Updated 13 March 2022
We tested kitchen machines and name the Electrolux Assistent E7KM1-4PB 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.
Our tests are independently conducted and reflect the test editor's honest and objective opinions. Selection of products and test results are in no way influenced by manufacturers, retailers or other internal or external parties.
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:
Efficiency: 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?
Ease of use: 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?
Construction quality and design: 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.
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Retro kitchen assistant with great effect, ideal for everyday household baking
Effect: 1200W Cord length: 1.25 m Bowl volume: 4.8 + 2.9 Litres Accessories included: Dough hook, balloon whisk, flat mixer, silicone winged flat mixer, fermentation cap, and splash guard with feed hatch Weight: 9.55 kg Maximum weight of yeast dough: 1.4 kg Other: lighting of bowl and knob, pulse function, soft start
With its attractive retro design, strong motor, and many good accessories, Electrolux Assistant is a good buy for everyday baking for the average size family. A slightly loud volume is compensated for with a stable design, flexible splash guard that maintains a tight seal, and a smart soft start.
Electrolux E7KM1-4PB is an assistant that has been upgraded from its predecessor and been given a stronger engine. Now the power is 1200 W, and it has ten different speeds to choose from. The control has built-in lighting that makes it easy to see the setting, and it is easy to find the right speed depending on whether you want to whip cream, knead dough, or blend together a batter. The smooth pulse function allows for quick mixing.
Whisking is both quick and mess-free, as Electrolux assistant does not run at full throttle even if you turn the knob completely, but instead accelerates slowly to reduce splashes. Even less risk of mess due to the smart splash guard, which can be a little messy to get into place, but which in return keeps the spills out and has a built-in feed hatch for easier use.
When kneading yeast dough, you will notice that while the machine is working, the volume becomes a little louder and the power head moves a little with a clicking sound. According to the manual, the maximum weight of the dough should be 1.2–1.4 kg, which feels low in relation to the effect. The panel used it for heavier doughs than this without any problems, but guesses that it causes more wear and tear, and possibly leads to an unnecessarily shortened shelf life for the machine if you do not follow the recommended weight.
The bowl can sometimes be difficult to loosen, especially when you’ve run heavier doughs, but just tap on the handle in the direction it needs to be turned and it will come off easily.
When you buy this, there comes with many useful accessories, such as a balloon whisk, fermentation cap, and splash guard. It also comes with two flat mixers, one of which has a smart silicone wing that allows thinner batter to be pulled down from the edges of the bowl. Most accessories are dishwasher safe, and those that aren't are easy to clean. You can also add to the accessories with a meat grinder or vegetable slicer.
Two bowls are included, one larger bowl with handles, and one smaller bowl that can be stored in the larger bowl, which saves space in your cupboards. In addition to the lighting on the knob, a small lamp shines down into the bowl so that you always have good light while working. In terms of the accessories and functions, we believe that Electrolux Assistant E7KM1-4PB is a well-functioning and affordable kitchen assistant.
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.
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.
A stylish retro kitchen assistant in many colours
Motor power: 300 W Weight: 10.98 kg Max weights: Flour weight: Flour + liquid: 2 kg Eggs: 12 whites Volume container: 4.8 L + 3 L Supplied whisks: Balloon whisk, flat mixer, flat mixer with silicone wing, dough hook Additional accessories: Splash guard with feed hatch Colours: 14 different shades (Lava in the review) Other: 5 years motor warranty on original faults Size (Height): 360 mm Size (Depth): 370 mm Weight 10.4 kg
KitchenAid Artisan is a kitchen assistant in a retro 50s design that has a wealth of bright colours to choose from. It has a 300 W motor and the test panel admitted that they were impressed with the motor’s power output despite its modest power consumption, especially considering that many competitors have motors with a power rating of more than 1000 W. The motor feels steady, powerful and relatively quiet, but we still need to say that it is slightly weak when mixing yeast doughs – we’ll get back to this.
The machine comes with two stainless steel bowls, a larger one of 4.8 L with handles, and a smaller one of 3 L that fits into the larger one – which makes it easier to store the bowls when not in use. There is also a splash guard; two flat mixers, one of which has a silicone wing; a balloon whisk and a dough hook.
KitchenAid Artisan whips both cream and eggs with sugar masterfully. If you want to beat at high speed, it is wise to both use the splash guard and increase the speed slowly, because there is no built-in damping that makes the machine rev up steadily – which increases the risk of splashing. There is also no pulse function to quickly mix ingredients together. We also note that it is possible to start the machine with the power head lifted, which should be relatively easy to remove to reduce the risk of mistakes.
In addition to whipping like a dream, the flat blenders are also ideal for mixing cake batter, where the silicone wing holds the batter from the edges when you run more fluid-like mixtures, such as glazes.
The controls for lifting up the power head and for regulating the speed are located on either side of the machine and are easy to reach, but it is more difficult to see exactly which speed you set it at, which can be a little problematic as some tools can only be run at the lower speeds. For example, the dough hook can only be run on step 2, and at higher speeds the machine risks being irreparably damaged. (This is stated in the instruction manual, and our test panel experienced this after running the machine on step 4 and it stopped working completely – after only a few weeks of use. Slightly sensitive according to the test panel, despite the instructed speed being exceeded.)
When it comes to dough, KitchenAid can manage it, but you can hear that the engine struggles when loaded with the maximum amount of dough of 2 kg allowed. If you are among those who often bake large amounts of dough, there are better alternatives on the market.
All in all, this is a really good-looking machine, and perhaps that’s why you should choose KitchenAid over some similar competitors. If the test had applied to aesthetics alone, it would have won. It has really good basic functions and, if you don't mix heavier dough than it can handle, it will keep you more than satisfied. However, it lacks many of the small finesses that we expected from a premium assistant in this price class. Combined with a rather slender motor, this means that the Artisan is still not able to compete for top marks.
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.