6 Weeks Later – A Story About a Girl and Her KitchenAid…

Well, we all knew this was going to happen. After my slightly OCD stand mixer comparison post, there was always going to be a post to review whatever I ended up choosing!

After writing the comparison post it seemed I had talked myself into going with a Kenwood Chef, but deep down I don’t think I’d quite let go of the KitchenAid dream. Well no, I definitely hadn’t (as the weekly visits to the fancy kitchen shop to moon over the KitchenAids would attest) and so all I had to do was wait until I could afford one – cue lots of financial upheaval, unemployment and general poorness. The KitchenAid was a long way off! In December I budgeted that by February I would be able to afford one.

Then of course, Christmas came. I spent pretty much the entire lead up convincing myself that David was going to buy me one, while at the same time talking myself out of it because I was going to be pretty disappointed come Christmas morning if he hadn’t. I was so nervous on Christmas morning and watched two sets of families open all of their presents before a rather large box was dragged out from the depths of the Christmas Tree. And there it was! Apparently it was similar to watching a 5 year old open their presents. And do you know what? I didn’t mind – because I had a KitchenAid!

So, to the performance! How is it, I hear you ask? Flipping wonderful. The few days before Christmas were filled with a huge amount of baking and stress  – I can only imagine how smooth it would all be with a mixer! I’ve made countless things with it so far and its been a help with all of it. I actually just made one recipe using the mixer that I made before Christmas which involved much whipping of eggs and as you can imagine, the difference between the two experiences was insane, in both time and quality! David would argue that its too bloody loud and he can’t hear the tv (we have an all in one, kitchen, dining room, living room) but the sound doesn’t really bother me at all!

Thats not to say that its all been smooth running since owning the KitchenAid. 3 weeks into use and it broke. The locking mechanism  refused to hold machine head in place, meaning lots of bouncing around and unsteady mixing. Something was obviously wrong. It took me a few days to reach KitchenAid’s helpline due to their poorly advertised helpline opening times (couldn’t get through twice as they’d gone home for the day when the website said they were open) and their complete shut down at the weekend. Finally I managed to arrange a pick up (no offer of a replacement even though it was a grand total of 4 weeks old by this point…) and I had to wait to find a clear day in my diary so they could pick it up from my office. I called them to see how long it would take to be fixed and they said it would be up to 12-14 working days (?!), meaning it would be away for repairs for longer than I’d actually owned it!

Luckily, they’d quoted me a worst case scenario, and on Monday, after a grand total of 1 week, it returned as good as new. As an added bonus, my glass mixer bowl that I claimed for as part of an offer, turned up on the same day! Phew!

Now this post is not to snub other mixers, I’ve used a Kenwood Chef or two on other occasions and they’ve worked brilliantly. I think its quite obvious though, that the KitchenAid was for me and, barring any more breakdowns, we’re going to make a very happy couple.

A mixing dilemma

I’ve been dreaming about buying a stand mixer for a long time now, but have finally started considering buying one. Cue much confusion about whats good and what is the right one for me. I tried to find some sort of comparison on the internet and couldn’t find any unbiased reviews, let alone a fair comparison. So I decided to put my own comparison together using all the information I could find on the internet (including trawling though Amazons sketchy review system). For each item I have  put what it includes, the technical specs, prices, reviews and pros and cons. The pros and cons are quite general but remember that some of them are specific to me i.e. a heavy mixer will be difficult for little old me to move, I quite fancy a pretty mixer, so I’ll comment on that too etc. Here we go.

