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I bought this as I was fed up having to stand with a hand mixer waiting for meringues to peak etc. It has been a brilliant buy. It is quite large and very heavy so I leave it out permanently on display on the kitchen work unit. It looks really nice and not out of place. It is a pale cream colour and a lovely shade.
It has been great for making brandy butter, meringues, mixing cakes etc. I just put all the ingredients in the big stainless steel bowl, turn it on and carry on preparing other dishes while it mixes. The speed settings go from very gentle to super fast.
There is also a dough mixer but I haven't used it yet. This Kenwood mixer is a brilliant buy, and at last I can make meringues without standing in the kitchen for ages.
I keep all the accessories in the bowl when not in use.
I bought this mixer about 18 months ago. It is an absolute delight to use. I was lusting after a Kitchen Aid mixer but just couldn't justify the prices. After a bit of research online I came across the Kenwood MX270.
First the important bit - the mixer comes in two colours Cream or Red. I have the cream one and which matches perfectly with several other kitchen items.
The mixer unit itself is quite heavy (7.9 kg) and sturdy. But not suitable for storage up high. It comes with a great steel mixing bowl and three attachments. There is a whisk, a dough hook and a beater. Also included is a recipe book which has some good recipes. I've used several of the pastry recipes from this book.
The manual says not to wash the attachments in the dishwasher. Well I have and they're still working away, none the worse. The bowl can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher. The unit itself is cleaned easily with a wipe of a damp cloth.
You can purchase replacement attachments and mixing bowls online. I'm sure this is if you lose your originals. Can't see them breaking as they are really solid.
The mixing unit itself is tall (cm - 43.1L x 27.1W x 43.0H) and may not fit under a standard kitchen wall press. I have mine in a cupboard and have to lift it to the island to use. You could easily leave this mixer out on display. The top of the mixer lifts up to allow you to attach the whisk etc and remove the bowl.
There are 12 speed settings that you can use. You need to move gradually between the settings. There is a whirring sound when mixing and you can hear the mixer gearing up to the next speed. But it's not lound enough to make a racket. The mixer does move about quite a lot when mixing dough or large quantities of cake mix. So make sure you position it well away from the counter or table edge.
Do not exceed the recommended maximum amount of flour or mix. I tried to be clever and make a double batch of pastry which exceeded the 500 g limit. Lucky I was close by as the mixer started to smoke. No damage done.
Overall the mixer is very easy to use. My oldest daughter uses it a couple of times a month. While I use it every week at least once. I am delighted that I didn't pay out for a Kitchen Aid as I can't see what it could do better than this mixer. This is one of the few appliances that I can see me passing on to my children. But only when I'm grey and decrepit!
Well, I had this product for a birthday present and I can honestly say it is the best birthday present I have ever received.
The mixer had 6 speed settings, a sturdy stainless steel mixing bowl which is so easy to wash and 3 attachments for all your different cooking needs. It also looks quite retro for someone with a "trendy" kitchen.
I have never had any sort of mixer before and have always mixed cakes etc by hand which takes a good deal of time and effort. The Kenwood mixer takes half the time and a lot less effort with the same rewarding goodies at the end of it.
I have been able to use my mixer to make butter (using the whisk attachment) cakes (using the beater) and bread, which i make most days(using the dough hook). There's very little now that I don't make using my Kenwood mixer and as it's a little smaller than conventional mixers (like the Magi mix) its sits nicely on the side without looking imposing in my smaller kitchen. A plus is that it also costs less than half the price of the larger units.
I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking about taking up cooking again or is looking for a new mixer.
Short name: Kenwood MX270