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I love the look of the K-Mix range of items - to me they are stylish and have that slightly retro look that is in vogue at the moment.
I had wanted a hand mixer for quite some time - I have a food processor but using it means that you have to assemble it all and then clean all the bits afterwards. Sometimes you just want the convenience of having a hand whisk to fluff up some eggs for a scrambled breakfast or whisk a sauce in the pan as you are going along.
I have found this hand mixer very easy to handle - it only weighs 5g - so it doesn't make your arm ache even when whisking for a while (egg whites into meringues for example).
It has 5 speeds and a pulse setting - all controlled by a robust button on the top of the unit - so it's easy to adjust your speed, and switch on and off, all with one hand while holding the mixer over your mixing bowl.
It comes with a handy stand that it slots into, with space for the 2 x whisks and 2 x dough kneaders that it comes with - so it's easy to keep all the bits together and ready for when you want to use them. The only criticism I have is that the cord storage area within the unit is not big enough so you end up with about a quarter of the power lead dangling free - and you end up winding that around the unit which isn't so attractive if it's on view where you store it.
It's very easy to clean - a simple one push button on top of the unit releases the whisks or kneaders so you can plop them straight into the washing up bowl (they are dishwasher safe too). The main unit just needs a wipe over with a damp cloth and you are done.
The drawback is that it is plugged into the wall so you always have to make sure the wire isn't trailing into your cooking - but that's a minor issue for me.
The body of the mixer is made from metal so it has a solid feel - in every respect it makes you feel that it is a quality item, not some plasticy cheap thing that is only going to last 5 minutes. I chose the cream colour, although the other colour choices are very attractive too - and I got a bargain in Tesco and only paid £45 for it - definitely worth shopping around for the best deal.
Price, Place & Colour
We purchased this off of the John Lewis website after we received some John Lewis vouchers for Christmas. It cost us £49.99 and it is the HM792 version. This was the same price as Amazon which I found quite surprising. It is currently £53.99 on the Argos website. I looked on a number of different websites to research this hand mixer before buying and I found that it came in four different colours: magenta (a bright pinky purple), almond (which is cream), peppercorn (which is black), and raspberry (which is red). So they are really lovely and diverse colours. Other versions of this handheld mixer have other colours such as bright orange. We purchased this in the almond as most of our kitchen appliances are also cream so I wanted it to match in. The hand grip on the mixer and the base of the stand is in a dark grey/blue colour which also matches our toaster and kettle perfectly!
In the box came an instruction manual and leaflet which gave very clear and easy instructions. It also explained how it comes with a one year guarantee from Kenwood (not from where you purchased it from).
Appearance and Stand
I additionally wanted this particular product to blend in with our kitchen colour scheme because normally with hand mixers they get put away in the cupboard but with this one it comes in a smart stand so it looks lovely to have it out on display in the kitchen. I have recently started cooking a lot after receiving a very good Mary Berry book from my boyfriend so it is nice having this out ready to use rather than having to find it in a cupboard. I also do not mind having it out on the work surface as it is quite compact, and it has specific stands for not only the mixer itself but it also has a cord which you can twist around the bottom of the mixer and it holds it in place with a clip preventing it from popping out of its place, however not all of the cable seems to wind around this completely. Additionally it also has stands to attach the stainless steel beaters and kneaders making it look extremely smart! The stand is made out of strong plastic.
The cord is 1.3 metres in length which has certainly proved to be long enough for use in my kitchen.
A Few Technical Elements
It has an energy efficient 400W motor making mixing extremely easy. It has five different speeds and a pulse setting. The thumb control for changing the different speeds is extremely easy and effortless to use. My previous hand mixer I struggled to change the speed easily and I found it too heavy to use, whereas this one is much lighter weight and easy to control. It is 1.5KG. However apparently this weight is heavier than other Kenwood hand mixers but it is certainly lighter than my previous hand mixer (but this was not by Kenwood).
