If you want to ease the burdens of a busy kitchen but have a tight budget, the Aucma 6.5qt is a kitchen appliance that will likely satisfy your needs. It has the power and operational ease like many higher-end models in the stand mixer reivew. Moreover, it has a large bowl and a tilt-head making it easy to introduce ingredients and make family-sized batches of cookies and the like. All in all, this machine offers canny consumers a whole lot of value for their money.Editor's Note: We updated this gear review on February 14th, 2022, with new information on whether or not we would recommend this contender and alternatives to consider.
Aucma 6.5qt Review
Pros: Easy to clean, one-handed operation, large bowl
Cons: Broad bowl/attachment gap, fiddly splash guard
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|Pros||Easy to clean, one-handed operation, large bowl||Powerful motor, simplistic design, sturdy platform||Powerful, affordable, easy to use||Planetary mixing action, inexpensive||Inexpensive, compact, lightweight|
|Cons||Broad bowl/attachment gap, fiddly splash guard||Tilt-head impedes bowl access, mediocre whipping action||Poor whipping action, requires bowl scraping||Limited power, dubious durability||Under powered, poor at mixing, hard to clean|
|Bottom Line||This economic mixer sacrifices little in the way of performance to keep the cost low||A do-it-all mixer with a bowl capacity and price suited to most households||Incredibly powerful and easy to use for the price||This is a light-duty machine for those that use mixers infrequently||Essentially this is a hand mixer mounted into a stand|
|Rating Categories||Aucma 6.5qt||KitchenAid Artisan||KitchenAid Classic...||Hamilton Beach 7-Speed||Dash Everyday Stand...|
|Ease of Use (30%)|
|Specs||Aucma 6.5qt||KitchenAid Artisan||KitchenAid Classic...||Hamilton Beach 7-Speed||Dash Everyday Stand...|
|Bowl Capacity||6.5 quart||5 quart||4.5 quart||4 quart||3 quart|
|Standard Attachments||Wire whip, flat beater, spiral dough hook||Wire whip, dough hook, flat beater||Wire whip, dough hook, flat beater||Whisk, flat beater, dough hook||Beaters and dough hooks|
|Mixing Action||Planetary||Planetary||Planetary||Planetary||Kneading and triplicate whip|
|Number of Speeds||7||10||10||7||6|
|Measured Dimensions (L x W x H)||15.2" x 9.4" x 12.4"||13.25" x 8.75" x 13.5"||14.5" x 10.75" x 14.25"||14.5" x 10.75" x 14.25"||10.5" x 7.5 x 10.25"|
|Measured Weight||13lbs. 6oz.||22lbs. 13oz.||22lbs. 13oz.||9lbs. 14oz.||4lbs. 1oz.|
|Warranty||none||1-year||1-year||limited 5-year||limited 1-year|
Our Analysis and Test Results
While it is true that many mixers look alike, our test revealed that this machine is sturdy, easy to operate, fully equipped with standard attachments, and straightforward to clean after use. At the same time, this unit keeps the price extremely competitive in light of features such as planetary mixing action, one-handed bowl removal, and the power to mix dense doughs. Little is sacrificed to keep this unit's price low.
What would a stand mixer be good for if it didn't have the oomph needed to mix big and heavy batters and doughs? You need not answer this rhetorical question because the Aucma has the sensitive touch as well as the elbow grease of a seasoned baker. However, the unit requires some spatula work due to a significant gap between the mixer attachment and the mixing bowl. We know this to be the case as we tested the unit by mixing ultra-demanding cowboy cookies, heavy pizza dough, and delicate frosting.
As was alluded to above, our mixing analysis uses three recipes: cowboy cookies, buttermilk frosting, and pizza dough. The Aucma showed what it was made of in the first of these tests by working through the conglomerate mass of nuts, chocolate chips, and coconut flakes relatively evenly and without a struggle. However, it left a bit of dough at the bottom due to the conspicuous gap between the paddle and the bowl.
