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I bought my machine about 2 years ago now on offer for £150. It was more than what i origionally budgeted for but wanted this brand as my mum had a kenwood mixer for nearly 30years!
I was origionally looking for a cake mixer as baking is a great hobby of mine. I was persuaded to purchase this model because of it's other functions and the offer. Boy, was I pleased with this decision! I use at least one function of this machine every day and don't know how i lived without it before. Each accessory fits easily into this machine and all are operated from the same function button. All detachables are dishwasher safe also which makes it so convienient and user friendly.
FIRST - the machine is larger than other cheaper mixers but is in a unique 'V' triangular shape which sits much neater on the corner of my worktop. It's in a stylish metallic grey which looks great too.
SECOND - the mixer - comes with whisk, beater and dough hook that fit and remove very easily. Included is a large stainless steel bowl which is easily removed and locked into place. And there is a plastic flour guard with pouring access (excellent when mixing icing sugar or large quantities!). The mixer has a dual rotation that mixes thouroughly in a 'figure of eight' kind of way. There is a silicone spatula included also, which I only need to use when mixing thicker cakes. The whisk is very large which is extrememly effective so be careful you don't over beat your egg whites!!
THIRD - the blender is excellent for mixing smoothies and soups in large quantities. I even use it to make batter mixes. It attaches and detaches easily and is super easy to clean.
FOURTH - The food processor has surprisingly been the most useful piece of equipment in this machine. It includes the processor blade and bowl that has an easy pour hole with attachment for pushing items into the bowl. Then added accessories include 2 blades which slice and grate at varying sizes. Also included is a juicer attachement which gets every ounce of juice from even the hardest fruit. I use the processor at almsot every meal for making pesto, sauces, chopping veg or grating cheese.
AVAILABLE ITEMS - there is also a range of add-ons that you can purchase including second mixer bowls and even a meat mincer. There is a booklet included in the box showing all the available extras.
Of course the attachments will take up some space in your cupboard when not in use but you won't need other machines for processing or blending.
I absolutely love this machine and I've easily had my money's worth out of it already. Definately an excellent all round machine for foodies.
I bought the Kenwood Prospero KM265 about two and a half years ago from Argos for £164.99. It seemed like a huge amount of money to me at the time, I was used to little handheld mixers that cost a tenner, but I had just started a home based bakery business and needed something reliable to mix my cakes in. Kenwood do a lot of mixers but most were out of my price range, the Prospero is a great little mixer, it has all the same attachments and uses as a bigger machine, just at a much more affordable price. (I have recently upgraded to the Kenwood Major, please see my other review, which I'm very pleased to say received a crown, eek!)
** What's in the box **
You will find inside the box, the mixer itself, complete with a silver bowl, splash guard, K beater, dough hook, balloon whisk, food processor which includes a chopping blade and three separate discs for grating and slicing and a citrus juicer. There is also a blender.
** What can you use it for **
These machines are very versatile, you can use it to mix up cakes, make pastry, make bread, chop vegetables, mash up potatoes, plus a lot more. You receive a handy little manual which has recipes and instructions for each attachment. There was also a disc included with recipes.
** What are the bits for **
The machine - this a silver free standing mixer with a lid that pops up, you place the mixer bowl under the lid and put it back down. The food processor and blender sit on the top of the machine when the lid is down. It has variable speeds and has a handy guide on top outlining which speeds you should use for which attachment.
There is a small hole at the bottom of the machine where the bowl sits; this little hole lets spills through so you have to remember to move the machine after each use to clean this up.
The power cord can be stored in the back of the machine which is very handy if you need to put it away or move it around. The power cord itself isn't that long though, just over 1 metre.
Mixer Bowl - this is to be used on the main part of the machine and is used with the K Beater (used for creaming cake mixture, mashing potatoes), the dough hook (used for making bread dough or biscuit dough) or the balloon whisk (used for meringues or royal icing). This bowl is so easy to clean so even after a lot of use for over two years; it's still in perfect condition. The K Beater attachment however does show signs of usage now; the coating has been scratched badly. I was a bit disappointed about this because I don't quite know what could have scratched it all off. I don't use anything abrasive on it and it's only ever hand washed.
The splash guard that you use with the mixer is ok but there's definitely room for improvement. It just slides on when you put the lid down which is good as I have to faff about a bit with my new mixer. It does have a gap at the back which is a bit of a pain and I have had flour or whatever fall out at the back. It has a hole at the front for you to add food through; again this isn't great because when you're mixing something like buttercream, the icing sugar can fly up everywhere.
The food processor - this sits at the front, on the top of the machine and comes with the chopping blade, slicing/grating blades and the citrus juicer. The food processor is great for making pastry, chopping vegetables and of course using the citrus juicer you can squeeze delicious orange juice very quickly. The discs are very fiddly to clean as bits of food get stuck in the holes but if you let them soak for a while in hot water, it does make it a bit easier.
