We tested kitchen machines and name the Electrolux Assistent EKM4 as the best in test. It’s powerful with an excellent whipping and kneading function but also user-friendly with a nice design, and is available in a plethora of colours, all of which have their own product number.
We carry out our tests ourselves and test products as they are intended to be used in reality. All kitchen machines were evaluated in our test families' everyday lives, and used for kneading and whisking. We focused on the following aspects:
How powerful is the motor? How fast is it at whisking and kneading? How long does the kitchen machine take to bring the dough together? Does the dough hook go deep enough to work all of the dough? Is it efficient to assemble and disassemble? How long does it take from start to finish, i.e. to assemble and start, disassemble, clean and put away?
How easy to use are the controls? Is it easy to attach the different parts? How well do the accessories work? How easy is it to clean the machine and its parts? How space-consuming and heavy is the machine? Is it easy to lift and carry? Is it convenient to assemble and disassemble?
How robust and durable is the kitchen machine? What materials is it made from? How noisy is the motor? How long is the guarantee period and what does it cover? How well designed is the machine? Is it stylish? Is it available in different colours?
The kitchen machines were rated according to value, which means we assessed and rated them for functionality, performance and design in relation to their price tag.
We tested a selection of kitchen machines. Compare prices of more popular kitchen machines on Pricerunner.
Powerful kitchen machine with a retro design
Width: 37 cm Depth: 21 cm Height: 36 cm Weight: 8.4 kg (measured with bowl and dough hook) Power: 1,000 W Cable length: 1 m Bowl volume: 4.8 l Dough capacity: - kg yeast dough Noise level: 79.5 dB Accessories included: Dough hook, whisks
The Electrolux Assistent EKM4 series are solid and stylish kitchen machines, in retro design, available in many different colours to fit into your own kitchen. The reason we call these kitchen machines a "series" is that the same device has been given 11 different model numbers depending on colour. Under the review you’ll find a list of each colour and its model number.
This kitchen machine has a powerful motor which gives a very good result when kneading normal-sized doughs. The EKM4 has just enough buttons and it’s easy to understand. It has many speeds and does an excellent job by quickly bringing the dough together and kneading right through it, even at the lower speed settings. At higher speeds, the machine is loud and the drive head may start to jump a little. The knobs and locks are easy to use and it’s easy to clean loose parts, as most of them can be machine washed. Unfortunately, the heavy drive head must be lifted with two hands and when baking larger amounts it’s easy for some dough to get stuck under the head too, which can then be difficult to remove.
A smaller bowl is also included with this machine, but that still requires enough liquid for the whisk to work optimally. The EKM4 has two smart lights, down in the bowl and around the speed dial, so you can easily see what speed you’re using. Given its low price, the Electrolux Assistent EKM4000 offers a fantastic amount of kitchen machine for your money and is therefore named as our best in test.
The Electrolux Assistent EKM4 series is available in the following colours and model numbers:
EKM4000 – Watermelon, EKM4100 – Eggshell white, EKM4300 – Black gloss, EKM4500 – Navy blue, EKM4600 – Silver, EKM4610 – Pearl metallic, EKM4620 – Champagne gold metallic, EKM4630 – Fuchsia metallic, EKM4800 – Blue metallic, EKM4810 – Lilac, EKM4900 – Bronze.
Small machine for large volumes!
