Kenwood vs. Kitchen Aid: which mixer is best?

My trusty Kitchen Aid – how would it compare?

I was recently challenged by Kenwood to try out their Kenwood Chef against my beloved Kitchen Aid to see how I thought the two machines would compare. I was really keen to give this a go.

The Kenwood Chef Titanium

Kitchen Aid stand mixers seem to be so popular and have been for many years. They are a lifestyle choice for so many people. What does it say about you and your kitchen to have a snazzy top of the range mixer permanently gracing your kitchen counter? Sounds silly, but I think lots of people see it this way – they can’t be taken seriously as a keen home cook without one, perhaps? I have to say though; they are a complete lifesaver for professional bakers and keen cooks just like me.  The stand mixer has completely revolutionized the way I cook, which has been great for me and so many others. Hands free cake and bread making really does speed up the amount of time spent in the kitchen, and especially if, like me, you are in there all day most days, that can make such a difference to your day. Part of me was a little concerned though, after I had accepted this challenge. What if the Kenwood was better than my Kitchen Aid? Having forked out best part of £400 for my mixer, how would I feel about that?

Prejudices well and truly cast aside, I set about choosing my recipe. I decided on one bread and one gluten free cake, as cakes and bread really are the main functions I use my Kitchen Aid for.

I was really in the mood for some good granary bread, so here is the recipe I used:

Granary loaf

 Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients:

  • 500g Organic granary bread flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. yeast
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 300ml warm water
  • 2 tsp. sunflower oil

Method:

1)   Preheat the oven to 200C

2)   Place all the dry ingredients in the bowl of the stand mixer

3)   Whisk the oil into the water

4)   Pour the water into the bowl of the stand mixer and mix with the dough hook on the stand mixer to combine. I set both machines to run on speed 2 until all the flour was worked into the dough

The Kitchen Aid in Action

The Kenwood in action

5)   Leave the dough to rise in a warm place for an hour, in the mixer bowl, covered with cling film

The Kitchen Aid dough ready to be left to rise

The Kenwood dough ready to rise

6)   After an hour, place the bowls back onto the stand mixers and knead the dough on speed 2 for 5 minutes

7)   Then cover the dough again and leave for 30 minutes to rise

8)   Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled baking sheet and shape. I made mine into cottage loaves with one ball placed on top of the dough, and a hole pressed through the centre using a chunky wooden spoon handle.

The cottage loaves, ready to be baked

9)   Bake for 40 minutes

The loaves, fresh from the oven

Here are my observations:

  • The Kenwood’s motor does seem more robust. My Kitchen Aid does sound and feel a bit clunky. Although it is a very heavy machine, it does feel as though the motor is not as robust as you may imagine for such a solid machine. I felt as though I could turn the Kenwood up higher without worrying it might break, which I do with the Kitchen Aid
  • The splash guard for the Kenwood does come with a flap, which you are able to open and close whilst adding additional ingredients to the mixer whilst the motor is running. The splash guard is an invaluable feature of the Kitchen Aid, particularly when working with lots of flour or icing sugar, as it does tend to coat everything else in the kitchen even with the splash guard on, so I like this idea.
  • The attachments for the Kenwood feel really robust and are slightly easier to attach to the machine than with the Kitchen Aid
  • I found the Kitchen Aid slightly easier to clean, as there are fewer nooks and crannies to get muck into when baking
  •  The Kenwood did appear to work slightly harder than the kitchen aid, and worked the dough more quickly, even though visually both mixers appeared to be working at the same speed
  • I remain convinced that the Kitchen Aid is the most visually attractive mixer. Given the frequency of use in my home and the weight of the machine, I always keep it out on the work surface, and I have to say, the Kitchen Aid looks more attractive to me.

For me, there really was very little difference in how the machines performed.  I hate to sit on the fence so to speak, but the differences were so minor, it really comes down to which machine you think would work better for you.

The finished loaf – Kitchen Aid

The Kenwood loaf

In terms of taste and texture, both breads came out pretty much the same. I clearly did not make my cottage loaves in the correct proportions given the topple factor, however, I would give the edge to Kenwood – the flavour and texture are ever so slightly nicer. I used the exact same ingredients for both loaves and baked them on the same shelf of the oven simultaneously.

The one big difference though, is cost.  The difference in price is very significant, with the Kitchen Aid being the best part of £100 more than the Kenwood and having fewer functions. I tried to compare the price of both machines on the John Lewis website, which I thought would be a fair benchmark as they have a price guarantee, and although they sell many Kenwood mixers, they do not stock the exact model I tested, so I link to Comet instead. I should add that the Kenwood Chef does come with other attachments too, it is not just a stand mixer, so it does all sorts of jobs you could not do with the Kitchen Aid.  Where I have two or three machines, you only need one with the Kenwood.