The blender - this sits at the back, on the top of the machine and is used for liquidising soups, making smoothies etc. The blades comes off at the bottom to make this easier to clean, I was always a bit wary when putting it back on that I wouldn't have done it properly as it doesn't click or anything but I never had any problems with it. This is a really noisy blender and my dog used to go mad when I used it (even though he was in the living room!)
You can buy additional attachments for this machine which are the meat grinder and continuous juicer, I didn't ever buy these so I can't comment on what they're like. I wouldn't have minded the juicer though as the citrus juicer is of course limited to just citrus fruits.
** Specs **
The body of the machine is made out of plastic and is silver in colour; it weighs 5kg and has wattage of 650W. It has a safety lock so you cannot start any part of the machine unless the top covers are on, the lid is clicked down, the bowl is in place etc. This is a great feature as when you're rushing around, you can maybe forget to put the lid on properly and then you might have a little accident, this will prevent that from happening.
The mixing bowl holds 4.3litres, the capacity for cake is 1.6kg (I could mix up a 10" cake without a problem, any bigger than this and I had to mix it in two parts), the capacity for dough is 500g. It can whisk up to 8 egg whites and can hold up to 450g of flour for pastry.
The dimensions are H28.5 x W24 x D31.5cm.
** My opinion **
I loved this mixer, the only reason I upgraded was because I needed a bigger mixing bowl. Kenwood make very good, reliable machines and this is no different. I used it nearly every day for over two years and never had a single problem with it. I'm sure it would last for decades.
I recently used it again at the same time as my new mixer and I was surprised at how it made a sort of rattling noise, I hadn't ever noticed this and I think it's just because my new one is so smooth. It is noisy but it's not deafening or uncomfortable.
This Kenwood is classed a compact machine and it doesn't take up a massive amount of space on your work top, it's quite lightweight too so easy to move around if you need to.
The Kenwood website has information about the different mixers available and also has manuals, recipes etc. It is a very slow website though.
I would definitely recommend this Kenwood mixer to anybody who is looking for an affordable, reliable mixer that has a lot of different uses.
Having taken up baking in a big way I was looking to upgrade from my simple hand held mixer to one that would save my aching arms and allow me to multi task. I'd also found that my mixer's motor didn't have the power for large batches and even with my biggest bowl too much mix ended up on my kitchen tiles. So I was looking for a reliable stand mixer with a powerful motor and good capacity at a reasonable price. I also wanted to be able to keep it on my kitchen worktop without it taking over the space. The Kenwood Prospero Compact Stand Mixer has fitted the bill nicely.
Firstly, as its name suggests, it is a compact 31.5cm x 24cm x 28.5cm so it doesn't take up too much room. Not having to take it in and out of a cupboard was really important to me, although as it only weighs 5kg it would easily be possible. The matt silver finish is a good match with other kitchen appliances, although as it comes with its own liquidiser, food processor and citrus press I've been able to get of rid of some of them.
It has a decent 650 watt motor and a large 4.3 litre bowl which easily copes with a large cake mix
and it also has a splash guard so I don't have to clean my tiles every time I make a cake. My only problem now is I find it doesn't mix small amounts as efficiently so I'm beginning to think I shouldn't have given away the hand mixer!
The Prospero comes with a K beater, whisk and dough hook which just about covers anything you might want to make and there are 6 speeds so its easy enough to keep control of your mixing. Its a little bit noisy but I was expecting that and it all seems pretty easy to keep clean. My only complaint is that there is not an automatic release button for the beaters so you have to pull them out manually which can be a bit mucky when they're covered in cake mix! And I do find that the design of the K beater means its difficult to remove all the mix from it. One revelation has been the spatula that came with it. I hadn't used one before and I was amazed at how clean it leaves the bowl. Only thing is there's nothing left to lick!
I've used the processor with the simple blades to cut butter into flour for pastry but I haven't yet tried out the various slicing attachments which would make quick work of a coleslaw. And the liquidiser is a full 1.5 litre size so its good for smoothies and will prove useful for soup in the winter. I don't think I will bother with the citrus press though, it seems a bit of an overkill just to squeeze a lemon! There are other attachments you can buy for it though and I would consider buying the mincer.
As I bought this mixer for under £150 it was excellent value for money and Kenwood's track record speaks for itself so I'm expecting it to last me well into retirement.
I won't write out all the technichal details for the mixer as they are already in the product description.
I'm really impressed with this mixer, it has become such an indespensible tool in the kitchen. It really is multi-functioning and it goes beyond being a mixer, as it has a blender / processor and a juicer function.
I find myself using it everyday for some kitchen task or another.
The main reason I bough the mixer is because I make a lot of cooking sauces and dipping sauces. This mixer is perfect for sauces, especially if you intend on making a good quantity for freezing or saving. The bowl is a decent size so you can make a good lot without the need to refill and start again.
