I knew that when I moved to the UK, I couldn’t bring anything with an electric motor. Since the electricity here is different, things with electric motors from the US don’t work properly. Which means that I had to leave behind my beloved KitchenAid stand mixer. It’s served me very well for the last 9+ years (only been to the repair shop once) but it’s produced hundreds of cakes and thousands of cookies and other desserts. I knew I would miss it.
I thought I was being clever, though, when I packed up my stuff at home for shipping to the UK: I brought all my KitchenAid attachments! Since I knew I’d need to get a UK-version of a stand mixer here, I figured why also replace a grinder, pasta roller, and two back-up work bowls? Other than the motor, what else could be different? All these accessories should work here just fine.
The problem turns out to be that KitchenAid just isn’t a brand that’s terribly popular or affordable here in London. The same mixer I have at home that costs $400 on Amazon costs more than £700 in retails stores (that’s over $1000USD!). My god, what the hell!!
So I’ve realized that KitchenAid is probably off the table for me. Through a little research, I’ve found the popular alternative to KitchenAid here in London: Kenwood. Yes, as in the audio systems. The Kenwood kMix is actually a pretty similar machine to the basic KitchenAid mixers back home, so that’s what I’m shopping for now. Prices are much more reasonable and what I’d expect to pay for a small stand mixer, at about £150-£200 (up to $300USD).
As soon as I secure a mixer, I’ll be whipping up a batch of my famous chocolate chip cookies. It’s quite a fad now for restaurants and bakeries to sell “American-style desserts”… I’m going to show these Londoners how it’s done!