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    Anyone know anything about kitchen mixers?

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    My wife just yelled out that her Kenwood Junior Chef mixer is stuffed. Right in the middle of preparing mini cupcakes. :o Weve had it for around 10 years and although its been OK, its quite plasticy and performance has never been "wow". Anyone out there know anything about higher end baking machines? Something like my Compak K3 PB would do the trick (if it had attachments that spun around). She says the new one should be able to do "stiff dough"... :-?. I think there is Kenwood Chef which is a step up, any others? She bakes a lot. Thanks :)

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    Re: Anyone know anything about kitchen mixers?

    I dont know much about them but I would love to have one!

    The Kenwood Chef is the top of the Kenwood range as I know it. It probably has a bigger motor and certainly has a bigger bowl than the Junior. It also is stainless and metal as opposed to plastic.

    Then there are the other machines that are in the same range, like the KitchenAid. They are also very good build quality and worth a look, similar looks too. Though I think that the Kenwood has the kudos as it really has been around forever.

    Funny enough, Sunbeam does a similar machine in their so called Cafe Series but I wouldnt touch one with a fifty foot barge pole. Sunbeam had this style of machine for years too. Id only stay away from them because of the current coffee machine that seems to have endless problems.


    Happy shopping!

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    Re: Anyone know anything about kitchen mixers?

    Well...I just went to the Peters of Kensington site and they had both the Kenwood and the KitchenAid.

    The Kenwood has by far a much bigger motor at 700watts whereas the KitchenAid has only a 300watt motor.

    You might be better off sticking with the Kenwood range, Buschy...

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    Hi Buschy,

    Ive owned 2 Sunbeam Mixmasters, the first was my Grandmothers 1950s model, which I inherited and used for about 10 years, until it decided to leak ucky black grease/oil into my pav one day. I replaced it with the current one about 15 years ago, which is still as good as the day I got it, with regular to sometimes heavy use. Dough hooks were available but I didnt bother with them.

    You would have to check out the model thats availble now, it should be cheaper than the Kenwood and just as good, I used kenwoods at school in the 70s, and thought I wanted one until the $$$ came into the mix. Theres also the "Euro" style thing that comes in many colours, Im not sure of the brand (maybe Kitchen Aid?) but I think they are around the $600 mark.

    Happy shopping :)

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    I have purchased only last year a kenwood 400W Patissier Mixer for the kitchen and my daughter that was used to commercial Kitchen Aid mixers
    She says the Kenwood is better
    Ohh I forgot to say the colour we got is pink



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    Re: Anyone know anything about kitchen mixers?

    Quote Originally Posted by 22323E3E25300E36303D510 link=1249548299/2#2 date=1249553189
    The Kenwood has by far a much bigger motor at 700watts whereas the KitchenAid has only a 300watt motor.

    When my partner and I were buying our mixer, we asked the salesperson about the difference. In short the belt in the kitchen aid is direct contact, hence it doesnt require the same wattage.

    FWIW, after a few weeks umm-ing and arr-ing we went with the KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus. We saw the attachments to the other brands and the looked really "cheap" to us. The Kitchen Aid, though more expensive was a more solid machine, and it works quite a treat.

    Good luck with your purchase

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    Re: Anyone know anything about kitchen mixers?

    Hello all,
    Our family(really my partners side)is full of incredible cooks, and a chef, they will back teh Kitchenaid any day of the week, the kenwood are good, but they said that there is no comparison between the two, thats my families opinion anyway,

    just as some personal info, i found the kenwood was not as refined and heavy as teh cast iron cousin, and the beaters dont scrape out the bottom of the bowl like the kitchenaid,

    we cater for various functions, and the most recent was a wedding reception for 110 ppl, we did the wedding cake and desert for every one, it was nine tripple layered cakes and the 3 teired main event cake, the kitchenaid ran continuous for hours upon hours upon hours, never getting hot or skipping a beat(pun intended)

    Just my 2 cents worth

    cheers and good luck! :)

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    Re: Anyone know anything about kitchen mixers?

    ps, it will cost more, around $799 i think, but it will last 20 years easy....

