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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Kitchenaid Vs Kenwood

For as long as I can remember I have coveted a KitchenAid mixer.  It's sleek 1950s design calls to me and KitchenAid's reputation for being a workhorse in the kitchen has convinced me that my baking life would be enhanced by this object of beauty.  I've watched every season of The Great British Bakeoff and dreamed of replicating the recipes with my very own pastel beast.

I am fortunately now in the position to buy one but here's the rub, spending £386 on a glorified kitchen appliance is causing palpitations.  I refused to spend that amount on our fridge or dishwasher and these are considered vital kitchen equipment (in our house anyway).

Every blog or discussion forum I have gone to in my bid to research the KitchenAid Artisan has harbored a set of equally passionate Kenwood kMix owners that are proving that performance wise their machine can't be beaten.  They are the first to admit that it does not look as beautiful as the KitchenAid Artisan (although the newer KMX80 is a big improvement in the looks department) but many claim to keep it in a cupboard when not in use.  The ultimate statement of 'Its definitely not as pretty, but I am buying a mixer, not a work of art' from a kMix owner is one that I'm struggling to argue with logically.

In an effort to try and help thrash this argument out, let's compare the two machines specifications side by side.

KitchenAid Artisan - £386.10 Currys

  • Power 300w
  • Capacity 4.8 litres
  • Attachments Available Yes
  • Speed Levels 10

Amazon Reviews - 4.7/5 from 262 reviews

Kenwood kMix KMX80 - £299 Curys

  • Power 500w
  • Capacity 5 litres
  • Attachments Available Yes
  • Speed Levels 8

Amazon Reviews - 4.7/5 from 572 reviews

I know that there are cheaper models of the kMix available, but for me aesthetics will play a big part in my decision and so I had to choose a model that I would be happy to have on display, as space is at a premium in my wee kitchen!

On paper it is a bit of a no-brainer, the kMix is not only cheaper, the attachments are too and it is definitely the stronger model.  However in my heart I worry that if I were to buy the kMix it would feel like settling for something.  I fear that I would regret my decision and always wish I had spent a bit extra on the machine I have always lusted for.

After all, if the KitchenAid Artisan is good enough for the bakeoff tent, then it should be good enough for me!

Does anyone have experience with either of these models?