So, what do you think? Which machine do you use, if any, and which one do you prefer?

Thank you to Kenwood for the loan of the mixer to review. I purchased my own Kitchen Aid from John Lewis a couple of years ago.

Here are the prices and links to the websites I have used to compare the price of the machines:

Kitchen Aid £419.95

Kenwood £330

You can see my gluten free challenge on my blog for HELLO! Magazine.com here

Comments

  1. Vivien Lloyd says:

    I have both machines and prefer Kitchen Aid for all baking. Only disappointment has been making bread – I have never been pleased with results. Your photos have made me want to try again!

    • It’s fascinating to hear who likes what! I struggled with foccaccia in the KA. I have found Dan Lepard’s breads very successful in the KA with several kneads at intervals. I would recommend you try one of his recipes to start with. Good luck!!

  2. Rosie says:

    Charlotte, I have the 1500w KM020 Major Titanium, so mine is a bit larger than the one you tested. I weighed up pros & cons for a while before I bought mine. Reputation, price, longevity & versatility win the day over trendy looks & less power. Best money I ever spent!
    Thanks for a great review.

    Rosie
    xxx

  3. Rosie says:

    I have the 1500w KM020 Major Titanium, so mine is a bit larger than the one you tested. I weighed up pros & cons for a while before I bought mine. Reputation, price, longevity & versatility win the day over trendy looks & less power. Best money I ever spent!
    Thanks for a great review.

    Rosie
    xxx

  4. Amy says:

    I have a Kitchen Aid and a Kenwood Chef Major and would choose the Kenwood every time. I agree that the Kitchen Aid is way prettier but the Kenwood beats it in pretty much every other way.

  5. Hi Charlotte,
    I feel like you on this in that I really don’t think there’s much in it between the KA & Kenwood.
    I have a KA at home but have always used Kenwood’s at work in a professional kitchen.
    Both have withstood serious amounts of work as well as being manhandled by many inexperienced kitchen helpers. They both come up trumps for me!
    Also, think the KA aesthetics would sway me if I ever have to buy another one. But, I have had it for about 15 years and it is still good as new :-)

  6. Katy Riddle says:

    Thanks for this hugely informative post Charlotte! I’m currently debating whether to buy a Kenwood or a KitchenAid to inspire me to test out more recipes (especially baking), so it was great to get your verdict on the various benefits of the two different machines. I still think that I’m leaning towards the KitchenAid despite the extra cost, purely for reasons of vanity…!

  7. Daniella says:

    I have a vintage Kenwood which I purchased from a charity shop and prefer it over the new kitchen aid I purchased so much that I gave the KA to my friend. I’m a complete kenwood convert!

  8. Charlotte what a great post.
    I have a 12 year old Kitchen Aid here in the UK and love it, it does everything well and as my kitchen is tiny, it does have that bonus you mentioned, of looking lovely on the work top.
    In France I have a Kenwood, which I use mainly for bread and mayonnaise. It’s also good. I chose it on price as it was that much cheaper and I only use it for about 10-12 weeks of the year.
    So I like others have said I love both machines.

  9. I like this post Charlotte, makes for interesting reading. I love my Kitchen Aid and it is used daily for making bread. I am not so convinced about cake batter though as I have to keep scraping the sides with a spatula so I always use my hand held mixer for cakes, which seems a shame. Do you have the same problem or do I have my whisk level set wrong. I notice that the Barefoot Contessa does a lot of scraping with her KA too.

    • Hi Kath, thanks so much for stopping by! I found I needed to do a lot more scraping down with the Kenwood than with the Kitchen Aid. Perhaps this was due to the type of beater I was using (the flexible paddle on the Kenwood). It may be worth investigating the whisk level?

  10. Kay@chopstix2steaknives says:

    This is really interesting. I am thinking of buying the KA but am swayed given that the Kenwood is cheaper. The only other factor would be the after sales service and warranty that would make the difference.

    • Hi Kay, lovely to hear fro you! The Kenwood does do a lot more than the Kitchen Aid if you are after a multi-purpose machine. I do have to say though, in my experience, Kenwood are FAR better in terms of customer service.

  11. It is a really intersting post Charlotte.
    We did a mixer off with Vanessa last year. http://fussfreeflavours.com/2011/03/the-great-live-radio-mixer-off-challenge/
    And in our vaguely unscientific test hand-held did better for egg whites and the KA for the fairy cakes.
    I would think that generally the mixer you are used to probably will perform better for you.
    I also admit I am biased as my K-mix was a review present from the PR company.
    Any stand mixer is better than none – I love Fifi La Firecracker – whilst she mixes, I can tidy up.
    At the moment the K-Mix does not have a beater blade so you do need to scrape the bowl down.
    I love the line of the K-Mix – sleek and simple with the funky stripes.
    The Kenwoods cut out when you lift the arm – the KA’s keep going – splatting the entire kitchen with batter!
    Kenwood is a British company
    I believe (from somewhere) the Kenwood gearing is different so more power is delivered directly to the shaft.
    The first time I used either I found it far easier to change the tool on the Kenwood.
    I covert the pyrex bowl on the KA.
    Any stand mixer is not worth using if you are only making a 1 egg batter.
    The fold function on the K-Mix is fantastic.

    • Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, Helen. It’s great to see your review too. You have raised some very interesting points which had not occurred to me.

      Fifi La Firecracker is a very attractive machine, too. I love the stripes. Although, like you, I do rather fancy the pyrex bowl for the KA. They started to offer them free the WEEK AFTER I bought mine. Typical!

  12. Craig Fraine says:

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  13. Linda King says:

    Thanks for everyone’s GREAT comments and for your review, Charlotte. I have a Kenwood Chef A901 which I have owned since mid-70′s and love it. It has been used LOTS but is sounding a bit tired these days. I have been coveting a KitchenAid (Red) to match my red Hobart (20 litre) commercial mixer but after reading several posts about comparisons and manufacturers/retailers of these units, I think I might just stick with my Kenwood and have it serviced if it does break down.

  14. andrew burdett says:

    I wish to purchase a mixer/processor, and having read around the subject had no idea whether to go for a Kenwood or a KitchenAid. Having read your practical and useful article at least now I have the confidence to know that either would do a good job. Guess its down to aesthetics, cost and feel. I am going to the BBC Good Food Show in the UK tomorrow, and I know Kenwood have a stand. Time for some hands on experience….

  15. Darren says:

    I am a single dad looking at buying a good mixer, I have thought that i would like a Kitchen Aid. Now, I am not sure. Kenwood may be the way to go! Although my children like the idea of an ice cream attachment.

  16. Liz says:

    First used a Kenwood in the 60′s which belonged to my gran. I have had 3 now of varying ages from a 50′s model to my current one, when we moved to Canada I had to give my Kenwood to my sister-in-law. I bought a Kitchen Aid when we moved to Canada but for me it simply didn’t compare to my Kenwood. So happy when I could get one here. If I could only have one machine in the kitchen that would be it.

  17. Jeanne Fox says:

    I found this discussion really interesting. When my Kenwood Major died after 30 years. I thought I would get a nice looking Kitchen Aid Artisan. What a big mistake, it is not quite three years old, have not used it as often as I used the Major, (the kids have grown up and left home, so not needed so much) I have made sausages twice, and a few cakes, not even bread dough, as I still make this by hand, or in the bread maker. the gears broke on the Kitchen Aid when I had the makings for a small steam sponge pudding in it. I am getting it repaired, and going to sell it, to buy. another Kenwood Major. The Kitchen Aid is very pretty, but not man enough for the job.

    • Thanks for your comment Jeanne. It seems you are not the only one to experience difficulties with the Kitchen Aid. Mine is still going OK, but I am wondering for how much longer!

  18. Peter says:

    Interesting article. I have a 40 year old Kenwood Chef Major which I’ve rebuilt a couple of times, but which I think is coming to the end of its useful life. So I’m looking to replace it and try to do a deal by purchasing a second one for my daughter’s wedding in a few months. I regularly use the Chef for bread making, starting with 1.5kg of flour. and it seems to cope. My research is between the Kenwood KM020 (or KM023 megapack) Chef Major Titanium and the 6.9L KA. These are the big bothers of the machines you tested.
    As a long time owner, I’m highly biased towards Kenwood, but trying to take a rational view. The KA’s main advantage is the range of colours and possibly it’s styling. After that the Kenwood seems to win on most counts from price (in the UK) to reliability. If Amazon star ratings are anything to go by the Kenwood gets nothing but 5 and a single 4 star whilst on the USA site the KA does get 1200+ 5* but worryingly 200+ 1* reviews.
    I subscribe to the Fresh Loaf baking site http://www.thefreshloaf.com/ and there are quite a few reports of various KAs failing quite quickly when used regularly for bread dough.
    I’m also confused as to the actual power of the big KA. On their site its headline power is quotes as 1.3HP (roughly 1,000 watts) but in the fine print it says 0.44HP motor (about 330 watts) in one place and 575 watts in another. The Kenwood is always given as 1,500 watts.

  19. Dilara Gurel says:

    Dear Charlotte,

    Thank you very much for your beautiful post,it worked very much for me.
    To buy a KITCHEN AID was my dream when i get married,now i am about to engaged,started searching for KA and suddenly i saw your post.Kenwood may be good
    as well but KA is a way charming as you said.Probably i will buy KA, but i am trying to
    find the purple colored one,i am not sure is there any in here Istanbul , Turkiye.
    In every shop there is only red one.Which colors do you have in USA?

