I'm sure I can't be the only person in the world who wanted a decent stand mixer and almost fainted when I saw the price of KitchenAids on Amazon. Whilst I'd love to splash out hundreds of dollars/pounds/euros/Monopoly money on a fancy mixer that claims to do everything under the sun, I just couldn't bring myself to do it.
And since I'm not planning on getting married any time soon, I couldn't just add the machine onto my wedding list and therefore accepted the fact that I was never to be the proud owner of a fancy mixer. That's how you guys all got your KitchenAids, right? Added them onto your wedding list? I really can't see any other way of getting one because I'm certainly not prepared to fork out that kind of cash unless my life depends on it. Not that I'm tight or anything, but....yeah, I am.
How are these machines so popular?! So many food bloggers own one and I just don't understand how - the only way I can ever seen me owning one is if I win a giveaway and most of those are only open to people in the US - arghhhh!!!!! So after I accepted that I was never ever going to get my hands on a KitchenAid mixer, I did my best to find an alternative that wouldn't set me back the price of a house whilst still being a high quality piece of equipment that would last for years.
I originally wrote this post over a year ago shortly after I got my hands on this wonderful machine. But since I use it every single week without fail, I thought it was only right that I re-visit this post and add to it, telling you guys how much I still love and value this mixer with all my heart.
Enter the Andrew James Stand Mixer, AKA my best kitchen friend. This stand mixer is currently available to buy on Amazon UK for £79.99 - reduced from £199.99 (that's a saving of £120!). The mixer includes a number of useful attachments and additional stuff, including:
- Balloon whisk attachment for egg whites and cream
- Dough hook attachment for dough
- Metal beater attachment for cake mixes and batters
- Rubber beater attachment for sticky mixes
- Removable splash guard
- Andrew James cook book
- Rubber spatula
The super powerful 1,500 watt motor is ideal for making all kinds of dough for bread and pizzas, so you'll never have to knead by hand again! Since I got the mixer at the beginning of 2013, I've used it at least once every fortnight to make bread dough and it always yields perfect results. Thanks to the strong motor, the mixer can handle extremely heavy, tough doughs - saving you hours and hours of kneading-related arm-ache!
It also features six different power settings, including pulse, ensuring you always have the perfect setting needed to whip up whatever you're craving. The huge 5.2 litre dish can take up to 2kg of whatever mixture, ideal for batch-making treats, savoury dishes and doughs.
Not only is the bowl huge, but it's also dishwasher safe (yay!) and I've found that with just a tiny amount of oil rubbed all over, it becomes pretty much totally non-stick - something which bread bakers will love.
The removable splash guard is something I'm extremely thankful for practically every single time I use this mixer. Many mixers don't automatically come with a splash guard and require you to buy one separately if you want it - not with the Andrew James Stand Mixer! I can't even begin to imagine how many times this splash guard has saved me from covering myself in bright red velvet cake batter, dry flour and milk. And because it's removable, the splash guard is super-simple to clean.
As if all that wasn't enough, the mixer also comes with a cook book with all sorts of recipes suitable for everyone - from first time bakers to experienced cooks. Without giving anything away, the recipe book features sweet and savoury recipes, including breads, crackers, crumbles, cakes, cookies, pastries, muffins and bars. It's a superb added freebie.
The negative points are very minimal. The main downfall is the noise - it does make quite a bit of noise when you have it set above the third power setting, but in comparison to the previous mixers I've owned, it makes about as much noise as any other.
I've also found that the attachments don't quite touch the bottom of the bowl, so if you're planning on using the mixer on small ingredient quantities (such as to whip ½ cup of heavy cream or to beat 2 egg whites) the attachments will miss the ingredients and nothing will happen.
Overall, if you're looking for a strong, powerful and reliable stand mixer which will stand up to everything you throw at it (all for a reasonable price, might I add) the Andrew James Stand Mixer is certainly for you. And I'm not the only one who thinks so - at the time of writing, the mixer has a 4.5 star review on Amazon out of 660 customer reviews!
When I first wrote the post, the mixer was only available on the UK version of Amazon, but it's now available on Amazon.com - click here to visit the Andrew James Stand Mixer on Amazon.com. Bizarrely enough, the mixer is significantly more expensive on the US site than the UK site. So if you're based in America and really want this mixer, I recommend buying it from Amazon.co.uk and splashing out on the shipping costs - it will work out much cheaper overall.
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