Posted on 29 April 2022
This pastry robot is efficient and has a very neat design, with a shiny finish and an aluminium housing. It has 1000W of power, a large bowl (5L), six speed levels and three pastry tools (dough hook, wire whisk and flat mixer). You can also purchase a range of accessories separately. However, it could be more stable and is therefore more suitable for an occasional use. Those who want to bake intensively will be better off with the KitchenAid presented below.
You should choose a model that suits your use and not the most powerful one at an exorbitant price.
Reclining head models have a fixed bowl and a hinge that allows the robot head to be raised.
Some models are bulky so check the space and height available on your counter.
They are usually equipped with a large bowl but sometimes have two different bowls to vary the quantities.
To be able to make as many recipes as possible, you need at least a whisk, a mixer and a kneading machine.
There are usually 3 to 12 speed levels. Ideally, you should have at least one very slow and one very fast speed.
If possible, choose a model whose accessories are dishwasher-safe.
This very affordable pastry robot is of high quality. It has a neat design and many features that are appreciated by pastry chefs. It comes with a large 5L glass bowl (which can hold 2kg of dough) ideal for family use. It is easy to use and has an excellent price-quality ratio. Like the kMix KMX750, it has six speed levels and a kneader, except it also has a mixer for mixing and a snow whisk to make a wide variety of sweet and savoury dishes. So we recommend it if you want a functional (first) pastry robot for an occasional use.
To mix efficiently and quickly, this pastry robot uses planetary motion and a professional motor of 300W that is energy efficient and quiet. A must-have for pastry chefs, we recommend it if you want a robust, high-performance, easy-to-use model. It has ten speed levels (the most in this selection), a 4.8L bowl and a 3L bowl. If you’re on a smaller budget, the 5K45SSE Series Classic has a lot in common with this model, but with fewer features and a smaller bowl.
This model has a more classic design than the other models mentioned. On the other hand, it has some very interesting features for its price. It has a power of 900W, sufficient for most preparations, and a bowl capacity of 3.9L (the smallest container in this comparison). It comes with the traditional pastry accessories, but you can get other utensils to use it as a real multifunction pastry robot. However, being the lightest of this selection, it is a little less stable and the shaking sometimes triggers the safety device, thus stopping the motor.
|Our choice, Best mid-range
|Kenwood kMix KMX750
|Klarstein Bella Pico 2G
|KitchenAid Artisan KSM175
|Silent and equipped with the accessories (whisk, mixer and kneader) and functions (gradual start) necessary for a pleasant use, it is the best price-quality ratio for an occasional use.
|Also intended for an occasional use, it is compact and lightweight. Despite its low price, it comes with enough accessories to vary recipes, both sweet and savoury.
|This almost professional model is a benchmark. It has a highly efficient motor and is equipped with a multitude of accessories, including two interchangeable bowls, which is really useful.
|This affordable model stands out from the competition thanks to its few additional accessories that allow it to also act as a multifunctional pastry robot. Very light and compact, it is also ideal for small spaces.
Smeg SMF03 (£349,00 upon publication): an original look. Available in several colours, this pastry robot has a pleasant retro look. Its accessories enable you to make a wide range of recipes, from cakes to pizza dough. Moreover, it is easy to maintain. It has a large bowl capacity and ten speed levels with a gradual start, allowing you to prepare many dishes. Other accessories are also available as options (pasta machine, mincer, etc.).
Kenwood KVL8305S Chef XLTitanium (£404,90 upon publication): a large capacity. This model comes with a stainless steel baking kit and a recipe book. It has a large bowl with a capacity of 6.7L, LEDs (illuminating the contents of the bowl) and two handles. The 1700W motor is very powerful and robust. It starts up gradually and switches off automatically when the head is raised, for greater safety. However, the price is really high.
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How to choose your pastry robot?
It is difficult to find your way around pastry robots. There are many models available, often at astronomical prices, which is why it is important to choose yours according to your needs.
Before making a purchase, you should first tell the difference between two models of pastry robots, each of which uses a special device for their mixers to reach the bowl:
- Models with a lifting bowl : the bowl is locked to a lever structure that can be lifted to reach the mixers. The lift-up bowl system has long been used in professional pastry robots and is still quite successful today.
- Models with a reclining head: the bowl is immobilised in a base, and the head, which is hinged, tilts up and out so that the whisk can be extracted completely. This system makes it easier to add ingredients to the bowl or to lick the sides (with a spatula, of course!). This is the model we have chosen in our selection, particularly because of its ease of use.
In addition, here are a number of criteria to consider when looking for the perfect model:
- The size of the pastry robot: some pastry robots are bulky, so check the space and height available on your kitchen counter so that the reclining mechanism of the head is not obstructed. Weight can also be important, if you plan to move the pastry robot.
- The size of the bowl: pastry robots are usually equipped with large bowls, which can be both an advantage (if you are cooking in large quantities) and a disadvantage (if you only have a very small amount of dough to cook). It all depends on your needs and the space available in your kitchen.
- The anti-spill cover: it attaches to the mixer head so that it moves away from the bowl when the mixer head is lifted. This anti-spill solution prevents the contents of the bowl from spilling out when the machine is running. Some covers include a slide to add ingredients directly into the bowl without having to turn off the machine or lift the motor head.
- Speed settings: most devices generally have 3 to 12 speed levels. Ideally you should have a ‘slow start’ function, making it easier to add dry ingredients such as flour. With a basic three-speed device, you can do this, but if you are more ambitious and want to make a very precise pastry, a wider range of speeds will be more interesting.
- Power: the number of watts should not be neglected in the case of a pastry robot, as the success of your preparations will depend partly on it. The power required depends on the food you wish to mix or knead and the quantity to be processed.
- Maintenance: washing by hand the accessories of a pastry robot is not really pleasant, especially when dealing with multi-wire whisks. It is best to choose a machine with dishwasher-safe parts. Of course, it is essential that you consult the instructions first. A wash cycle that is too hot, for example, can damage the accessories.
Note that, for more variety, some multi-function robots are capable of kneading, mixing or beating food. However, the performance is generally lower than with pastry robots.
Translated by Aylin Akturk