At the end of last year, I was loaned a KMix Kenwood food mixer to trial for a month. Good timing. It certainly got its fair share of use from me what with all of my cookery lessons, demonstrations and vast amounts of festive baking.
I have been an owner of its rival, the Kitchen Aid for about 20 years. My machine has seen many a kitchen in its time and it certainly could do with an MOT but it was interesting for me to be able to compare the two machines. However, this isn’t a comparison of the two but more of an insight into how the KMix worked for me.
Here is what I thought of the KMix:
-The bowl capacity is perfect for large amounts of dough and cake mix which is perfect for me as I often need to cook in bulk.
-The speed dials are subtle and start off gently. This is ideal for times when whipping up a batch of butter cream or a large loaf of bread as the flour does not billow out in a puff and coat your work surface.
-The attachments are ridiculously easy to fit and the machine I borrowed came with a balloon whisk, dough hook and K beater . Each attachment fulfilled its requirements. I particularly enjoyed using the K beater as my Kitchen Aid has been without its cake beater for a few years and it makes the most brilliant sponges.
-The ergonomic style of the KMix allows for easy clean. There are no hard edges, all aspects of the mixer are smooth and tactile making it a joy to wipe down.
-It is a powerful machine and can cope with a good amount of whipping and beating without any form of shake and wobble sot here is no risk at all of this machine falling off your worktop. It is a real work horse of a mixer!
What did I make in the KMix?
-Royal Icing and Buttercream
Would I buy a KMix?
Absolutely. The cost seems to vary depending on where you buy it from, but realistically you won’t get much change out of £300. If my Kitchen Aid conks out any time soon then I probably will move over to buying myself a KMix. I can justify the expense as it is part of my cookery teaching kit. But for the home cook it does seem like a substantial investment. If you are a keen and prolific baker then I do think the KMix would be a very wise buy and I am pretty sure you will only ever need to buy one in your lifetime. This is a very well made British design that will stand the test of time. I’m sold.
Thanks to Kenwood for the loan of this KMix.