Motor power: 1,700 W Weight: 10.4 kg Max. weights: Flour weight: 2.6 kg Flour + liquid: 2.6-5 kg Eggs: 16 Volume container: 6.7 l Whisks included: K-Spade (for light batters), whisk, dough hook, flexi-whisk (edge-scraping whisk), mousse tool extra accessories: Splash guard with feed hatch, Dough scraper Colours: Titanium Gray Miscellaneous: 10 year motor guarantee Size (Height): 35.6 mm Size (Width): 38 mm Size (Depth): 28.5 mm
The Kenwood Chef XL is a relatively compact kitchen machine but at the same time has both a large bowl and powerful large whisks of high-quality stainless steel. To change the whisks and remove the bowl, you fold the upper part upwards. To facilitate this the machine has been fitted with a spring, which is easy to use and reduces the risk of trapping your fingers. In the raised position, the machine is quite tall (53 cm), which means you can’t stand it beneath a kitchen cabinet when you’re using it. Operation is very simple. The speed knob lights up with a white light when the machine is ready for use and starts flashing if something is open and the machine can’t start. Speeds are regulated from only stirring, to pulse (max direct), and speeds 1-7 with the machine seeming to move steplessly between these different speeds. A work lamp provides strong lighting directly into the bowl; something we were impressed by and which quickly became a favourite detail on Kenwood's kitchen machines.
For heavier jobs such as bread dough, the machine kneads really easily and it’s only at the maximum weights that you start to hear the motor complain a little. The machine's narrow design means it’s a little wobbly when in use and we even saw the machine ‘walk’ across the counter a bit if the worktop wasn’t completely flat. Lighter work, such as mixing various batters or whisking eggs, is both quick and stable. The splash guard covers the entire bowl, which provides good protection, and also has a large gap for adding flour etc. The dough hook has a large protective plate at the top, which prevents the dough from migrating upwards and works well even with very large doughs.
Regardless of the job, Kenwood's kitchen machine handles the task very well, even if it needs a supporting hand with the larger doughs. Details and sensitive parts feel well-made and likely to last a lifetime and we can’t help but be impressed by how Kenwood have made a machine for larger volumes without it having to take up tons of space in the kitchen. If you want, you can buy accessories for pasta making and for connecting a blender. So even though the price is in the upper segment, we feel the Kenwood Chef XL gives good value for money and should offer its users many hours of pleasant baking with impressive results.
Attractively designed and highly efficient kitchen assistant for both baking and bread making
Width: 36 cm Depth: 36 cm Height: 28 cm Weight: 8.6 kg Power: 1500 W Cable length: 2 m Bowl volume: 7 litres Dough capacity: 5 kg yeast dough Included accessories: Stainless steel mixing bowl, whisking bowl, dough roller, dough knife, dough scraper, dough hook, whisk shaft, dust cover lid, balloon whisks and cookie whisks
Ankarsrum is already a well-known brand to the baking enthusiast. This kitchen assistant is often seen in high-profile contexts, both on popular social media channels and in TV productions. The stylish design means you’ll be happy to leave the Ankarsrum AKM 6230 out on the kitchen worktop even after the bread rolls are out of the oven.
In addition to the machine itself, the basic package for the Ankarsrum AKM 6230 consists of ten separate parts. In short, everything you need for the needs of a normal household. For the more advanced chef, vegetable shredders, meat mincers, blenders and many other accessories are available separately. The detachable cable is long enough to make the AKM 6230 easy to place in the kitchen, and also easier to store.
The many included accessories are undeniably a major advantage of the AKM 6230. Set dough for rolls to rise, whisk up some meringues, mix the cake batter, bake some bread? Whatever you fancy eating, the Ankarsrum AKM 6230 can help you fulfil the your heart’s desire. The only awkward thing about the many parts is storing them, and avoiding things getting lost in the kitchen.
The Ankarsrum AKM 6230 is easy to get started with. The machine itself is quite heavy, but on the other hand it is very stable on the kitchen worktop. Even at maximum power it doesn’t move. You place the stainless steel mixing bowl down, pull the arm into position and then you can start kneading or whisking. The fact that both the whisking and mixing bowls are so large means it’s easy to make double sets of both dough and batter.
The motor in the AKM 6230 is impressively strong and despite mixing three big batches of dough one after another, there’s no loss in capacity. For smaller quantities of dough you can use the dough roller, while the dough hook and the dough knife are used for bigger batches. These are very effective at preventing the dough from sticking and just being dragged around the bowl without being kneaded.
