Product Type: Kenwood mixers
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Neat and Nifty!
Member Name: DaisyY
Advantages: Compact and multi functional, ideal for a small kitchen
Disadvantages: Not so good for small batches
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.
Summary: An excellent value for money product for the home baker
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