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Globe sp5 or Ankarsrum Assistent (electolux DLX)?

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sourdoughnut's picture
sourdoughnut

Globe sp5 or Ankarsrum Assistent (electolux DLX)?

Ok folks, blew up yet another big KA mixer, so I am getting a refund. The above mentioned mixers are comparable in price and both are rated highly. I'm looking to you to tip the scales one way or the other. Please discuss!

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Vicious Babushka

I have the Assistent and it's great! It got knocked off the counter and all that was damaged was the power socket. The local KA repair shop fixed it and it's back up and running!

 

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richkaimd

I found a used DLX at an estate sale over a decade ago and have used it mostly for bread dough making ever since. It looks unchanged from when I first acquired it.  I love it for many reasons, but the primary one is that access to the bowl is so easy because the moving part is the bowl itself, not the dough hook.  While the dough's being mixed and kneaded the hook rests to one side of the bowl's opening, leaving the other side wide open for the addition of ingredients and the like.  The second reason is that the machine is engineered in such a way that it NEVER moves during mixing of any quantity of dough, however tough the dough itself turns out to be.  I've made low-hydration doughs of up to 11 cups of bread flour with so little movement that I would never hesitate to walk out of the kitchen for any length of time.  While I keep my old KA around for smaller quantities, e.g., a single 1.5 lb loaf, I'd be lost without the DLX.

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Janetcook

I am another DLXer.  First mixer was a KA.  It was returned after 1 month.  Then came the Bosch Universal that I stuck with for maybe a year until I heard about the DLX which has been my mixer for the past 2 years.  Gets used daily and handles anything I toss into it.  I totally love everything about it - especially how easy it is to clean and how nice it looks sitting out on my counter *^)

I bought mine through Pleasant Hill Grain.  A company based in Nebraska and I love them due to their products but mostly due to their customer service.  I have found it to be excellent before a purchase and excellent following a purchase as well.

GOod Luck,

Janet

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Kitchen Barbarian

The Verona/DLX/Electrolux/Assistent/a million other names is currently on sale on the Pleasant Hill Grain site - there is a new importer (again) and they are reverting to the actual manufacturers name which is something like Ankarsrum (or something).  There is a slight cosmetic difference between the old machines and the new ones (old meaning before the switch in importers).

So the "old" ones are now $100 off.

Just in case that might affect your decision:

http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/magic_mill_dlx_mixer.aspx

I mentioned this sort of off the cuff on another forum and the next thing I knew, a friend over there was excitedly reporting that she had just got the green light from her husband to go ahead and buy it, so ... I guess this is my good deed for the day, LOL!

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omaria

I am just glad you did not mention the 230V debacle LOL.

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Kitchen Barbarian

Well, Ria, I think you just took care of that yourself, LOL!

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sourdoughnut

Leaning right now towards the many named dlx. Can anyone speak to it's ability to do cookies / whip eggs n cream / cakes / etc? I only make bread, but my wife bakes all the other stuff. Will we need a small KA to go with it, or does it do a good job of everything?

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Vicious Babushka

The Assistent comes with paddles, beaters and a special bowl for mixing cake batter and pastry dough. I bought it because of its ability to handle large bread doughs that are too much for the Hobart, but it can do delicate stuff, even though I still use my old Hobart for that.

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Kitchen Barbarian

I have the Compact myself, but I have seen reports from people who own the Universal Plus that you can, indeed, whip a single egg white up to something ridiculous like 2.5c in volume in the UP.  It doesn't seem to handle small amounts of dough (like a pound or under) very well though, from what I've seen reported.  There are a couple of attachments to help with that, one is an $8 or $10 attachment that works with the dough hook thingy, the other is a device that fits inside the body of the shredder - so you would knead the dough in the shredder container.

Many people however insist that the UP handles small amounts just fine - I suspect part of the issue with the varying reports on that is that it probably depends on what your definition of "small" is, LOL!

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Grampa Knuckles

I love the Assistant/Ankarsrum too.  Best mixer out there. Supposedly the name wont change anymore and  mixer looks same different name.  My niece called the distributor in Canada about the sale and got it in Canada with the sale on Assistent models too, just had to ask for discount as store clerk didn't know about it at first. 

And yah you can do anything in it.  Made tart shells yesterday with big bowl and the meringue for on top with the small bowl and beaters so no problem doing anything. Only mixer I ever use for soft or heavy batters of any size. Remember it comes with 2 bowl sizes and 4 kinds different mixing tools so no reason for anything else.

 

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sourdoughnut

Pulled the trigger on the assistent. Unfortunately, the local distributor wasn't interested in getting back to us about the rebate, so we ordered online. Should be here any day.

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Grampa Knuckles

  I know  that by googling anksarsrum in Canada or ankarsrum.ca you will find the Canadian Distributor. I have talked to a rep at  the main Canadian Distributor center in Saskatchewan and they always have been really helpful when I emailed or called. Sometimes I find the stores local distribution staff are not up todate with information that's where forums like this can help to find the people with the best information.

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SCChris

The cost is a significant initial outlay but my hope is that I can clear the classic KA K5SS, food processor, and citrus juicer, off the counter and out of the cabinet.. 

 

Thanks

 

Chris

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sourdoughnut

Wow, nice piece of gear. It'll take a little getting used to, but so far it's well worth the investment. The thing just oozes quality build.

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Kitchen Barbarian

As long as it isn't oozing anything else, LOL!

I have occassionally been tempted to think about an Ankarsrum but the truth is I don't bake (or eat) NEARLY enough bread to warrant it.  I have a perfectly serviceable Bosch Compact that makes excellent bread dough (among other things).

The Bosch Compact is THE best LOW-PRICED mixer (at just under $200, sometimes goes on sale for $150) for bread (and perhaps all - purpose use) mixer available.

The Bosch Universal is perhaps slightly better, and is probably more versatile (I'd like to see cookie paddles for the Compact).  But it costs 2x as much.

But the Ankarsrum is probably THE premiere home mixer for bread bakers.  The quality shows in the price.

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Kitchen Barbarian

Edited the above because I left out the important phrase "low priced" - if at $200 it was the best mixer (without the qualification of price) there'd be no reason to even THINK about looking at a $700 Ankarsrum, LOL!

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Kitchen Barbarian

It's old, and it's SOLD, LOL!