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RIP Kenwood Mixer

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My beloved General Slicing (aka Kenwood) mixer, purchased in 1984 has finally bitten the dust. Yesterday it threw out sparks and popping noises and the smoke from the motor. I researched other threads about mixers but am finding only older threads from 2012, so I am asking, what do people recommend? The consensus seems to be the newer model Kitchenaides are not worth buying. I bake fairly regularly-breads, cakes, pastry (I'm a retired baker), so I want a workhorse. I don't think anything will last as long as my beloved little mixer. I appreciate any advice.

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32 minutes ago, LZB said:

My beloved General Slicing (aka Kenwood) mixer, purchased in 1984 has finally bitten the dust. Yesterday it threw out sparks and popping noises and the smoke from the motor. I researched other threads about mixers but am finding only older threads from 2012, so I am asking, what do people recommend? The consensus seems to be the newer model Kitchenaides are not worth buying. I bake fairly regularly-breads, cakes, pastry (I'm a retired baker), so I want a workhorse. I don't think anything will last as long as my beloved little mixer. I appreciate any advice.

 

My KitchenAid KSM8990WH has been a delight.  My one complaint is, for my use, it is possibly too large.  I have an older KitchenAid that was, alas, too small.  No problems with either KitchenAid that I remember, and the older one is from the 1980's.

 

If I could afford it*, I would look into one of these:

https://pleasanthillgrain.com/haussler-alpha-mixer-heavy-duty-kitchen-dough-stand-mixer

 

 

*or lift it

 

 

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Welcome to our little corner of the web, LZB.

 

The most durable thing I can think of would be the countertop-sized Hobart, but of course that's going to be a bit spend-y even if you browse the classifieds. You might find one at auction for a reasonable price, though.

 

I know there are companies in the UK doing full-bore refurbishments of vintage, nearly-indestructible Kenwoods and bringing them back to like-new condition. They're in like-new price as well, unfortunately, and that's not counting shipping from the UK.

 

Have you considered getting a quote from a Kenwood service provider? A motor rebuild and/or replacement should be pretty price-competitive, and you'd have a machine of known quality (plus, all your accessories will still fit). :)

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I figured the repair plus shipping would be as astronomical as a replacement, but am certainly willing to entertain the idea. There's one service center 40 miles from me. We'll see if they answer my phone message.


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Where are you? I think it's generally smart to stick with Kenwood in the EU, and Kitchenaid in the US. Both companies make good mixers; both companies have imperfect quality control; and mixers are categorically easy to break. Kenwood has the best service and parts availability in the EU,  KA likewise  has the best in the US.  


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