Product Type: Kenwood mixers
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Small but perfectly formed!
Member Name: minimunchkin
Advantages: Affordable, versatile, reliable
Disadvantages: Splashguard could be improved
** 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.
Summary: A great machine for the budding baker :)