    Thank you very much again,i will keep following your nice blog.

  20. Şenay says:

    Hi Charlotte,

    Thank for the review! I have choose Kenwood KM020 because I have reading many articles about best mixer in the market. Especially kitchenables review (http://www.kitchenables.co.uk/) effect my decision. They have published the best mixer list and in that list Kitchen aid not avaible. But I know Kitchen aid is a leader for many peoples but when I’m thinking over all performance Kenwood is one step ahead.

  21. Dawn says:

    Great review. I have a kenwood the model below the one you tested.
    I decided to buy a KW as it was cheaper than the KA but I would of loved a KA because like many of you I think its much prettier to leave out on the side, I put my kenwood away everytime as I think its very vintage looking :/
    I am however now considerig buying a KA as I spend more time scrapping down the sides when i use butter in it than anything and it drives me insane, also nearly a year on it does sound like its begining to wear as the motor sound a lttle clunky, so I am concerned I have worked it too hard :/ lets hope thats not the case.

  22. Andrew says:

    I was glad to see you felt you the Kitchen Aid was a bit weak and clunky. I have had a Kenwood for years nd my partner convinced me to get the “red” kitchen aid for the look!
    When I first used it I thought it was weak and clunky also and was a bit scared to crank it up. I am a heavy user of my cake mixer so was cautious. Believe it or not my Kitchen Aid Delux (has the bigger motor) died. It sheared its bearings within six months of use. It was fixed under warranty, no problems, but I definately know from experience the Kenwood is stronger, however the kitchen looks better. If only Kewood came out with a retro of their original shape in all the colors of the rainbow…..
    Great Blog. Thanks

  23. Karen Wray says:

    I’m trying to figure out which machine to buy and the merits of both. I have seen here in France a Kenwood 4.5litre with 3 beaters/dough hook& food processor attachment 900watts for €160 euros on special. Wondering if that motor is powerful enough.
    Any thoughts on that appreciated.
    Merci.

    • Peter says:

      Which model have you seen on offer? I believe all the standard machines come with a 4.5/4.6 litre bowl. The cheapest new machine in a Google search in the UK is the 4.6 litre KM336 at £199. This model and all similar standard machines are specified with an 800W motor, so maybe 900 is a misprint. It sounds as if you have a bargain there at 160 euros.
      The power of the motor you need is always dependent on what you are going to mix, but, provided you keep within the maximum quantities in the handbook, the Kenwood motors should be fine. I know they are now made in China, but the old UK made ones can last up to 40 years or more.
      There is even a company that will completely refurbish your ancient Kenwood and bring it back to “as new” condition with a new enamel (paint) job in the colour of your choice.

      • Karen Wray says:

        Thanks for your advise Peter. Checked and it was the Kenwood PROSPERO (KM283) and on closer inspection of the machine it said on the label 700W. why then put 800W on the box.? Will 100w difference make that much difference. Its just that I like the price but want a reasonable powerful machine.

        • Peter says:

          Karen,

          No, 100W is not going to make any perceptible difference. It’s just shy of 1HP whilst 800W is just over. More than enough power to mix a bowl of cake mix! If you read my post here on the 19th March the KA is (possibly) considerably less powerful yet reckoned by most devotees to be up for anything.

  24. Josie says:

    I’ve been given money for my birthday by family and now have enough to buy a mixer … so research has been going on for 6 months and I’m still undecided! I think you’re right though, I really do want the ‘status symbol’ of the Kitchenaid. The Kenwood seems so much better though … but where would I store all the extra stuff???
    I think I’d always wish I’d bought the Kitchenaid even if it’s not really as good as the Kenwood … I blame The great British bakeoff!

  25. Julie Thompson says:

    No comparison for me. In the department store, the Kenwoods were ugly and rickety looking upon close inspection. I opted for an Almond Cream Kitchenaid Mixer and I haven’t regretted it for a minute. Heavy, sturdy but absolutely stunning to look at in the kitchen- you won’t want to hide it away in a cupboard to keep lifting out anyway. Everybody who comes into my home comments on it. But even more importantly, it has passed every challenge I have thrown at it. Best pavlova I have ever made, perfect Victoria Sponge, corn muffins, chantilly cream, biscuits and creamed potatoes. Bread to try next. I’d recommend the Kitchenaid completely for practically AND looks. Very easy to clean too. I wouldn’t swap it for ten Kenwoods.

  26. KATIE GREEN (BAKER) says:

    Interesting that the Kenwood used in the trial is not the larger motor version which is a more comparable mixer to the Kitchenaid.
    Indeed the larger model Kenwood Major has a more powerful motor capable of producing bread, pastry and biscotti doughs with ease.
    I have used both the Kitchenaid and the Kenwood Major in a commercial situation and have found the Kenwood far more reliable with greater mixing capacity.
    The Kitchenaid does look more commercial mimicking a mini Hobart but for production purposes, the largest model Kenwood Major designed to be used in a commercial kitchen is by far the best choice.
    Better still go the extra mile and purchase a 5kg Hobart. Even a second hand machine will outplay all the domestic machines on the market!