The design of this mixer is unusual, it is perfectly designed to make mixing completely effortless and it has a soft grip handle making it comfortable to use. My previous hand mixer ached my hand after mixing for some time. I whisked whipping cream the other day to top my Mary Berry trifle and I had absolutely no problems, and the hand grip seemed just right. My hand did not slip and it did not ache after use. I used to have to call my boyfriend in to take over the mixing but I no longer need to do this.
It has two different types of whisks that you can insert into the bottom: the beaters (the regular looking attachments for a whisk) and the kneaders (the attachment which is new to me - the swirly accessory). I have not found that I have needed to use the kneader yet; the beaters work an absolute treat for everything that I need. But perhaps I will give them a go in the future. Spares of these accessories can be bought on other websites which is good but as they are made of stainless steel I very much doubt we will need to buy spares unless we move house and lose one. The accessories are dishwasher safe however I always wash them by hand.
When inserting the beaters or kneaders there is a lock system to ensure that the appliance is safe when using it. It is incredibly simple to insert and remove the accessories.
I have been quite extremely impressed with how quiet this hand mixer is even when it is on the highest setting. This I find is a great plus point!
I have been thrilled with this hand mixer. It does the job effortlessly, it looks smart, and I trust the brand of Kenwood completely from previous appliances I have used. We have just moved into a new flat so I wanted to splash out on some new appliances with Christmas money and this was certainly money well spent.
I am fairly new to the whole home made stuff lifestyle, Ive never been a ready meals person, but have always bought packet mixes. However after a recent lifestyle program I attended, I realised the horrors that await us in all sorts of foods from the supermarket!
I initially started off making plain sponge cakes, so simple even I could do it! I remember watching my mum make various cakes, but she always had some sort of mixer to aid her, be it a hand mixer or a food proccessor, I had a wooden spoon and my hand. Although it hurt my arms and I discovered there are actually muscles in my arm, I continued, not without grumbling, but I continued non the less.
I looked into buying a hand mixer but for those of you like me who are new to home baking, where do you start? There are so many differing functions, that unless you know what you are doing, you may end up buying something thats not really what you need, or spending lots on something that does a million things when you only need 1! I decided to just bare with the wooden spoon, until xmas, when I was bought the Kenwood KMix HM792.
As soon as I saw the box, wow was my first thought, the box itself is very sleek and stylish, and screams quality. So opening the box......After unpackaging, I found myself holding a fairly weighty quite retro looking hand mixer, along with 1 different sets of beaters, a set of kneaders and a stand. You also get an information pack which includes a variety of recipies to try.
A few technical bits. 400w maximum power, cord length 1metre (approx) only the beaters and kneaders are dishwasher safe and you have the standard 1 year garauntee.
Prices vary, normally around £40.
This mixer has inspired me to start trying to make new things other than cakes!
The mixers main bod is approx 15 cm long and the handle goes the entire length making it a lot more comfortable to hold, it doesnt make your wrist or arm ache like you would expect. It is almond (beige) in colour with a grey handle and chrome buttons. The buttons are located infront of the handle making it very easy to change speed and release the beaters. There are 5 speeds on this mixer, speed 1 is ideal for beating eggs, whilst speed 1 is ideal for making doughy products. This isnt a cordless mixer, and the cord alf retracts around the base of the mixer, but the rest you have to wind around, slightly odd I feel. The mixer is very easy to clean, a damp cloth is more than enough to remove any left over mixture.
You are provided with the standard beaters, and also with 2 kneaders, one with an additional collar and one without. The stand is very basic, it has a slot for the mixer to stand in, and 4 tube like holders for the beaters and kneaders, you do need to securely wrap the cord around the base for it to fit into the holder.
There is a safety cut off in this product, if it is used for more than 3 minutes in a 5 minute period the mixer will automatically shut off, in which case you need to unplug for about 10 minutes, although this is a great idea, if like me you can get carried away easily, it can be a little irritating, I recommend setting an egg timer to remind you!
