Kenwood have been knocking out high quality kitchen equipment for over 60 years now and they have developed a reputation over this time for producing excellent products with innovative features, that set them apart from their competition. The new KMX51 model in the kMix range has already shown us that this company shows no signs of slowing down, with a strong build quality and lots of fantastic new features that will rekindle your enthusiasm in the kitchen and provide you with a workhorse for years to come.
- Electronic speed control with a soft start function
- Powerful 500W motor
- Planetary Mixing Action for fluffy mixes
- Two power outlets for extra attachments
- 5 year Kenwood guarantee included
- Heavy, difficult to move around
The first thing you will notice about the kMix KMX51 is how beautiful it looks, straight out of the box. Kenwood have gone to great lengths here to design a piece of kit that will look fabulous in any kitchen, no matter what the existing decor or style may be. We happen to think that this is an important factor when designing any kitchen product in the modern age because, after all, for most of us the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home, when it comes to entertaining guests and hanging out with the family. Furthermore, a stand mixer in particular is a piece of equipment that is hard to move around, due to its size and weight, so they often remain on the kitchen work surface instead of being put away, making them a permanent feature. The KMX51 is available in a range of colours, including Raspberry Red, Peppercorn Black, Almond Cream, Multicoloured Stripes and much more.
Under the bonnet we have a strong 500W motor that offers more than enough power to handle anything an amateur or even professional cook can throw at it. So, if you are someone who occasionally has to feed large groups of people, this will stand you in good stead. This motor also has something built into it that we simply love – an electronic speed control with a ‘Soft Start’ mode, which basically means that your mix with start off at a slow speed, gradually building up to a faster setting. The main benefit of this is that your mix will not splash out of the bowl, which is a common complaint amongst users of the cheaper stand mixers. Trust me, you’ll curse yourself for thinking this an unnecessary feature when you are wiping your egg whites off the floor!
Another brilliant feature of this machine is the way it mixes ingredients, which is anything but ordinary. The planetary mixing action moves the beater in one direction, whilst the socket moves in the opposite one, which should result in a much smoother and more consistent mix. We tested this feature and can confirm that it does seem to make a measurable difference.
Included with the machine are the three mixing tools that will allow you to tackle almost any food preparation task. Firstly, the balloon whisk, which is great for mixing light ingredients together. Secondly, the dough hook, which takes the hard work out of kneading dough for breads. Lastly, you also get something called a k-beater, which is set at an angle to ensure all of the ingredients are swept up into the mix, and is particularly useful for cake mixes. All three tools are very high quality and sturdy, so don’t worry about breaking them and having to pay for expensive replacements. There is also the option to purchase two additional attachments for this machine, with two power sockets available, which we advise if you really want to get the most from this machine. The first is a pasta extruder and the second is a meat grinder, which are both powerful tools that will no doubt come in handy in the kitchen.
Now we should mention at this point that if you are expecting a lightweight product that is easy to move around your kitchen, you will be sorely disappointed. This machine is in fact rather heavy and should definitely not be a consideration for anyone who plans on doing anything but leaving it in one spot on their kitchen work surface and leaving it there. For something a little more portable, check out the lightweight Kenwood Prospero KM283 instead. However, for what it is worth I believe this to be a byproduct of the high quality materials used in the construction of this mixer. Also, most people invariably never move their mixers once they have selected an appropriate space in their kitchen, so it isn’t really much of a downside.
Conclusion and Where to Buy the Kenwood kMix KMX51
In conclusion, if you are in the market for a high end stand mixer that not only looks fabulous but will also tackle all of those difficult mixer tasks that fine baking requires, this is the product for you. Kenwood are a brand name that consumers trust, and it is easy to see why when you consider the excellent build quality, exceptional ease of use and innovative features that all food enthusiasts appreciate.