If baking at home or hosting dinner parties is your hobby of choice, the KitchenAid Classic should be your kitchen companion. Efficient, accessible and compact, with all of the features a home chef needs to create fabulous recipes, the KichenAid K45SS is the perfect food mixer if you’re starting out. The look of the machine is traditional, yet stylish and when it arrives, you’ll find everything you need to get started with baking, bread making and more.
The dimensions of the K45SS food mixer are very compact, so it fits onto small kitchen counters nicely without taking over the food preparation space.
Cons: This KitchenAid mixer is unfashionably heavy, making it awkward and laborious to move around the kitchen, pack away, or store anywhere other than on a countertop.
This classic food mixer is simple but suitably effective. The small body and large mixing bowl of the KitchenAid K45SS Classic is perfect for home cooks who are passionate about creating meals with a little extra flair.
Size and Weight
This little mixer is definitely robust. Despite its delicate, simple looking body it doesn’t have any problems incorporating a variety of ingredients; including hearty bread dough mixes, pastry recipes and up to 12 egg whites. Considering its petit size and smaller motor, the weight of the KitchenAid Classic K45SS is surprisingly high. Weighing 11kg all in all, this isn’t a food mixer that can be moved about the kitchen freely – so once you find a space for it on the countertop, that should be its long term home!
Power and Performance
Although the machine body is made of plastic it is sturdy and durable, able to withstand daily use. However, the engine inside the KitchenAid Classic food mixer is not as powerful as other brands. With 275 watts behind it, this mixer is less powerful but not necessarily any less efficient. It is still able to work dough and batters until the perfect consistency is reached. The K45SS makes use of the innovative movements of all KitchenAid food mixers – where the mixing tool and attaching socket move separately to travel through the entire contents of the bowl. This thorough movement ensures all ingredients are well combined and ready for the next stage of cooking. Keen bakers will know that, for cake recipes, this is essential to achieving the perfect sponge. Similarly, when whisking and kneading the movements of the K45SS mechanisms work hard to quickly offer a smooth finish. Speed is key when creating bases for desserts and cakes, and the KitchenAid produces soft, airy and smooth batters and creams every time.
Attachments and Functionality
Included with the machine are a beater, dough hook and metal whisk, as well as a 4.3 litre mixing bowl. The bowl does not have a handle, which helps make it a perfect fit for most kitchens but is a little inconvenient when it comes to removing a batter or heavy dough ball from underneath the mixer. It is, however, finished in a stylish and shiny brushed silver to match the small details of the simple machine body.
Controlling the mixing actions of the KitchenAid Classic K45SS is a smooth process thanks to the sliding speed control on the side of the machine head. The motor can be run at a choice of 10 speed options – and it really is as simple as that! For every task and attachment tool there is a corresponding speed for optimal results. For bread making and using the flat beater tool, the seamlessness of the speed controller allows cooks to slowly increase the mixing action to work, whip, or beat the ingredients in the bowl until they are ‘just right’. This smooth process helps to integrate recipe elements well, without over working them. As with most food mixers, if the wrong speed is selected the outcome will be poor and there is always a risk of damage to the machine. The instructions included with the KitchenAid K45SS are clear enough for you to learn the best way to utilise each tool and the speed control range.
Each mixing tool is included to help with daily cooking tasks, as well as being available for more advance cookery. The flat beater is made of aluminium with a non-stick coating, so when whipping up cake batters and buttery recipe basis every element is incorporated well and there is less food left on the attachment. Similarly, the KitchenAid dough hook has a nylon non-stick coating and is made of light aluminium. The dough hook is so handy for bread making, as it quickly finishes the incorporation of dough ingredients and then kneads, pushes and stretches mixes until you’re happy with the consistency. Using the Classic K45SS mixer to prepare bread is many times easier than mixing and kneading by hand. Plus, there’s no need to flour or prepare a work surface! Another attractive addition to the KitchenAid K45SS is the large wire whisk, which has the ability to whisk together up to 12 egg whites with serious speed and without any effort. The ballooned shape of the whisk also allows a smaller amount of egg whites or cream to be incorporated. Compared with the time it takes to do this by hand, the stainless steel and aluminium whisk is a winning benefit of owning a food mixer. The bowl itself and each of the tools, excluding the stainless steel whisk, are dishwasher safe, so tidying up after a baking session is quick and hassle free.
Conclusion and Where to Buy the KitchenAid K45SS
KitchenAid are a well-known and reliable company, so choosing their Classic food mixer is a great decision if you’re beginning to experiment with baking or bread making. More adventurous home cooks may soon find that the Classic K45SS doesn’t allow them to fulfil their every whim in the kitchen. Thankfully, KitchenAid sell a great range of compatible extras to complete this classic mixer. From grinding mills and ice cream makers to pasta makers and shredders, KitchenAid have ensured the additional extras are available for anyone looking to do more with their food mixer.