Recommended planetary mixer / kitchen machine

I make normal size doughs (~800-900g flour) about once a week but have now worn out my Kenwood kMix machine twice (the gear box), I think it's just not designed for bread, perhaps more for fluffy cakes. So instead of fixing it once again I would like to get a "proper" machine and have started to look at semi-professional machines like the Kenwood KMP77, but can't seem to get that here in Australia. Does anyone else have a good machine they can recommend?

 

Thanks

Nina

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Hi Nina, you could save yourself a lot of money by having a look at the recipe and procedure for making Fred Bread. It is a big loaf and requires next to no work. My first attempt had full gluten development after just one set of stretch and folds! Flavour is delicious and adjustable, and I made mine with about half wholemeal and half white and just reduced the water a bit. Well worth playing around with. I have a rye, white combo readying itself now.

HI

 

I suggest that you have a look at:

 

sourdough.com/forum/planetary-mixer-any-advice

 

It was all covered pretty well there. I say that it is always worth hanging out on ebay. The search I use is mixer in the bussiness catogory.

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I make normal size doughs (~800-900g flour) about once a week but have now worn out my Kenwood kMix machine twice (the gear box), I think it's just not designed for bread, perhaps more for fluffy cakes. So instead of fixing it once again I would like to get a "proper" machine and have started to look at semi-professional machines like the Kenwood KMP77, but can't seem to get that here in Australia. Does anyone else have a good machine they can recommend?

 

Thanks

Nina

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I also have a Kmix and noticed that it started making funny noises. Hopefully it will last a while. You could try a KitchenAid heavier model. The KMix is a 500W machine. If you went for a more pwerful machine it would have to have a stronger gear box. This machine looks impressive, the Cuisinart, it has a 1000W motor and they give a three year guarentee as opposed to the usual one year, so they must have a stronger product. It is made by the manufacturer of the Magimix...
http://www.everythingkitchens.com/cuisinart-stand-mixer-7-quart.html
 

Jeff

Thanks for the pointer to the other fourm, some great tips there! I ended up buying a new Hobart N50, it arrived today.

HHow about a picture of the new mixer?


I actually had to return it, as I found out it was not suitable for the quantities of dough I normally make (1.5-2kg). But there are plenty of pictures on the internet, just look it up on Google.

 

Now I am considering a 10 litre Robot Coupe instead... anyone have any experience they can share?

 

Nina

Hi,

I have not used them but the Robot Coup has a good repuatation.

 

Sorry to see that the N50 was too small for your needs.

I believe that if you have the bench space the way to make sure that you have capacity for batches up to 6kg would be to buy a Hobart A200 and also get the small bowl option to make smaller batches. This would not be a cheap way of doing it but would solve all possible future problems. The grater and mincer attachments for these larger mixers are also really useful.

 

Regards, Chow