Thursday, August 25, 2011

Product Review : Kenwood kMix

A couple of weeks ago, the lovely people at Kenwood sent me the Kenwood kMix stand mixer to play with for a little while.  It arrived at work all shiny and gleaming in a ginormous box and looked very impressive indeed.

Now I must confess to being a little bit of a Kenwood fan already - I have a Kenwood Chef Classic which produces 99% of my baking and a Kenwood Food Processor which saves me hours of chopping & cutting, so I was very familiar with the brand.  Having the Kenwood Chef meant that I knew how to set up the kMix and get cooking straight away.




My (temporary) kMix was Peppercorn in colour & had a 500w motor, so it was a lot quieter than my Chef - which sometimes sounds as if it's about to take off.  It came with three attachments : the K-Beater, the Dough Tool and the Balloon Whisk.  



The stainless steel bowl has a whopping 5 litre capacity so can handle large batches of dough or batter with ease - over 2.5kg of cake mix to be exact!.  What I really liked about the bowl was that it had a solid base, so it didn't have water trapped in it when it came out of the dishwasher (instant bathtime...).  



It also has a really handy splashguard which clips to the top of the mixer & stops your nice clean counter from getting splattered with flour - some other big mixers don't appear to have this included & I'm sure it causes a massive mess when you're baking.



With 6 speeds, the kMix turns out pizza dough & cake mixture with ease.  I really put it through its paces & made a whole variety of recipes including pizza, Baby Berry Cheesecake, Lemon Polenta Biscuits & Chocolate Sabl√© Biscuits - all of which were devoured by the happy people in work.


So, how much & where?  €499.99 and many major electrical retailers nationwide.  It also comes in Raspberry or Almond, if Peppercorn doesn't suit your kitchen.

2 comments:

  1. Is this really an unbiased review?
    I am puzzled between a kmix and a kenwood chef premier. And though you have at your disposal a ken chef you failed to tell us the difference between them. Of course the kmix is quieter since it has a 500w motor while the Chefs have a 1000+motor.

    The real question that needs answering is which is more efficient in makng dough - bread?

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  2. Hi and thanks for your comment. I'm sorry you're puzzled between a Kmix and the Chef Premier. As I don't have a Chef Premier, I can't tell you the difference. I personally prefer the Chef over the Kmix for making bread dough

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