The Andrew James AJ000194 is currently one of the most popular stand mixers in the UK, which is an accolade that we think it deserves in spades. Not only is it extremely affordable, the build quality and range of functions make it a necessity for any food enthusiast who wants to be able to prepare delicious treats, as well as everyday meals, with ease.
- A massive 5.2 litre Stainless Steel dish
- Includes a food mixer cookbook, containing fantastic recipes for inspiration
- The large bowl is made from high quality 304 Stainless Steel
- Six power levels allow easy control of mixing speed
- Includes dough hook, flexible beater, metal beater and Stainless Steel whisk
- It generates a fair amount of noise once you go beyond the second power setting
- The attachments do not reach all the way to the bottom of the bowl
Now I’m sure everyone would love to splash out on a really expensive stand mixer that will wow guests with its sheek design and expensive brand name but for most of us, spending sums of money equal to what most young people spend on their first car, is simply out of reach. Fortunately, it seems that a budget food mixer that is totally affordable has finally arrived and it is Andrew James that we have to thank for it. If you are looking for a sturdy, reliable and hardworking mixer that won’t break the bank, this is the machine for you.
The Andrew James Mixer Attachments
Included with this mixer are all of the regular attachments that you would expect to find, including a balloon whisk for mixing cream and egg whites, metal beater for batters and cake mixes, dough hook, rubber beater for all of those sticky mixes, spatula and removable splash guard. With these attachments, you’ll be able to tackle 99% of food preparation tasks. As an added bonus, Andrew James have also thrown in a handy cookbook with a bunch of useful recipes, which is great if you are just getting started in the kitchen! There are recipes for breads, cakes, crumbles, pastries and much more.
One of the first things we noticed when we started testing this machine was just how powerful it is. With a strong 1500W motor, it easily powers through tough dough mixes and performs for hours without getting tired. So if you are after a mixer that can keep pace with the demands of a busy cook who needs to feed a family or a large group of people, this machine will be more than adequate. There are six different power settings, so you can easily control the pace of your mix and ensure a steady and even consistency.
It is worth noting that the Andrew James stand mixer does make a fair amount of noise when you go over the second most powerful setting. There are mixers on the market that are quieter but they do come with a hefty price tag. So if you have an open plan kitchen/ living room, you should consider the noise that will be created before you purchase. However, in our opinion it should not deter buyers in this price range as the performance more than makes up for this slight downside.
The massive 5.2 litre bowl can handle 2KG of any mixture that you throw at it and with just a little splash of oil the whole surface appeared to remain completely non-stick, throughout a long dough mix cycle. If you’re anything like us, you don’t particularly enjoy cleaning all of the parts that make up such a machine once the job is finished. Well, now you’re troubles are over because the bowl is dishwasher safe, meaning that you don’t have to get your hands dirty.
One small negative that we did mention is the fact that the attachments are not completely flush with the bottom of the bowl, which means that you will likely get an uneven mix if you are mixing together very small quantities, such as a couple of egg whites. However, this can be overcome by running it for a little longer than usual, to ensure an even mixture.
Conclusion and Where to Buy the Andrew James
In conclusion, we simply love this new stand mixer from Andrew James because it does exactly what it says on the tin. They have created a machine that is user-friendly, as well as powerful and there really aren’t any other alternatives on the market today that can offer such value for money. If you are looking for a stand mixer that will get the job done, for the least amount of money, then this is the one for you. Plus, don’t go thinking that it will only last a year or two because the build quality is very impressive.