On the AKM 6230 there are two knobs. One can either be used as a timer for between 1 and 12 minutes, or can be turned to the constant ON position. The second knob sets the speed of the mixing bowl. The sound volume isn’t the lowest we’ve ever heard, but it’s not so loud that it irritates the ears more than other kitchen assistants do. It’s a big plus that almost all parts of the AKM 6230 are dishwasher-safe.
After an intense season of baking, the AKM 6230 still looks like new. All of the accessories worked perfectly and the kitchen assistant is a joy to have around. It’s true that the price is very high. But if you bake a lot and have a budget for a top end machine, the Ankarsrum AKM 6230 will more than live up to your expectations.
Retro design and economical on energy with excellent whisking and kneading function
Width: 35 cm Depth: 22 cm Height: 36 cm Weight: 9.3 kg (measured with bowl and dough hook) Power: 300 W Cable length: 1.35 m Bowl volume: 4.25 l Dough capacity: 1.2 kg yeast dough Number of speeds: 10 Noise level: 75 dB (measured) Accessories included: Dough hook, balloon whisk, flat mixer, flat mixer with silicone strip, splash guard, extra bowl, recipe book (sent retroactively following product registration)
The Kitchen Aid Artisan is a retro kitchen machine that seems to work well. What mainly distinguishes it from the competition is a clever, energy-efficient innovation in the form of a direct-drive motor instead of a belt-driven one. According to the specifications, this means that the stated power of 300 W in practice corresponds to about 1000 W, which is more than sufficient for most households. The motor's efficiency is particularly noticeable in the whisk function, as the machine quickly whisks egg whites to a hard foam and whipping cream becomes really fluffy. The kneading function is also excellent. The dough hook gradually gathers up the contents, and with the convenient splash guard you can easily add more flour or other ingredients as needed. If you choose to make a pie or shortcrust pastry, use the flat mixer as that works best for heavier doughs.
The fact that the Kitchen Aid consumes fewer watts doesn’t mean it makes less noise. On the other hand, we do feel that this newer model is somewhat quieter than its predecessors. It’s remarkable, however, that one of the heaviest kitchen machines on the market doesn’t stand completely still, but skips about a bit during heavy work. It’s simple to understand how to use a Kitchen Aid and the folding arm makes it easy to access the contents, but we would have appreciated it more if the folding process didn’t require two hands. Cleaning is also made more difficult by the fact that dough gets stuck under the drive head if you’re working with a larger volume, and the sturdy bowl is so tightly attached that you have to use a lot of force on the handle to remove it. Despite these weaknesses, the Kitchen Aid Artisan offers very welcome assistance in the kitchen and there are also a variety of accessories to buy.
Stable, functional kitchen machine with a retro design
Width: 26.8 cm Depth: 40 cm Height: 36 cm Weight: 8.6 kg (measured with bowl and dough hook) Power: 800 W Cable length: 1.95 m Bowl volume: 7 l Dough capacity: 5 kg yeast dough Number of speeds: 12 Noise level: 85.3 dB (measured) Accessories included: Cutting board, citrus press, dough hook, dough whisk, whisk accessories, meat grinder accessories
The Ankarsrum AKM6220 is a nicely designed, stable and strong kitchen machine. The first version was launched by Electrolux in 1940 and although the machine has been developed since then, it has retained the typical look of the time. The AKM6220 doesn’t have a particularly strong motor but still manages to work quickly and efficiently. In the spacious stainless steel bowl, the contents are worked together quickly and, when baking, the dough hook easily gathers all the dough, which also releases easily from the sides during kneading. The kitchen machine has practical functions such as a detachable cable, timer and overload protection. It also automatically regulates the speed depending on how heavily loaded the machine is. Perhaps because the motor isn’t very strong, it makes a fair bit of noise during hard work. On the other hand, the AKM6220 is stable and in no doubt this is partly due to suction cups on the underside of the machine.
