Purchasing a mixer is a big luxury purchase, well it was to me anyway and I really took my time in choosing what I wanted and deliberating over what would be the best mixer for me. I’ve never considered a mixer a necessity, when I moved out of home I certainly couldn’t afford one and I used a hand held electric whisk for pretty much everything, especially cakes!
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At home, we didn’t have a fancy mixer, but we did have a Magimix*. This is something that is on my mind at the moment… I think I may need one. Whilst I now have my fancy mixer, I don’t have something to make bread crumbs, or grate carrots. Although perhaps my mixer does do this, I just don’t have the attachments… comments below please…
Back to the topic, when I left my last job I was very fortunate to receive some vouchers and I wanted to spend them on something of substance, with my love of cooking I felt that this was meant to be. In addition, it was December, so I saved myself for the January sales and bought a kMix*, at a really good price from John Lewis. I love her. I don’t know what I did without her!
So why did I chose this mixer? My choice was between the Kenwood kMix Stand Mixer* and the KitchenAid Artisan food processor* I did a lot of research and this is what I found… (Info below about the KitchenAid Artisan KSM150PS* and the Kenwood kMix KMX51*)
Why I purchased the Kmix over the KitchenAid
- Undoubtedly a better price point, on some websites the KitchenAid is double the price of a kMix
- The kMix is more powerful, it has 500 watts of power and the KitchenAid has 350 watts
- It is much lighter at 8.1kg compared to 12kg and smaller so it looks neater on my kitchen counter
- It does have less speed settings, but it has a gradual increase in speed when you put it on a high setting – it gets there gradually rather than going like a bat out of hell to begin with
- It comes with more attachments – wire whisk, dough hook, beater and flexi beater. The KitchenAid doesn’t come with the flexi beater
- The kMix came with a Pyrex bowl and plastic splash guard, the KitchenAid came with a metal bowl
If you’re in the market for a mixer, there are lots on the market and I would always recommend having a look on the Which website before making a big purchase.
A few tips on getting a good deal…
There are ways of making these luxury purchases more affordable:
- Look out for discount codes and price matching from major retailers such as John Lewis, Currys etc
- Accrue vouchers and use them against the purchase. For example, if you have a John Lewis credit card you can earn vouchers throughout the year, why not save those vouchers for your big purchase in the January sales?
- The sales- major retailers have known sales, i.e. Black Friday, Boxing Day, January sales, usually there are also mid season sales and often discounts at Easter
- Use websites such as Topcashback to see if you can pay now and have some money returned at a later date
Do you have a mixer? If so, which do you have and would you have chose differently if you were repurchasing?