5 reasons why I love the Kenwood Chef Sense
Just before Christmas I was sent an email about the beautiful new Kenwood Chef Sensesand it got me thinking. I’ve never had a KC before and there’s a lot of hype about them and questions about whether you should buy a Chef or a Kitchenaid. I have a Kitchenaid stand mixer so I thought “if I have a play with a Chef I’ll know the difference” So I got my hands on one at the busiest time of year – Christmas.
The Kenwood Chef PR sent me one of their press samples (one that is used for shoots and testing) and I got to play with it for a month. A month for me usually means around four baking sessions but you’ve guessed it, at Christmas that more than doubles! I made biscuits fruit cakes, sponge cakes and a lot of royal icing. Here’s why I liked it.
1.The pouring spout
It has a splash guard with a really large opening. Don’t you just hate it when the pouring spout isn’t big enough to get a spoon in let alone a jug where you can pour liquid in? I added eggs, flour and even poured milk into a cake mix while it was mixing just to see if it dribbled out side of the bowl. It didn’t.
2.The Splash guard
It comes with a splash guard that not only fits around the bowl, but under the arm of the machine too, meaning that the whole bowl is enclosed and no icing sugar can escape. Normally I have to cover my mixer with a tea towel and I still get a dusting of icing sugar everywhere. It attaches really easily and can be removed for cleaning easily too. This photo shows royal icing being made on the fastest speed. See no icing cloud to be seen anywhere!
3. The glass bowl
I’ve had my eye on these glass bowls since I first saw them on The Great British Bake Off years ago. There’s something very reassuring about being able to see if you’ve got all the flour incorporated and can basically see what’s going on. I thought – being a relatively clumsy person, that the glass would worry me. That I’d knock the bowl and chip either it or my work surface but I didn’t. It’s heavier than the metal bowl I’m used to but you soon get used to that. There’s two handles which are useful – especially if your hands are wet when you’re handling it and it also slots into the base really easily.
4. The speed
There’s no getting away from the fact that this is a fast machine. It’s 1100W motor can whizz through the toughest of doughs effortlessly. The dial is really easy to use and the fact that it’s on the front makes it much easier to use than on my Kitchenaid. You can reverse the direction of the beater and pulse it which I really liked. And it is fast. Royal icing took half the time to make. I also really liked the easy on/off button on the front. It lights up which is a nice touch.
5. The colours
Okay, without meaning to sound like a five year old girl, the colours that this machine comes in was the main reason I liked the look of it so much. I mean as well as it needing to be a serious piece of kit – especially at £449.99, it needs to look good on your kitchen worktop. Not many of us have the space to hide away our gadgets – and let’s face it,when it looks this good why would you?
The Kenwood Chef Senses range are available on Amazon.co.uk and in major retailers
So, do you have a Kenwood Chef? Do you love it? I’d love to know. Leave a comment below.
Disclaimer: The Kenwood Chef Senses was loaned to me for four weeks to review on CakesBakesnAndCookies.com – (Thanks Kenwood- I really didn’t want to give it back!) All thoughts and opinions in this post are entirely my own.
Oh wow that is pretty! I have a vintage Kenwood Chef (it was my grandmothers, made in 1960!) and I do love it, although I wish it came with a splash guard. I was so sad when I broke it before Christmas 🙁 and the repair man declared it obsolete! Luckily, I work in engineering so one of my colleagues had a look and fixed it for me (broken belt). But if it ever breaks beyond repair, I would definitely look into one of these. Though you’re right, it’s not cheap!
That’s the thing about Kenwoods – they really do last a lifetime. Bakers only really seem to get rid of them if they stop baking and they take up too much space. Funny how attached to our stand mixers we all are.
I love my kitchenaid but would give anything for a decent splashguard with it – I am exactly the same as you, with tea towel bunched around it. And even when you take it off there’s still a flour / icing sugar cloud! x
Yes, I was so impressed with that guard. I still expected that sugar cloud but there wasn’t any. Hopefully Kitcheaid will catch up!
I love my Kenwood Chef
I will always be faithful to Kenwood for my mixer,
I have tried others, but they just don’t come anywhere close!
I think we all love the one we started with. I still love my Kitchenaid.
I have my mum’s Kenwood chef. My dad bought it for her the year before she passed away to replace one she had had for many many years. Mine is now about 9 years old and I love it. The only thing I need to change is the splash guard as I broke the old one last year and I really want one with the pouring spout on like the one you have reviewed. If I had the space, I would keep it out on the side, as it is so useful especially with all the attachments, and easier to use than my handheld (although that is a Kenwood KMix, so it is still good). One of my project plans is to make a patchwork cover for my Chef, so that it is protected from the dust and looks pretty wherever it is. Maybe I will get it done this year…
How lovely to have your mum’s chef. I keep saying that I’ll make a cover for mine too and the sewing machine. One day! There are just never enough hours in the day!
I have a KitchenAid but I have to say the pouring spout and guard look incredibly handy!
Yep Kerry. I hope Kitchenaid are watching this. They could learn a thing or two! xx
If a machine could ever be beautiful then it would look like the Kenwood Chef Senses mixer in pink. Love it. I own a Kenwood kMix in almond, which I also love. I do like the look of the glass bowl, which I’m afraid mine doesn’t have.
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