I'd been getting more and more into baking and cooking, and last Christmas I chose this Kenwood K-Mix in Almond as one of my presents, based purely on its looks. It doesn't disappoint in real life - it is certainly one of the most stylish hand mixers out there, with a very appealing, slightly retro shape.
It is made from painted metal rather than plastic and this means that the whole 'feel' of the mixer is one of durability and good quality. Good Quality and Durability, however, are heavy in comparison to Plasticky and Cheap - this mixer is noticeably weighty when having to use it for prolonged periods. And if I find it heavy at 28 then 82-year-old Doris certainly will! (Still preferable to whipping up those egg-whites by hand though!)
It comes with both beaters (whisks) and dough hooks - I confess I wouldn't know what to do with a dough hook so I've never tried them! But the beaters are great - it's worth noting that it can be used with either one or both beaters which is handy if you only have a small bowl of something to mix.
There are five speeds plus a 'pulse' setting - this is really handy for when whatever you're mixing is *almost* there ... we all know what cream goes like when it's over-whipped! I've noticed other reviews of this mixer stating that it was noisy but I haven't found that at all - in fact I've found it quite quiet, but that is compared to my Mam's one which is older than me, so perhaps it IS loud by today's standards!
The mixer is supplied with a nice stand for counter-top storage, with a space for each of the attachments. The cord wraps around into a space in the base of the mixer for neat storage ... however it is too long so you're left with a trailing bit of wire and plug, which then has to be wrapped around the base of the stand itself so it doesn't look as tidy as it should. This is a minor thing but a niggle nonetheless - why go to the effort of having the facility to wrap away the cord, but then not do it properly?
At around £45-50 this is certainly not one of the cheapest hand-mixers on the market but I do think it's worth the extra money if it's something you'll get use out of, because it is a very good mixer and great quality, and sexy too! Only knocking off one star for the weight and the wire.
I don't bake very often but when it comes to whisking, I'm constantly at it, if not making milky drinks or whisking various mixtures and dough like food stuffs, it has only been of late that I've been trying out homemade sauces and recipes to avoid over spending on mass brand packet mixes. I also leave the heavy mixing to my trusty Argos Value hand mixer I bought in July 2008. Pity however that it has stopped working in the midst of making heavy tuna mayo with vegetables. Just a brown puff and a burning smell signalled the last of the little hand mixer that has been a boon to work with. Life with the Argos Value mixer has been fine even though it cut out regularly when asked to do heavier kneading jobs.
Now, I've always had my heart set on a Dualit hand mixer. It generally has a good reputation as well as being very well built thanks to its all rubberised body and a neat storage solution for the power cord that can be wound up inside the back of the mixer. With such design though comes a hefty price and the only model available presently at John Lewis is the shiny chrome 300 watt powered model at £54-95. My mum's own Kenwood hand mixer has 250 watts and just about deals with heavier mixes at £19-99 but then she also has her Kenwood Chef to deal with larger mix jobs. Against the cache of the industrial looking Dualit why do buyers have to pay more for more power? Well, not in the case of the Kenwood Kmix HM792. It is in beige, or "Almond," as Kenwood puts it (the colour is growing on me but I'd have preferred black or the red options if available) has a robust metal body and that all-important 400-watt motor with cord storage at the back. Not exactly the same as the Dualit but close enough for my needs. Price? Well, surprisingly it only costs £40 at JL. At Argos it is £41-95 reduced from £44-95. Good to see John Lewis is cheaper than Argos for once!
Out of the rather artistic looking glossy cardboard product box I was really surprised to see Kenwood have upped the ante in quality. The whole idea behind Kmix is to offer buyers something different in the design stakes and there's even a paper user manual contained in a "Welcome," brown paper cardboard folder that also holds 5 x 2 recipe wipe clean cards. Then there's the actual mixer: sheathed entirely in matt beige cast aluminium (so that it doesn't rust in years to come I'm guessing) with soft curvy slider dial controls and a curvy front with a half metal rubberised handle. If you don't get the Art Deco design elements by now you'll certainly get it with the main name brand and model name emblazoned in a chrome rectangle on the side of the mixer. There's nothing unique here though because Kenwood are trying to copy American firm, Kitchenaid and likewise with the hand mixer there's a whole family range of inspired 'timeless," traditional food prep machines from the same Kmix family.
