This stand mixer is one good looker but is it an efﬁcient baking buddy? MIA CHENYZE ﬁnds out.
$799 (red or
yellow), from Tangs,
The Heeren, and
WHAT IT IS
A tilt-head stand mixer, Kenwood’s kMix Kitchen Machine comes with a 5-litre glass bowl and four attachments: a dough hook, a whisk, the K-beater (a K-shaped paddle attachment), and a ﬂexi beater ﬁtted with a silicone rim to mimic a scraping action. There are seven speed settings as well as a folding function.
Speed control Thanks to the Soft Start feature, the mixer did not jump full throttle into the chosen speed but revved up gradually, minimising splatter. The minimum speed was low enough for gentle mixing.
Whipping egg whites It worked well even with just one egg white, taking 2min at speed 4 to form soft peaks, and taking one more minute to form stiff peaks.
Handling dough Despite some audible grunting as it mixed 900g of bread dough, the motor trudged along steadily and combined all the ingredients evenly.
The flexi beater This was good for creaming butter and sugar. It scraped up to three-quarters of the bowl’s height; I only had to push down ﬂour from around the top.
The folding function Although the folding speed was slower than the usual minimum speed, it was still too fast and not gentle enough to fold beaten egg whites into my chiffon cake batter. This function is better suited for mixing dry ingredients, like chocolate chips or ﬂour, into batter.
Glass bowl I could monitor the progress of the mixing. When whipping egg whites, I could visually check if any unwhipped whites had pooled at the bottom. The handle made it easy to carry the bowl securely. I could also pour out batter with just one hand.
Splash guard The large feeding chute made it easy to add both dry and wet ingredients. However, it couldn’t be locked into place, and it did not ﬁt snugly with the mixing bowl. Specks of ﬂour or batter ﬂew out through the gap between the chute and the mixing bowl.
Mixer head It pivots away from the bowl by about 45 degrees, which obstructed scraping. When lifted, it left a gap through which ﬂour or batter would seep in, making it hard to clean.
The inconveniences are minor, and the kMix’s speed control and powerful motor make it handy in the kitchen.
Photography Vernon Wong / Art Direction & Styling Ann Neo.