It can take a while to learn how to assemble the accessories, as their construction differs somewhat from other kitchen machines. It’s easy to clean the machine's parts and another plus is that most parts and accessories can actually be machine washed. The AKM6220 is quick to whip cream, and thanks to the deep bowl, splashes are minimised. To suit different tastes, the kitchen machine is available in many different colours, which is a definite advantage as it’s large and doesn’t really fit in many normal-sized kitchens cupboards. The AKM6220 is an excellent choice both for the advanced home cook as well as for the beginner, and it’s ideal for the larger family, as you can bake and whisk bigger quantities at a time.
Small, convenient and user-friendly for smaller jobs
Width: 28 cm Depth: 27 cm Height: 28.2 cm Weight: 6.2 kg (measured with bowl and dough hook) Power: 700 W Cable length: 1.18 m Bowl volume: 3.9 l Dough capacity: 1.5 kg yeast dough Number of speeds: 4 Noise level: 75.2 dB (measured) Accessories included: Dough hook, balloon whisk and coarse whisk, vegetable cutter, plastic mixer
The MUM52120 may look small and simple, but it still manages most jobs you’d expect from a smaller kitchen machine. It’s easy to get started with the whisk and kneading functions and with a convenient push of a button you can lift the mixing arm to easily access the contents of the stainless steel bowl. Dough is processed efficiently by kneading both sideways and vertically and the four speed positions are fully sufficient for the small doughs we tested. There’s also a pulse function that allows you to operate the kitchen machine only momentarily, for precise control. The MUM52120 has a clever parking function which means accessories always stop at the back of the bowl, thus making it easier to top up. There’s a decent speed on the whisk too, but even though there’s a soft start function intended to reduce the risk of splashes, liquids such as cream can still escape.
Decibel-wise, the MUM52120 is no louder than the average kitchen machine. At lower speeds, however, the motor does have a high – almost beeping – tone, which makes it hard to listen to. The parts are easy to detach and replace, and almost all parts can be machine washed. One potentially great strength of the MUM52120 is its low height, which can be a real advantage if it’s being stored in a cupboard. For extra help with storage, there’s even a clever cable compartment. The MUM52120 does a good job for its price class and is a decent choice for the smaller household.
The kitchen machine has been a favourite in the kitchen for over 70 years and today there are more models than ever to choose from. It’s not just the type of recipe you follow or the ingredients you use that affect the type of kitchen machine you prefer. Functionality, size and colour are also important features. If you have a small kitchen, for instance, you may well prefer a small and neat kitchen machine. If who bake large batches of cakes, you may prefer a large and powerful model with room for many litres of dough. If you’re a fan of design, you can often choose between several colours and today there are even machines in white and pink.
We tested a selection of the market's most popular kitchen machines. We assessed a number of different properties but focused on the whisk and kneading functions. Because kitchen machines are often used when baking bread, for example, many people want the machine to be able to stand out on a kitchen worktop or shelf. Alternatively, what matters most might be that the machine should be easy to move, assemble and disassemble. As kitchen machines have so many functions, it’s important that the parts are easy to remove and replace. A kitchen machine should also have a motor that’s strong enough for the purpose. The stronger the motor a machine has, the better it will be at handling larger and coarser doughs. One inevitable side effect of a powerful motor, however, is that the noise level tends to be higher. Likewise, many kitchen machines jump around a bit when the power is turned up. Other important features of a kitchen machine include a dough hook that gathers all the dough when kneading, a good blade for mixing, an efficient whisk and a sufficiently large bowl. The accessories should be easy to clean, and many people find it useful if the removable parts can be washed in the dishwasher. Something worth thinking about when buying a kitchen machine is that the more functions it has, the more it usually costs. If you plan to only use your machine for a few tasks, such as baking bread, you may only need a simpler model.
Kitchen machine is a collective name for both kitchen assistants and food processors. A kitchen assistant tends to have fewer functions than a food processor. A kitchen assistant is good for simpler tasks, such as baking sourdough bread, whisking ice cream and mixing sauces. For tougher kitchen tasks, such as grating vegetables, grinding apples into apple puree, grinding meat through a meat grinder or making sausages, you need a food processor.
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