Decked out in beige paint and chrome accents, there's a matching grey power cord with a plastic grey holder that allows the Kmix to sit in an upright position and two separate attachments; stainless steel whisks and a pair of stainless steel dough hooks; both of which are dishwasher safe. Now you may think that like my mum who owns a bread maker, dough hooks don't have much use anymore for anyone who owns a bread maker already - but they are great to have when mixing heavy foods and trying to blend or knead ingredients in. The immediate downside to the Kmix HM792 is that despite the quality and good feel factors, it weighs 1.5kg against Kenwood's all plastic HM320 at 1.1kg. Compared to the HM320 there are five speeds against three on the Kenwood HM320 and the last speed option on the HM792 Kmix is a pulse function that allows you to manually whisk at your own leisure instead of relying on fixed locked speeds. I'd have preferred a separate pulse button compared to pushing the slider all the way up though. Other staple mixer features include safety lock and release button for the mixer that you would also find on Kenwood's HM320 hand mixer.
When it comes to whisking the Kmix is just as good as the older HM320 too: egg whites, milk and light sauces are no problem for the Kmix and indeed when it comes to kneading dough and likewise heavy cake mixes, the Kmix slices through the action with no cut out problems. This is where the added weight of the hand mixer comes into its own; it is stable throughout and easy to move because of the part metal rubberised handle. The motor is almost whisper quiet too, even up to the fifth speed, the Kmix can certainly handle almost any food prep required to mix and knead without having to stand away from the mixer or be prepared for a loud noise. Kmix HM792 will have none of it and the stainless steel beaters never seem to miss ingredients either; a staple design element mirrored from the same performance as the trusty Kenwood Chef when used with a round mixing bowl.
It is in the practical elements that let the Kmix HM792 down after all prep work has finished. Whilst the rounded body is certainly easy to clean, the long power cord doesn't retract into the mixer even though it looks like Kenwood have tried to copy Dualit but have missed the perfect execution. Instead of a manual rewinder, there's a thick un-removable plastic ring at the back of the Kmix that allows the owner to wrap the cord around, complete with a rubber clip to bring the plug in. This would be fantastic if all of the cord could be accommodated - but it can't. Only one part of the excess cord can be wound up manually and the rest then has to be wound around the holder that also holds the beaters in place. The holder is made out of thick grey PVC plastic and once the mixer sits in its allocated position, the holder serves as a good work base for which the two pairs of beaters can also be slotted in, ready for next use.
Despite that I'm really impressed with the Kmix HM792. It is a very well made hand mixer that is easy to clean and easy to hold thanks to its rubberised handle and feels comfortable over long term mixing food prep. Classy, ergonomic, powerful yet heavier for better stability, Kenwood's Kmix hand mixer is worth considering, especially at a not so expensive price from the Dualit design that Kenwood have tried to copy. There's even a free one-year guarantee and extended guarantee on offer from Kenwood when the register card is sent away for added peace of mind. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2010
www.johnlewis.com (product code 85544201) There's even a video link showing the mixer.
Perfect for keen cooks looking to add a touch of style to the kitchen the kMix range from Kenwood has been designed for when food preparation becomes more than just mixing and chopping.The sleek range of kMix kitchen appliances not only offer unique design and functionality but can brighten up any kitchen with the exciting range of colours / For those small every-day kitchen tasks the compact new kMix Hand Mixer is an essential kitchen accessory / Simple to use and easy to clean this space-saving appliance is available in Almond and Peppercorn to match the kMix range / The stylish design features unique compact space-efficient storage simple-to-use thumb controls high-quality durable Stainless Steel beaters and kneaders and integral cord storage with handy grip clip / / Short name: Kenwood HM792