Somehow my vintage 70's KA stand mixer & (all the swell attachments) disappeared in my move overseas. Looking at all the stand mixers available on Amazon I was impressed by the great reviews given to the Breville stand mixer? Anyone have any experience or insight on this brand or mixer?
Breville stand mixer vs. Viking vs. KA?
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I haven't used the Breville mixer, but I do have other Breville products and find them high quality. I wouldn't recommend a KitchenAid mixer; I'm disappointed in the recent ones I've used. They're totally different than your '70s model.
You have my sympathy on the loss of your mixer. I've always said I want to be buried with my old KA45. I hope yours is merely delayed and shows up sometime when you least expect it.
I do also have a new-ish KitchenAid Pro 600 and a Bosch Concept 7000. (Yes, I am over-supplied in the mixer department.) My KA Pro 600 is noisier but has been a stellar performer, so my experience has been positive. However, KA has so many mixers in its lineup of varying quality, I don't think anyone could conclude that other models would be similarly satisfying.
My Bosch is different as it has a center post, but for overseas, I would choose it because 1) it's lighter, cheaper to move and ship 2) it's low-profile and easier to store but above all 3) the company has been in business eons and has the best longevity and repair record out there. Those Boschs last forever. I can make 12 pounds of fruitcake in it and the only limit has been the size of the bowl. The machine itself was not struggling at all.
I have no experience with the Breville though I see there are lots of reviews and comments on the Australian consumer sites. Based on that and reviews at Williams-Sonoma stateside, it appears the majority love it, but two people did burn theirs out with heavier doughs (think pizza and bagels). Breville-Australia got kudos for excellent service, so if you're on the Asian sub-continent, that might be a consideration.
Honestly, I think in your situation, if you're overseas long-term, I would first look at available services and resources and buy accordingly. Who are the suppliers? What is the service network?
Do not be sucked in by the whole wattage issue, which is misleading in the extreme. A machine can have a higher wattage rating but that may only be an indication that it's less efficient, not more powerful. Torque is what matters. Think of tractors versus Porsches. A Porsche has far more horsepower, but if I wanted to pull something, I'd go for a little Massey-Ferguson.
Thank you for your recipes. I have some over-ripe bananas begging to be used and an unopened jar of ghee, so your banana bread is on my list. It's time to try something new.
I don't know where you moved overseas, but just in case you hadn't already thought about it, sometimes US appliances won't work overseas because the power requirements are different.
Just FYI, in case it hadn't already occurred to you.
Thank you for your response!
I've been waiting for 2 years for my old KA mixer to show up, I've given up all hope :(
I live in Nepal, not many people bake at home on the Asian sub-continent. I bought a little Sunbeam hand held mixer to tide me over, but I CAN"T STAND IT ANYMORE!!
As far as suppliers and service networks for stand mixers in India and Nepal, forget it. It doesn't exist.
Most of my baking is for Xmas and Eid, cakes & cookies. The Bosch sounds interesting, I'll look into it!
Yes, electricity is 'different' here in Nepal. We have 'invertors', 'convertors' & inline voltage 'regulators' for ALL our appliances.
Due to power shortages we only receive electricity 6 hours a day, so we also have solar, wind, and if all else fails a kerosene generator.
I'm looking at the Bosch mixers on Amazon, but they all look like the mixing bowl is some sort of white plastic? My concern is that I bake a traditional Kashmiri bread that has a lot of saffron in it (sort of like a saffron challah) and a few other recipes that have turmeric that could permanently stain the white plastic?
Wow! Nepal, you do have a challenge. I was guessing India or Pakistan. OK, I understand the saffron issue. The Bosch does offer a stainless bowl as an add-on accessory. More cost but worth considering in your case. I have one myself, though my Bosch is a different model, now discontinued. I see they also offer a stainless bowl with no center post and an integrated dough hook. I do not have that accessory so can't speak to it.
Here's a company I've dealt with stateside. I mention them only as a source of information, not necessarily as a suitable seller for you. But the page does show accessories, including the stainless bowl. You will have to scroll ALL the way down; there's a lot of information.
You might also find it worthwhile to email Pleasant Hill Grain with specific questions. They are very helpful and service-oriented like King Arthur.
The Universal is Bosch's principal model and has been in production in one form or another since 1951. My BIL's family bought one in the 1970's and is still using it with nary a problem. Of course, that's no guarantee, but it is an indicator. The Bosch is very popular in Europe, available but with more limited distribution in the U.S. I have no clue as to where you would source it in your neck of the woods.
If you want to examine the Breville more closely, here's an Australian review site with comments for the stand mixer:
Also, if you do a Google advanced search and limit results to .com.au sites, that at least will give you reviews for a machine similar to what you might obtain.
I hope this helps. Happy baking,