Kenwood Prospero Food Mixer

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Katrina B

Kenwood Prospero Food Mixer

Has anyone tried the Kenwood Prospero Food Mixer. I am thinking of getting one as I don't need the Kenwood Chef as its a bit big for just the two of us, but as I like making my own bread and cakes, etc., the Prospero seems to be the answer as it appears to be designed to take up less space and has a smaller capacity.

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Tompeters

Prospero

I bought one over a year ago for the same reasons you want one. Terrible thing. Cheap, nasty, plasticy, fragile (processor lid broken already). You get a lot of gizmos for your money but the same money would be better spent on one gizmo that is well-made.

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SonyaK

Kenwood Prospero Food Mixer

Tompeters, there are 17 different Prospero models on the website - are they really all that bad?

Some have more powerful motors, but maybe still plasticy and fragile?
They look good and are certainly more compact.

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Tompeters

Prospero

Hi Sonya, I have the KM265 650W which is as I described. I cannot comment on the others in the range. Yes, they look very smart in a photo and smart out of the box, new, but it's just a cheap plastic case and the silver colour rubs off.

I have an energy meter given to me by the electricity supplier that tells me the power being used at any time. When I was doing some baking last Autumn the Prospero was struggling badly so I brought the meter into the kitchen and it showed barely 100W. Of course by itself '650W' doesn't mean a lot but powerful, it ain't.

But my comments are limited to that model of Prospero and that was over a year ago, so the product might have changed. I strongly suggest people see it and hold it in a shop before buying; don't buy off a website unless you have seen and touched the actual product.

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Katrina B

Thanks

Many thanks for all of this info people, I will certainly take your guidance on board. I saw a Prospero in Lakeland a few months ago and did think then it was "cheap" looking, and with the price being competitive against other Kenwoods and all the attachments I did pause - now I think I will just go for the basic machine from Kenwood (I don't need all the attachements anyway) and spend a little more. Again, Many Thanks

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Tompeters

Kenwood Prospero

Katrina, I'm sure you've made the right decision. I still haven't replaced the Prospero and wondering whether it's worth looking at some of the quality alternatives to a Kenwood?

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Katrina B

Another Idea

Hello Trompeter - Have just had a quick wiz through our local Argos and have seen a food mixer by Russell Hobbs. Seems to be just the ticket. A lot cheaper than a similar machine from Kenwood with the same power so am seriously considering it. Will let you know the outcome if and when I get it and how well it performs.

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Tompeters

Kenwood Prospero

Good luck, Katrina. At least with Argos you have sixteen days to try it out!

By the way, did you know that Argos (and many mail order companies) sell returns in bulk untested to anyone who bids? There is a special Argos bidders site...you might be bidding on a lorry load of kitchen goods, some of which are dud, some intermittent and some perfectly good but unwanted. You usually have to arrive with your own lorry :(

Those goods end up on Ebay and in boot sales. You have been warned! I don't mean that the stuff Argos sell is dodgy - that's supposed to be fine, brand new, just that they sell the returns often to unscrupulous and unqualified people who make them 'work'.

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SonyaK

Kenwood Food Mixer - Bargain Price!!

Probably too late for you now, but I just read on another forum:-

"Kenwood Classic 336 is currently on Amazon at £184.99 reduced from £299.99 = a saving of £115!"

It's their smaller Classic but apparently kneads 1kg flour quite happily! Good size for 2 people.
Apparently also going cheap at John Lewis!!

Someone also said it's much better made than the Prospero!!

No use to me in Oz, but just thought I'd share that with you lot!!

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Katrina B

To Buy or Not to Buy

Many thanks for all of this people! Am coming down more on the side of the Russell Hobbs. Think I may that way. The Kenwood machines are good and well engineered but to big and heavy for me. I had a look at the weight of the RH machine and it is slightly lighter.

I will let you know of the outcome and how well it performs.

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Katrina B

Kenwood or Russell Hobbs


" Many thanks for all of this people! Am coming down more on the side of the Russell Hobbs. Think I may that way. The Kenwood machines are good and well engineered but to big and heavy for me. I had a look at the weight of the RH machine and it is slightly lighter.

I will let you know of the outcome and how well it performs.

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Hello everyone, well, I have got a new mixer. A KENWOOD - saw the ad on the TV the other night for the basic chef machine at half price and snapped it up!!!! All's well here and firing on all cylinders!!! New kitchen in the offing before Xmas too so roll on Xmas Day, armed with Delia's Xmas book!!

 
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