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    Re: Anyone know anything about kitchen mixers?

    Thanks. I think she has now narrowed it down to the Kenwood EON Pro and the Kitchenaid model that is taller and more $$ than the "Artisan". She wants something heavy and robust and doesnt mind spending the extra cash ($850>$1000). One of the things that she doesnt like, that WSully pointed out, is that the Kenwood doesnt seem to scrape out the bottom of the bowl. I have a feeling were going to end up with the Kitchenaid. I just hope it isnt a purple one!

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    Re: Anyone know anything about kitchen mixers?

    yeah and it is a problem, especially when doing cakes, you have to stop, scrape, start.....alot! pain in the bum!

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    Re: Anyone know anything about kitchen mixers?

    Ive had a Kitchen Aid--very nice, solid. Some solidness/weight is cheap metal though.

    Ive got the Chef--also very nice, solid-ish, some plastics. Works about the same as the Kitchen Aid but I only bake occasionally.

    I bought the Chef when the money was tight, and I wanted something as close to the Kitchen Aid as possible.

    The Kitchen Aid is way prettier!

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    Re: Anyone know anything about kitchen mixers?

    Kenwood and also their mixers have been in my family for what must now be 30+ years and they have never skipped a beat.
    Mine was picked up second hand for a song and must die one day as no idea of early history but it has travelled around the world with me on shipping containers and still not missing a beat. If I had to replace it would be with the similar machine, as mentioned above 700w options. They are actually a bargain in my eyes.
    Many people, particularly Brits, like KitchenAid but I have looked at them and dont think they are as robust but ecah to their own.
    The kenwood wont let you down - good luck with the decision

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    Re: Anyone know anything about kitchen mixers?

    I have been selling kitchen appliances for 10yrs the following are good products for what your after - in no order.
    The Kenwood KMIX released last year is in direct response to the Artisan, very popular, also in variious colours , very similar to Artisan in in build, seem like a good performer & reliable for something in the market for only aboout 18-24mths.
    The kitchen aid Artisan has a direct drive 300w motor - is a very good product, madein USA, cast body - heavy, sometimes has issues with locking down, mincers, pasta makers etc available as add ons.
    Kenwood Chef just as good, 1100w motor (not DD), add ons available, hasn`t really changed in many many years ( if it ain`t broke etc), comes with poly bowl, or S/S depends on model , bowl is only difference, some available now with bonus mincer or blender in pack & S/S bowl. Very Very Reliable workhorse.
    If your after something that is still good, but woth no add on features, the Kenwood Patissier is good little unit as well.
    The twin motor Sunbeam 850 - reliability issues in general - might look like grans old one but thats about it.
    If you have any other Qs just PM me.
    cheers

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    Re: Anyone know anything about kitchen mixers?

    I have a Kenwood Chef, one of the old ones with a glass bowl - circa 1970s perhaps. It was left in a commercial kitchen in a building some friends leased, and looks to have had a hard life - but still works just fine. If the current models are half as tough as the old ones, Id have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone!

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    Re: Anyone know anything about kitchen mixers?

    Probably the ultimate mixer is a Robot Coupe SP-800S (8L jobbie), but as an ex-chef (short time) I can recommend the chef as being solid - apart from the grease issue over ~20 years (have seen that before). Ive never seen a kitchenaid mixer last more than a few years before developing an electrical problem.

    YMMV

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    Re: Anyone know anything about kitchen mixers?

    I had a milestone birthday yesterday and was absolutley stoked when I unwrapped this gift from my wife *:) :)

    Kenwood Major!
    Apart from havinga coffee addiction, I brew beer from scratch and love cooking especially charcuterie and baking so I was well happy to say the least. From the reading I have done the Kenwoods whilst not being as retro cool or chunky looking as the KAs are actually a more powerful mixer. Plus it brings back childhood memories of the old Kenwood that my mum used to use all the time when I was a kid, I hope mine grow up *with the same memories.



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