Product Type: Kitchenaid mixers
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Kitchenaid Artisan KSM150PS
Member Name: leakhan
Kitchenaid Artisan KSM150PS
Date: 25/04/11, updated on 26/04/11 (53 review reads)
Advantages: excellent standing mixer with good range of attachments available
Disadvantages: expensive if its not something you'll be using regularly
I should start by saying that I run a cupcake business from home. When I started, I was using an electric whisk! My first big purchase was the Kitchenaid and by big, I mean the price. Priced around the £400 mark, I would suggest that you only buy one if you need one. They look stunning as a piece of kit on the worktop but if its going to sit there looking fab and gathering dust, then there's no point. As beautiful as it looks, however, it works like a dream! Honestly, the best money I've ever spent - but that's beacuse I use it for bulk cake-making on a daily basis.
The Artisan range comes in a vast array of colours, with limited edition colours coming out from time to time. They also produce other kitchen gadgets to match the mixer (only available is selected colours) such as toasters, blenders and coffee makers. These are all very expensive, with the coffee machine priced at around £400 and the blender at £250.
The body of the artisan mixer itself is highly lacquered steel which stays shiny and is super easy to clean. It does, however, weigh an absolute ton! Really heavy and sturdy, you can feel the quality as well as see it. The top, which holds the motors and the attachments is lifted from its working position over the bowl by a manual lever rather than anything high-tech and I think that this adds to its overall honestly as a genuine hard-working machine. Its extremely powerful and has 10 speed settings, again controlled by manual lever. At the higher speeds, the mixer is quite loud which is, I admit, one of its negative points. However, given that it is a 300watt machine, it is to be expected to some extent. it has a reasonable long power cord, so I find it easy to position in the kitchen.
As standard, it comes with a 4.8litre stainless steel bowl but glass bowls are available from Kitchenaid stockists, as are replacement steel ones (both priced at around £50). The steel bowl is not suitable for the dishwasher and neither is the balloon whisk attachment which is somewhat irritating.
The whisk attachment itself is excellent though. It'll whip eggwhites in a few minutes, but be careful not to overwhip as it is very quick! You may end up with butter rather than whipped cream sooner than you'd think!
The other standard attachments are a beating blade and dough hook - both of which are dishwasher friendly due to the white enamel coating. The blade is fabulous for cakes, buttercreams and batters and the bowl is of sufficient capacity to mix an eight egg sponge or madeira recipe. I also use it for mashing potatoes believe it or not! The dough hook is very well angled and makes a very good loaf of bread. It also comes with a pouring guard which sits on top of the bowl for the purposes of avoiding spillage when adding ingredients to the mixer when the blades are still moving. This is made of clear plastic and is of quite a sturdy construction.
The range of additional attachments avaiable includes an icecream maker, mincer, juicer, vegetable chopper and even a tin opener. Depending on the attachment they either attach to the rotor over the bowl, or by the attachment hub at the front. of the machine Attachment prices vary, but they aren't cheap! The icecream maker, for example costs around £60.
Over the course of time, the rotor tends to move slightly out of position, causing the mixer attachment to bump against the sides of the bowl when mixing. This can damage both the machine and the bowl, so do make sure that you adjust the holding bolt as needed. This is located just above the hinge and can be easily seen when the top of the machine is lifted from its working position over the bowl. It is easily adjusted with a standard flat head screwdriver.
The other piece of advice I can give is to make sure that you mail your guarantee! You get a free recipe book which is very good - a proper hardback book, not some leaflet! and it means that you are covered for mechanical fault for 5 years.
Treat your kitchenaid well and it will last you a lifetime! Fabulous piece of kit!
Summary: brilliant mixer, very versatile and of excellent quality
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