Kitchen tested: Kenmore Elite 600-watt 6-qt stand mixer
SEATTLE, November 11, 2015 — Quite easily, one of the most important small appliances to have in any kitchen is a mixer – especially if you’re into baking. Today’s top-notch stand mixers can help make short-work out of many kitchen chores such as meat grinding and pasta making (with appropriate attachments) that will help out any home cook.
For years, KitchenAid mixers have dominated this market segment and for good reason – they’ve put out a quality product for decades. Not to be out-done, the Kenmore brand has its own professional grade mixer that you should consider if you’re in the market for a good one.
What makes a good mixer? For starters, it should have a powerful motor – after all, it’s the motor that allows the mixer to churn through even the most difficult of concoctions. This Kenmore Elite model has a 600-watt motor with a 10-speed dial which not only lets you vary the speed but also has a pulse feature which comes in rather handy.
- 6 quart mixing bowl
- 5 quart mixing bowl
- Detachable splatter shield
- Flat beater
- Wire whisk
- Dough hook
- 5 year warranty
In addition to the large-capacity, 6-quart mixing bowl, there’s also a LED light that illuminates the bowl so you can easily see what’s going on while it’s mixing. Such a great feature to have, especially in kitchens which have dim lighting situations.
During our testing time, we threw in a variety of different batters and concoctions, including bread dough with the included dough hook. At no time did this mixer ever show signs of strain or struggle in regards to the power output of the mixer. With its powerful motor and precise speed control, there wasn’t anything we could muster that it didn’t perform excellently on.
However, we did notice some issues with its beater, which didn’t seem to be large enough to get to the sides and bottom of the bowl which meant we’d have to stop it every so often and push the mix back down with a spatula.
The only real downside to this mixer is the noise level which comes across as being quite a bit louder than similar units we’ve used from the competition. Outside of that, it’s an extremely well-priced stand mixer that should be highly considered by anyone who wants a great quality unit.
At the end of the day, the Kenmore Elite 6qt Stand Mixer is a well-built machine that could still use a bit more refinement to compete head to head with the likes of Hobart or KitchenAid in the areas of beater contact with the bowl and noise levels.
To Kenmore’s credit, this unit is priced a bit lower than its competition from those two companies and that should allow them to compete relatively well. If you’re looking for a slightly more budgeted stand mixer then give the Kenmore one a shot. It looks great, has a cool LED light and includes enough to get you started right out of the gate.