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I saw a tv programme once about about people who fall in love with inanimate objects. Since getting my kitchenaid, I think I might have become one of those people.
I'd lusted after a Kitchenaid for many years, i've always been a keen cook and each time Nigella appeared on one of cookery shows it just made me want one even more.
My lovely boyfriend bought me a a kitchenaid classic for my birthday about a year and a half ago and its everything i'd hoped for.
Firstly these mixers come in a variety of colours, but the more colourful mixer you pick the more money you are going to shell out. Yes they are pretty but at around £309 for just the white mixer, I would argue that the mixer is expensive enough! Of course, the colour of the mixer doesn't change the sheer brilliance of the mixer either (and it will not clash with everything you own).
Aesthetically this mixer is a thing of beauty. It's got a retro feel and lovely rounded curves. It's heavy too, this is no flimsy bit of kitchen equipment and when in use it will stand firm on your countertop.
It comes as standard with a metal 4 litre bowl (though you can get glass bowls which although pretty pricey do look lovely) and 3 different attachments (Dough hook, wire whisk and a beater). I've found these attachments are all I need for bread making, cake mixing and whisking of creams and egg whites. The dough hook is particularly useful as it takes the hard work out of making bread! The machine itself has an easy to use tilt head which makes it even easier to change attachments.
The machine is not silent as the manufacturers would suggest, not at all and a pretty odd claim to make since hardly any machine is silent! However for a mixer or a kitchen machine of any kind it is pretty quiet and that is probably down to the fact it has a direct drive motor
It is also possible to get other attachments for the machine - i have recently acquired the ice cream maker, but there are various other attachments such as meat grinder and splash shields. The worst part is that all the attachments are really pricey too and i'm pretty sure these machines and parts are much more highly priced in the UK than they are in the US.
All in all I think you can tell that I love this machine, i hate the fact that it's so highly priced and it's the sort of kitchen appliance that is an investment for the long term and if used properly should last you years to come.
KitchenAid mixers have a cult following and often feature in many cookery and bakery programmes on television. Although I had wanted one for a long time I did wonder if I was naively been drawn in by all the hype. Having now owned the kitchenAid K45SS Classic for two years I am happy to say I really wouldn't be without it, for me it's worth every penny and a lot of pennies it is. The kitchenAid K45SS Classic Stand Mixer is eye wateringly expensive, selling currently on Amazon at £293. 69. Although it's not as pricey as it's more colourful cousin the KitchenAid Artisan which sells at nearly £100 more in price and mostly just because the Artisan mixers come in pretty colours and have a handle on the bowl, where as the Classic just comes in standard white colour and with no handle. It's a real shame the KitchenAid range is so much more expensive here than it is in America. Luckily, my fiancé bought me mine a couple of years ago when Amazon had it reduced. If you are keen to buy it's worth keeping any eye on the prices as they do seem to fluctuate.
When you open the box you find the main machine with a stainless steel 4.3 litre bowl, instruction book and three attachments (more on which coming up). The mixer's head tilts back, which allows easy access to the bowl. This is done easily via a sliding paddle located on the top right of the mixer. The bowl is sturdy and durable and at 4.3 litres is large enough in capacity to prepare large quantities of food, lots of cakes in my case. You really need to make sure you have enough space to sit your mixer, its dimensions are approximately 28 x 41 x 41cm. Fully metal in construction and approximately 12 Kg in weight means the mixer can not be moved around easily. Mine is a permanent feature on my worktop, initially I though this would be a really pain but as I use the mixer so often it really is the most convenient option for me. It really does look super stylish anyway and I think the mixers are designed for being on show. Once in place on your worktop the machine stays firmly put. It has rubber feet to help keep it in place and because of its weight there is no worry of it toppling over and it doesn't move around at all when its motor is on, even on the highest speed setting.
The mixer comes with three standard basic attachments, a flat paddle beater, a dough hook and a whisk. The paddle mixer and dough hook are enamel coated white and the whisk is stainless steel. They are sturdy to touch and built to last. I find them easy to attach to the machine with a simple twist and push into the mixer's hub. Once locked in place the attachment is ready to get to work. The dough hook makes light work of kneading dough. I love baking bread but could never get the hand of kneading. Since getting my KichenAid I now knead all dough in the mixer for five minutes and luckily I can't tell any difference in quality between machine kneaded and hand kneaded bread. I use the flat beater for making cakes and the whisk for whipping things like cream, it mixes ingredients evenly and thoroughly. I do find accessing the bowl to scrape the sides mid mix a little difficult, you either have to remove the beater (getting mix on your fingers in the process) or remove the bowl but this means the mix drips down onto the base of the machine. I haven't really found away round this but it is a minor niggle really. There are additional attachments available and these can be bought from Amazon. These include things like an ice cream maker, pasta attachment and a food grinder/slicer. Although I don't yet own any of these, I hope to in the future and think it makes the KitchenAid even more versatile in its use. It is worth noting the additional attachments are on the pricey side though and range in price anywhere between £50-£100. If required, you can buy an extra stainless steel bowl or even a swish looking glass bowl but again this will cost around £50.
It has a power output of 250watts and there are ten mixing speed settings in total, 1 is the slowest and 10 the fastest. This may sound like a lot of settings but believe me I often find myself using all of the speed settings as I like the flexibility this offers. Speed is easily adjusted via a sliding paddle located on the top left of the mixer. You do need to make sure you have the machine on the correct speed for the task, this helps ensure you get the best result but also prevents the mixer motor from being unduly loaded. For example, setting 2 is ideal for kneading dough, whereas setting 8 is perfect for whisking egg whites and for making buttercream for cake fillings.
