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Initial post: 14 May 2010 20:17:32 BDT
Keren says:
I'm in a confused state - I'm definitely going to buy one, but i just don't know which brand to buy. Both have excellent reviews so i wondered if anyone had experience of both. I have to be honest though and say that i'm favouring the KitchenAid, only because they look much more attractive and no other reason than that. Any help would be greatly appreciated

Posted on 17 May 2010 22:21:17 BDT
I would go for the kitchenAid - solid and hard wearing

Posted on 18 May 2010 07:54:51 BDT
Grapeel01 says:
My mothers Kenwood dates from the 1960's and still goes on and on. We brought an 120 quid molineaux and that lasted 2-3 years before some of the vital plastics cracked with use. We then brought a modern Kenwood Chef (top of the range) 4 years ago and it is perfect. Strong and robust, with lots of attachments. It is the professional choice. A word of warning, the KictchenAid's base looks very light (unlike the Kenwoods), if you plan to make bread you will find that the lighter base will vibrate and move around (this movement is caused by the torque produced by the blade as it turns the dough). The heavier Kenwood will resist this tendency. Also it is made in the UK and not an import from the USA! If u shop around online you may be able to get one cheaper than the shops. Can't understand why you think the KitchAid is better looking - for me it looks cheap and nasty.

Posted on 18 May 2010 13:29:30 BDT
Miss Daisy says:
I know that KitchenAid is visually appealing but I've used both and prefer the Kenwood ( I have the Kenwood Major and my daughter has the Chef) The reason I decided to go for the Kenwood is that it is incredibly robust (my original machine worked for many, many years) The Kenwood is brilliant at handling anything you throw at it - and is robust and doesn't move or vibrate even with a heavy load of bread dough. I have ALL the attachments (another advantage) and the pasta fresca attachment is used several times a month - a particular hit with my young grandchildren. I would recommend this without reservation.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 May 2010 13:56:55 BDT
KJ says:
I've been using my Kenwood Chef for the last five years and would recommend it to anyone. Good accessories too! Don't be seduced by design.

Posted on 18 May 2010 18:55:28 BDT
A. White says:
I have my Kenwood Chef 31 years and it is still going strong. Never gave any trouble.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2010 17:53:47 BDT
Gaby says:
I have been using a Kenwood Chef for 30 years and would certainly recommend it. Having said that I have friends with Kitchen Aid and they are equally enthusiastic, they are both robust and have a good selection of attachments. There probably is not alot to choose between the two, I think whichever you choose you will be pleased. Go for the one which you feel drawn to. By the way extra attachments are expensive for both, so think caefully before you splurge.

Posted on 20 May 2010 18:30:05 BDT
R. Ryan says:
I work in a bakery, where I use a Kenwood Chef that is approximately 40 years old. It's a workhorse, for sure.
However, I just recently ordered myself a Kitchenaid Artisan, which I have coveted for way too long. It is an amazing piece of equipment, I must say. It is SO solid, you will be amazed. It is beautiful. I have a tiny kitchen, so my cabinet space is limited. The Kenwood Chef isn't really pretty enough to get pride of place on the countertop. The kitchenaid is a piece of machinery that NEEDS to be shown off!
Also, there is a 5 year guarantee. You can get a wide array of attachments, such as the ice cream maker. The great thing I discovered is that you can actually use the attachments from the States, which are way cheaper. (I called Kitchenaid to confirm that they are compatible)
If you order before the end of May you can get a free set of Kitchenaid Utensils, plus the free cookbook. You might need to call Kitchenaid to get them to send you the Request Form for the free stuff, as I had to do that myself. Definitely shop around, you can save about £50 by doing so.

Posted on 20 May 2010 23:43:53 BDT
I own a kitchen aid (sooo pretty!) and frequently also use my mum's kenwood chef (about a year old after having had her previous one die after a mere 30 years). I can honestly say that there is very little to choose between them. My one plus about the kitchen aid is that the bowl has a handle (which I personally find useful) but I'm sure you can probably get additional bowls for both which may or may not have said handle. Kenwood also do the KMix which I haven't used but has the design edge for me over the kenwood chef if you did want to stick with the kenwood brand.

