Kenwood Chef or Kitchenaid?

(37 Posts)
FoxyRoxy Thu 14-Feb-13 10:02:20

I know this has probably been done before, did have a quick look but 5mo baby means not much Internet time! I've wanted a kitchenaid for years but now it's come to actually getting one I don't want to be taken in by the looks and end up with a mixer I can't use for what I need it for (cakes, bread, meringues etc)

The Chef seems to be more sturdy and better made (metal gears instead of plastic, for instance) please help me decide mnetters!

Selba Fri 15-Feb-13 00:09:04

I have had a kitchen aid for ten years and use it almost daily for bread ( ten minutes kneading nearly every day ) , cakes, meringues and stuff. It's very sturdy and beautiful to look at .

ComradeJing Fri 15-Feb-13 00:20:41

Kitchenaid for being able to keep it on the work surface so, in theory, more use out of it.

In practice though my mums kitchen aid died a month after the warranty expired. Her kenwood chef lasted donkeys years though.

I do have a suspicion that neither are as well made as they were 10 - 20 years ago.

FoxyRoxy Fri 15-Feb-13 07:59:41

I think both are made by different companies now, if only my budget stretched to a Hobart! No one expects electrical items to last nowadays, awful considering how much things cost.

I'm leaning toward a KC at the moment purely because of reviews I've read online. But the Kitchenaid is so pretty! It's the plastic gears that worry me most.

oddslippers Fri 15-Feb-13 08:10:24

I have a kenwood chef and I love it, it lives on my kitchen surface, I have no shame smile you could get a retro old chef from Ebay and get it refurbished and painted any colour you want here

moreyear Fri 15-Feb-13 08:17:41

I think they are both meant to be very good but I love, love my Kitchen Aid. I would have had it 15 years; it is used regularly and I have never had any problems. It has shifted the length of the country with me and even overseas smile

MothershipG Fri 15-Feb-13 08:22:20

Style or substance? wink That's really what it comes down to.

To be honest apart from the range of colours I really don't think the KA are pretty and certainly not for the £100's more they cost than a good Chef. The chef also comes in a variety of models so you can get one to suit your needs/budget. The Chefs also come up in sales and special offers much more frequently. I have a Titanium and I think it is far more attractive than a KA, and I love it!

Bunbaker Fri 15-Feb-13 08:24:28

Am I the only one who finds the retro look of the Kitchenaid rather ugly?

I couldn't stretch to a Kitchenaid and bought this instead. I love it.

eleanorsmum Fri 15-Feb-13 08:41:17

Bunbaker - that looks fab. Can I ask you though does it have a choppy blade like a food processor? I can see the slicing plates. Although to be honest not sure what I'd use the choppy bit for if i had all the other bits! I threw away my food processor the other day as the shaft holding the blade was cracking up and about to shatter. I too can't afford anything mroe than this sort of price (and that will be my birhtday pressie anyway!) I think it says it has a dough attackment?

FoxyRoxy Fri 15-Feb-13 08:43:23

I showed DH the Chef and he said it looks space age... He prefers the look to the Kitchenaid but I love the retro styling. oddslippers I live outside of the uk so buying an old one off eBay is a logistical nightmare. That site looks great though!

I will be keeping it out on the work surface as I don't have the cupboard space to put it away, which is why a kitchenaid was always my dream mixer.

Bunbaker Fri 15-Feb-13 08:44:59

No it doesn't, which is a pity. The slicing and grating blades are brilliant though. The dough hook is ace and I have used it several times.

I haven't used the juicer and am unlikely to. I have used the liquidizer once just to check that it works, but as I already have a stick blender (which is much less of a faff to wash up) I doubt that I will use the liquidizer much either.

Startail Fri 15-Feb-13 08:52:24

All I know is my mums Kenwood is still going strong and must be around 40 years old.

lougle Fri 15-Feb-13 14:37:51

I have inherited my Mum and Dad's 30 year old KC. It's still going strong! They had one in the UK, took it with them to Brunei for 2 years and sold it over there for enough money to buy one with all the accessories back in the UK again!

Then, two years ago, they got a new one and gave the old one to me. It's my pride and joy.

FoxyRoxy Fri 15-Feb-13 20:17:53

I'm swaying towards a KC, if only they were as pretty!

Depends what you need it for. I have a KA and bought the grating and slicing attachments to go with it. That's all I need, don't need to blend etc. I use it daily and love it to bits, but it's only 7 months old so can't comment on its longevity smile

FoxyRoxy Sat 16-Feb-13 08:51:22

gwen do you make bread doughs with it?

