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My new favorite stand mixer is from a surprising brand — and it’s compatible with all of my KitchenAid attachments |

My new favorite stand mixer is from a surprising brand — and it’s compatible with all of my KitchenAid attachments


The Kenmore Elite Ovation 5-Quart Stand Mixer has been the crown jewel of my kitchen for the past week, and I hope for the rest of my life.

The Elite Ovation checks all of the boxes you want in a high-end stand mixer: a 10-speed, 500-watt motor, a 5-quart glass mixing bowl, and a set of attachments, including a wire whisk, dough hook, and flat beater. Most of those features are also present in the KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Mixer , except the KitchenAid’s mixing bowl is made out of stainless steel.


To set itself apart from its highly popular contemporary, Kenmore designed the Elite Ovation specifically to make baking quicker, easier, and less messy.


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A splatter guard attaches to the top of the mixer and sits flush with the mixing bowl when you lower it down. This creates a strong seal so that dry ingredients like flour don’t get everywhere when you first turn on the mixer, especially if you’re combining them at a high speed. I used to run my KitchenAid mixer at a lower speed to avoid making a mess, which wasted time.

A built-in LED light comes on when you start the machine, which makes it way easier to keep an eye on the consistency of your batter if you’re baking in an apartment with dim lights. I used to bring my KitchenAid mixer closer to my oven and use its overhead light, but this solution works significantly better.

Both of those features make a big difference when you’re baking, but this stand mixer’s most noteworthy feature is its pour-in top, which lets you add ingredients while the mixer is on, without making a mess . You can add ingredients directly, or by using an included funnel that will keep the top of the mixer clean, and guide your ingredients down more easily.

I’ve made banana bread, cookie dough, and brownies using the mixer, and each time I’ve been impressed at how spotless my countertops were afterward. The mixer was powerful enough to break up whole bananas as I stuck them through its top slot, and I never had any ingredients or batter fly out, or even drip down from the splatter guard.

Regardless of how full the bowl was, and the speed or tool I was using, the batters and dough stayed in the mixing bowl, which let me make a double batch of banana bread in under 10 minutes. The faster you run the mixer, the more thoroughly it breaks down and combines your ingredients, even if they’re solid, like bananas and chocolate chips.



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One of the things that makes KitchenAid Mixers so valuable is the plethora of attachments you can use with it. Instead of buying a standalone meat grinder , pasta maker , or ice cream maker , you can use the power of the mixer to do the heavy lifting, and save yourself kitchen space and money.

I own the pasta maker attachment, so I was very happy to discover that Kenmore built a compatible port into the side of its mixer.

You don’t have to choose between the Elite Ovation’s smart design and a KitchenAid mixer’s multi-functionality — you can literally have your cake and eat it, too.



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A stand mixer is a purchase you’re probably only going to make once, and a good one will cost you a pretty penny.

Make no mistake, Kenmore’s Elite Ovation stand mixer is expensive at $350, but it’s very much in line with what you’d spend on a competitor’s high-end mixer — and as far as I’m concerned, it’s totally worth its high price for all of the convenience and ease of use it offers home cooks.

Kenmore Elite Ovation 5 Quart Stand Mixer in Burgundy, $355.96, available at Amazon

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