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asked July 31st 2012

How Does This Mixer Compare?

Hi!

I’m a recent member of this site and pretty new to cake decorating. I took it up as a hobby about 8 months ago and although I have 2 pretty advanced cakes under my belt I still have a lot to learn.

I’ve been using a small electric hand mixer for several months and am considering a stand mixer. It’s just a hobby mind….so I’m not forking out a small fortune.

I’ve seen the mixer below for €200 locally (about £157), can someone read through the spec and offer me an opinion based on comparing this to what you might be using yourself. I don’t want to buy it if it’s not ticking all the boxes…..

The Grundig Stand Mixer is made to stand up to the toughest of kitchen tasks and is constructed from a full die-cast metal body. Its powerful 400 watt direct drive motor combined with 10 variable speeds makes this mixer perfect for a variety of mixing and kneading tasks. This versatile mixer is compatible with all KitchenAid brand accessories and attachments. Also comes with two stainless steel Mixing Bowls – 4.8L and 2.8L and heavy duty flat beaters, dough hooks, wire whips and scraper.

Thanks for taking the time to read this 🙂

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Hi jojo99

I recently had the same decision to make, and after reading many product reviews i went for this mixer: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Andrew-James-Electric-Spatula-Cookbook/dp/B001KO187O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343736367&sr=8-1

It has many great features:

It has a 5.2 litre bowl which is great as previously i had to make large quantities s of mixture in two batches.

It has a cover for the bowl, so when mixing up buttercream  i save a lot of time as i can pour in sugar as mixer is still going.

The power is really strong, due to the motor size.

It has little suction pads on the bottom of it, so it sticks to the work surface and doesn’t rattle about when at a high speed.

AND the price amongst many other things are great. I’d highly recommend it.

 

Hope this helps 🙂

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Hi jojo99

I think most people who first buy stand mixers do it through trial and error or have experience of a particular brand name. There are other stand mixers on the market which compare in price to Grundig,  it might be worth having a look around. I have always used Kenwood, started with a hand mixer and gradually progressed over a period of 40 years. If you go to the search box and put in ‘stand mixer’ there is a similar question to yours, the answers may help your decision. Hope this helps. Oh, btw welcome to the site! x

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Thank you both for answering, and the welcome 🙂

Paula, that one does look good, thank you!

I like that it has a cover for the bowl, I don’t think the one I mentioned has. By the time I factor in the shipping charge to Ireland I think it would cost almost the same money so I’m going to read a few of the reviews over there and make up my mind, thanks 🙂

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I had a Kenwood Chef for around 30 years and it finally packed up.  I bought a second hand one on e bay and it works perfectly so maybe it is something to consider

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I also bought a Kenwood second hand off e bay, with no problems, you can pick them up at a reasonable price – good luck

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I have a kitchen aid artisan mixer, altho rather pricy it is fantastic.  Not just for baking but is able to be used for many other things… pasta, mincer etc. 

My demise from an electric hand mixer came when i caught a spatula in the blades and it took my hand in with it… resulting in 3 very bruised and cut fingers !! 

I have never looked back… good luck with your purchase may it bring you many happy times of baking 🙂 x

 

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Update to my original question : I have bought the 2012 version of the Andrew James machine recommended by Paula.

It was about €50 cheaper than the one I saw locally even after converting from sterling to euro and taking shipping into account.

So far I’m happy with it, I’ve only made butter-cream and a madeira mix once so I do still need to spend more time with it to really know how it’s working out but……it sure does beat my little hand mixer 🙂