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Maximum brownie points from my wife!
on 26 September 2015
I bought this for my wife about 3 years ago now. At the time, they were using the Kitchenmaid Artisan on Bakeoff though I see this year they are using these!
3 years in and my wife says 'I can't live without it'. From my perspective, neither can I - because the cakes she makes with it are out of this world. I always think that you can tell the quality of a modern product by its weight. May mixers and processors that you can buy these days are lightweight and made of cheap plastic. Not the case with this - Kenwood are a big name in Stand Mixers, and they haven't disappointed with this. It weights a tonne - so if you have trouble lifting and would need to move this frequently, then bear this in mind. There is lots of metal in this mixer - and everything just screams high quality, even the clicking noise when the hinge mechanism locks into place.
The motor must be sizeable - it handles whatever you can throw at it.
The K Mix comes with a myriad of different attachments - from whisks to dough attachments and the 'K Mix' attachment for cakes. I believe you can buy even more - for making pasta etc. We have never needed these.
Whilst my wife uses this mainly for cakes, I make meringue with the K Mix and it does this very, very well. Using the whisk attachment you can get a lot of air into the egg white and you will have stiff peaks before you know it.
One thing that does irritate my wife and I is what I assume is a safety feature. If you have the mixer on, and turn it off, before you turn it on again you have to turn the dial to on (nothin will happen) then off again, and then on. A strange feature - and caught us out initially - but once we figured that out it was fine.
You can buy cake mixers cheaper but I can guarantee that they won't be as good as this. This is a product that, like the original Kenwood stand mixers, will last almost a life time. Yes they cost money - but you'll replace a cheaper one twenty times before this one will give up the ghost. With that, it's a fashion statement as well as a highly functional piece of machinery - and now that they use these on Bakeoff, I bet sales will go through the roof! We bought Almond Cream (pictures attached) but I think these come in hundreds of different colours.
If you want a great stand mixer of sublime quality and that looks superb in any kitchen, buy a K Mix. It will not disappoint. If you have a wife that likes baking, buy her one of these - you will earn maximum brownie points!