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Can't Fault a Single Thing About It.
on 15 May 2013
I bought the KMM770 at the beginning of December 2012 and have been thrilled with it every day. At the time it cost £329.99. I am 31 and had spent a lot of time researching the best machine for me; one that I hope will do the first few decades of married life! I found reviews on Amazon to be really useful in my research so will write one myself in the hope it helps someone else.
I decided against the Kitchenaid in favour of the Kenwood simply because of the range of attachments; the Kitchenaid seeming to be more use for those who make a lot of sweet foods, whereas the broad spectrum of attachments available for the Kenwood attracted me because I mainly use my machine for savoury foodstuff; bread dough (who has the energy and time to knead pizza dough by hand on a week night?!), crepe batter (savoury crepes a new favourite easy-meal simply because this machine makes the job so easy) etc. I also learned that the cute K-Mix doesn't have the same attachment outlets, meaning limitations I wasn't prepared to accept in exchange for 'style'. I was only considering Chef models until I saw this model at a very competitive price during the American Black Friday Sale in December, which allowed me to spend what I was expecting to, but get a much bigger and better (more powerful and with several included items) machine. I would not consider a plastic bodied machine after seeing one on display somewhere and feeling it was too flimsy and, well, plasticky. Not worth the perceived saving; better to spend a little more and go for metal body every time.
Size-wise I am thrilled, I was dreading the arrival of a monster -more having to find space for one in my modest kitchen.. however I am thrilled to have both capacity and space! Now when I see a 'Chef' I can't understand how people cope. I have not found it distressingly noisy; the machine could be made quieter but I am sure that either its compact design or price would suffer for it as noise reduction is only achievable by using quieter components (£££) or building in noise dampening (bigger machine body). I am happy with my machine as it is and would never dream of trying to converse with somebody whilst blitzing fresh coffee. I have not so far regretted the fact the the KMM770's motor is 1200W rather than the 1500W on some other Major models.
The stainless steel bowl is great and I love that it is without handles on this version. They would just get in the way when trying to wash it up, or take up space in the fridge. The thermo-glass jug is a brilliant inclusion for smoothies, for ice in cocktails and blitzing soups -would have cost £50 to buy separately and is a huge plus. The splash guard is brilliant, even if the fit is a little slack; it is held in place on the machine by two small notches which align onto two blobs on the machine head. The flap to pour stuff in is the perfect size and it's another surprisingly clever addition. It does threaten to fall off but usually because the notches are not quite aligned onto the blobs (that will make sense if you have a look at the machine).
I immediately bought the spice mill attachment for the high-speed (top) outlet; something I consider essential -four little glass jars with lids and the mill attachment itself, I can whiz up two separate sauces for pasta in a moment (husband likes home-made pesto, I love lemon and olive oil with black pepper) and have a constant supply of freshly ground black pepper without having to crunch a pepper mill endlessly over a vat of bolognese sauce.
My only problem when I opened the box was that Amazon appeared to list the new Flexi-beater as an included item. When the HUGE box arrived there was no sign of it, and no mention of it on the box itself despite having been mentioned in the comparison chart and the item listing. I called Amazon and they kindly sent me one, I find it very useful. I still have to scrape the bowl a little but think that is a case of requiring adjustment rather than a flaw in the design. I believe the Kitchenaid JUST has the edge on that one..! However, as I rarely use the machine for cake type batters it is not really a big problem, and a spatula is supplied after all.
In summary I am certain I made the right choice for my stand mixer, and will continue to expand my assortment of attachments, all of which will improve my chances of bothering to try new recipes -home made sausages, pasta and ice-cream, anyone..?