Kenwood Chef Classic (White)


Includes: K Beater, Balloon Whisk, Dough Hook, 1.5L Liquidiser, Splashguard, Spatula

Technical Specs:

  • 800W Motor
  • 4.6L Bowl Capacity
  • Capacity – Cake : 2.72kg
  • Capacity – Dough : 2.18kg
  • Capacity – Egg Whites: 12 Maximum
  • Size: 39.0L x 23.5W x 29.0H
  • Weight: 6.49kg
  • Guarantee: 1 Year

Prices:

  • Amazon £171.41 (Free Shipping) (151 5* reviews, 35 4* and 10 <3*)
  • John Lewis £229

Pros:

  • Cheapest Kenwood Chef
  • 800w motor (only premier is more powerful)
  • Comes with splashguard and liquidiser
  • Basic colour, will go with everything
  • 1kg lighter than the premier (easy to move)
  • A LOT of 5* reviews on amazon

Cons:

  • Doesn’t have a flexi beater
  • Have to calibrate beater so it scrapes the sides
  • Slightly less powerful than the premier
  • 1kg lighter than the premier (not as sturdy)
  • Design is not as good as some other mixers, bit boring.

Kenwood Chef Premier KMC510

Includes: K beater, flexi beater, balloon whisk, dough hook, splashguard, spatula, 1.5l liquidiser,

Technical Specs:

  • 1000W Motor
  • Bowl Capacity : 4.6 Litres
  • Capacity – Cake : 2.72kg
  • Capacity – Dough : 2.18kg
  • Capacity – Egg Whites 12 Max
  • Size: 39.0L x 23.0W x 28.5H
  • Weight: 7.7kg
  • 1 year guarantee

Prices:

Amazon: £279.99 (25 5* reviews, 3 4*)

John Lewis: £339

Pros:

  • Flexi beater included and liquidiser
  • Heavier than basic kenwood
  • Still much cheaper than kitchenaid

Cons:

  • More expensive than the basic kenwood and only main differences are the flexi beater, wattage and weight
  • Not as pretty as kitchenaid

Kenwood kMix KMX54 Stand Mixer (Black, Cream or Red)

Includes: K Beater, Balloon Whisk, Dough Hook, Splashguard with hinge, Spatula

Technical Specs:

  • 500W Motor
  • Capacity – Cake : 2.72kg
  • Capacity – Dough : 1.3kg
  • Capacity – Egg Whites: 12
  • Cord Storage
  • Size: 22.3L x 36.1W x 34.9H
  • Weight: 8.05kg

Price:

Amazon: £249.70 (11 5* reviews, 2 <4*)

John Lewis: £270.90

Pros:

  • Good design
  • Cheaper than kitchenaid
  • More powerful than kitchenaid
  • Sturdy – 8kg
  • Hinged flap on splashguard

Cons:

  • £80 more than basic Kenwood Chef
  • Doesn’t have a liquidiser, or a place to put one on
  • No flexi beater

KitchenAid K45SS Classic Stand Mixer (White)

Includes: Beater, Dough Hook, Whisk

Technical Specs:

  • 250W Motor
  • 4L Bowl
  • 28 x 41 x 41 cm
  • 13 Kg

Prices:

Amazon: £293 (45 5* reviews, 10 4*, 6 <3*)

Pros:

  • Good design – prettier than Kenwood
  • Cheaper than Artisan KitchenAid

Cons:

  • Expensive in comparison to Kenwood, get a lot less for your money
  • Very heavy, hard to move if not enough counter space

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer (Various model numbers)

Includes: Dough Hook, beater, wire whisk, splashguard

Technical Specs:

  • 300W Motor
  • 4.75L Bowl
  • 28.1x41x41cm
  • 13kg

Prices:

Amazon: £409 (18 5* reviews, 4 <3*) There are more reviews, but are spread over all of the different models)

John Lewis: £389

Pros:

  • Very pretty, can choose from lots of different colours
  • Very sturdy
  • Comes with splashguard
  • Handle on bowl

Cons:

  • Very expensive, don’t get as much for your money
  • Heavy, hard to move if not enough counter space

Having gone through all of these mixers, I’ve pretty much talked myself out of even considering a KitchenAid. Don’t get me wrong, I want one. I reeeally want one. But I just can’t get past that price, especially when you look at how much more you can get for £150 less. I think the design is still quite an important factor for me, so I’m eyeing up the kmix the most at the moment. If I don’t get that one then I think it will be the premier.

I think.