Cheap and looks and feels it. Nothing like the quality of even a modern kenwood. The shiny black finish is soft and marks easily, and although this machine produces a perfectly good cake, it just isn’t a pleasure to use.
Good entry level stand mixer for the occasional baker. If you are after a stand mixer at the entry level (and are not planning to do huge amounts of baking), then this is a reasonable choice. It has all the basic functions you would expect for a stand mixer, such as a balloon whisk for whisking cream and making meringues, a beater for cake batters and a dough hook for making breads. 2l stainless steel bowl and a splash guard. The speed control is variable so you can control how much mixing you want to do. The construction feels a little light, so make sure that you have the mixer suctioned down on a solid smooth surface in case it wobbles a bit, especially when mixing at higher speeds or heavier doughs. Stand mixers are generally used when making larger cakes and bakes and really most useful for kneading bread doughs and using for things that require a lot of beating to get air into. So if you plan to make bread and want the machine to do the kneading or have plans to make lots and lots of meringues, buttercreams and whisking up litres of cream, then stand mixers are the way to go. If you are only really into making the occasional sponge types of cakes and cupcakes, then a lower end electric hand whisk will be perfectly do the job without having to splash out the cash for a stand mixer, plus you will save on kitchen space.
Wahl James Martin Stand Mixer
- The powerful, planetary mixing action ensures the ingredients are perfectly mixed every time.
- Variable speed settings give you control an versatility.
- Features a large 4.2L stainless steel bowl so you can mix large quantities.
- Comes with a splash guard with a purring guide to eliminate mess.
- Complete with dough hook, balloon whisk, beater and James Martin recipe book for all your mixing needs.
The first remark i must make about this product is simply this, please understand this is a budget mixer. This is not on a par with top end kenwood, kitchenaid etc etc mixers. This is built for a price, but at £79. 99, which is the price it very often sells for, its excellent for the money. We have a top end kenwood mixer that is built like a tank out of heavy gauge metal, is very heavy and has a very powerful 1200kw motor. The price on the kenwood, about four times more than this mixer. You cannot hide the fact that you get what you pay for in terms of quality of construction and motor power. This mixer by wahl is made out of medium grade plastic. It is not heavy and has a 350 kw motor.
It does more or less everything that you`ll need a domestic stand mixer to do; it feels robust and is easy enough to clean after each use. It has the usual mixture of attachments like a dough hook and balloon whisk, and the bowl is deep so whatever you`re doing, any potential mess is contained. It`s powerful too, and makes lots of tasks much easier. It`s not really fair to compare to my expensive aeg mixer, as this is a quarter of the cost; but the main differences are that it isn`t as beautful and it has nowhere near as many attachments. For most homes, regardless of your ability, this`ll do just fine.
I have never had a stand mixer and have always used a hand held whisk, or for a more moist cake, a handheld blender, believe it or not. However, i am really impressed by this and it has cut time and effort out of baking. The instructions are simple to follow and the bowl and whisk, et al, easy to attach. Others on here have commented on it being okay but not particularly professional, but as i have nothing to compare it with, so for me, it’s an absolute godsend. I bake cakes and it’s excellent for that in terms of whisking the sponge and also the icing. The ability to put onto low or high settings in terms of whisk speeds was really effective and i didn’t really have any splash back with the right setting. It’s certainly made my baking life easier.
Wahl James Martin Stand Mixer : This food mixer punches way above its weight. I have had a kitchenaid artisan food mixer for years which is wonderful but extremely heavy. The wahl is light enough to be picked up with one hand, and although i was worried it would wander across the worktop while it was mixing, it actually stays exactly where you put it thanks to suckers underneath. It has the same attachments as a kitchenaid – a balloon whisk, k beater and dough hook. It’s slightly more compact than the kitchenaid too. If you’ve always liked the idea of owning a food mixer, this is a great budget buy. However, if you’re planning on making large batches of dough you might do better spending more on a more heavyweight machine. But for cakes, this is more than capable. On the downside, the outer casing is predominantly plastic rather than metal as you find on the kitchenaid, and the attachments feel lighter on the wahl than the kitchenaid.