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I bought this machine because it's motor was said to take more weight of ingredients, and potentially be more versatile, than my [then current] KM002, which has given me extremely good service since about 2008/9 and is still in extremely good condition and working order. I bought the machine through our local Betta Home Living store for $360.00 about 4 weeks ago. I already had the folding-in tool, glass blender, mincer, continuous slicer/shredder, and a silicone-covered creaming beater, as well as the original basic tools, for the old Chef KM00...2. I had chosen this specific model in part because all these attachments would also fit the KVC 3100. The basic attachments supplied are said to be non-stick; their shape is slightly different from the older models, and the stainless steel bowl is plain, i.e. no handles, but it has the same profile as the KM002 bowl [which I'm keeping because of the handles] so all the tools fit. Only 2 things were needed: one was an adapter to allow the mincer to be used [got one for $25 incl. postage from Peter's of Kensington]. There are little circlips on the shafts of some tools [mine were the folding tool and the 'K' silicone-covered creaming beater] - they are easily slipped off to allow the shaft to be fully inserted. In operation it is definitely quieter than the KM 002, and has a different type of sound: it doesn't bother me. Made in China, but engineered in the UK, and has a 5yr warranty! So far I've used it for bread [a fortnightly job for all our needs] and some cakes and marzipan, and a few other things; all done with ease. The folding-in tool worked totally effectively for a maximum fruit cake load, and the speed control for this [min+ 1/4] was much smoother than the KM002 had been. This is a big plus for me as I always found folding-in by hand in the mixer bowl of the KM002 was difficult to do well without over-mixing, so it reduced the versatility of the KM002 for me. This KVC3100S is an extremely good machine, and well worth investing in. We are a household of 2 elderly people; all our meals and baking is home-made from scratch; I've been making bread for over 60 years and my Kenwood mixers have been very good for this particular job since ~1979 - I don't like or use bread-machines.
Purchased in December 2019 at Betta Home Living for $360.00.
Questions & Answers
Thanks for your reply Kate, can you tell me who and where can l find a folding in' tool ? ........ to be honest, l never heard of them or seen one, only used a spatula
It's actually called a 'folding in tool' - my error. They are ~$69.00 and can be bought direct from Kenwood. I cannot place a link - not allowed on this site, I believe, but 'Kenwood mixers Australia' in your browser will get you there. You'll love the goodies available. The tool is number AT511, Chef size. Very good site. there are lots of things available and it pays to just put what you're interested in, into the browser and compare prices, but I've bought several direct from Kenwood.
Thank you ........
Pawrr - see my answer to Amandeep Cheema for a lot of stuff about my KVC 3000series Chef experience [Click 'see all questions about ....]
does it have a low, slow start for the beater ?
Yes. It does, but you need to sort of go onto 'Min' slowly and very carefully, and carefully ensure that you don't move the dial further than just on. I have used it with beaters at very slow, i.e. 'min' quite easily. If you're thinking in terms of using a beater that way for folding in for scones/cakes/pastry etc, where you definitely don't want to, and should not actually beat the mixture, I would suggest you get a 'folding in' tool. They are pricey but work extremely well. I was amazed at how good it works, and it's a more effective method of folding and cutting in than with a knife or spoon. All the mixtures I've used it with have been far lighter than doing it with a knife or spoon, or any other tool. I did panic at first as it seemed to do it too quickly but just keep an eye on it and stop as soon as everything is blended and no longer. Do not over fill the bowl though, and keep WITHIN the weight and volume limits in the manual. Better to be no more than slightly under maximum.
Hi ,is it good for dough?
Hi Hanu D,
Yes this machine is good for dough, you will find you have a great dough hook within your kit. So as to get use to how the machine works I would try some of the Kenwood recipes first as they will give you exact amounts to use.
I have been using Kenwood Chef-level machines for a few decades [since 1979], principally for bread dough. They are really good, BUT you MUST adhere to the maximum weight and final mix measurements, and SPEED, or you can eventually burn out the motor. I did that with my first 700 Series machine after about 15yrs of use and about 5 years of fortnightly bread making. I didn't heed the the maximums properly. I changed my last 900 Series machine after 12 careful years use simply to update/upgrade though it still worked perfectly. This KVC3100 model mixes perfectly at the speeds and quantities in the instructions, as stated by Delonghi. Check various websites for advice on how to know when a dough is ready for which type of mix.; greater care is needed with the drier, 'English' type, mix as it is much heavier to move around.
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