Review: Kitchenaid Pouring Shield Attachment Review

kitchenaid-pouring-shield-attachmentThe Kitchenaid Pouring Shield attaches to a Kitchenaid stand mixer to help with adding ingredients as well as preventing splashing when mixing.

The Kitchenaid Pouring Shield fits all Kitchenaid 4.5 qt stand mixers and 5qt stand mixers with the exception of the 5qt lift bowl models.

Consumer reviews are mixed for this product with some loving this handy attachment and others finding that it caused more problems than it was worth. The problem seemed to center around the attachment not fitting properly and coming loose.

I think the problem may be related to the fact that consumers have purchased the wrong size pouring shield for their stand mixer. As we have already indicated this does not fit 5qt lift bowl models and unfortunately a number of online cookware merchants do not indicate this in their description.

What We Like

  • This attachment is dishwasher safe.
  • It makes adding ingredients super easy.
  • It prevents foods from splashing around your kitchen.

What We Don’t Like

  • The issue with the pouring shield not fitting properly seems to be a widespread problem. Ensure that when purchasing that you check that you are getting the right size pouring shield for your Kitchenaid stand mixer.

Where Can I Get the Best Price?

>>We found the best prices for this attachment at Amazon  and Cooking.com

And if you don’t have a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, you don’t know what you are missing. Especially if you do a lot of baking or cooking. Why not read our review on the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer and see what you are missing.

Kitchenaid Stand Mixer Can Opener – A Handy Attachment

kitchenaid-can-opener-attachmentOne great thing about having a KitchenAid stand mixer is that you can buy attachments for just about any purpose.

So it comes as no surprise that there is this handy can opener that will open any can whether it’s large or small.

The beauty of this can opener is that it leaves the edges smooth and snag-free as the opener has a built in magnet that holds the can securely in place until the lid is removed.

The KitchenAid can opener attachment fastens securely to the front of your mixer. And because it is so compact you can store it conveniently away when you are not using it.

Now the people at KitchenAid are really smart and innovative, so you will find that this can opener attachment  has been designed so that it will fit all Kitchenaid Mixers. An ideal concept if you have trouble finding a can opener for your particular model of mixer.

Where can I buy a can opener for my KitchenAid stand mixer?:
This handy attachment is available from the following trusted merchants.

Cooking.com

Amazon

Kitchenaid 4 Slice Toaster Reviews

kitchen-aid-4-slice-toaster-reviewsKitchenaid actually markets two different types of 4 slice toasters. The difference between them, other than the price, is that one has 4 slots for 4 slices of bread and the other has 2 slots for 4 slices of bread.

We are going to take a look at both to see which one makes the grade.

2 Slots/4 Slices – Kitchenaid 4 Slice Toaster KTT570

This toaster is around $20 cheaper than the 4 slot version which you can read about below. So what makes it cheaper? Basically, it comes down to features.

Apart from the features and options, the main difference between this toaster and the 4 slot/4 slice is that the two slots means that you can put in any length of toast or bagel.

What We Like

  • This Kitchenaid toaster is cool to the touch. This is important especially when there are kids around who just want to touch everything.
  • The slots are wide enough to fit bagels.
  • There are an amazing 9 heat settings including one specifically for bagels and also one for frozen breads.
  • It comes with a removable crumb tray which makes it easy to clean.
  • You can store the cord under the base.
  • It also has a reheat button which I love.
  • It comes in three different colors – white, empire red and onyx black

What We Don’t Like

  • There wasn’t much that we could find wrong with this toaster in terms of features and options however we found that a number of reviews on the net mentioned that this toaster really didn’t cook toast evenly.

Where Can I Get The Best Price?

We found the prices to be fairly static across the net so we can’t really give a best price. Our preference is Amazon.com as they are known for their good service AND they also provide FREE SHIPPING for this item.

4 slots/4 slices – Kitchenaid 4 Slot/4 Slice Metal Classic Toaster

KitchenAid 4-slice Metal Classic Toaster, RedI really like the look of this toaster. To me it looks like something that would be used in a commercial setting so it just speaks of quality and durability.

The features and options on this toaster just set it apart from the rest and the dual controls are a brilliant addition to this already great toaster.

What We Like

  • This toaster has specific settings for toasting bagels which means it toasts the cut side more than the uncut side.
  • This toaster has dual settings so you can set the controls independently. For instance. you can toast two bagels on one side with specific settings just for those bagels and on the other two pieces of toast with totally different settings…and you can do it all at the same time.
  • The exterior of the toaster is kept cool to the touch which is great if you have kiddies around.
  • The extra wide slots allow for toasting of bagels.
  • It has a warming function which warms the toast rather than toasting it even further.

What We Don’t Like

  • Nothing really. This is one quality toaster that does the job exceptionally well. The bells and whistles are what really sets this apart. We were hard pressed to find a negative review for this one on the net.

Our Recommendation

Well it’s obvious that we prefer the 4 slots/4 slices toaster and for the extra $20 we would have to go with this one.

Where Can I Get The Best Price?

We found that this toaster was priced fairly evenly across most merchants. Our preference is always Amazon.com for their quality service PLUS they offer free shipping for this item.

Kitchenaid Professional 600 Stand Mixer Review

kitchenaid-professional-600-mixer-reviewThe Kitchenaid Professional 600 Mixer is one of the most powerful in the range of Kitchenaid stand mixers and it is also one of the more popular.

With an impressive array of colors this is one stand mixer that will definitely look the part in any kitchen.

Read on to see what we like and don’t like about the Kitchenaid Professional 600 Mixer.

What You Get

  • The mixer…well of course!
  • Professional Wire Whip
  • Burnished Flat Beater
  • Wide Chute Pouring Shield
  • 6qt Stainless Steel Bowl with Handle
  • Burnished Power Knead Spiral Hook

What We Like

  • The Kitchenaid Professional 600 Mixer easily gets through even the heaviest of mixes including bread dough.
  • The 10 speed setting means that you have greater control especially for delicate foods.
  • This mixer has a massive 14 flour cup capacity – this is the equivalent of 8 loaves of white bread, 13 dozen cookies or 8 pounds of mashed potatoes.
  • The PowerKnead attachment replicates the same action as hand kneading so is perfect for those who love to bake their own bread.
  • The commercial style motor ensures that this mixer will take a beating (no pun intended).
  • It also looks good with its polished stainless steel bowl and with the choice of 11 different colors this will suit any kitchen.
  • We love the soft start feature. This means that when you turn it on your ingredients don’t get scattered all over the kitchen.

What We Don’t Like

  • This is a solid mixer so that means that it is heavy. If you are going to be lifting it in and out of a kitchen cupboard on a regular basis you will need strong muscles. The alternative is to leave it on the kitchen counter but you will obviously need the space.
  • When on high speed this mixer can get a little noisy. However, I doubt this would be much different with most stand mixers on the market.

Our Recommendation

If you do a lot of baking then the Kithenaid Professional 600 Mixer is a must have and especially so if you bake a lot of bread. This is one mixer we definitely recommend.

Where Can You Get the Best Price

We found the best price at Amazon.com, however Cooking.com charge an extra $20 but offer a $50 rebate that is claimable directly from KitchenAid until 31 st December 09.

>>Click here to view this product at Cooking.com

>>Click here to view this product at Amazon.com

Read our review for the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer.