Product Type: Kitchenaid mixers
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best thing in my kitchen
Kitchenaid Artisan KSM150PS
Member Name: grey2duster
Kitchenaid Artisan KSM150PS
Advantages: durability, solidity, ease of use looks
at nearly £400 this isn't cheap(there is one on amazon listed at £9999.00 but you do get free postsge?) but as soon as you get it out of the box you can tell it is a quality item that is built to last It comes with a stainless steel bowl, balloon whisk for whipping cream, a flat beater for beating eggs, mixing cakes etc, a dough hook and plastic splash guard.
It has ten speeds from very slow to very fast, you need to keep an eye on your cream if using the whisk on the faster settings as I have turned my cream into butter a few times.
It mixes cakes well and there is ample room to add ingredients without stopping the machine and lifting the blade out of the bowl. When you want to lift blade or whisk out you pull the knob on the side and the top half of the machine simply hinges effortlessly up and locks in position. the advantage of this is that any mixture on your attachment drops back into the bowl and not all over your work surface.
The dough hook is really good and because of the weight of the machine you can leave to knead for five minutes while you go and do something else, something I have not been able to do with other mixers I have had because I was always worried that they would start bouncing along the worktop if the mix got too heavy. I found myself a simple bread recipe and you can tip in the ingredients and turn the machine on, maybe giving it a faster kneading at the end and adding a little more water or flour as needed. Then just cover it in the bowl and an hour or so later you have got bread or pizza dough. You can probably tell that I really like making bread with this machine because it is so good, bread making was something that I had tried in the past but gave up because of the mess, time and effort required, now I make bread at least once a week( my next purchase might be a bread maker for Christmas).
Having trained as a chef(the catering college used these machines which is a testament to durability) I appreciate the solidity and reliability of this machine, however one of its best attributes is also one of it downfalls and that is its weight. Whilst being so heavy is a bonus when it comes to the machine not vibrating and jumping about it is a bit of a brute when it comes to lifting it in and out of a cupboard- this isn't a problem if like me you leave it permanently out, after all I like the slightly retro look and they are available in lots of colours, but you wouldn't want to drop this on your floor tiles, or even you!r foot !
The dough hook and cake mixing blade are enamelled which is now getting a bit chipped so be careful with their storage but this machine has been around for years so spare parts are easy to order unlike some appliances which to change by the minute.
The only other problem I have had is with the hinge pin vibrating loose and every now and again I have to push it back in, but it's nothing major, I would be interested to hear if anyone else has had this problem.
It you are serious about your baking and can afford this then I would certainly recommend this machine
Summary: brilliant, would never buy another mixer, hopefully wont have to