Review: Ankarsrum Original Kitchen Machine

Ankarsrum: The kitchen center with the unusual name (actually it is the name of the town in Sweden where the mixer is made), will fast become THE essential tool in your kitchen. From powerfully but gently whipping cream, egg whites, mashed potatoes or meatloaf, to kneading stiff whole grain bread doughs, cookies, cakes, large batches to small portions, the Ankarsrum Original Kitchen Machine almost effortlessly performs a wide array of tasks. That’s why it has been known as the Kitchen Assistent (yes, correct spelling).

The history of the Ankarsum Original Mixer is nothing short of impressive. In 1939 a Swedish inventor,  Alvar Lenning, created the original Ankarsrum heavy duty mixer and in 1940 it was introduced to the public. For more than 70 years, the same unique design and quality of the Ankarsrum has provided consistent, hard-working kitchen tools in homes all over the world. Read the history in more detail here.

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Testing of the Ankarsrum Basic Package:
The Ankarsrum Original Mixer is heavy duty, well-made and simply beautiful. We put the Ankarsrum through batches and batches of mixing, kneading, whisking, whipping, and creaming. From small and fragile to extra large and sturdy, the Ankarsrum handled it all, and handled it well. We did have some experimenting regarding when to use the roller vs when to use the dough hook, but it was quickly apparent that the roller handled most of the tasks and only when making extra large or extra dense batches the dough hook was the better choice. Adjusting the roller in relation to the side of the stainless bowl ensures a well-mixed and kneaded dough. The scraper is effective and works efficiently with either the roller or the dough hook.

The un-lidded stainless bowl has many advantages and amazingly, the dough does not come out of the bowl while mixing or kneading. The adjustable bowl speed plays an important role in the addition of ingredients without stopping the machine, another added plus not found elsewhere. The whipping / whisking bowl, whips and whisks perform well for batters, egg whites, cream and even mixing matzah ball dough. Both bowls are easy to clean.

Setting the timer with automatic shut-off is a welcomed feature when we are busy multi-tasking in the kitchen. The spatula is an handy tool, used for removing dough from the roller indentations, but also useful as a bench knife for cutting dough and scraping surfaces. Included is the DVD video demonstrations which I watched before first using the Ankarsrum and I found the videos very helpful for setup and usage.

Conclusion: Highly recommended

The videos are helpful for familiarization with the machine, parts and usage. Videos
Video from Bread Beckers (more coming).
The Ankarsrum Original is the kitchen center for any size family.

 

Features:

  • 600 watt motor
  • Smooth speed controls, with self-adjusting sensor technology
  • 12-minute timer with automatic shut-off
  • Designed with the motor in the base, the stainless bowl turns for greater efficiency
  • Bowl speeds adjust from 45 to 130 rpm
  • Smooth operation and quiet motor
  • Roller attached to metal arm for kneading and mixing is adjustable for large or small batches
  • Scraper cleans the sides of the stainless bowl
  • Scraper position is adjustable
  • Dough hook
  • Double beater bowl with 2 each whips and whisks
  • Small footprint
  • Fit under most counters with stainless bowl attached
  • Attachments available for additional tasks
  • Rubber feet for stability
  • Dust cover / lid for stainless bowl

 

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Dimensions
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  • 14.25W x 19D x 14.25H
  • Weight: 19 pounds
  • Motor: 600 watts
  • Bowl capacity: 7 liters / 8 quarts 5 KG / 11 pounds


Basic Package includes:

  • 7 liter stainless steel bowl
  • Roller
  • Scraper
  • Dough hook
  • 3.5 liter bowl for whisking and whipping
  • 2 cookie whips
  • 2 balloon whisks
  • Spatula
  • Dust / bowl cover
  • Instructional DVD
  • 5 year warranty on motor base

 

Optional attachments available

Owner’s Manual

 

Where to buy/ more information / videos:

Ankarsrum Original USA
Customer Service
770-516-5000

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Vickilynn Haycraft is an independent Product Reviewer. She does not sell products or accept payment for reviews. The products reviewed are either purchased by Vickilynn Haycraft or provided for review and all reviews are unbiased regardless of how the item was obtained. This product was provided for testing and review.

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About Vickilynn Haycraft

A student of health and nutrition for 30 years, Vickilynn Haycraft has over 25 years of actual hands-on experience reviewing and personally using different tools of the homemaking vocation, focusing on the areas of health and nutrition. Vickilynn is a magazine columnist, product reviewer, cookbook author and now radio talk show host, as well as being full-time wife and mom to 5 children. Read Vickilynn's Product Reviews and Family Preparedness Articles at Examiner.com. She blogs at the Real Food Living Blog.