Yes, I have a bread maker so tend to use that more but I've made bread dough in the last few weeks. Am a novice but they've been ok so far smile

TomDudgeon Sat 16-Feb-13 12:31:29

I have a wonderful 70s workhorse of a kenwood chef
About to use it to make sausages

I always wanted one from a child when I had a toy one. I have a photo of my toy one sat next to my real one somewhere. They sit next to each other on a shelf in my kitchen

FoxyRoxy Sat 16-Feb-13 16:13:13

I've bitten the bullet and ordered a Kenwood Chef Premier smile will update when it's here and I've used it! Thanks all for your imput it was much appreciated.

I have a toy KA next to my KA smile

Enjoy your new big toy Foxy smile

FoxyRoxy Sat 16-Feb-13 16:41:20

Thank you Gwen smile

Oh and you'll put on about a stone grin

MothershipG Sun 17-Feb-13 18:39:20

Unfortunately Gwendoline is not wrong! Have fun Foxy, the Kenwood is great for bread dough as well as cakes.

The best tip I ever read (which applies to hand kneading as well) is to roughly mix your dough and then leave it to stand for 10-15 mins before you knead to allow the flour to autolyse.

From Wiki...
Autolyse is an optional dough process. It refers to a period of rest after the initial mixing of flour and water, a rest period that occurs sequentially before the addition of yeast and other ingredients.[8][9] This rest period allows for better absorption of water and helps the gluten and starches to align. Breads made with autolysed dough are easier to shape and have more volume and improved structure.

mackerella Sun 17-Feb-13 22:17:15

Bit late now you've actually ordered your KC, but I was going to agree with everyone who says how sturdy they are. We have one that's about 8 years old and gets lots of use - but my mum also has a vintage orange and brown model that is at least 35 years old and still going strong! She's had it serviced/repaired a couple of times (there's a list of service agents here) and I think that's one of the points in its favour - you literally can keep them going for decades.

FoxyRoxy Mon 18-Feb-13 10:02:57

mothership that's a fab tip, thank you! Will definitely try that. I've only made my dough by hand up until now so I'm quite excited to use a machine (saddo alert)

mackerella that is good to hear, I think DH would kill me if I spent so much on a mixer and then it conked out after a year or so!

MothershipG Mon 18-Feb-13 10:41:45

Foxy when I got my Kenwood I told my MIL I would marry it if it wasn't for her son...fortunately she understood as she was still in mourning for the loss of hers which had served her family of 4 boys, so I think I may be sadder than you! grin

Have you got the Dan Lepard "Short & Sweet" book? I adapt his method of kneading and use the Kenwood and I've had some great results.

FoxyRoxy Mon 18-Feb-13 17:01:37

No I don't, will have a look for it! Thanks smile

bacon Tue 19-Feb-13 14:34:15

I dont think anyone should confuse a new model with one they've had for over 10 years. I went on a course recently to Squires Kitchen they have KAs but they dont think they are made to the same standard as they used to be are are slowly dying and need replacement. The KC - the same really - sadly no longer made to in the UK and arent of the same quality. As really they didnt think there was a difference its just the aesthetics.

FoxyRoxy Tue 19-Feb-13 20:24:28

Well my KC arrived this morning and I used it this afternoon to make a fatless sponge, I was really pleased with it. I've only used the whisk so far but will be making bread at the weekend and probably some cupcakes in the next couple of days so I'll see how it goes with those.

bacon nothing is made as well as it used to be, I seem to buy a new laptop every year!

MothershipG Wed 20-Feb-13 11:33:29

Bacon you are probably right but I still love my KC!

Foxy OOoooh! Exciting! Have fun! If you use the all in one method for your cupcakes mind you don't over mix - all too easy with a stand mixer!

FoxyRoxy Mon 25-Feb-13 11:41:15

Updated now I've made a banana loaf, some wholemeal bread and some chocolate muffins.

All came out fantastic! The bread had quite a close crumb but wasn't stodgy, I think next time I might leave it kneading a bit longer than the suggested time. I used the recipe in the kenwood cookbook.

Really happy with it but I do still look wistfully at kitchenaids when I see them grin

I look at the Kitchenaids and I've got one! There's always a colour you think you should have got purple instead of the safe colour you did get red

FoxyRoxy Wed 27-Feb-13 09:28:04

But was it candy apple red gwen?

TomArchersSausage Wed 27-Feb-13 09:38:30

I love my KC and have no complaints. KA's are ok but I'm a KC girl at heart.

Like mackerella I grew up around my mums KC. She also has the orange and brown one. It's still going strong (my mum has always made cakes every week) it must be nearly 40 yrs old. That old KC is part of my childhoodgrin

TomArchersSausage Wed 27-Feb-13 09:42:02

Lol grin I've just remembered when my mum got that orange mixer in the 70's. It seemed like the height of modernity. She planned her new kitchen around it too which had orange cupboard fronts also.

It is candy apple red. It's a bit more sparkly than boring old empire red grin

Nitts Tue 05-Mar-13 16:40:13

Hi there... I have Kenwood chef at home ...and it's fabulous. Have it for two + years. It's great to have it. No idea about the other stuff.

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