Ankarsrum Assistant original spiral stand mixer 6220 (Includes the Deluxe accessories kit)
Available in black/crome (as pictured). Model AKM6220BC-220.
**Now packaged with the Deluxe accessories kit to provide a complete deluxe package for a small extra price of $100**
Every Ankarsrum Assistent® Original mixer is handmade in Sweden, as has been the case for the past 70 years. The Ankarsrum Basic package includes the kitchen machine and a host of 10 unique attachments for the making of homemade bread dough, sugar cookies, cake batters, and more. See below for all the extra's you are now getting with the deluxe package.
*7 litre stainless steel bowl
*Dough hook, roller, dough knife, spatula
*3.5 litre plastic bowl
*Wire whip and cookie beaters
Incredibly versatile, smooth and stylish the Ankarsrum is more than just a mixer, this appliance combines a range of functionality that replaces alot of individual kitchen equipment.
The Review (see online at: http://www.thekitchn.com/the-kitchn-reviews-the-ankarsrum-original-mixer-citrus-juicer-blender-190842), or as below:
Characteristics and Specs: 600-watt motor with self-adjusting speed control; 7 liter (7.4 quart) stainless bowl rotates at speeds of 45 to 130 rpm; 12-minute timer; weighs 19 pounds; measures 14.25"w x 19"d x 14.25"h. Machine turns on its side to accommodate extra attachments. All plastic parts are BPA-free. 1 year warranty.
Basic package includes: 7 liter stainless steel bowl, 3.5 liter double whisk bowl assembly (bowl, whisks, head gear, and shaft), dough hook, roller, scraper, spatula, dust cover / accessory bowl, cookie beaters, removable power cord, instructional DVD, owners Manual.
Deluxe kit provides the following extras: Mincer with feeder tray and plunger, along with four discs (2.5/4/6/8 mm) and three sausage horns (15/20/25 mm), four pasta discs, cookie press, grater attachment, strainer, citrus press and blender jug
Favorite details: The machine is an absolute beaut in person. The dials turn very smoothly, and it's also relatively quiet. Love the integrated bowl scraper, the huge bowl capacity (which can hold up to 28 cups of flour), and how the machine turns on its side to accommodate other attachments. Such a funny detail, but very smart!
Splurge-worthy? Yes, especially if you frequently bake for a lot of people, or are looking for an all-in-one machine that has the potential to do a lot of things beyond mixing and kneading. (Like grinding, slicing, shredding, etc - all of which are available as additional attachments.)
Good for small kitchens? Definitely. The Ankarsrum is advertised as a "kitchen assistant" because it's meant to be an all-inclusive machine. If you have a small kitchen and want to streamline your appliances (and save a little counter space), the Ankarsrum would be well suited to that.
A little background on Ankarsrum: the Ankarsrum mixer was first launched in Sweden in 1940, during World World II. At that time it was made by Electrolux, and it was developed to help Swedish families do all their cooking, baking, and preserving at home. (Everyone was trying to reduce their expenses during the war.) In 1969 the production of the mixer moved to Ankarsrum, Sweden, and hence that's how it came to be called that today. All of the aluminum parts — the arm, the arm attachment, the upper stand, the mincer and all its parts, and the electrical motor — are still cast, processed and assembled in Ankarsrum today. The plastic components are sourced and manufactured by companies in the region. (So, not made in China!)
Ankarsrum's mixer is the most powerful residential use stand mixer on the market. To give you a point of reference for the Ankarsrum as compared to KitchenAid: the Artisan KitchenAid mixer has a 325-watt motor and a 5-quart bowl capacity. The Ankarsrum has almost double the power at 600 watts and a 7.4 quart bowl capacity. This makes it more in line with KitchenAid's Professional 600 or 620 series, but even there it's more powerful and has a greater bowl capacity, and the basic package comes with more accessories.
The biggest difference between the Ankarsrum and other heavy-duty, large-capacity stand mixers, though, is the way it's designed. Whereas most stand mixers have the motor in the top of the unit and a tilt-back head, the Ankarsrum's motor is in the base. This means it's much easier to see the contents of the bowl and add ingredients to it. And I think (although I can't confirm this yet) that having the motor in the base means the machine is less likely to overheat, which means it'll have a longer life.
The motor-in-base design also enables one of Ankarsrum's two most unique features: the rotating stainless steel bowl! Instead of a fixed bowl and moveable attachments, the bowl itself spins, while a steel arm holds the scraper and the adjustable roller. It's hard to describe in person, but you can see it in the video on the above mentioned link.
I really found this design superb for kneading bread and pizza dough. And the side scraper is really a favorite feature. I love how neatly it cleans the bowl, whether I've got a large batch of cookie dough, cake batter, or bread dough going. Included in the basic package is a separate 3.5 liter (3.7 quart) mixing bowl, along with a double whisk set and cookie beaters. This bowl is meant for making meringues, creaming butter and frosting, and can hold up to 18 egg whites! (I haven't made anything yet that uses quite that many, but I have no doubt believing it.) The white bowl doesn't spin like the stainless steel bowl; it locks in and the beaters rotate themselves while on a spinning axis. My egg whites were whipped in no time.
All in all, I've been nothing but impressed by the Ankarsrum mixer so far, and I would highly recommend it, particularly for avid bakers. It operates very smoothly, and is pretty quiet. The whole thing feels slick and incredibly sturdy. Definitely my new favorite kitchen tool!
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Ankarsrum Assistent Original Mixer Dimensions: 36.8H x 26.65W x 40.6D
Ankarsrum Assistent Original Mixer Weight: 8.6kg