Kenmore Elite 5 Qt Stand Mixer Review
Pros: One-handed operation, slow start, work light
Cons: Significant bowl/attachment gap, weak motor
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Kenmore Elite is a nice-looking kitchen appliance with ample bowl capacity and a few useful features. However, if you plan to use this machine regularly and with heavy or demanding recipes, we think you should look elsewhere because this machine shows signs of future failure when put to these tasks. While the mixer is straightforward to use, it has to be monitored by the user, as frequent scraping of the bowl will be needed.
Standing mixers should make life easier by assuming certain functions such as whipping and kneading. However, how the user interacts with the machine is also an essential part of the overall experience. The Kenmore Elite has some features that improve the user's experience. Namely, the unique working light located under the tilt-head. The machine conveniently placed speed, power, tilt controls, and an easy-to-remove bowl. Collectively, these feature results in a machine that you can be operated with a single hand.
As far as food outcomes are concerned, the Kenmore can reasonably manage most soft or light ingredients. It produced good frosting, as well as whipped cream and egg white.
The Kenmore Elite fails to execute basic mixer tasks without the aid of a spatula to guide the ingredients into the mixing attachment. This issue is largely due to the substantial gap between the bowl and the attachment. But also to the inconsistent revolution of the motor.
While the mixing issues are a major concern, the larger issue is the long-term durability of the machine; in particular, we have considerable concerns about the motor. We experienced inconsistent mixing motions during our testing, including stalling and jerking. Additionally, we experienced irregular noises ranging from grating to high-pitched whines.
Should You Buy the Kenmore Elite 5 Qt Stand Mixer?
Like books, mixers should not be judged by their covers. The Kenmore Elite is an excellent example of this truism. While the machine looks like a high-end mixer, it is not. This machine struggles with basic tasks such as kneading dough and mixing cookies. Moreover, as these tasks are frequently repeated, we would have serious concerns about the long-term durability of the motor. Thus, we would pass on this contender.
What Other Stand Mixers Should You Consider?
The Kenmore Elite certainly has a competitive price point. However, having used this contender side-by-side with other leading stand mixers, its modest price seems a bit high. For a few tens of dollars more, one can purchase a machine that will do its job instead of having you biting your nails, waiting for the ax to fall on your mixer. We think it's worth considering the KitchenAid Classic Plus KSM75WH.
— Nick Miley and Michelle Powell
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