The Morphy Richards Accents stand mixer comes in four colours; silver, red, black and white and is powered by a strong 800W motor that can be controlled via 6 speed settings, as well as a handy pulse setting. With a price tag that puts it in direct competition with some excellent budget food mixers already on the market today, including the Kenwood KM336 and Andrew James AJ000194, we were keen to put this machine through its paces, to see how it compared.
- Very lightweight
- Includes splashguard
- Powerful 800W motor
- 2 year guarantee
- No option to add extra attachments
- Fairly low max weight of ingredients (1.5kg)
The Morphy Richards Accents stand mixer looks beautiful right out of the box, with an attractive, sleek design available in a range of colours. Included with the machine are the three basic attachments that you would expect with any stand mixer; a whisk for creams and egg whites, a dough hook for kneading and a beater for all of those tasty cake mixtures you’ll be making. With these three attachments you’ll be able to tackle all of the normal, everyday mixing tasks. Each attachment is very easy to clip on to the head and they feel strong and sturdy to the touch.
This mixer has a maximum weight for ingredients of 1.5kg, which is definitely a little lower than some of its competitors, especially when you consider that this machine has a powerful 800W motor under the bonnet. This is perhaps a little disappointing as it does limit the user to medium sized batches only. Therefore, if you are looking for a mixer that can prepare large batches for big groups of people, perhaps this one isn’t for you. Having said that, this capacity is absolutely adequate for the individual user or average sized family. Plus, you can always prepare two separate batches and then combine them afterwards, should you ever need to feed a large group.
Speed and Splashguard
There are six speed settings built into this machine, which you can access via a rotary dial on the side of the product. Moving between the speeds is a piece of cake and a splash guard ensures that you won’t get covered with messy ingredients while the mixer is in working, which is something that a lot of the budget mixers lack. As an added bonus, you get a very handy pulse feature that basically shifts between the highest setting and 0, ensuring the best possible consistency for creams, in particular.
The splash guard will help keep the mixer clean by stopping any ingredients escaping the bowl and painting the exterior. Morphy Richards have also gone to the trouble of including a chute that will allow you to add ingredients to the bowl, without having to lift the head up, which as well as saving time, also avoids extra mess. The bowl is removable and completely dishwasher safe, so you can throw it straight into your dishwasher as soon as you have finished using your machine. However, the attachments themselves must be washed by hand, which can be time consuming and a bit of a pain.
Size and Weight
We were very surprised by how light this mixer is, weighing in at just 4.2kg, which is a fraction of the weight of some of the more expensive products out there and equally as light as the popular Kenwood Prospero KM283. This is particularly advantageous for those who plan on storing the machine away in a cupboard when they are not using it, who don’t like the idea of straining themselves every time they want to tackle some baking. Furthermore, if you do plan on leaving it in one place on your work surface, you’ll be pleased to learn that it has a very narrow footprint, which is perfect for compact kitchens.
For added peace of mind, Morphy Richards have included a generous 2 year warranty with this machine, which is a nod to their confidence in the build quality and longevity of this machine. However, if you do end up buying this mixer, make sure you register with them within 28 days, if you want to be covered by this warranty.
This mixer comes with a warning that states categorically to not run it for longer than 5 minutes continuously. If you do end up going beyond this limit, you risk damaging the motor and turning your mixer into an expensive paperweight. This may, at first, sound like a bit of a limitation in terms of performance but in actual fact, nearly all mixes require far less than 5 minutes to complete, so it really isn’t anything to worry about.
A common downside to nearly every stand mixer that we review in this price range relates to the amount of noise that the motor produces, which is a lot for this product. If you plan on holding conversations whilst this thing is running at full speed, you should probably go for something a little more expensive instead. However, downsides such as this are to be expected, especially when you consider just how low the asking price is. Still, if you have an open plan kitchen/ living room, it is worth knowing this.
Conclusion and Where to Buy the Morphy Richards Accents
In conclusion, the Morphy Richards Accents Food Mixer is a great all-rounder that will tackle all of the mixing challenges that you are likely to throw at it, without costing you an arm and a leg. If you don’t mind passing on some of the fancy features that the more expensive products offer, to focus on the basics of mixing, this product is perfect for you.