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Sunday 21 September 2014

We compare... food mixers for baking aficionados

Published 24/08/2014 | 02:30

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From left: KitchenAid Artisan Mixer 4.8L; Kenwood Classic Chef KM336; Breville ‘Pick & Mix’ VFP058
From left: KitchenAid Artisan Mixer 4.8L; Kenwood Classic Chef KM336; Breville ‘Pick & Mix’ VFP058

No longer the preserve of the Stepford wife, today's food mixers are the kitchen equivalent of a power drill. But when they all have multiple attachments, variable speeds and functions ranging from pasta-cutting to meringue-whipping, how to know where 
to splash the cash?

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KitchenAid Artisan Mixer 4.8L €575

The KitchenAid has form. Considered by many as the Rolls-Royce of food mixers it's the go to brand for baking aficionados.

Since it came to the market in 1922 its design has changed little over the years and its motor, as designed by an engineer, means it can keep going for decades.

The Artisan comes with a stainless-steel mixing bowl, wire-beater, flat whisk and dough hook attachments.

The downside is the price - hence its presence on many a wedding list.

Kenwood Classic Chef KM336 €390

Kenwood is another go-to-brand for food mixers and while it comes in a rainbow of colours like the KitchenAid it also sells the more financially accessible Classic Chef. It has an 800 watt motor, a whisk, a beater and a dough hook.

If you aren't in the league of designer kitchens needing to match your utensils to your counter top then this white mixer will fit nicely into any kitchen.

A key feature is its automatic speed control which kicks in regardless of load.

Breville 'Pick & Mix' VFP058 €71.50

This one is for the price-conscious home chef. Again it comes with a stainless steel mixing bowl and the basic attachments of a beater and a dough hook.

Its appeal lies in its price coupled with the fact that it has a detachable hand-mixer for small jobs like some cream-whipping.

It's a compact machine but its mixing bowl has a large capacity at 3.2 litres.

It's best for the amateur baker who's only dipping their toe in and out of the dough. It comes in cream, pink and blue and has two speeds.

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