One bonus for me is that the machine is very easy to keep clean with a wipe of damp cloth. This is because the mixer is smooth and rounded and there are no fiddly bits to try and get at. The bowl and attachments are very easy to wash also. I believe the majority of mixer parts are dishwasher safe, however I prefer to wash mine in warm soapy water as its easy enough. I am always put off by kitchen gadgets that actually make you spend more time in the kitchen washing up all the fiddly parts. This is definitely not the case for the KitchenAid.
The description from KitchenAid state the direct drive motor makes the machine silent. Unfortunately, I have to disagree with this. When in use the mixer does make some noise. This is not bothersome to me and it's a lot quieter than a lot of the other mixers out there. I think the motor makes quite a unique sound, when I first used it. I thought maybe there was something wrong with it. Further investigation led me to realise that there was nothing whatsoever wrong and the noise is perfectly normal for the KitchenAid.
Despite one or two minor niggles, I find the benefits of the kitchenAid K45SS far outweigh any niggles. If you can afford it and do a lot of baking I would be happy to recommend it.
I purchased the kitchenaid mixer with some money that we had been given as a wedding present, 8 years ago. The mixer still looks fantastic on my worktop and shows absoutely no signs of aging! I have to say it was one of my best investments and really does show that it is often worth spending money and buying the best.
The kitchenaid brand itself is extremely popular in America and is fast become a classic brand over here! It is known for producing reliable and sturdy equipment and is often the brand of choice for commercial kitchens!
This mixer is a solid piece of equipment and is extremely heavy. The weight is necessary as it has an extremely powerful motor. As a result it is able to mix large amounts in its huge bowl without an issue. The mixer itself comes with a whip, dough hook and mixing paddle. However, you can also buy additional attachments such as a sausage stuffer, pasta roller, mincer and grinder.
The mixer itself has 10 different speeds to enable you to mix accurately. It also has a fantastic cookbook which comes free that gives loads of different ways in which you can use your mixer.
The kitchenaid cost us £300 8 years ago. It is an expensive product, but it is worth it! It looks amazing, mixes anything and everything without an issue and is completly timeless. Kitchenaid are also happy to repair the product for years after your purchase.
The only downside of the kitchenaid is that it costs considerably more than it does in the USA however, this appears to be a common problem with lots of different items!
This is in every way a classic diamond, and without a doubt the pride of my kitchen counter, looking so amazing that I`m proud to be the owner of this KitchenAid Stand Mixer in white... The brand of KitchenAid is a brand that takes a lot of your money, but I do not regret having bought this product, as it`s one of the few products in my kitchen where I really have allowed myself something special, and also, it just looks so darn good!
This is a 250 Watts kitchen machine, meaning that it deals with whatever work very efficient and quick, not even the heaviest bread dough is a challenge for this machine, with a bowl that can take 4.3 liters, the bowl itself in stainless steel, and if you prefer it, it can easily be washed in a dishwasher, but there`s really no hassle washing it by hand either... The dough hook and whire whip can also be washed in a dishwasher, and this equipment is superb for whipping up batters or blending dough, I don`t think there`s anything this machine cannot acchieve! There`s ten different speed levels to choose from, allowing you to find the speed that works best for you and your use, whether it`s making a pizza dough or mixing minced meat... When looking under the machine, there`s rubber feet that makes sure that this machine doesn`t slip and slide on the counter, it stands very sturdy and still, even during the highest speed level, where I also have to mention that the level of noise is surprisingly low, in fact, it`s not an annoying factor whatsoever...
This is a very solid and sturdy machine that will take year after year of use, and with a classic, yet modern white design, this legendary piece of kitchen equipment will look amazing long into the future, and in my opinion, this is an investment for the future, as it`s certain to last you for decades! I really do love my KitchenAid classic, and seeing as it`s by far the most expensive equipment in my kitchen, I`m pleased to rapport that this product is well worth the money, and then some! A diamond, well deserving of five gold stars!
This is a cut down version of the Artisan that you see everywhere, I believe Amazon is one of the few places tha you can buy this mixer easily.
The key differences between this mixer and the more expensive model are:
-No handle on the bowl
-A slightly less powerful motor
-Only comes in white
-No splash guard around the bowl.
Other than that, I can't tell the difference, I've used both and the only thing I've really missed is the handle on the bowl when making marshmellow.
The mixer itself I managed to buy at the bargin price of £150 but I haven't seen it that price in a long time, at 270 its a expensive tool for the kitchen but its something your unlikely to replace in the future. In the event it does go bang repairs are available and buying a new one would be a last restort.
The mixer comes with a selection of whisks and beaters, I haven't used the dough hook as I do this by hand. The other two mixers work well get to all the corners and the double orbital action really does mix well.
The cap on the front is for other power tools e.g. coffee grinder but there quite limited in range and expensive.
Overall its a very heavily and well made machine, it feels like its going to outlast me and if it did break you can use it to hold the house down incase of strong winds.
The rugged, all-metal design and 250-watt, 10-speed motor of this KitchenAid mixer make heavy duty mixing a cinch / The unique Kitchen Aid mixing action-with the beater moving clockwise and the shaft moving counter-clockwise-mixes all ingredients evenly and thoroughly with no need to rotate the bowl / Tilt-up head eases cleaning, and rubber feet ensure stability / Includes 4-1/2-qt / stainless steel bowl, flat beater, dough hook and wire whip / Short name: Kitchenaid K45SS