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Superb compact all rounder!,
This review is from: Kenwood Prospero KM283 (KM280 series) Stand Mixer - Silver (Kitchen & Home)
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Kenwood created the Prospero range as a compact and "affordable" budget version of the classic Chef Food Processor, a giant in both the literal and performance stakes used by both the novice and professional cook in 1000's of homes. So when the far from compact box arrived on our doorstep containing the KM283 we were keen to test drive this little brother version, the key question being, could she still cut the dough and compete with her much larger sibling?
Well, first impressions were good, firstly, there is no appearance of cheapness here whatsoever, Kenwood have cleverly given the entire machine a brushed steel look, despite the fact that the bowl aside (which oozes quality), the main hub of the KM283 is plastic. Secondly the KM283 is most definitely compact, a clever ergonomic design ensures that functionality hasn't been cut to save space, the 283 could easily be perched on a medium work surface and left there, bearing little more volume than a large 4 slot toaster. This undoubtedly will be a key selling point as for many the thought of storing a large cumbersome machine where space is at a premium will greatly detract from its use!
With the already established and popular KM265 on the market, why would one chose the 283? Firstly (and surprisingly) it is cheaper but secondly the newer version boasts a 900 watt motor, rather than the 650 watts offered by the 265. Bearing in mind that usually the more power to the motor the greater the longevity (not to mention greater mixing capability), at a good £30 cheaper, the 283 already wins in the comparative stakes. The 283 also has variable speed which can be gradually increased as opposed to offering fixed speed settings, thus providing total control over mixing tasks whilst avoiding jerks and mess. Add 2 attachment points that can operate at different speeds and for specific tasks and I'd say that if it is a compact, versatile all rounder that is sought, you can't go too far wrong with the 283!
In use we were equally impressed, OK, it is not the quietest of machines, but has a sturdy, robust feel and perhaps best of all it is easy to interchange the various attachments at speed and that all important splash guard works wonders! Gripes, all but a few, would have been nice to have a glass as opposed to plastic blender attachment, ditto, even if the price was slightly more a proper juicer (as opposed to citrus press) attachment would have transformed the 283 into a total all rounder (although I believe the juicer attachment can be purchased separately). End of the day though the greatest feature of the 283 is that you can literally dispose of all those superfluous mini gadgets that clutter your drawers and carry out all the bending, kneading, whisking, and processing tasks most average cooks will ever face in a life time and all within a reasonably small space. Add to this the price tag and at under £150 the 283 must be one of the best designed budget all rounders on the market today, perfectly designed for the smaller kitchen yet perfectly capable of delivering top quality, mess and hassle free results. For these reasons (and small gripes aside) anything less than 5 stars would simply equate to penny pinching!