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This beast isn't for the faint hearted!
Kenwood Titanium Major KM020
Member Name: minimunchkin
Kenwood Titanium Major KM020
Advantages: Versatile, big, reliable
Disadvantages: expensive, heavy
It's a bit confusing when you start looking at all the different Kenwood's, there seem to be a lot that are almost the same, but different?? It took me weeks to settle on one and then it took me days of looking everywhere for the best price. I eventually purchased my KM020 from Kenco Spares, which is based in Belfast. It was £400 including delivery; you can pay over £500 for the same machine from John Lewis or other online retailers, so it's definitely worth looking around.
Now, you might have just got a little light headed when I said this cost £400. Yes it an awful lot of money, was a bit worried for my Dad's heart when I told him! But this machine is a beast, it's huge, it's efficient, it's versatile and I'm sure, it's going to last me decades and I will be able to pass it on or sell it on if I ever need to upgrade to anything bigger.
I'll tell you about all the attachments and things that came with it, firstly, when you're taking delivery, have a big strong person to shift it, because it is HUGE. Honestly the box on its side was taller than my 2 year old nephew.
Inside the box you'll find the actual Kenwood mixer, wow it's big. So much bigger than my old one but not necessarily better looking, I was hoping it'd be prettier, but I erm, anyway that's not really important is it. If I wanted something pretty, I would've bought a KMix, no I wanted something strong and steady, something that would whizz up cake after cake and not cry about it.
You'll also find several smaller boxes that contain the Food Processor and the blender; these are in proper Kenwood boxes as they are also sold separately. There are several smaller packages with the attachments. There are quite a few little packages, as there are the attachments for the mixer part, like the K Beater, the creamer, the whisk and the dough hook. Then there are the different discs that attach to the food processor for slicing and grating. You also get lots of little booklets, a really good manual/recipe book and a spatula, which is, for the record, not heat proof (eek!)
There isn't much assembly required, there's a fair bit of plastic wrapper and tape to remove and some boxes to open but really to get it all set up and ready to use, it'd only take maybe 20 minutes. It's pretty hefty, weighing in at 9.67kg, so be careful moving it around. I found mine a place to live and it stays there.
What I noticed first about this when I used the mixer, is how noisy it is. It's a lot nosier than my old one and when you have it on full power, well I won't say it scared me because erm that would be silly but it does sound somewhat like a plane taking off. It not actually an uncomfortably loud noise, it's quite smooth but you will have to turn your music up a touch when it's on.
The bowl that comes with the mixer doesn't look that big and I was thinking, no way can that fit double what my old one could but it's really deep, deceptively so. It can hold up to 6.7L, cake capacity is 4.6kg which is frankly HUGE, dough capacity is 2.6kg and it can mix you up a 16 egg meringue without batting an eyelid. The bowl comes with a splash guard that is quite useful for when I'm making buttercream, that icing sugar flies everywhere otherwise. I wouldn't say the splash guard is that great though, it just sort of sits on and falls off quite easily, it's held on above the k beater attachment or whichever attachment you have on so it doesn't fall off properly but it's still not very secure. That is something that could be improved upon and for the price; I'm surprised they thought it was good enough.
You can use the Mixer for so many things, it comes with a really useful manual that lists all the uses for it and I was surprised by some. I now make my mash potatoes in my mixer using the K Beater and they are always deliciously smooth.
The balloon whisk is good for making royal icing or meringues but it's a bit fiddly to clean.
The dough hook is a good for making, well dough! I use it mostly to make my gingerbread dough and it's very easy to get all the mixture off and to clean it.
I have only used the creamer once and didn't think much of it; the K Beater will cream your butter and sugar up just as well and can then be used to mix the rest of the ingredients together.
The food processor is very sturdy, very good quality and very useful. It can be used for lots of things, crushing biscuits, making breadcrumbs, making pastry etc. I use it a lot and it's the reason I chose to buy this particular Kenwood machine, I could've got one cheaper without the food processor. You've got disc attachments that come with the food processor which are great for chopping, grating and slicing. They're a bit fiddly to clean and they're very sharp so be careful.
The blender is made from Thermo Resist glass so you can liquidise hot and cold food, which is great because we use it a lot for soup. It can hold 1.2L of hot food and 1.6L of cold food. It's easy to clean as the bottom part comes off, again be careful as it's really sharp.
You can also buy other attachments for this machine, such a meat grinder, mini blender, ice cream maker, potato peeler! There are many more. They cost from £25 each from what I've seen. I don't own any of these are I primarily use the machine for cake mixture and similar things, as opposed to savoury things so I don't have much need for the grinder or potato peeler.
What you need to be careful with is, there's no lock on this Kenwood, on my old one, the Kenwood wouldn't switch on if certain things weren't clicked into place, or if the top was lifted up. This machine doesn't have that, perhaps assuming if you're grown up enough for this machine, you're grown up enough to remember to put the lid on something before switching it on, er...yeah so be careful with that.
The Kenwood website is very good, it has copies of the manual, links to where you can get the Kenwood serviced, recipes and other bits and bobs.
I hope you've found this review useful, happy baking!
Summary: A great machine for the serious baker!