  27. Dave Shaw says:

    Hi,
    I am om my second Kenwood chef. Had the first for over 40 years and apart from changing the brushes now and again it has been faultless, my latest chef was a birthday present from my youngest daughter.
    I bake at least 8 x 1lb loaves per week as well as all kinds of fancy breads, doughnuts bagels, pizzas and even harvest bread for the local church. When my two girls were in primary school I used it to supply 100 plus loaves for the school to sell to raise funds at the school fairs. I don’t use many of the attachments although I do use the blender for blending homemade soups.
    As far as I know the kitchen aid only became widely available in the UK when TV celebrity chefs started using them and I believe thats why they have become popular.
    The Kenwood chef is not as retro and it might not look as pretty on your worktop however it has been in every serious cooks kitchen the UK since the 1940′s and I would only swap mine for a Kenwood Major and only then if I needed the extra bowl capacity.
    They are fantastic machines and British to boot, why buy anything else?

  28. Jude says:

    I would prefer KitchenAid since I have read so many good things about it and with your great post it helped me a lot to become more convince to get it. Thanks!

  29. Kathy Buchanan says:

    I have found all this very interesting. I have had the same Kenwood Chef for 31 years and it still powers through – I think comments about the looks of the machines are very subjective – if you like the Retro look of the Kitchen Aid and certainly most other beaters are now copying this look and the varied colours to compete with the Kitchen Aid, then that is a personal choice, but from the comments above, from a functional point of view, it appears to me that Kenwood is the winner and if and when I replace mine. I believe the Kenwood will win – one of the bigger ones however or I might just as well stay with my old soldier.

  30. gaynor says:

    Im in abit of a pickle, I know kenwood is a good name, my mother had hers years, think it had Noahs signature on it haha. I bought the 280series 11mths ago,mas I’ve started a little cake business, nothing major, to my horror whilst mixing butter, (very soft in this heat), the motor starting making an awful noise and in started smelling, luckily its still under warranty, but now Im not sure if I should upgrade to the 010, is this the best of the heavy duty, or should I try another brand?

  31. Natacha Holbourn says:

    Charlotte have you looked into a Thermomix? I am wondering whether it is suitable for large scale baking and worth the huge extra sum vs kenwood or KA? Would be very interested to hear any thoughts you have. Thanks

  32. Meg says:

    I would just like to say that I bought my Kenwood mixer in 1976 with my first pay packet and have used the machine regularly. Last year the brushes inside the matching gave up but I managed to find a shop to replace them. So all is well again. A wonderful, versatile machine, and I have just now decided to buy the icecream attachment which seems to have good views both on the John Lewis and Amazon sites.

  33. Coralie says:

    Hi,
    thanks for this review. I am myself saving up to buy a machine. Could you tell me whether both machine can deal with small quantities? Eg beat 1-2 egg whites, or 100ml of cream? Cream 30g of butter and 70g of sugar?
    Also when you mention that you have to scrape, does that mean that you stop the machine?
    thanks for your help.

  34. Catherine Marr says:

    I got my kenwood chef for a wedding present 26 years ago and still love it. It gets used at least 1-2 times per week from making cakes to pizza doughs. I am just looking at buying my youngest daughter one as she loves to bake like me. Just can’t go past the kenwood chef, excellent mixer.

  35. Josephine says:

    Hi, thanks for the review. I received Kenwood chef titanium last March for my birthday present from my husband. Love it. I made cakes and icing with that. 3 weeks ago, I tried the machine for the first time for kneading dough. My kids love sweet little bread filled in with sausage or banana, or other filling. I used to make it with hands (manual). So, I do not know what to expect with Kenwood machine. With the cakes and icing, everything went smooth. But when kneading dough, the upper part of the machine was shaking. Making movement. I do not know what is acceptable and what is not. I made a video with our smartphone, but it is not really obvious in the video also due to the loud sounds of the kneading. I just sent email to Kenwood cust service, to ask if they can advice and they say, shaking when kneading dough is normal without asking to see the video. I was worry because I read a review from a lady who said that her was also shaking when kneading dough and it turned out to be a faulty and after replacement, it went very smooth when kneading dough. May I know how about your test? It is really smooth just like beating eggs and flour for cake and icing? Or was it also shaking (the upper part against the base where the connection is. The base is staying still on my kitchen top.
    Thanks a lot! I will really appreciate it.

