Why a KitchenAid Isn't the Only Mixer You Need

Updated on February 3, 2018
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Dawn is a baker and former restaurant owner. Her years in the kitchen provide a wealth of experience to share.

KitchenAid vs Mixmaster

The iconic KitchenAid mixer is deservedly known as being the dependable work horse of home kitchens far and wide. There isn't hardly a dough not sufficiently kneaded or potatoes perfectly whipped by the KitchenAid mixer. What the KitchenAid is good at, it is exceptionally good at. However, when the task at hand is a thoroughly, but not overly, mixed maple pumpkin pie filling or stiff whipped cinnamon cream, I prefer the delicate capabilities of the tried and true Sunbeam Mixmaster; Heritage or Legacy edition. Each has it's place and both are remarkable for their abilities. While the KitchenAid mixer is known for being a pricier counter-top essential, the Mixmaster Heritage/Legacy is an affordable mixer that delivers a quality bang for the buck. In my kitchen, I have both and I wouldn't want it any other way.

KitchenAid Mixer - The Work Horse

Hands down, the KitchenAid mixer is a worthy investment in any home kitchen. It's dependability is noteworthy. My sister is still using the KitchenAid mixer we used as kids and it still produces the creamiest butter cream frosting and powers through sticky cinnamon roll dough without issue. I'd be hard pressed to give mine up for any reason. My kitchen will always have a KitchenAid, it's the work horse I turn to for the long running, heavy duty and paddling tasks. If I have potatoes to whip, butter to cream, dough to knead or a pate a choux to paddle my KitchenAid is indispensable.

I've had my KitchenAid Professional 6000 HD for years, it served it's time in my restaurant kitchen and never let me down. It's knob is broken off, its been dented and dropped and it still hums along like a champ, dang near indestructible. Absolutely a quality machine, built for the ages and like my Mother, in time, I'm sure I'll be passing down my KitchenAid to the next generation. But, the KitchenAid, is not without it's weaknesses. For instance, there are no "in-between" speeds, it only has a single paddle, whisk and hook attachment and the bowl is stationary. All of which, I found to be a draw back when using the KitchenAid for more delicate, precise tasks like making custard, ice cream, cream pies, whipped cream, mousse or meringue. For those reasons, my kitchen is not complete without a Sunbeam Mixmaster on the counter next to my KitchenAid.

Mixmaster - Classic kitchen essential

The Sunbeam Mixmaster is, as far as I'm concerned, the original, iconic stand mixer. As a child, I watched my Great Grandmother, every Thanksgiving, unveil from beneath a burnt orange, macrame cover her trusty, brown Mixmaster and whip-up the most divine and luscious pie filings. As the years passed by, my Great Grandmother handed down her Mixmaster to my Mother and that's when I came to learn and love the virtues of this timeless, tried and true, kitchen staple. It was the perfect addition to the KitchenAid, it was the flexible and delicate ballerina to the KitchenAid's strong and rigid work horse. My Mother kept my Great Grandmother's Mixmaster when she handed down her KitchenAid to my sister and both are still being used to this day. Years ago, I purchased the Sunbeam Mixmaster Heritage. It was affordable, it looked, felt and operated nearly identical to my Great Grandmother's old brown Mixmaster (except silver) and as I'd hoped it has consistently lived up to my expectations.

I prefer the Sunbeam Mixmaster Heritage or Legacy edition (model# 2346) and is the model I have in my own kitchen. The Mixmaster has a synchronized, rotating bowl and dual beater attachment for a faster, more efficient and thorough mix. Which, is essential for producing well whipped, not over whipped custards and whipped creams. The variable speed adjustment that the Mixmaster boasts allows for "in-between" speeds, soft starts and precision speed control. All of which, are invaluable when mixing dry ingredients and tempering in hot liquids, where caution and control are essential. The adjustable positioning of the bowl allows for perfect beater placement with less scraping and more control, ideal for delicate meringues. Like the KitchenAid, what the Mixmaster is good at, it's exceptionally good at. The Mixmaster is an affordable and reliable kitchen essential that has been around for as long as it has for good reason. Every home baker's kitchen should have a Mixmaster sitting next to their KitchenAid.

© 2018 Dawn M


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