In the world of pastry robots, two major brands compete Kitchenaid and its robot with a retro look, and Kenwood with a slightly more “technical” design.
If both are excellent devices, one can wonder which is the most efficient before buying a pastry robot.
So who from KitchenAid or Kenwood will be on the top of the podium? This is what we are going to see now.
The attributes of pastry robots
To be able to compare well, you must first establish the list of specificities that a pastry robot must have. Thus, we must first confront the power, the solidity, the accessories, the models, the price, and also the design, which is certainly secondary, but it is all the same a plus.
We can if we wish to read the article how to choose your pastry robot and even go to the comparison of the best pastry robots.
This will already help us to know our expectations before the purchase and finalize our choice with the following guide.
Which pastry robot is the most powerful?
Let’s be clear, the most important thing in a food processor is its power.
It takes muscles to mix dense doughs and preparations, or to mix!
As a reminder, the power displayed on the technical sheets of pastry robots does not mean much.
What matters is the power delivered to each output. Thus, if we have three outputs (for example, an output for a blender, another for the whisks and finally one for making cookies), and it is displayed 1200 watts, we will only have 400 watts at each output .
We must therefore know if we have a system direct or belt drive.
KitchenAid opted for the first solution, thus, we will have no difference between what is announced and the rendering.
Another story from Kenwood. The brand also offers direct transmission, but many his models use belts, which loses power. The manufacturer overcomes this problem by providing its robots with very high general powers. Result, the difference is not felt.
So here we have a tie.
The different models of pastry robots from each brand
Again, it will be difficult to decide between KitchenAid and Kenwood. Indeed, the two brands seem to go to great lengths to satisfy the greatest number, both in terms of price and functionality.
For example, KitchenAid offers no less than thirteen models (including limited editions). Entry-level or mid-range robots, such as the KitchenAid Craftsman but also very high-end or even professional.
Kenwood, it does not only offer models. She has ranges of robots which themselves have different productsleaving a huge choice to the consumer that we are.
Thus, on the manufacturer’s website, we can find the range of Chef and Chef XL pastry robots, Robot kMix, Prospero + compact robots, etc.
One would be entitled to ask us what differs between all these models.
For both brands, what will come into play will be the power, the size of the bowl, the number of accessories and functions (Kenwood, for example, offers LED lights to illuminate the bowl).
There are as many choices in one as in the other. Here too, no big winner.
Which is stronger, KitchenAid or Kenwood?
Solidity is very important for a food processor. Apparently, we ask a lot of him. In addition, we know that clumsiness in the kitchen can happen very quickly, so you need sturdy equipment that will withstand all the tests that will be subjected to it.
And for solid equipment, you need materials that are resistant and of very good quality. So we forget the plastic which has its limits.
KitchenAid seems to take this aspect very seriously. Indeed, the majority of their pastry robots are made of cast metal or zinc.
They are proud to announce that their products are very robust and can withstand almost anything. The accessories are made of stainless steel.
On the side of Kenwood, here too we do not skimp on the resistance of the robots and we opt for the metal and accessories also in stainless steel.
According to some tests and reviews, Kenwood entry-level and mid-range machines are more sensitive, especially in kneading mode. But nothing dramatic, no loss has been reported so far.
The number of accessories
Very important, the accessories make it possible to multiply the preparations. Thus, it is necessary for a pastry robot to have those basics: a bowl, preferably stainless steel, a whisk, a leaf, a hook and a splash guard.
KitchenAid is well positioned by offering everything with its robots. Some models will even have the chance to have two bowls.
Of course, it is possible to expand the field of competence of your robot by providing optional accessories, although these remain quite expensive.
Kenwood is a bit more generous. Indeed, depending on the models and the range, we will certainly have the basic elements (enough to make all the pastries you want without any problem) but it often offers little extras, such as a juicer, a multifunctional bowl, a blender…
It’s up to us whether we want a robot that will be more diverse or not.
One point for Kenwood.
Let’s talk about the annoying subject. A food processor is an investment. If we want quality, we have to pay the price, and even more if we want accessories for transform it into a multifunctional robot.
And in this area, neither of the two brands stands out. Mid-range robots (what it takes to be solid) start at 300 euros (500 for KitchenAid, but you can find a lot of promotions on Amazon and the internet in general, which is why we don’t deduct a point from the brand here).
Of course, the more we go upmarket, the more expensive it will be, up to more than 1000 euros for the most pro of the brand, the professional model for KitchenAid and the Kenwood Cooking Chef Gourmet.
Here, the winner seems designated.
Indeed, KitchenAid is well known for its retro look and flashy colorswhich you can, moreover, choose according to your tastes and your cuisine.
You can even decorate your bowls on some models!
Kenwood is… more restrained. Very sober. And in one color: grey. Note that gray is like black, it goes with everything, it’s an advantage the day you decide to change or repaint the kitchen.
The look is a little aggressive in the eyes of the editorial staff, but that remains a matter of taste. On the other hand, good point for the kMix range which is colored (the arm) and which looks a bit like the KitchenAid.
Bonus: Although it’s hard to tell, it turns out that the quietest of all stand mixers would be the KitchenAid. It is important to be informed if you want to make daily use of it.
In conclusion, KitchenAid and Kenwood are equal competitors on all levels. Both brands have enough models to find our happiness. The rest is, in the end, just a matter of preference.