    • Hi, thank you for your comment. I had some movement whilst making the dough. Many thanks, Charlotte

    • Peter Jennings says:

      A small amount of movement between the upper part and the base is usual when kneading heavy dough like bread. If you take hold of the top front of the machine (the bit with the slow speed outlet) you can move it slightly from side to side and see about 1mm movement between the top and the base where they join. My old Chef Major lost the locating pin between two parts (much more substantial on our new Titanium) and it really rocked! But it still worked OK for many years. I wouldn’t worry.

      • Thank you for sharing this Peter

      • Josephine says:

        Thank you Peter and Charllote for sharing. I was so worry because I have never kneaded dough using machine and have never seen a live demonstration of Kenwood Titanium (to knead dough). Especially after a comment from a friend who is a professional cake baker who also uses Kenwood Titanium that she does not dare to use the machine to knead dough because she worries that it will break.
        With your comments that yours are also shaking/moving but it is still normal, give me some peace in heart. So, I can start to bake again.

  36. Sarah says:

    Hi Charlotte (and readers)
    Having stumbled upon your review, i was wondering if i could get your opinion on the K-mix or the KA Classic stand mixer. I have been researching and i REALLY do not know what to get! I like them both and want to go with the best one, it is for casual baking and wont be used more than about 5 times a week i guess. Unfortuantely the KA Artisan is way off budget!

    • Hi Sarah, thank you for this. I am not sure there really is too much difference between the two, especially for the amount you’ll be using them. Kenwood do have a fantastic reputation for quality, where as I think the Kitchen Aids do look fab. I would have thought the Kenwood would last you longer, but the KA would look rather pretty in your kitchen (especially if like me, you will keep it out on the work surface!) I hope that’s some help! Please let me know what you choose! Charlotte

  37. Elsa Eastaugh says:

    I am in Dallas TX USA and recently bought a Kenwood Cooking Chef – as far as I know Kenwood has just entered the US market (late 2012). This Kenwood is my fourth mixer (I am lucky to have a lot of storage space, and my British husband was very happy to plunk down the cash for the Kenwood since he grew up with them and he felt he was getting a quality product), I own the Kitchenaid Artisan (20 years) and the Kitchenaid Pro (10 years) , and bought the Breville Mixer about four months ago. My thoughts: I love my Kitchenaid Artisan, but it isn’t up to the task of heavy breadmaking; cakes other soft doughs are fine, but the capacity is small. The Kitchenaid Pro has been a disaster, it leaks oil constantly and the head wobbles, which are known problems but I’ve had it fixed twice and it keeps having the same issues, which I put down to poor manufacturing practices. The only attachments I have for that are paddle hook and the dough hook, which frankly aren’t that fabulous. The Breville has been a slight disappointment, the electronics on it are not as responsive as I would like and the machine smokes when I make heavy doughs, not a good sign – it becomes quite hot to the touch, I’m afraid it will burst into flames! The Kenwood I’ve not had long enough to have anything bad to say about, but it has handled a few heavy doughs much better than any of the others have and that is important to me… I also LOVE that I can use the heating element to assist in proofing, my house is very cool from air conditioning and it’s too hot to do proofing outside, so this machine is a great help.

    If I had to rank the machines I would say 1) Kenwood 2)KA Artisan 2) Breville 4) KA Pro. It’s early days yes but that’s how I feel about it! If you’re just going to do cakes and cookie doughs then the Kitchenaid is beautiful and just fine, but for heavy-duty usage I think I’ll be using my Kenwood.

    Which one will I keep on my kitchen counter? It will be my Kenwood, since it looks very different to the Kitchenaid, which is very prolific here and not that special any more. The KA Pro will also be out since I don’t have anywhere else to store it, but I may give it away since it’s my least favorite.

    Thanks for reading, that’s just my two cents from across the pond!

    • Isabelle says:

      Thanks to you both Charlotte and Elsa, your comments (and all the others too !) are so helpful. I want to buy mixer for my house in France and founded it impossible to choose between Kitchenaid pro and Kenwood Chef. After reading all this posts and as I have already been using a Kitchenaid artisan for more than 4 years now, I think I will go for the Kenwood Chef which matches better with my needs : daily loaf and heavy duty baking for a large family. KA Artisan is good looking and really a good assistant in the kitchen but KW looks stronger.
      Thank you, it is so nice to find such reviews on the net.

  38. Rizalina says:

    Hi Charlotte
    Thanks for a great review. Have been mulling over a Kenwood vs KA. I grew up with a Kenwood in my mum’s kitchen. Happy memories of baking cakes. She had the same Kenwood till my daughter was 2 yrs old( her youngest of 9 grandkids then). I replaced her Kenwood. But for myself am swayed by KA’s aesthetics but balked at the cost. However your article has convinced me Kenwood is still the way to go.

