Hardworking mixers for country bakers

Kit out your worktop with one of these high-tech designs that are also easy on the eye - and be ready to bake when the mood takes you

1 Best for… Extra-fast action

Designed in association with Heston Blumenthal, the Scrape Mixer Pro (H36 x W36 x D20cm) features a redesigned scraper and planetary motor action that completely wipes the sides and bottom of the bowl with each turn eliminating waste and reducing mixing time by as much as 60 per cent. There’s a digital timer,too, to help judge the perfect cake mix. Tools include a scraper blade, whisk, dough hook and mixing blade.

2 Best for… Feeding the masses

The 10-speed Artisan Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer (H41.9 x W29.2 x D36.2cm) is built from solid metal and, if looked after, will last you a lifetime of professional-quality mixing, beating and kneading. The huge glass bowl makes cooking for large gatherings and checking when the ingredients are perfectly mixed a breeze. The mixer as well as all of the tools, which include a wire whisk, dough hook, flat beater and plastic lid, are dishwasher safe.

3 Best for… Retro style

As well as being available in seven dreamy pastel shades,including green, pink and blue, there’s more to the SMF01 (H40.2 x W37.8 x D22.1cm) than its beautiful retro design. Made using high-grade die-cast aluminium, this 10-speed mixer has the power, and versatility to get the baking done in next to no time.Tools include a stainless steel wire whisk, aluminium flat beater, aluminium dough hook and plastic bowl cover.

4 Best for… Great value

A great price for such an attractive design, the SP21010 (H35 W22.5 D39.5cm) comes in seven colours with a non-stick beaterand dough hooks plus optional vegetable slicer and meat grinding attachments for savoury dishes. And, with a 1000W eight-speed motor, it has more than enough power for the busiest country kitchen. Tools include dough hooks, whisk and beater.

5 Best for…Beyond baking

As well as being hard working and stylish – it’s available in 12finishes including striped, yellow and gloss white – the six-speed kMix range (all H34.9 x W36.1 x D22.3cm) is an update on the classic Kenwood mixer and can also power attachments includinga mincer, pasta cutter and grater so it’s good for making savoury dishes as well as sweet. Tools include whisk bowl tool, dough hook, k-beater and flexi beater.

For more country style need-to-knows visit the Country Homes & Interiors website.

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