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I know this has been done to death but I need advice on a stand mixer.

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A1Sharon Fri 17-Nov-17 10:26:20

I've seen a Kitchenaid artisan for £279. It has 3 accessories, and 4.8L capacity. But It only has 300w of power.
That seems much lower than other mixers I'm looking at.
Does anyone know if this is style over substance or a good deal? I make meringues quite a bit so need power.
Any opinions gratefully received.

A1Sharon Fri 17-Nov-17 18:27:00


Littledinosaur Fri 17-Nov-17 19:03:24

I love my KitchenAid, I’m not convinced it’s any better than other mixers though! I make meringues on a fairly regular basis & I've never found it struggles with them.

A1Sharon Fri 17-Nov-17 19:04:26

Do you have any idea of the wattage Little? 300w sounds like not much, I'm sure my hand whisk is more than that!

moreismore Fri 17-Nov-17 19:06:03

When I was looking kenwood chefs were cheaper and it’s actually what I preferred. I think you pay a bit over odds for a kitchenaid but not sure about power etc

BertrandRussell Fri 17-Nov-17 19:06:36

I've just bought a kenwood patissier on eBay, and so far, it's brilliant. And a lovely red!

StandardPoodle Fri 17-Nov-17 19:11:36

I have a Kenwood chef titanium which has a 1400w motor and is well on top of its job for mixing/kneading dough/whipping meringues etc.
I've never used a Kitchenaid though so I can't compare them unfortunately.

Bratsandtwats Fri 17-Nov-17 19:17:59

I have a bog standard KA with 275w (according to their website) and I have never had a problem with lack of power.

Littledinosaur Fri 17-Nov-17 19:28:14

It is only 300, just checked my kenwood hand mixer & it's 400!

Littledinosaur Fri 17-Nov-17 19:29:11

If I was buying one now I think I'd go for kenwood to be honest.

midgetjen Fri 17-Nov-17 19:29:53

From what I gather KA are direct drive so use the power differently. I have tried a few different mixers and KA really stands out as my favourite

A1Sharon Sat 18-Nov-17 05:00:54

Thanks for replies, think I'll go with the kmix.

BarchesterFlowers Sat 18-Nov-17 05:17:38

Good choice op. I have both as I was bought a KA as a give, it is a big 650w pro with a massive bowl. The wattage doesn’t compare as the KA is direct drive and the Kenwood isn’t.

Despite having the KA, I bought myself a Chef titanium (had given my old one away when I moved overseas) and consigned the KA to a cupboard.

DH hails from the land of KAs, engineery sort of chap, couldn’t believe how well engineered the Kenwood was when he saw it.

Much more of a workhorse. Kenwoods are getting on for twice the price of KAs in the US because they are imported from here. Just like the opposite way round.

Sunshineandgin Sat 18-Nov-17 06:29:04

I’ve got a kenwood titanium it’s far better than kitchenAid in my opinion. I used a kitchenAid in my last job a lot for baking. Motor was fine but I found that the top didn’t really cover the bowl properly and made it gungy and hard to clean as well as irritating that I had to pause the machine and lift up the arm to add ingredients rather than being able to add slowly while the whisk was still running like I can on the kenwood.

That said the KitchenAid is a lot prettier so if you’re not using it often and just want it to look nice in your kitchen maybe that’s enough.

ClaireFraser Sat 18-Nov-17 08:09:08

Can I ask where you saw that particular deal on the KitchenAid OP? I’ve been saving up for one and, if it’s online, a link would be fab smile
Many thanks!

Blodplod Sat 18-Nov-17 09:10:10

@ClaireFraser someone else posted the offer the other day (sorry can’t do links) but it was the cream one and deal was Currys. Then it seemed like John Lewis are doing the red one for same price.

Blodplod Sat 18-Nov-17 09:10:51

And Steamer Trading

CakesRUs Sat 18-Nov-17 09:34:15

I’m after one with a decent dough hook. Last stand mixer burnt out and was sent back.

notapizzaeater Sat 18-Nov-17 10:16:23

I. Supposed to be getting a new mixer for Xmas so watching with interest - I had an old kenwood which I sold and replaced it with a Russell Hobbs - well that’s Shiite - doesn’t mix well, leaves ingredients in the bottom and it’s huge and noisy.

PoppyPopcorn Sat 18-Nov-17 10:19:43

I love my Kitchenaid. Got it in the summer using a combination of John Lewis vouchers and a special offer they were running, think it was about £350.

Mine is a colour which is discontinued, sort of a metallic black. Suits me and suits my kitchen and as I wasn't particularly bothered about having a pink one or whatever the latest fashionable colour is, it was a bargain.

BarchesterFlowers Sat 18-Nov-17 10:25:16

Cakes - my Mum baked everything we ate growing up, bread was always made at home using her trusty Kenwood Chef. She replaced it when it was 40 years old.

The Kenwood wins hands down for me and I still have both machines because I haven't got round to selling my KA.

There are lots of comparisons online like here

BarchesterFlowers Sat 18-Nov-17 10:26:34

Forgot to say that for me the fact that I don't need a food processor, coffee grinder or blender etc (because they come with the titanium) is a big advantage.

FormerlyFrikadela01 Sat 18-Nov-17 10:32:14

Ive got a kenwood kmix. Its gorgeous and has been kneading my bread (using wholemeal flour which requires more work) 3 times a week for about 18 months now. I love it.

My mum has a kitchenaid and yes it's good and very nice looking but it doesn't do anything that my kenwood which was considerably cheaper can't do. And all the attachments have been consigned to a cupboard after only a few uses.

Unescorted Sat 18-Nov-17 10:41:53

My first Kenwood bought with my very first pay cheque (and it was a cheque) died a few months ago. I used that as an excuse to buy a bigger Kenwood because I do a lot of dough in increasing amounts as the kids get older.
I gave the first one to a friend who replaced a worn cog and they will get another 35 years out of it.

ClaireFraser Tue 21-Nov-17 20:59:55

Thanks for letting know where has them on offer - I am off to look now!

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