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Functional, beautiful, hard working mixer for the home baker.
on 22 August 2013
I'm a fan of baking, it's something I do a lot, and I wanted to upgrade from my old mixer to something more powerful with more modern functionality. I've been using the SAGE 4 slice toaster and been so impressed I decided to give the Scrape Mixer a go. It's true you're buying into a design concept alongside a famous name (Mr. Blumenthal of course) and that's why the mixer is at the high end of the price bracket but; it's also why you're buying into a piece of kit that does practically everything for you with little or no effort on your part.
Attention to detail is so great there are functions here I'd never considered for example; the 'scraper beater' which can reduce mixing time by up to 60% and the 'load sensing technology' which automatically adjusts the speed for certain mixes. Personally, because I'm a home baker and not working in a professional kitchen, the smaller attention to detail gives me the most pleasure for example; the handle on the mixing bowl which allows me to carry wet mixes safely around the kitchen.
I've put the mixer to good use, I'm updating this review after more than four months, and have found mixing cake batter with the scraper beater continually produces a smoother result and takes less time. The Manufacturer recommends the appliance for all manner of recipes from cake, biscuit, pastry, batter, icing/frosting and pancakes/thin batter. Makes divine cup cakes and the frosting is so smooth and fine it almost melts in the mouth. The 1000w motor isn't the most powerful but it certainly does the trick.
I'm now confident enough to use the timer which means I can walk away from my baking and leave the mixer to 'do it's own thing' and it does it very efficiently.
The Scraper Mixer is a comforting, heavy build that doesn't slide around the work surface and has an internal cord storage that prevents the electric cable from getting snagged on the work surface. First appearances are extremely good and I doubt there's a kitchen this stripped down, minimalist, gleaming stainless steel machine won't compliment. That might sound trivial but, let's be honest, when you're buying into a designer range looks are important.
Couldn't be easier to use and assembly is foolproof. If you're stuck there's a user guide and SAGE have a great website where you can pick up no end of hints, tips and recipes.
Repair or Replacement Warranty: 2 Year plus 5 Year Motor Repair Warranty.
I wouldn't want to part with this appliance now I'm used to it and my old mixer is currently residing at the back of a kitchen cupboard. That's the best, most honest, recommendation I can give and any reserves I had about the celebrity chef endorsement have long gone.
Any negatives? Only that it's difficult to add fruit, peel, nuts, etc. when you're using the scraper beater because it almost fills the bowl. You have to stop the mix, lift the top, throw in the extra ingredients and then re-start the mix. Only a minor niggle but it's worth a mention.