  39. Kevin says:

    We needed a mixer for use in our application laboratory, so very heavy use, every day. We looked around and did some research – Kenwood wins. Robust, strong motor (we have the 1400 watt titanium) plus every attachment you could ever need. I am so impressed I am getting one for my home kitchen as well.

  40. Doreen says:

    I had my Kenwood for over 25yrs. Used this when the children were young. My model was the soft top where you press and eject the tools. This has now dropped and the tools touch the bottom of the bowl. I am sad. But I won’t have it repaired. I am buying myself another Kenwood from Ideal World. I tried both the Kenwood and the Kitchen Aid, I prefer the Kenwood. I guess it is a matter of CHOICE. Because I live in the UK it will have to be what is easier to access and get spare parts for if I need this in the future. But the Choice is so very hard to make when it comes to style. The KA looks nicer. BUT. Kenwood are now doing the same style as KA You can get a Kenwood striped version in the style of KA. Looks Good but I had to pass because I wanted a higher Watts. at least 1000 watts. It boils down to Specification for me every time. Kenwood now do a model which is FABULOUS. It cost just under £1000 and you can cook in it. Watch the Demo’s on You Tube. Now wouldn’t you like to own this one? It is out of stock in John Lewis. So I guess it is a winner!!

  41. Kate says:

    very interesting post thank you, I am debating which machine to go for – which model of Kenwood did you test?

  42. Gina says:

    I have a Kenwood Mixer at present and it’s more ten 20 years now. Has been repaired once before. As my Mixer is quite noisy and is not stable when I on high speed. Till today I’m till wondering which Mixer have the best performance and model. My friend has the Kitchen Aid Professional. I have seen her used it and is very powerful.
    Can you let me know which is the best including the model, because sometimes I recommend Mixer to friends how are interested in buying. This information is also for myself and in future I might get one if the Kenwood fails me.
    Thks.

    • Peter Jennings says:

      Gina, I can’t speak for KA, but my new Kenwood is far quieter than my previous 40+ year old one. Moreover it does not go walk about on the counter top at high speed. I have the Titanium Major which approximates to the larger KA in size and capacity, but appears to be more powerful.
      As I’ve said before, I’m highly Kenwood biased, believing KA is a triumph of style over substance, if you like retro style! ;-)

  43. rozzo says:

    Just discovered yr site n comparison v KA and Kenwood Charlotte, really enjoyed reading it; I’ve been agonising over which to go for and found your own and other peoples comments so helpful and sincere that I’m still agonising!! I have read that kenwood though a British company, is no longer made in UK and I also wonder if its guarantee is as long as the KA. Oh Lord, it may come down to the toss of a coin!!!!

  44. Gayle says:

    Hi Charlotte
    Love your blog on these going head to head…
    I’ve now been looking to invest in 1 of these mixers, I love the retro look and colour of the KA, but Kenwood sounds the better mixer and Brand… Me an a friend had a discussion on what’s best, KA has a small watt motor compared to the larger Kenwood motor, I’m still confused on what the difference would be on mixing/performance?!
    There seems to be such a difference in motors!?
    Shame Kenwood didn’t do more colours, and not so nice to look at, oh the decisions! Thanks for the debates, looks like I need to read some more!

    • Thank you for your comment Gayle. Good luck with your search!

    • Oh, and I think most people would agree that the Kenwood is better for performance!

      • Gayle says:

        I’ve decided on the Kenwood Kmix mixer, the main difference between the watts is what sort of dough you want to make, so I’ve read, stiff sticky doughs are worked better in a high watt machine, so I’m lead to believe. I don’t make to much bread as I have a bread machine, noticed on YouTube as well KA is more noisy than the KW, there is colours in this range I like and the customer services I’ve read are better. KA are very nice to look at, kenwood just need to add some more funky colours for us people who like colours and style.
        Thanks for the blog, it got me reading!

        • Peter Jennings says:

          I had cause to use my daughter’s KA over Christmas to make a small batch (only 3 cups of flour) of soft sweet yeast dough for some buns. The recipe didn’t even use strong flour, but I noticed that the motor laboured every revolution as the dough hook cut into the ball of dough. This is something my Kenwood doesn’t do when mixing 1.5kg of strong bread flour. There is a vast difference in the power of the two machines. OK mine is a Kenwood Major, more akin to the big KA, but you get the point.

        • That sounds great Gayle. I hope you love your new machine – please do share how you are getting on with it in due course! Happy New Year to you.

  45. Ridwana says:

    Hi Charlotte
    Happy New Year! Great post…i have been agonizing over which mixer to get : KA or Kenwood. I have been obsessed about getting a KA for ages but could never justify buying something so expensive for a hobby!! Thanks to various research and your review, I have finally decided on Kenwood. However now I am still undecided on which model of Kenwood to get. The titanium ones seems really expensive still for me. I have been told that the K-Mix is good but is it powerful enough compared to the Kenwood Chef’s?

