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I have wanted a stand mixer for a long time. I love baking at home but sometimes can be such work out after a long day at work! I have been using a hand mixer for years, it did the job well, but it can be messy with ingredients sometimes flies everywhere. We got some John Lewis vouchers for our wedding and thought a stand mixer would be a great addition to our kitchen.
I have to say I always love the appearance of KitchenAid ones, but after reading many reviews I noticed the quality drop reported since it was taken over by the new owner. In contrast, Kenwood seems to be reported consistent on its quality control (Also KitchenAids doesn't do lower price models).
We then had to decide on which model to go for. The KM336 was on price match in John Lewis at £179.95. We use it to make bread, muffins, cupcakes, cakes etc. nothing too complicated, so can't really justify to spend a few hundreds more on a mixer, especially if it does the job. It comes with all the standard attachments a dough hook, k beater, and balloon whisk, all come with non-stick coating. The clear guard on top of the 4.6L mixing bowl has a little hatch to feed ingredients while mixing which I find it is better designed than the KitchenAid's. As a great bonus, this model also comes with a plastic liquidiser.
We have been making fresh bread every other day for the last 3 and half weeks, no trouble in working the dough hard even in large quantities. I baked muffins and cakes every weekend, it had no trouble creaming the butter and sugar even in small quantity (100g butter then 250g sugar), although you do need to scrape the side with a rubber scraper every so often but not a big deal (it comes with a tool to adjust the position of the attachments as well, very easy to do). It also whipped egg white in no time.
Best thing for me is that you only need to wash 1 mixing bowl (which you can leave the dough in it while it rises as well), possibly a measuring bowl and a wooden spoon/scraper every time AND no need to worry about splashing! Taking so much stress out of home baking!
I also find the liquidiser very handy, used it pretty much every day to make smoothies. Although the instruction manual says you shouldn't be using ice as it may scratch the jug, we have been using 3-4 cubes of ice with it every time and so far no problem and it liquidises very well - I can make a smoothie in 7 secs with no chunks! its super easy to clean (I just put soapy water in and pulse it a couple of times on the machine and it pretty much cleans itself in seconds)
I'm now looking to get other attachments for this, e.g. ice cream maker, food processor etc.
Now, a few annoying things need to bear in mind:
* It's noisy, and it doesn't have the nicest motor sound , we have to turn up the TV volume to double every time we turn this machine on
* No handles on the mixing bowl which make taking the bowl off the machine a little tricky if you hand is a bit slippery;
* It doesn't feel as solid compare to the Titanium version or the KitchenAid alternative - but you have to remember that it is £200-300 cheaper as well! You could argue that a metal motor and metal body will make the machine last longer but for the amount you pay you could have bought it 2-3 times over....
* No motor cut out when the mixing head is lifted - something nice to have but doesn't bother me.
I studied hospitality and catering at college so i've used mixers for sometime now, the ones they have at college are kitchen aid ones which are very expensive, yes you get quality and the accessories but you get the quality and accessories with this mixer.
The KM336 is powerful, it's especially useful when creaming or beating ingredients, it can be done within 2-3 minutes, egg whites are easily done.
It has an 800watt power output which is more than enough for home baking, you then get a 4.6 litre mixing bowl which is very big, it also comes with a spatula and 3 mixing tools, a k beater, a whisk and dough hook.
I got a free liquidiser with mine but this may vary. It has 10 speed settings, the fastest will do egg whites in around 30-60 seconds, believe me ive tried it.
It was a very reasonable price, it was £149.99 from tesco, i still have it and will carry on to use it, it just takes the ease out of baking, i think kenwood make very good mixers and give alot of value for money.
It has a very sleek design to it also, not over the top, it also comes apart very easily for cleaning, storage space can be awkard as its quite big, i have a small kitchen so i have to store it back in the box.
What else can i say, its a quality mixer with everything you need to start baking, it's value for money without going over the top and will do the trick.
My advice would be to go for a kenwood doesnt have to be this model but just because it cost loss doesnt mean your not getting quality because you are.
This mixer is by far the best accessory for bakers everywhere. I am a keen cake maker and have been lucky enough to have my eyes opened to the wonder that is the Kenwood Chef.
It comes with three mixing attachments: the k-beater, dough hook and balloon whisk. Each of these performs a different job, the k-beater being used for cakes and biscuits, the dough hook for bread and the balloon whisk for creams and meringues.
As well as the stainless steel bowl it also comes with a blender attachment which can be removed for easy storage, a specially designed spatula for effective bowl scraping and a Kenwood recipe book. The book is brilliant as it has over 150 recipes and it uses step by step instructions of how to create the dishes and which attachments you will need.
All the attachments are dishwasher safe and clean really easily due to the non stick coating that they have.
Cake making is now so easy as you can combine all the ingredients into the bowl and simply leave it to mix while you go and do something else. Also the pizza dough recipe is the best I have ever made.
The blender is also great for making soups and baby purees.
I honestly think you would be hard pressed to find many dishes that you cant make with this chef.
It is extremely good value for money as I have found I use it practically every day.
The only downside that it has is that it is quite loud when it is mixing and it is also quite heavy so not that easy to move around.
This mixer has revolutionised my cooking! It is straightforward to use, there is a splash guard and it makes muffin making, bread mixing, dessert creating a breeze. No more aching arms after using a balloon whisk, just set the Kenwood and off you go. I like to make meringues when we have guests and a special dessert that I call raspberry foam, such recipes used to take ages but with the Kenwood the whole process is over in 10 minutes.
I recommend buying the mincer, (grinder) attachment so that you can whip up cottage pies, sausages or kofta grillers fantastic!
The Kenwood is a pleasure to use, adapting your own recipes to use with it is straightforward and adding attachments is not only easy it can be a great culinary adventure. If you are looking for a mixer, don't hesitate - buy this one and then buy some add ons!
Kenwood food mixer with automatic electronic speed control with pulse, so it maintains speed and power regardless of the load / The Kenwood mixer has a 4.6L capacity, and is supplied with K-beater, whisk, and dough hook attachments for all your kneading, mixing and whisking needs / And, with its pop-up head, changing tools is easy / And, of course, the KM336 uses Kenwood's unique `planetary` mixing action for optimum results / Short name: Kenwood KM336