recommend this kitchenmachine!
(I clicked Recommend Yes. But that does not show below.)
No other brand can match the range of attachments, the availability of spareparts and the lifetime of this machine.
I love to cook. I like making homemade cakes, pies, yogurts, you name it. Generally I try to avoid feeding my family processed foods. Making everything from scratch is not only usually cheaper, but healthier as you control what goes in it. The down side is that when trying to do it all by hand, it is a lot of hard work and time consuming, especially when doing it for a family or aload of guests! Enter the Kenwood Chef. With its large capacity bowls, I can make small or large quantities of biscuit dough, sponges, etc. without tiring my arms and constantly having to mix yet another batch because I need more. This means I can make enough biscuit dough in one go to actually bake enough biccies to fill our large Brabantia biscuit tin. Result: I only have to bake biccies once a week now, meaning loads of time saved with little ones about (and the not so little kid about too!). My machine has a white plastic body with coloured trim, though you can get metal ones and various colour options. It has a permanently lubricated powerful 450 watt motor hidden in the case. The unique planetary action to the mixing mechanism means that there are no unmixed ingredients left in the bowl so you are assured of a perfect item each time. The Chef comes with a K beater, which is the mixing attachment, so called as the bars in the middle form the letter K. It also comes with a whisk and some come with a dough hook for making bread. You can purchase a lot of attachments for the Kenwood Chef. There is a liquidiser available in either glass or plastic, a potato peeler which will peel a batch of spuds in 2-3 minutes for you, a coffee grinder, an ice cream maker, a mincer (very handy for making your own economy priced mince or sausages), a sausage filler to go with the mincer, a juicer (for citrus), a juice seperator (for hard fruits and veg), a high and slow speed versions of a slicer/shredder, and much much more. This means that if you were to buy the attachments, y
ou would not need seperate counterspace for various different appliances. All the attachments are uncomplicated to assemble and use, and the instruction manuals easy to read. We have a very tiny kitchen, and have often heard, "Oh, those are great, but I do not have the counter space." I at first thought so too until I had a good think. Storing the attachments takes a lot less space than seperate specialised appliances, and by turning my Chef sideways, it only actually takes up a small amount of counter/wall space on my counter when not in use. Therefore I have plenty of work area surface left in which to do other tasks. Brand new they are expensive, at least £199, but you can pick up one on Ebay from £35 on up. Ours was given to us, and is a model from 1966, but the wonder of these machines is that they keep on going and any attachment for any Kenwood Chef will fit any Kenwood Chef. I have even seen sellers on Ebay offering warranties on the workings of old machines, as they are such high quality! There are even Chefs from 1950's era still in use and they work like new! If you are looking to buy a food processor/liquidiser, etc. when setting up a kitchen, I recommend one of these without reservation. It does it all, and will keep on going and going and going without needing replacement. A good tip is to scout out on Ebay for one, and to keep an eye out on Ebay for the various attachments (including manuals!) and so save yourself some money while getting a truly excellent product. Handy tip is to enter the words "Kenwood Chef" into the Ebay search box as that is how these usually are listed, and be sure to tick the "in items and descriptions" box to the left on the page that comes up to be sure you see all the listings for this wonderful machine!
When I was a child my mother owned a Kenwood chef, she still does! Her Kenwood is at least 30 years old and has been used regularly over that time with no problems. When I got my own home one of the items I had to own was my own Kenwood chef. I have had mine for around 10 years and have had faithful service from it over that time. The Kenwood chef is a food mixer which has a reasonably powerful motor. It comes with a choice of mixing bowl either a plastic one or a shiny metal one. If you may need to melt the contents of the bowl in the oven then the metal one is far superior. If you have to reduce the cost of the mixer then the plastic one is cheaper. There are three mixing tools which come with the chef. The k-beater which is good for creaming and general mixing. It helps to give a sponge a light texture as it is good at incorporating the air. The k-beater is a bent mixing paddle which is K shaped with a ring around it. This is the too which is used the most in my chef. There is the whisk which is essential when you want whisk egg whites for meringues and soufflés! It is amazing how quickly an egg white is whisked with the chef it saves hours of manual beating. The other tool is the dough hook whisk is used when you need to Kneed dough for bread making. I use this least often as I do not often make bread! To work the chef there is a knob on the side of the mixer which can be set at various speeds of on a pulse for more accuracy in mixing. If you turn it to full speed when you have just added the flour beware of the impending snow storm! You can of course get a splatter cover which contains the snow storm but it is not as much fun!! When mixing the tool rotates as it spins so that all the ingredients in the bowl are well combined. It is supplied with a spatula so any ingredients which are stuck to the side of the bowl can be cleaned from the side and then mixed into the rest. The Kenwood is not just a
mixing tool it has other attachment which can be added. I am not sure of every thing you can add the list seems to be endless. I use the liquidiser most personally. They come in either glass or plastic. The glass is more expensive and can be used to liquidise hot food but can also be dropped and broken. The plastic liquidiser is cheaper but does not break nearly as easily. Other attachments include coffee bean grinder, grater, chipper, mincer, ice cream maker, and a great many more.