Breville Scraper Mixer Pro Giveaway + Review!
[caption id="attachment_12477" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Breville Scraper Mixer Pro[/caption] Hello friends! Today I want to talk about one of the important tools in my world, and any baker's world: the stand mixer. If you and I have been connected for some time, you've probably noticed that for the years I have been baking, I have been a KitchenAid-stand-mixer girl--I have not only referred to my love for them countless times, but I have personally given away several here on the blog. I have always had success with them, but recently my well-cared-for, 3 year-old mixer started doing some crazy, crazy things (clunking, getting stuck on certain speeds, etc). I had never tried any other brand, so when my friends at Breville Canada asked me to try their Scraper Mixer Pro 5-Quart Die-Cast Stand Mixer (BEM800XL), I couldn't resist. Now, I don't do many reviews on this site, but with this product I was genuinely keen--not only to try the mixer, but to share my honest and unbiased thoughts with my fellow bakeaholics. Now, you guys know that I bake . . . a lot. And it means the world to me, so when reading about this mixer, I was particularly intrigued by these notable features:
- Planetary Mixing Action covers 360 degree beater-to-bowl, for thoroughly mixed ingredients (such a key feature for cake baking!)
- Scraper beater continuously fold and scrapes the sides and bottom of the bowl, eliminating the need for hand scraping with a spatula (if I had a cupcake for every time I have scraped down the sides of the bowl with a spatula . . . )
- 12 Speed Electronic Control
- 10 Minute Timer with Auto-Off (versus no timer)
- 550-watt motor (versus my then 325-watt motor) with metal gears and Load Sensing Technology with Motor Protection
- The mixer was surprisingly lightweight, which I loved (16.8 lbs versus 26 lbs), and comes with all of the same components my other mixer did: wire whip, flat beater, dough hook and pouring shield, as well as a few additional components: their signature scraper beater and a spatula.
- The silver solid die-cast metal design has a sleek and modern look to it and looks great on my countertop.
- I was intrigued by the electronic control dial with options organized by baking terms/action (ie. folding/kneading, light mixing, creaming/beating, aerating/whipping), instead of numbered speeds and clunky levers (especially since my other mixer had a lever malfunction, due to which I couldn't even turn the mixer off without unplugging it--ugh).
- I loved the ease of the lift assist handle to lift and lock the mixer head in the upright position--no more finger prints all over the mixer head! It's also great to have it lock in place instead of banging down.
- This mixer is SO quiet! Oh my gosh, this is huge for me. I don't think anyone likes the loud sound of a mixer going for 10 straight minutes, or any minutes at all, but with my open concept kitchen/living room, I use to be constantly told "Mom, we can't hear the tv!" Because my mixer is pretty much always going, this is a super plus for me.
- The timer (up to 10 mins) with auto-off came in really handy when making everything from the meringue to frosting.
- The backlit LCD display of the settings and the electronic dial just made the whole experience feel super smooth.
- The mixer held up well for extending mixing and the scraper beater really did eliminate the need for bowl scraping by hand. I felt the mixtures all looked slightly fluffier than usual but, in all fairness, that's hard to say 100% without placing mixtures by each mixer side by side. Either way those cakes and frostings turned out beautifully, as has everything I have whipped up since.
- It costs about $300 USD (and for us Canadians, you can actually find it on amazon.ca for about $300 CDN) versus the pricer KitchenAid mixers.
- While it doesn't come in the wide array of colours, it does come in your choice of Silver (as shown), Cranberry or Black Sesame. (I do admit there is a place in my heart for pastel coloured mixers, but the truth is that the ease of use and performance of my mixer is most important. That, and these really are gorgeous and sleek--kind of a nice change!)
- As far as additional accessories offered, at this time you can purchase the Second Bowl (3 QT for smaller quantities), the the Freeze and Mix (a nifty thermal bowl and attachment for making ice cream) and the Scraper Whisk (a super duper nifty whisk that boasts the flexible edge scraper beater detail along with a 3 QT bowl).