Russell Hobbs Go Create stand mixer
Pros: price, speed settings
Cons: can move when working hard, hand-wash bowl recommended
Star rating: 3.5/5
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At the budget end of the scale is this machine, a model that’s more than adequate for the occasional baker. It does have a 1000W mechanism to tackle heavier doughs, but because it’s not as heavy as some more powerful machines, you may find there’s a tiny bit of movement when running at this power. However, that’s no big deal.
The side dial is simple enough, twisting from pulse to speed 10, with the lowest settings useful for folding chips into cookie dough or fresh fruit into whipped cream.
We tried out a few of the recipes in the included manual, and the steamed treacle pudding was a particular hit. Thanks to the mixer, it was particularly light, with well-mixed butter and sugar. The Italian herb bread recipe included strong bread flour, which we easily combined with olive oil, herbs and yeast thanks to the dough hook attachment.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on a stand mixer to get great results, but you may have to compromise on the quality of the casing or feel of the controls. This is a functional, useful tool to have in the kitchen cupboard, but there are more stylish and ergonomic mixers out there. It does work well, though, and we’d be more than happy to have this on our worktop at home. You also can’t argue with the price point.
This one’s worth considering if you’re a ‘high days and holidays’ kind of baker who needs a bit of oomph when it comes time to mix up your Christmas cake.
Russell Hobbs Go Create stand mixer specifications:
Speeds: 10, plus pulse
Attachments included: flat beater, dough hook, balloon whisk
Bowl capacity: 5-litre, stainless steel
Accessories: splash guard
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