1. KitchenAid Artisan
It is a real design classic and a real eye-catcher with its retro look. The old American machine, which is made entirely of stainless steel and is therefore quite heavy, simply looks good in the kitchen. A kitchen appliance from KitchenAid is loved and deeply coveted – for its fans, it is simply a cult device that you have to have, no matter how good or practical it is. For us, too, it is definitely the most beautiful of the test devices.
But that’s not all, because the KitchenAid not only dazzles with its appearance, it also has something. Her domain is clearly the bakery: kneading dough, whipping eggs until foamy and stirring in, that’s clearly her thing. In addition to the Kenwood models, Artisan delivered the best result for the egg whites: It achieved a lot of volumes and was still very firm. In the test, it also delivered a wonderfully smooth yeast dough fastest. However, the arm of the machine jerks back and forth so vigorously that you almost fear for it. But don’t worry, the strong American can take it!
The KitchenAid Artisan’s mixing bowl is also made of stainless steel and has a capacity of 4.8 liters. That made it the largest in the test. Anyone who wants to make bread dough is happy about it. On the other hand, large bowls can also cause problems, for example when processing very small amounts of egg white, cream, or the like.
2. Nurxiovo 3 in 1 Stand Mixer
There is also a stainless steel bowl here, but the housing is made of plastic. Still, the machine looks pretty nice. Also space-saving and equipped with a low swivel arm, which makes it attractive for small kitchens.
In the test, it has mastered all tasks well. It is also good at stirring and whipping, but not quite as good as the more expensive competitors. When kneading, it was the only machine in the test that stayed cool and quiet. It makes a good yeast dough.
Also cuts a fine figure when cutting vegetables. Above all, however, it impresses with a large range of accessories at a low price: there are discs for rasping, rubbing, and cutting that can be stowed in a stylish fabric bag. A citrus press, a smoothie mix attachment, and even a stainless steel meat grinder are also included.
3. KLARSTEIN Bella Rossa Kitchen Machine
If you don’t want to spend that much money and only need a food processor for baking, the Klarstein Bella Rossa 2G is a good choice. It can only knead and stir and is therefore not really comparable to the other universal machines. A kneading, whisking, and stirring element are included, nothing more. The dough turns out well, this applies to both yeast and shortcrust pastry.
But it is unbeatably cheap. If you are just looking for a machine that does the kneading or stirring work for you from time to time and does not need any other functions, the Klarstein Bella is definitely worth considering, because both make it satisfactory. The Bella Rossa looks very chic and the 5-liter glass bowl supplied with the new model is a real eye-catcher.
Bella Rossa does its job well even over a long period of time at the highest level. Thanks to suction cups, it stands securely on the worktop. The volume is okay with a measured 76 decibels and even at the highest level, the Bella Rossa 2G is no louder than other kitchen machines.
4. Kenwood Chef Elite Titanium Kitchen Machine
The Kenwood comes with a robust 4.6-liter mixing bowl and is therefore also well suited for large quantities. But there are also XL versions with a 6.7-liter bowl. They are likely to be too big for most – only if you have a very large family are the larger versions the better choice for you. You can find an overview of all current models from Kenwood here. The Kenwood Chef Elite is of high quality and very powerful
In the test, the Kenwood Chef Elite did all baking work as well and reliably as the KitchenAid and is at least as noble and of high quality. In a direct comparison, it actually makes a higher quality impression than the KitchenAid. And while the KitchenAid not only looks like it was from the 1940s but also technically is still firmly in the last century, the Kenwood Chef Elite is clearly a scion of the current millennium.
The Chef Elite is made of sturdy die-cast zinc and, thanks to its high weight, is very stable on the work surface. It has a swivel arm that swings gently upwards with the help of springs – very elegant. With a 1200 watt motor, the Chef Elite is very well equipped. This is particularly beneficial when mixing and pureeing.
5. KLARSTEIN Lucia Rossa Kitchen Machine
The Lucia also comes from Klarstein. Compared to the Bella, it is immediately noticeable that the locking switch works wonderfully, i.e. without any effort. The lid was just as positive: it lay down like a glove on the stainless steel mixing bowl. Otherwise, the processing quality is on the level of the Bella Rossa.
In addition to the kneading, stirring, and whisking elements, Lucia also comes with a meat grinder and a mixer. The meat grinder can be equipped with various attachments and it can also be used for biscuit and pasta production. Unfortunately, there are no accessories for grating or cutting vegetables, which limits the possible uses almost as much as the Bella Rossa.
The connection required for a vegetable slicer is completely missing. The Klarstein Lucia comes with a mixer attachment. It is made of glass and makes a high-quality impression.