The said gap between mixing attachment and mixing bowl hurt the Aucma in the frosting evaluation as this cleavage resulted in ingredients being pasted to the side of the bowl instead of incorporated in the bottom. This result required the user to stop and scrape the sides of the bowl to combine the ingredients properly. Conversely, the pizza dough mixed well, except for one little ball that kept separating itself, requiring the user to push it back down into the central mass.
Ease of Use
As the name suggests, the ease of use metric takes stock of the aspects of the mixer's design that make the use of it more or less demanding. Specifically, we look at the user interface — in this case, the tilt-head release, the speed setting knob, the mixing action, and whether or you can operate the machine one-handed. Spoiler alert, the Aucma is easy to use one-handed. We also look at sturdiness, cleanliness, and overall experience during operation.
As mentioned previously, the extra work resulting from the gap between the bowl and attachment is a pain in the rear. In our testing, we had to stop multiple times while mixing to incorporate ingredients stuck to the bottom and sides, which is an annoying extra step. On the other hand, the unit boasts six speeds (plus a high-speed pulse), planetary mixing action, and a tilt-head and bowl that you can manage with just one hand.
Given the muscle this machine is packing, it's a good thing that it's sturdy. What does this vague term mean? The unit has a tiny bit of wobbling when running on high or under a heavy load, but nothing worth concern. More to the point, the Aucma has suction cup feet that hold it to the counter. In fact, the suction cups hold it so well that it is a bit demanding to move it once set.
As a last consideration, we looked at cleaning the unit. It's all fine and dandy when a mixer is easy to clean, but better yet is one that limits the need for cleaning by design. The Aucma has both a splash guard and a slow start-up function, both of which help to limit flinging or sloshing ingredients. Also, the tilt-head helps with introducing ingredients without spillage. Finally, the unit has a simplistic design with few nooks and crannies for food to get stuck in. As such, the unit is a breeze to wipe down.
The Aucma delivered an above-average performance in the whipping evaluation. This machine would have topped the class in this metric if it wasn't for the prominent gap between attachment and bowl. As it is, this design oversight rendered poor results in our small batch whipping test. However, in our cake rise test — which involves a greater volume of ingredients — the Aucma shined.
So, you might be wondering, what is a cake rise test, and how does it relate to whipping? Well, the better whipped the egg whites happen to be, the more rise the cake sponge will have while maintaining its structure when it's resting. While the Aucma had better cake rise results for the class, the same can not be said for the small-batch whipping test results.
We take a half cup of heavy whipping cream for the small-batch whipping test and agitate it into stiff peaks. This test measures the time taken to reach stiff peaks, but aeration is critical to this process — it also measures the increase in volume. As the whisk couldn't reach the bottom of the bowl, the Aucma struggled here, producing just 3/4 of a cup of whipped cream where others produced over a cup.
Last but certainly not yeast (pun intended) is the kneading evaluation. Given the Aucma's previously discussed raw horsepower, it should come as no surprise that it's motor and planetary action can work dough upon its hook the way a potter works clay upon a wheel. That is, with authority. For this test, we use a one-bowl pizza dough recipe. Aside from requiring a bit of spatula work for the operator, this machine's performance left little to be desired as the hook worked the dough into a well incorporated, elastic ball ready to be tossed.
Should You Buy the Aucma 6.5qt?
Our testing of stand mixers revealed that the Aucma is affordable and reliable when executing demanding tasks such as mixing dense mediums like cowboy cookie dough. Moreover, the unit cuts a few corners to keep the cost low. All in all, this is a quality kitchen appliance worth considering for your home kitchen.
What Other Stand Mixers Should You Consider?
Another budget-friendly alternative is the KitchenAid Classic Plus KSM75WH. Overall, this product performs slightly better, especially in the ease of use metric, where the Aucma struggles a bit.
— Nick Miley and Michelle Powell
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