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Ken wood kmix or kenwood chef mixer?

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I want to get a stand mixer as I've been making cakes for two years with a hand mixer but I don't have enough money for a top of he range one, equally I want to spend enough that it really lasts so I've been looking at the kenwood kmix which is available for £290 and the kenwood chef which is a bit more. I have looked at kitchen aids but in the uk they are just too much at £420.

The kmix looks the best and is the best price but does anyone know if it would be as good as the chef? The power is a lot less, 500w instead if 1000w but then I noticed kites aids are just 350w ? I bake 3-5 times a month. Mainly madiea and fruit cakes but I'd like to start making bread to.
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If you won't be using your mixer every day it doesn't really matter which one you go for - either will do.  I personally wouldn't have anything other than a Chef or Major, but I'm a no-nonsense, do-the-job kind of girl - looks aren't highest priority for me.  You can get a Kenwood Chef starting at around £160 for a basic model, not fancy stainless steel or anything, you'll pay a lot more for the titanium models.

 

Motor size is only one factor to consider in a mixer, my Kenwood Major has an 800 watt motor but has all-metal gears as it's the professional one - there are others ones out there with 1100 watt motors but they aren't considered 'professional' or heavy-duty due to the gearing system. I also have an old Chef with a 400 watt motor - it's probably the best mixer I've ever used.  It worked for 15 years before the switch broke, hubby has now replaced it and the machine is as good as ever.

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If you want to make bread I would suggest the Kenwood Chef with the larger motor.  Mixing bread is heavy duty work.  Mixing large batches of modelling paste can also be tough on the motor.  I love Kenwood Chefs and am on my second one.  The first one lasted 23 years and did a lot of work in that time.
 

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I've never made my own paste but only as I've never had a mixer, so actually tts a good point! Thanks.
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I've gone for a Kenwood Major in the end as i found one on offer for £299 and its the Premier model for 1200w. Its not arrived yet and i'm a little nervous about how it will look on the kitchen side but it seemed such a good price and i was worried the kmix would struggle at 500w.

 

Hope i've made the right choice.

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