Audiences of baking shows attest to this: we love to cook. Sorry, baking. This fashionable name owes its success on television and the stars of cakes, buns and other cream puffs.
And if we like to follow the adventures of these chefs who delight us with their talents, we also love making fabulous desserts.
And to help us in our quest, the pastry robot is our most precious ally.
Unfortunately, as they have invaded the shelves, it is difficult to know which one to choose, and to know the basic functions that it must have. But thanks to this buying guide, we will never be lost again and we will be able to buy the robot of our dreams.
A pastry robot, for whom, for what?
As soon as you make pastry regularly, the pastry robot becomes the king of the kitchen. Proudly enthroned on the counter of the room where we prepare our meals, with its modern design and flashy colors, it is the device that has become essential for successful preparations, but also, and above all, for saving us time.
Moreover, we have selected the best food processors 2019 that will make our family happy.
This is all well and good, but why a food processor, and is it for us?
If we only bake a few cakes in the year, or if we especially want an assistant for all our little dishes, it may be better to turn to multifunction robotswith our selection of best multifunction robots 2019.
On the other hand, if we want to make pastries regularly, with professional recipes, the purchase of a pastry robot, as we can see in this buying guide: prepare all snacks with the artisan Kitchenaidmakes sense.
But what food processor choose ? What criteria are decisive? This is what we are going to see right away.
What power for a pastry robot?
As with all household appliances, the electrical power of a food processor must be able to hold its own. Thus, if the power of the robots varies from 300 to 1200 watts, we recommend choosing a device displaying at least 600 wattsfor efficient mixing of even the densest preparations.
Indeed, with its planetary movement, the pastry robot must be able to lift the mass without blocking.
Be careful though, there is a trap here.
The power output when working depends on where the engine block is located, and there are three categories of engines:
The pastry robot with belt (belt transmission)
The motor is located at the base of the robot and the accessories are driven using a belt. This is a fairly common type for entry-level stand mixers. The problem is that there is a loss of power since the engine does not transmit it directly to the tools.
The direct drive engine
More interesting, the direct drive motor is in the robot arm. Thus, it makes it possible to deliver all the power to the accessory. No loss, therefore more efficiency.
The asynchronous motor
It’s a kind of smart engine. Very efficient, it adapts its speed according to the tool and the density of our preparation.
We’ve seen the engines, but there’s another little catch to watch out for: the number of outputs. Often, pastry robots can become multifunctional. We can therefore make two preparations at the same time, but this also means that the power will be distributed to each output. For example, if we have three outputs for a power of 1200 watts, each one will have 400 watts.
The power is also determined according to the speed chosen. The speeds, precisely, vary according to the brands and models. There are at least six applicable to most robots.
The first speeds allow you to gently mix the preparationsfor example for pasta before introducing liquids (moreover, it avoids splashing). Higher speeds emulsify more efficiently.
The essential accessories for pastry robots
A pastry robot worthy of the name must be equipped with a minimal accessories purchase. Certainly, after we can buy others, and even transform it into a food processor, but as a robot dedicated to sweets, three tools are enough. It’s not much, but they are essential.
As well called drummer, it is the most classic, and the one whose use is the most basic, but essential. It is used to whisk our egg whites, whipped cream, or our creams. Unbeatable for emulsifying, it is our major accessory.
This tool is dedicated to making pasta : shortcrust pastry, puff pastry, shortbread, sugar pastry, pancake pastry.
In short, all solid and liquid doughs, and even sponge cakes.
Unless we are apprentice bakers, it is the one that serves us the least. And yet, out of the question to buy a robot without it being there.
It allows to knead all the yeast dough : for bread, pizza, brioches, rum babas.
We bet that with such an accessory, we will start making pastries more often.
Most brands propose to enrich its pastry robot with additional tools.
Thus, the ice cream makers, the blender, the cookie stamps, the citrus press are available for all models.
Even better, we can go further and transform our pastry robot into a real multifunction robot thanks to kitchen accessories, such as graters or slicers.
The quality of the accessories
Good accessories, as we have seen, are essential.
But their quality also matters a lot. They need to be tough enough to mix a dense batter, and they need to withstand knocks.
The best accessories are those made of stainless steel. Very hygienic, it is also resistant. Some brands cover it with a non-stick layer.
Second point on the accessories: they must reach the bottom of the tank to be able to mix even small preparations. If this is not the case, it will be necessary to ensure that the height is adjustable.
The bowl of the pastry robot
It is he who will welcome our preparations. It must be solid, large enough to mount our creams in peace or make a large cake, light and easy to maintain. The must: a handle to help us carry it in case of heavy preparation, as did Kenwood on the bowl of his robot cooking and baking Cooking Chef Gourmetor like the Kitchenaid Craftsman.
There are three types of bowls: plastic, which is not very interesting, but which is found on the entry level.
stainless steelwhich has the advantage of being light and easy to maintain.
Glass, which is pretty and hygienic. It is also found in cooking shows (probably so that we can see the preparations), but it breaks and is heavy.
Pay attention to capacity. Too small, the bowl of our food processor will not be able to handle the rising food.
Too big, it will be necessary to invest in a very powerful motor.
The golden mean lies in the bowls of 4 liters approximately.
How much does a pastry robot cost?
The advantage of the democratization of pastry robots is that we find them for all budgets and in all ranges. Admittedly, we may not have the latest top model, but this is not necessarily necessary for our use.
Thus, some brands, such as Kenwood, offer robots from 200 euro. KitchenAid starts its prices at 350 euros, to go up to 1000 euros.
Some food processors have multiple bowls. This is the case of the Magimix, with three bowls which make it possible to chain the preparations, but which also has a significant cost (more than 1000 euros for the premium model).
Other brands have also entered the market (Moulinex, Bosh) and offer more affordable prices.
Also pay attention to the price of optional accessories. Some are quite expensive, and can quickly drive up the bill.
Cleaning the food processor
Cooking is all well and good, but then there’s the drudgery of cleaning up.
Right here, it is the quality of the accessories and the bowl which will be decisive.
Indeed, some low-end accessories can easily be damaged over washing, especially in intensive use.
Let’s forget about plastic and focus on stainless steel, which not only cleans very well, but is also dishwasher safe.
It is also here, since we are talking about dishwashers, that the capacity of the bowl will be important. If we don’t feel like washing it by hand, be careful not to choose a bowl that is too big.
The KitchenAid Artisan bowl has a capacity of 4.83 liters, which is more than enough for all our homemade preparations, and which is dishwasher safe.
- 1 A pastry robot, for whom, for what?
- 2 What power for a pastry robot?
- 3 The essential accessories for pastry robots
- 4 How much does a pastry robot cost?
- 5 Cleaning the food processor