Road Test

REVIEW: Should you invest in the Kenwood kMix stand mixer?

The stand mixer is one of the most good-looking ones on the market but does it make an efficient baking buddy? We put it through the paces.
 

WHAT IT IS

A tilt-head stand mixer, Kenwood’s kMix Kitchen Machine comes with a 5-litre glass bowl and four attachments – a dough hook, a whisk, the K-beater (a K-shaped paddle attachment), and a flexi beater fitted with a silicone rim to mimic a scraping action. There are seven speed settings, as well as a folding function.

 

PERFORMANCE

✓ Speed control Thanks to the Soft Start feature, the mixer did not jump full throttle into the chosen speed but revved up gradually, minimising splatter. The minimum speed was low enough for gentle mixing.

Whipping egg whites It worked well even with just one egg white, taking 2min at speed 4 to form soft peaks, and taking one more minute to get to stiff peaks.

Handling dough There was some audible grunting as it mixed 900g of bread dough but the motor trudged along steadily and mixed all the ingredients evenly. 

The flexi beater This was good for creaming butter and sugar. It scraped up to three-quarters of the bowl’s height; I only had to push down flour from around the top.

The folding function Although the folding speed was slower than the minimum speed, it was still too fast and not gentle enough to fold whipped egg whites into my batter. This function is better suited for mixing dry ingredients, like chocolate chips or flour, into batter.

 

FEATURES

Glass bowl I could monitor the progress of the mixing, so when whipping egg whites, I could visually check if any unwhipped whites had pooled at the bottom. The handle made it easy to carry the bowl securely; I could also pour out batter with just one hand.

✓✗ Splash guard There was a large feeding chute, which made it easy to add both dry and wet ingredients easily. However, the chute couldn’t be locked into place, nor did it fit snugly with the mixing bowl. Specks of flour or batter flew out through the gap between the chute and the mixing bowl.

Mixer head It pivots away from the bowl by about 45 degrees only, which obstructed scraping. When lifted, it left a gap through which flour or batter would seep in, making it hard to clean.

 

VERDICT The inconveniences are minor, and the kMix’s speed control and powerful motor make it handy in the kitchen.

 

Kenwood kMix, $649, available in red or yellow, from Tangs, Takashimaya D.S, Robinsons The Heeren, and Harvey Norman Millenia Walk.

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