Posted on 22 May 2010 09:05:00 BDT
James Hall says:
Kenwood for me. I adore mine. The kitchen aids look awful, and on a recent discussion on the two on another website, someone from the US said that the KA had many plastic internal parts, and kenwoods dont.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2010 18:20:17 BDT
Keren says:
Thanks for all your messages, ive decided to go for the kenwood KM010, i've seen one in my local Lakeland shop and it is quite attractive, i admit nowhere near as good as kitchenaids but it is plain and won't date - which the kitchenaids may, and as lots of reviews say that you can have them for 30 years i think this one will be it for me. It offers quite good value as it comes with all the hooks, a blender & a processor for £280 - i reckon i'll get the ice cream & pasta attachment as starters.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2010 20:14:40 BDT
Gaby says:
Glad you have decided on the Kenwood, you won't be dissapointed

Posted on 23 May 2010 20:59:52 BDT
II don't know Kenwood, but have had my Kitchen Aid for a few years now - I love it - great for making bread-dough. And easy to clean!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2010 10:24:25 BDT
J. Kerr says:
I am definitely a fan of the KitchenAid. Not only is it a great machine, but it is a work of art and looks the business in my kitchen. Contrary to a previous posting the KitchenAid's base is extremely heavy and solid, so I presume he/she has never been in contact with one before! It is an American product and therefore accessories are cheaper in the States. I am going there this year, so I intend to stock up! Love my KitchenAid :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2010 23:24:47 BDT
berryburst says:
if you live in the uk then go for Kenwood chef. they have got nice designs similar to kitchen aid but kitchen aid apparently is more costly to have repaired or for spares. I am more than happy with my kenwood! Although I agree the Kitchen aid looks more sleek and smart!

Posted on 25 May 2010 07:46:58 BDT
For creaming butter and sugar (the classic method of cake making), you can't beat a stand cake mixer. My 1986 Australian-made Kenwood Chef produces perfect results every time. It also handles the all-in-method brilliantly. FPs don't manage to get enough air into creamed mixtures.

Posted on 29 May 2010 21:19:54 BDT
SueN says:
Last year I paid £22 at a local auction house for a 1970s Kenwood Chef which came with stainless steel bowl, three original whisks/hooks plus, still boxed, the liquidiser, mincer, juicer, potato/vegetable peeler (fantastic) and cream maker. It is a revelation and you can still buy all the bits! I'd recommend anyone to go down the same route, or try ebay. The KA is such a fashion statement - what do you do when you redecorate the kitchen???

In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2010 01:36:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 May 2010 01:37:40 BDT
Cup Cake says:
go for the kenwood i have used both and I think it is perfect for every type of mixing. You cant go wrong with kenwood..

Posted on 30 May 2010 09:12:46 BDT
Tony says:
My trusted Kenwood I can always rely on, to complete the task at hand, no matter how many times I give it jobs to do, it ALWAYS delivers. No plastic parts to worry about, proper metal bowl, with loads of extra parts available when I wnat to buy them.
I have purchased a Magimix but for easy cleaning and overall supperiour end results My KENWOOD cannot be beatten.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2010 14:44:16 BDT
E. W. says:
My sister has a Kenwood and tells me she likes it, but contrary to the Braun kitchen machine that we both grew up with, it always leaves a layer of unmixed flour/dough on the side of the bowl. I would consider having to stop the mixer to scrape the sides a major drawback. The Braun always seemed to mix everything together beautifully - surely it should be possible for the Kenwood as well.
Can anyone comment on this?

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2010 18:48:27 BDT
Totally agree - how can a solid cast metal base that you can hardly lift be described as light??? I have had my KitchenAid for about 6 years and it has produced many celebration cakes, slices and biscuits for a small cafe and innumerable other things -I wouldn't swap it for anything...also, I believe that KitchenAid is the domestic-size arm of the industrial Hobart mixers, which are FANTASTIC!!
As for the styling, well who can argue with a 'retro' design that has lasted the last 40+ years without going out of style...? Good idea about buying spares from the States - I would love the ice-cream attachment...

Posted on 31 May 2010 19:03:13 BDT
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Posted on 31 May 2010 19:03:39 BDT
zdenka says:
Would Kenwood and KitchenAid be sutable for kneading mostly wholegrain bread from 2 pounds of flour?
Does anyone have experience with Bosch MUM?

Posted on 1 Jun 2010 10:59:52 BDT
A. Smale says:
We've just got married and are looking to buy a mixer out of our wedding money to last us a lifetime. I'm in two minds, my mum had a kenwood and it was always there when i was growing up making the most wonderful things, but i do love the look of the kitchenaid artisan. I like that the bowl has a handle and the bowl cover has a spout to pour ingredients into. The only kenwood which i think looks as pretty is the Kmix, has anyone had any experience of this

Posted on 3 Jun 2010 23:25:01 BDT
I'd definitely recommend Kenwood Chef if you're looking to save money. It is about 30-40% cheaper than KitchenAid but is just as great quality, with a fantastic motor that kneads, whips, beats, whatever you fancy. I bought mine to enable me to make bread faster without crusty surfaces and sticky hands and it works like a dream. I did want a KitchenAid as it just looks much more stylish but I wasn't going to pay £150 more for a nice colour and design and settled for the Kenwood. I am so happy with my purchase, would never exchange my Kenwood for a KitchenAid now :-)
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