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Assistent Assistant Food Mixer, 800 Watt, Pearl Pink
- 7 litre stainless-steel bowl
- Dough knife
- Rise Cover
- Dough hook & Spatula
- 800 W Motor, Strong and robust
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|Sold By||Pure Cookshop||Andrew James UK LTD||DOMU UK||Luzern||Nextday Catering Equipment Supplies||Techy Deals|
|Capacity||—||5.2 litres||5.5||5 litres||4.83 litres||5 kg|
|Included Components||—||Stainless Steel||Dough hook, Beater and Balloon Whisk||Dough Hook; Stainless Steel Bowl; Pasta Maker; Wire Whip||Dough Hook; Flat Beater; Stainless Steel Bowl; Pouring Shield; Wire Whip||Glass_Bowl|
|Item Dimensions||26.8 x 40 x 35.99 cm||36 x 19 x 35 cm||22.3 x 38.5 x 31.7 cm||22.3 x 36.1 x 34.9 cm||33.8 x 26.39 x 41.09 cm||22.3 x 35.1 x 34.9 cm|
|Item Weight||8.6 kg||5 kg||4.9 kg||8.1 kg||12.3 kg||11 kg|
|Number of Speeds||—||6||6||6||10||8|
|Special Feature||—||—||—||Detachable; Has Mixer Attachment||Detachable; Has Mixer Attachment||—|
|Wattage||800 watts||800||1,260 watts||500 watts||120 watts||500 watts|
The ultra sleek design of the Assistent mixer sets it out from the rest and even with the 1940's look this mixer out performs the competition in every way. An award winning powerfull 800 watt motor with overload protection and smooth speed changes make this the perfect choice for everyone from a novice cook to a professional chef. The mixer has such a build quality that it comes with a five-year guarantee, has stepless speed control, a timer, and a unique gearing located underneath the bowl which makes the machine extra strong and robust for even the most demanding kitchen use. The Assistent Original can knead up to five kilos of dough at a time. Older accessories work on new machines, and vice versa.
1 x Assistent 6120PP Food MixerDouble wire whisk
1 x dough hook
1 x dough knife
1 x dough roller
1 x spatula
Top customer reviews
Unlike previous machines I've used for bread making, this seems able to deliver its power in a more supple/resilient way -- no flexing or straining as used to happen with my Kenwood Chef Major before it burned out, and no horrible noise and heat from an over-geared motor as happens with the Cuisinart I've been using more recently (finally I can listen to the radio uninterrupted while making bread). Plus, the Ankarsrum can knead MUCH more dough at one time than its competitors, so it's ideal if you like to make large batches of dough for freezing. I also considered a Kitchen Aid, but after a lot of review-reading on baking forums, decided that for the specific purpose of dough-kneading, it would not match up to the Ankarsrum.
The Ankarsrum's suitability for dough-kneading comes, in my view, from three features that set it apart. Firstly, it's fitted with a belt drive which seems to be more efficient and certainly quieter than the gears used in a typical stand mixer. Secondly, the "rotating bowl" design means that the belt drive delivers power right to where it's needed -- at the bowl's rotational axis -- so there's no flexing or shifting as can happen when machine-kneading strong doughs. Finally, the 800W motor is beefy enough to do the job; the motors on some of the competing machines, even big-name ones with a reputation for quality, are surprisingly wimpy.
The rotating bowl does take some getting used to, mainly because it's best to start by placing your liquid in the bowl and then adding the flour and other dry ingredients. That means that where you might have previously started with a known quantity of flour and then added sufficient water to reach the desired consistency, you now need to start with a known quantity of water and then add flour. You can still fine-tune by adding small amounts of water at the end, but it is a different way of looking at the quantities. Also, I've found that you can't just add the ingredients and walk away, you need to add the flour a cup at a time to give time for the dough to form, and initially you need to use the scraper/spatula to keep the dough together and turning in the bowl. It doesn't take long for the dough to start becoming elastic enough to be worked without intervention, though. You can find several videos online, showing the machine in action. The package includes a manual and an instructional DVD but it's not very informative to be honest, I reckon you're better off looking online.
After a few sessions I've found the machine to be easy to use, in fact it's a pleasure to use. And because it can so clearly handle the task, I'm 100% comfortable in leaving it to knead on the machine's timer (with the other machines I could tell that I was really asking too much of them, and this tended to make me cut short the kneading process). I am sure this explains why I am making, with the Ankarsrum, the best bread I have ever made -- and indeed some of the best bread I have ever tasted.
Of course, at the price it *ought* to make great bread! I looked at several potential savings routes, including importing from another EU country ... but was told by Ankarsrum that warranty support is delivered via the local distributor of the country where your model was bought, so it might be better to buy from an official local distributor/dealer even if it's not the cheapest option. Even with that constraint in mind, it's well-worth doing some (ahem) pre-purchase research.