If you enjoy cooking, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of KitchenAid. Aside from having created appliances for nearly a century, the brand name is synonymous with the stand mixer. In fact, accessories for the Model K mixers from the 1930s still work on today’s modern KitchenAid mixers.
The only thing I’ve wanted more than a KitchenAid Mixer is an Omega Juicer. Living thin, juicing is a great way to get essential vitamins and minerals even when I’m not hungry. I also really enjoy the flavor but want control over which flavors I include, as I’ve been consistently disappointed by some of the crazy flavor combinations juice companies think we want.
In the midst of my review streak, I contacted these two companies to get a hold of the best kitchen appliances they have and put them to the test to see if they’re as good as their reputation implies.
Artisan Stand Mixer ($299 at KitchenAid.com) – The company’s flagship appliance lives up to its hype on every aspect, able to make bread and cookie dough, whip eggs, and get all your baked goods to an even consistency that elevates your cooking to the next level. KitchenAid’s mixer consistently outperforms competition from Cuisinart, Breville, Oster, Sunbeam, Hamilton Beach, Kenmore, and more.
A total of 34 colors are available, making this mixer every bit KitchenAid, and extra attachments are available to turn it into an ice cream maker, pasta makers, food grinder, shredder, beater, juicer, and more. If you’re looking for an all-in-one machine that’s indispensable in your kitchen, look no further.
Most often when you see those amazing and artistic recipes on Instagram and Pinterest, they’re using a stand mixer to get things done. Running these things while working on other steps in the process is like having your own personal sous chef. It won’t bake the bread for you, but it can make the best dough possible practically automatically.
We ran our KitchenAid mixer through a few recipes, having it make everything from pancake batter to mashed potatoes, and it performed well. I’m just waiting for the holidays now so we can put it to the test baking cookies. And don’t believe the myth of geniuses always picking green, because I chose blue.
Magnetic Drive Torrent Blender ($399 at KitchenAid.com) – KitchenAid reinvented the blender recently with its magnetic drive torrent blender. Lowering the blades and using a magnetic base to continue spinning means this blender will outlast the competition. It’s certainly more sturdy than my Hamilton Beach blender and can handle spin speeds of up to 16,500 RPM.
Since it’s smooth at the bottom, you slide this blender into place much like you do your coffee pot. It seems like a small thing, but it’s noticeable and instantly makes you feel like royalty using such a high-tech blender.
While easy to use, the blender is rather loud and we noticed a smell of burning rubber after the first few uses. I’ve smelled that before from blenders when we’re burning out the motor and I couldn’t help but wonder if we’re somehow breaking this marvel of modern kitchen technology.
This is the most aesthetically appealing blender on the market, and it’s very easy to clean. If I didn’t have the Pro Line Series from KitchenAid already, this would easily be my favorite blender of all time. As it happens, though, I do have a KitchenAid Pro Line Series blender, so let’s delve into that.
Pro Line Series Blender ($599 at KichenAid.com) – For maximum power, you can’t go wrong with the 3.5-horsepower professional series blender from KitchenAid. This beast of a blender puts competition from Blendtec and Vitamix to shame with die-cast metal knobs, a dual-walled thermal jar capable of holding hot liquids, and liquifying blades.
This is the most muscular engine I’ve seen in a blender, and there was truly nothing we could throw at this thing it couldn’t handle. Essentially a large food processor, this appliance can handle soups, stews, and sauces on top of making the most hardcore milkshakes and smoothies you’ve ever had.
Eleven settings are available to send these stainless steel blades spinning through the whirlpool of liquid it creates. The plastic container is BPA free and resembles glass – it can be cleaned by running a cleaning cycle on the blender without even needing to run it through the dishwasher. While it’s a little large and sans any bells and whistles, the pure, raw horsepower and the simplicity in which it does its job justifies the price point of this professional-grade blender.
Easy Clean Juicer ($299.99 at KitchenAid.com) – On the box, KitchenAid calls this their easy clean juicer, but having used several juicers in my life I didn’t find it all that easy. In fact, like every other customer who reviewed this unit on Amazon, I found the pulp to get stuck at the top rather than the pulp bin. While a solid juicer, it quickly becomes comical to refer to it as “easy clean” while spending 20 minutes pulling pulp out of its extremities.
It’s noticeably quieter than the Omega juicer and what I remember of my old Breville but still manages to get everything done. This is a centrifugal mixer, as opposed to Omega, which is a masticating cold press. Here’s a quick video on the difference:
By spinning the fruit, centrifugal juicers froth the juice while oxidixing it a little more. As you’ll see in the video, a centrifugal juicer produces more juice at the cost of heating it and robbing it of some nutrients. This KitchenAid juicer performed exactly how I wanted, but it’s far from an easy clean. In fact, it’s one of the messiest juicers on the market.
Drink Mixer ($179.95 at OmegaJuicers.com) – Weighing in at 12 lbs, The M1000 Drink Mixer from Omega is a single-spindle blender with a powerful 1/4-horsepower motor. This is the perfect machine to make milkshakes or smoothies, beat eggs, make batter, and more. Think of it as a mini KitchenAid stand mixer for drinks.
There are several reasons you’d want this drink maker over your standard blender. For starters, your blender doesn’t really do a great job of blending milkshakes. Their primary function is to simply chop everything in to tiny pieces while spinning it to mix. The spindle on a milkshake machine frothes your milk and truly blends your drink. You can also control the consistency much easier to create thick or runny shakes.
While there’s no denying the KitchenAid blenders are amazing marvels of modern technology, I still prefer making my milkshakes the old fashioned way with a spindle blender, and this one works quite well. It’s not the most powerful blender on the market, but it’s small, simple, and gets the job done much better than a handheld mixer.
Juice Cube ($350 at OmegaJuicers.com) – The Juice Cube is Omega’s latest slow juicer and is perfect for those who have very limited storage space in their kitchen. As the name implies, the unit is a cube, although you’ll need to assemble the parts before actually using it. It’s a hefty 20 lbs and easily the heaviest kitchen appliance we got in.
The Juice Cube’s 200-watt electric engine is capable of slow juicing everything from nuts and carrots to leafy greens, oranges, and even wheatgrass. Regardless of what we put into this thing, it was able to extract a decent amount of juice through it’s cold-pressed design.
On the downsides, the juice reservoir doesn’t hold much juice, and it takes quite a bit of practice to get this thing put together and broken down. At $350, it’s also expensive and not necessarily the Omega juicer I would’ve preferred. Still, the Juice Cube is a simple design with a 200-horsepower engine that can crush and juice anything you can throw at it.
So now I want to give you, my readers, a chance to check out the Omega Juice Cube and Drink Maker for yourselves. All you need to do is leave a comment below with your favorite juice, smoothie, or even food recipe using one or the other and share it on Facebook. Please stick to one recipe per comment, but you’re more than welcome to post multiples.
Once this post reaches 500 recipes/shares, I’ll pick one for each machine at random and contact you on Facebook for your address to mail it to. Good luck!