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Beautiful, but falls short.
on 25 November 2013
While this is beautiful machine that would look stylish in any kitchen and does exactly what a mixer is required to do, it disappoints slightly.
For my baking, the biggest peeve is needing to constantly halt the machine to use a spatula on the sides of the bowl. The paddle/whisk tends to leave a lot of mixture clinging to the side of the bowl and unlike others I've tried (Andrew James/Kenwood/Kitchen Aid) the mixture tends to come out a little uneven with bits of unmixed flour popping up needing a lot of checking.
The control is very straight forward unlike a lot of the newer models which add digital timers, variation speed features and different modes of spinning/hook movement. All you have here is a lock and eight variations on speed. Simple and easy to come to grips with for someone who doesn't want complicated technology that requires a lot of instruction manuals and mistakes to learn from.
Comes with the basic bog standard attachments, whisk (great for beating cream or making smooth batters), dough hook (essential for making bread or pastry) and a paddle which is great for handling things like cake batter or cookie dough.
For a starter mixer, this is pretty decent although it is a bit pricy. For the same price I'd suggest skipping this one and going with something like the 1000/1500 watt Andrew James models which come with a 5.2 litre or 7.5 litre bowl but if this goes down in price considerably (about £60) then it'd be more than adequate.
For someone just beginning to get into baking, this would be ideal (at a good price), but for the serious baker who plans on using their machine excessively, I don't see this holding up/performing as efficiently as needed on a regular basis.
I think for the most part more effort was made on design and attractiveness than the actual functionality of the machine. It almost feels like this is intended for those who want a machine to display in their modern kitchen rather than use...