Last updated on August 23rd, 2016 at 01:42 pm
Here it is! Still boxed up and waiting to be unwrapped – my first ever stand mixer, acquired to make my ever increasing bread and baking output easier to manage. As a determined manual dough kneader, I’m excited yet apprehensive about using a stand mixer to ease dough handling. Savisto was kind enough to donate one of its shiny red stand mixers to the cause. Read on for my Savisto stand mixer review.
Savisto stand mixer review
I decide to ease myself into the process with a cake recipe to test the beater attachment. The Savisto booklet contains easy to follow instructions so the equipment is quickly assembled. The attachments are less heavy than I thought they would be but that may be down to my preconceptions. I’m impressed the equipment includes a silicone scraper, which I find to be invaluable for baking. The suction heads at the bottom of the stand mixer make sure it holds its position and I use both the beater and silicone scraper to mix a batch of rhubarb brownies.
I’m delighted by how much time is freed up during the mixing process. I would have previously used a hand mixer to combine the various ingredients. Now, the Savisto stand mixer does the work for me and I have time to clear away the ingredients and tidy up after me while the work happens. The mixing works well; everything is mixed evenly and no unmixed ingredients stick to the bottom or sides of the bowl. The handle on the mixing bowl comes in super handy when pouring the ingredients into the baking tin.
The dough hook
The big question for me is testing the dough hook. I decide not to give it an easy ride and choose my flaxseed bread recipe with a fairly heavy wholemeal and rye flour dough to truly test the Savisto mixer. The mixer sounds like it finds the mixing hard work, but doesn’t stumble and gets the job done. I knead the dough on speed level 2 for five minutes. Proving is easy, I just leave the dough in the mixing bowl, covering it with a plate. My hands stay almost clean, although it’s hard to judge the dough consistency, so I end up stopping the mixer and touching the dough several times to check its texture.
As expected, the mixer performs well when I whisk some egg whites for a pavlova.
My Savisto stand mixer review conclusion
The Savisto stand mixer is an affordable, well-designed and decorative stand mixer delivering all the benefits, work efficiencies and quality output you would hope for. With its 800 watt motor, it has enough power to manage heavy wholemeal and rye flour doughs. The 5.5 litre stainless steel bowl is big enough to handle any cake batter or dough quantities I’d be looking to bake at home and the handle on the bowl is a welcome bonus. Overall, the mixer is a useful product with a competitive price tag – I would not hesitate to recommend it to other home bakers.
Disclaimer: The Savisto stand mixer was received as a gift for product review purposes.