One of the functions I find really handy on the mixer is the Cutter attachment. This is so handy when I need to quickly chop an onion or some carrots and the cutis very good, not leaving lots of tiny shreds, but a nice even cut and grate. I also find the attachments easy to clean, and as they are dishwasher safe, it is able to be cleaned without leaving any food left in nooks or crannies. If crumbs or partcles gather, its easy to take apart and clean out.
I've used the juicer attachment a few times, but as I have a dedicated juicer in the kitchen already, its not something I use all the time. It gives a good squeeze without leaving too much pulp in the juice, but I do find that the juice is not as clear as the dedicated juicer that I already have.
Overall, I would say that this is a very hand machine to have in the kitchen. It may not be as precise as a dedicated machine for each individual job, but it is still very versatile.
When using it for cakes it is great as every job on the cake can be done with the machine, from mixing to beating to grating and juicing for frosting or icing.
I'm really pleased with it.
Being the fan of shiny gadgets and kitchens which have a less is more look to them, the Kenwood KM265 Prospero Compact fits perfectly for my needs. Even with my limited cooking ability and demands, I still find that a device of this nature is a necessity.
The first plus point is that it lives upto the compact tag, measuring a modest 31.5cm x 24.0cm x 28.5cm and weighing only 5.0kg it is unlikely to take up that much space in even the smallest of kitchens. The body is a toughened plastic composite coloured in the popular metallic silver that complements every kitchen. It cleans easily with the use of a damp cloth.
It operates using 650w of power through a mains connection. This power is delivered to three outlets, two of which are located on the top. These are used for the citrus juicer, 1.5l liquidiser and food processor and operate on medium or high speeds.
The bowl that is included is a 4.3l stainless steel over which rests a clear plastic splash guard with easy access lid. To mix and ensure all the mixture is used, the KM265 uses what is called the planetary mixing action. It also comes complete with 3 k-lene coated bowl tools. These are a whisk, a dough hook and a K beater, as well as three food processor plates for a variety of slicing actions.
Completing the package is the instruction manual, an interactive cd-rom with 90 recipes in 11 different languages, a spatula, a registration card and a 2 years manufacturers warranty. All this for £145.00 brand new from amazon.co.uk, which is not bad.
Despite it's compact nature, it can still handle whatever I have thrown at it. In order to operate at peak efficiency, you should not excede the maximum capacity of 450g of shortcrust pastry or 500g bread dough or 1.8kg of fruit cake mix or 8 egg whites. I think if you are using more than that your probably a baker and wouldn't be looking at this range anyway. In short it is more than good enough for any home kitchen and definitely good enough for me.
This is a fantastic multi function appliance; handy for baking, but with added attachments like the food processor and juicer this really does become a part of the everyday kitchen.
I use mine frequently, particularly for making dips and blended dishes such as soups and Humus, which it does extremely well. It's also a great size, meaning that provided you're not cooking for the five thousand, you can get most dishes into the processor without having to do it in batches.
The grating/cutting attachments are perhaps a little unnecessary. I think I've only used them once when making a large Coleslaw, but they are handy to have lying around just in case, even if they aren't going to be used regularly. But the automatic juicer is great, especially if you have a lot to do.
The baking bowl and it's attachments are good, though it is probably best to advise that they will only make an impact if you are making something on a fairly large scale or maybe batch baking. I've put ingredients in there for a small sandwich cake and because of the size of the bowl and beater, they have simply stuck to the sides and needed to be done by hand in the end. When I was making a large batch of icing for a wedding cake though, this was ideal. I could throw everything in and pretty much leave it to it while I got on with other things.
Cleaning is perhaps not the easiest, though this is due to the number of parts and the type of foods involved. The stainless steel elements clean up well, but the plastic on the food processor can be difficult to de-grease. The machine itself wipes down pretty easily, though crumbs have a tendency to get caught in some of the cracks and grooves. It really does need a good shake every now and again.
The Kenwood Prospero Compact KM265 is a domestic kitchen machine for family usage / It is fully interlocked for added safety and ideal for simple food preparation / The KM265 has a powerful 650W motor driving 3 outlets / There are two outlets situated at the top of the machine, one high and one medium speed, for running the inclusive liquidiser, food processor and citrus juicer attachment / The bowl outlet runs on a planetary action allowing all the mixture to be picked up from the bowl / Prospero comes complete with 3 K-Lene-coated bowl tools (K-beater, Whisk and Dough Hook) and 3 plates for thick slicing/shredding, thin slicing/shredding and rasping / There are also 2 separate attachments available for the Prospero: a centrifugal juicer attachment for use on the high speed outlet, and a mincer attachment, which can be fixed to the bowl outlet when the head of the machine is lifted up / Short name: Kenwood KM265