KENWOOD KMIX HM790
$149, from major electrical stores WHAT’S GREAT This mixer was the fastest to produce a smooth dough. It whipped up cream rather quickly, in 2 minutes 30 seconds, and also made a creamier butter and sugar mix than the Russell Hobbs mixer did. The most powerful mixer of the three, its dough hooks had three spirals, compared to two on the other mixers, and also had the biggest whisks. WHAT’S NOT At 1.5kg, it is the heaviest in the line-up – my arm ached towards the end of the creaming session. It also created the most splatter, so I could only use it on its second fastest speed when whipping cream. VERDICT A heavy-duty mixer that’s best for kneading dough, and was fairly productive at whisking and creaming too.