Kenwood kMix or KitchenAid Artisan best at baking? Bake Off contestants now use Kenwood stand mixers
12 August 2015
Eagle-eyed viewers will have noticed a big difference in this year’s series of the Great British Bake Off. Rather than using the popular KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer (as in past seasons), this year’s contestants are hoping Kenwood’s kMix stand mixer will aid their attempts to realise their culinary dreams.
So which is better? We’ve put them both through our series of expert tests, assessing how well they mix, whip and knead.
Kenwood vs KitchenAid
There are several similarities between the Kenwood kMix and KitchenAid Artisan stand mixers. Both come with a wire whisk, beater and dough hook but additional accessories are available – these range from pasta attachments to an ice cream maker. Both stand mixers come in an array of colours, allowing you to pick one that best suits your décor.
But what are the differences? The most obvious one is price – the Kenwood kMix is around £100 cheaper than its KitchenAid equivalent. The kMix comes with a flexi-beater but you’ll have to buy one of these separately if you get a KitchenAid model. And the Kenwood kMix also has a higher power motor (500w versus the KitchenAid’s 300w). However, the KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer wins when it comes to the number of speed settings – it has 10 while the kMix has eight.
|KitchenAid Artisan vs Kenwood kMix stand mixers|
|KitchenAid Artisan KSM150PS||Kenwood kMix KMX51|
|Power||350 watts||500 watts|
|Size||36cm x 27cm x 36cm||36cm x 25cm x 38cm|
|Accessories||Wire whisk, dough hook, beater||Wire whisk, dough hook, beater, flexi beater|
So would Dorret have avoided her mousse misfortune if she’d been using a KitchenAid stand mixer instead? One of these two stand mixers produced top-notch results when whipping and mixing, but the other was slower and less effective. Read our full reviews of the Kenwood kMix KMX51 and KitchenAid Artisan KSM150PS to compare the two models.
Our experts weigh in
At Which?, our home experts have had hands on experience with both types of stand mixer. So which do they think would impress Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood? Our senior researchers – Jessica Carson and Amy Hupe – each own a stand mixer from either Kenwood or KitchenAid. They offer their thoughts on the two models below.
KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer owner, Amy Hupe:
'I love my stand mixer - it looks beautiful in my kitchen and does a really good job of mixing all of the ingredients, even from the sides of the bowl. The attachments are easy to change and I got a free ice cream maker attachment with mine, which is great for whipping up frozen desserts in no time at all.'
Kenwood kMix stand mixer owner, Jessica Carson:
'I wanted a mixer that was both stylish and practical, without blowing the budget, and the kMix ticks all the boxes for me. It makes short work of everyday mixing tasks, and has nice extras like a fully sealed splashguard – perfect for making frosting – and a flexi beater which makes creaming butter a doddle. I love it.'
How we test stand mixers
Both the Kenwood kMix and KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer have undergone our rigorous series of assessments in the Which? test lab. We test how well each stand mixer whips, whisks, mixes and kneads, as well as how user-friendly it is. If you want the best, head straight to our list of stand mixer Best Buys to learn which stand mixer is best for great British bakers.