Check out this beauty! I've wanted a stand mixer for years and the Sage by Heston Scraper Stand Mixer Pro (£299) is everything I dreamed of and more. It's top-quality and very well designed.
Is it strange to get such unbridled joy from a kitchen gadget? This machine is so useful that it never leaves my worktop. It has an electronic speed control on the side that lets you choose from folding/kneading, light mixing, creaming/beating and aerating/whipping and a countdown timer so you can set it and the mixing will automatically stop when the time is up. It comes with a scraper blade, whisk, dough hook, mixing blade, as well as a shield that is essential for making icing so the powdered sugar doesn't dust the whole kitchen.
One of the best features is the scraper attachment. The Scraper Beater swipes the sides and bottom of the bowl at every turn of the mixer, cutting mixing time by up to a whopping 60%, and there's no need to stop and scrape down the bowl with a spatula. This is one of those things that you try and think, "How on earth did nobody think to do this before?!" This scraping means that it mixes three times faster than ordinary beaters, trapping in more air and making lighter fluffier cakes. And who doesn't want lighter, fluffier cakes?
It also has a similar mixing action that bakeries use in their professional mixers, with 'planetary' mixing and 360° bowl coverage with the counter-clockwise motion of the mixer head combined with the clockwise movement of the beater and extra wide attachments. This baby is so well-designed that it really does leave similar mixers in the shade.
I've had this mixer for a few months, so I've given it a very thorough test and used it loads. I can honestly say that it is amazing and I can't imagine anyone finding fault with it. It doesn't take up too much space and it great for cakes, pastry, meringue, dough and so many other recipes. It's quiet, sturdy and very well-built. I really love it.
Watch the fabulous Heston Blumenthal in action with the Sage by Heston Stand Mixer!
The Sage by Heston Scraper Stand Mixer is innovatively and elegantly designed - as you'd expect from a Sage and Heston Blumenthal collaboration. I've had a few Sage by Heston Blumenthal products, like the Smart Waffle Maker, which I reviewed in this recipe for Falafel Waffles, and they are such amazing quality. The brand
Disclosure: Sage very kindly sent me a Sage by Heston Scraper Stand Mixer Pro to review. All opinions are my own and I genuinely LOVE this machine.