    • Happy New Year to you. Thank you for your comment. I would have thought the KMix would do the job well for you. Do keep me posted on what you choose and how it goes for you.

  46. rick m says:

    I bought a Kenwood chef A901D when I was 17, I was supposed to be a pastry chef.I changed careers and I am now 44 years old and still have the mixer(I had it repainted as it was 25yrs. old) black and silver. I use it everyday, I make bread, meatloaf, minced meat, 2 smoothies a day ( yes Kenwood has a powerful blender) kitchenaid has no blender, food processor, doesn t have a potatoe peeler, and 20 other quality attachments. It is also low profile. Unbelieveable quality I love it. My best friend bought the new Chef Titanium he loves it too. I would highly recommend the Kenwood Major its a little bigger but durable!

  47. Gayle says:

    I’ve just received my new Kenwood Kmix mixer in blue!! I’m so pleased I’ve chosen this instead of the KA, it’s a lovely retro blue, less expensive than the KA and you can buy attachments for it to, can’t wait to use it!
    Customer service is meant to be better, that helped me sway towards it.
    I’ve turned it on just to see how noisey it is, and it’s as I heard on YouTube, A good robust weight to it as well, it even has a fold mode as well for soufflé etc!
    Thanks for this blog, if it wasnt for me reading this, I would still be undecided!
    Oh dear looks like I’m going to have to bake now! lol
    I’ll let you know how I get on :D

  48. Jan says:

    I’ve be going through this same debate for a while now & finally decided on the Kitchenaid, as both apparently perform well for standard tasks & so the aesthetic edge won out. However, I am regretting decision. Synopsis, as follows. Bought it from an approved supplier. Excited, then disappointed. The machine ran ‘hot’, so hot that 30 mins after a 5 minute mixing job, it was still very warm. Also, the wrap-round metal strip with logo stuck out 3mm at one end; being quite sharp edged, bit of safety issue. So my husband made the 2+ hr round trip to exchange it. Shockingly, of the 6 black machines in stock, every one had the same strip fault &, in 1 case, also had a bad scratch on body. These were NEW, TAPED, BOXED MACHINES, so not the retailer’s fault. Over a third of machines on display also had faults. Hubbie bought back the best of the bunch & I decided to run with it. And then we come on to next set of issues. Low speeds seem to be an issue. No real differentiation between settings 1 & 2, so why have both? And, when mixing dough (normal, not very heavy dough), is it supposed to a) keep rev’ing at fast speed (more like higher settings than low), then drop off to low, grinding speed & b) is mixer supposed to wander over the counter top?? I’m beginning to think I’ve bought a real dud, here. Asked Kitchenaid customer services about finish quality issue over a week ago via email & they haven’t bothered to come back to me yet. So much for a ‘considered’ purchase

  49. Becky Sasseville says:

    I have both, the Kenwood and the Kitchen Aid. In my opinion, the Kenwood wins hands down! The Kenwood seems to have a much more powerful motor. It whips much nicer and quicker, and all the ingredients are blended together totally, where ar the Kitchen Aid always leaves stuff stuck to the bottom of the bowl, and even scraping the bowl, some seems to remain stuck to the bottom. Especially when whipping butter and sugar together, the Kenwood mixes it perfectly, where the kitchen aid always leaves butter on the bottom of the bowl. When adding dry ingredients to wet…I have a lot of flour everywhere in my kitchen, where as with the Kenwood, it never spews the dry ingredients out of the bowl! Like I said….hands down winner Kenwood!

  50. Julie Thompson says:

    Kitchenaid Mixer for me. Powerful enough for my needs, works perfectly, cleans easily and you can get it in just about any shade of colour you can think of. Expensive? Very but so far to me, it has been worth every penny I saved to get it.

  51. Kevin says:

    It all depends on what you want.

    Kitchenaid is more expensive than a Kenwood but both are expensive compared to most kitchen mixers. – we are at the top end here with both.

    The Kenwood range has more powerful motors. But once again even the weaker Kitchenaid motors are more powerful than the average kitchen mixer – they are both powerful machines.

    They have different design styling, Kitchenaid is somewhat rounded and retro, Kenwood more square. Pick which you prefer.

    Kenwood has a continuously variable motor – Kitchenaid is stepped but ten steps is probably enough for most people.

    Some people say the Kitchenaid is slightly easier to clean.

    I am sure both are great machines and people will have different reasons to pick one over another.

  52. Gayle says:

    Kenwood Kmix is a retro look and really easy to clean and a few colours to choose from, not as many as KA though, but I didn’t go for the other kenwood styles, because they are more square and and you can have blenders with them, I didn’t need that type, but good if you have limited space, then they are a good all rounder.
    Still happy with my choice. It is a very personal choice.

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