Best Kitchenaid mixer available in UK for bread making
I'm getting a food mixer for Christmas. The only thing is I'm kind of tied in to getting a Kitchenaid mixer after buying this attachment whilst on holiday in the US. http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...
I'm mainly going to be using it for bread making, and although I'd be mostly making recipes with 500g of flour, sometimes I'd be making 1000g flour breads.
I've read that the power of the Kitchenaid artisan mixers is pretty low at 300W and that sometimes it would struggle with certain bread doughs. However the Pro mixers that seem to be available in the US don't really seem to be available over here.
Does anyone have any suggestions or experience with Kitchenaid mixers and which would be best for mixing bread dough?
Thanks in advance!
Eta: just remembered you've bought the pasta attachment. Sell it on Ebay and put the money towards the Chef pasta maker attachment - I've got the Chef pasta maker attachment and it's great. I also think it's a false economy to buy the KA just because you've already bought an attachment for it - figure out the best machine for your needs (kneads??) first.
I would seriously consider a Kenwood Chef - the Kitchenaid is just too underpowered for serious baking.
The current Kenwood Chef Titanium has a 1400W motor and has a dough capacity of 2.18 kg; the Kitchenaid Artisan has a dough capacity of around 1kg, so you'd be at the limit of your machine's capability if you went with a KA and wound up making 1kg doughs. Although the KitchenAid gets more dough capacity from a less powerful motor by using an entirely gear driven power train, rather than belt drive, which IIRC the Chefs use.
The Kenwood Chef Titanium is probably the slightly cheaper machine - you will get far more for your money, especially given the attachments with the Chef (it comes with the blender as standard). I can get the CHef to struggle, but it's only been when I've been mixing triple batches of Christmas pudding mix. There's also the Major which has a semi-professional capacity.
The other factor that is important for me is lifespan - my mum and auntie both have Chefs which are older than me and still going strong. And if that kind of thing is important to you, the kitchens at the Fat Duck are full of Kenwood Chefs, not Kitchenaids :-)
Despite saying all the above, I know plenty of people who have KAs and are perfectly happy with them - I just don't think they're best of breed.
I read the suggestion here and then took a peek at John Lewis online. They offer the KitchenAid Artisan for £389. Then they offer two machines called Kenwood Chef, one for £175 and one for £995.
I'd say £389 is a lot for a mixer, probably more than I would be willing to spend. I suppose I might be happy to pay £175 for a mixer if I really got tired of kneading dough. But I would have to be insane to think of dropping £995 on a mixer.
The Kenwood Chef at £999 is the cooking Chef - it has a built in induction circuit into the base so that you can heat the contents of the bowl. Hence the pricetag! I've seen some demos of the Cooking Chef and it's utterly incredible but would be wasted on me as an amateur cook.
Below is a link to the Chef I would consider the best all-round good buy (mine is the generation before this; the KM001) at £249.
I did feel reasonably qualified to reply to this post as one of the main uses my Chef is put to is bread kneading - sometimes I do it by hand, most times I chuck everything into the Chef and let it get on with it.
If you do go with a Kitchen Aid, bring your attachment into John Lewis or another friendly store and check it fits the model you intend to buy - I'm not sure if different KA models use different fittings.
I didn't know about this cooking chef!! Ooh, very exciting. Finally a widely available alternative to a Thermomix. Though having decided a Thermomix was just a silly investment from an amateur like me I too got a Kenwood Chef Titanium. Shazam! V v happy with my purchase. Lacks that little bit of style of the Kitchen Aid but beats in hands down in every other way in my opinion. ie. I second your recommendation.