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Hi, I have always wanted a Kenwood and now the time has come for me to buy one. But there are so many different ones, I'm finding it hard to choose. Plus, I recently had the pleasure of using a Kitchenaid (only to make pasta though) and it also looked like a good quality machine. What put me off a little was that when using the pasta attachment, the whisk holder (if you know what I mean) still turned. Does this happen with a Kenwood too? I assume that Kenwood wil also have the pasta attachments. I would be grateful for any advice from anyone that has either. I will be using it mainly for cakes, bread dough and making fresh pasta. I would like one with a strong motor. Advice on the price difference would also be of help, here in switzerland they are both terribly expensive. Thanks rp x
I have an old Kenwood which was given to me a short time ago. Still works perfectly though so can only speak for this one, when using the cream maker and the mincer the motor still turns the bit where you attach the whisks etc. Not sure if the newer models do the same but I would think so as it is like a sewing machine to stop the needle going up and down you have to dis-engage the gear (eg when filling spools etc.)Not a lot of info, but hope it helps.Yummy
Hi, I've got a Kenwood Chef and when attachments are used on the top the whisk or dough hook still turn in the bowl but I can take them out if I want but never bother, I'm used to them revolving on the spindle. I was under the impressoin that they all work like this. Use mine a lot for mixing bread dough, but I think I might invest in a pasta attachment, already have processor, liquidiser, mincer and been given a separate slicer which works better than the slicer blades included with the processor which to me doesn't perform as well as a stand alone processor. Never tried a Kitchenaid so can't compare. Hope you manage to come to a decision. xx
Thanks Yummy and Foxylady, that does answer one query. I guess you are both happy with your machines, and I am leaning towards a Kenwood. Is there anything that you would suggest I pay extra attention to whilst buying a kenwood? Like the strength of the motor or type of bowl? There are so many to choose from.Rp x
Have a look on the official Kenwood site where they have the full range of machines/attachments. I only have 1 bowl(stainless steel) but you can buy plastic ones which some people use for storing the whisks etc. Mine is a Chef model, think there's a Major model which has a more powerful motor but I find mine perfectly fine for what I use it for. Google Kenwood to find the site and have a browse. They always have a stand at the BBC Good Food Shows if you are thinking of attending so you can get plenty of info there. Good luck. xx
I'd replace mine like a shot if I needed too.My advice would be to go for the best you can afford. The more expensive ones come with alot of extra bits and bobs that would turn out to cost quite a bit more if you choose to buy them later on. When I got mine a couple of years ago from amazon, I paid £299. They also had one for £249 but I added the prices up of the extras and they were worth an additional £150 in addition to having a better motor. I use all the bits and bobs too to be honest.Also, try to get one with a glass liquidiser, the cheaper ones come with a plastic one and they can discolour> I dont think thats a major issue in itself, but it does not look nice.x
Kitchenaid is very popular in North America, but is not nearly as well made as the Kenwood. Internals have a lot of plastic and tend to break. I purchased a Kenwood as soon as they became available here.
Thats interesting to know. I went for Kenwood as my Mums always had one and I like their look, don't like the kitchenaid look. As I said though, Im very happy with the Kenwwod, and it feels of very solid build.x
Thanks for all your help, looks like kenwood gets the vote. rp x
LEt us know what you end up with RP! I always like looking at pics of kenwood chefs! LOL! Ooh, Im a saddo!X
kenwood are known to last 50 years or more , I have the Chef , & it is magnificent.It is a total workhorse.I recently got an attachment for making cakes.I amke all my own bread , & butter in mine.10 out of 10 from me.
Thats very true Stasia.Mum is only on her second one ever, the first was a wedding present, and Mum and Dad married in the 60's. The day hers finally packed up, she went straight to John Lewis on the bus for a new one. With mine being just a couple of years old, Im not expecting it to pack up anytime soon, but should it happen, I'd replace the same day, no problems. There are not many pieces of kitchen stuff I can say that about, most I can manage without, but not this one.XX
I purchased mine when we were in the Army in Germany in 1966. I think we paid £33 for it and all the attachments in the NAFFI. I broke the glass bowl years later and replaced it with a stainless steel one, and have replaced the liqidizer once. Basically it's still going strong. I don't know who will pop their clogs first........ me or the Kenwood!!!!
I have had mine since 1973 and it cost £24.99!!!! It is still working perfectly, and with my renewed interest in baking I am using it more and more. I must admit I would like a newer model but .... would it be as good?My glass bowl also had to be replaced, I have a plastic bowl instead but it serves its' purpose so I am happy.
for Kenwood, looks like tht's what I'll be getting. Thanks for all your help.James, I'm counting on you to tell me where to get the best price, so I'll get back to you in a few months time. Now back to my packing.... I've limited myself to 40 boxes, so that's helping me to decide what's coming with me and what's heading for the flee marketrp x
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