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KitchenAid’s KSM180 is the Dyson vac of stand mixers

What set the KitchenAid apart for me was all the wonderful, incredibly expensive attachments. Having the Sifter + Scale both sift and weigh the flour took out some of the guess work. Is the Sifter + Scale attachment worth $250 on its own? Absolutely not. But it’s nice to have.

The Pasta Roller attachment was another expensive accessory at $149, but took out most of the hard work from making my own pasta sheets. It’s ideal for someone who wants to avoid buying soft plastic packaging or likes to make their own pasta to satisfy a dietary restriction. Using that roller attachment nearly got me past the trauma of the “hand made ravioli incident” of 2010, and I’m already looking into more of the pasta attachments with a view to moving away from using store bought. It was so easy and drama free, even if it’s not dishwasher safe.

Lately we've been eating home made desserts, such as this tart and cake, every day.

Lately we’ve been eating home made desserts, such as this tart and cake, every day.Credit:Karma Clarke

My favourite attachment, though, was the Vegetable Sheet Cutter. At first glance, it is the weirdest and most unnecessary attachment ever; it turns fruits and vegetables into sheets. But upon further inspection and some added creativity, it is a godsend for making the perfect scalloped potato bakes, or getting the fruit thinly and evenly sliced for a beautiful tart. It’s up to you whether that’s worth $219. There’s also an ice cream maker, a meat grinder, a ravioli roller and stuffer (which would have been great in 2010), and more.

After spending a few weeks with the KSM180, and eating homemade bread every morning for breakfast, homemade pasta for dinner, and homemade cakes and cookies for dessert, I have put on a lot of weight and can’t imagine life without having a good quality stand mixer.

If you ever wanted to turn an apple into a long, unbroken flat sheet, there's an attachment for you.

If you ever wanted to turn an apple into a long, unbroken flat sheet, there’s an attachment for you.Credit:Alice Clarke

Whether the mixer and the attachments are worth the lofty prices are another matter. There is no question that these are the Rolls Royce of mixers, and in many ways KitchenAid mixers remind me of Dyson vacuum cleaners; they are undoubtedly the best, they have several models at different price points (though the more expensive is always the most powerful), and it’s the kind of appliance that will work and keep being used for years. But, if you’re hesitating to justify the cost, there are plenty of cheaper competitors who do a good but not equivalent job.

If you use a stand mixer every week, then it’s definitely worth a look at the KitchenAid range, because they’re powerful, built to last and easy to clean. If you only get it out of the cupboard a few times a year, get a good hand mixer or a cheaper stand you’re willing to replace every few years.

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