KitchenAid 3.3-litre stand mixer
Pros: smaller kitchen footprint, impressive build quality
Cons: No splashguard, small bowl
Star rating: 4/5
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Making a lemon drizzle cake in this KitchenAid proved it’s best for single bakes and smaller batches – obvious really, as the footprint and size of this ‘mini’ model are considerably less than others from the same maker. We comfortably made two loaf-tin sized cakes, but three would have resulted in overspill.
Once the beater is in place, there’s not much room around the sides to add ingredients, but it brought butter and caster sugar to a light, creamy mix in good time. Its size also meant that sifting flour into the mixture was easier done by removing it from the casing first.
With no splash guard, it was good to see that the paddle’s planetary action pulled all ingredients to the mix without making a mess.
You can whisk up to eight egg whites at one time, they came together to glossy points easily as we worked the controls from start to 10. All results were top class, with a light pavlova and well-risen, airy sponge.
When you own a KitchenAid, everyone seems to wants to talk about it. ‘I’ve always wanted one of these,’ say some when they spot it, whilst those already in the club want to regale you with tales of their attachments. (Even this mini model has a flap that conceals a slot for accessories – from pasta makers and citrus juicers to sausage filler tubes.) So, if you want a versatile machine that will impress pals, but are pushed for space – this mixer’s for you.
KitchenAid 3.3-litre specifications
Speeds: ten plus ½ speed starter
Attachments included: flat beater, wire whisk, dough hook
Bowl capacity: 3.3-litre stainless steel
Splash guard: no
Model number: 5KSM3311X
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