iKon Professional Dough mixer

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  1. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    So Raid101 is not just about geeky stuff, but about Lifestyle. And if there's a Gadget that makes life easier, why now. We'd review it for sure. (provided we like it and we get our hands on it :D ).

    So to save time and effort (and the fact that I was getting a deal), I picked up a Dough mixer to prepare Chapatti Atta, save the missus the effort (and time) and be a good hubby overall.

    First up. Tech specs of the iKon IK-XH866 Professional mixer.

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    Now though the container is 4.3 L, the maximum amount of dough recommended is 1 Kilogram or about 2.4 Pounds.

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    Same on the side. To point out, the Device was really well packed with good quality Thermocol and a quality box. This can take some abuse during transportation.

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    Unpacked. The color, I know. They didn't have any other color available (guess that's why it was on a deal).

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    The underside, with suction cups. Very decent quality, I must say.

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    User manual and a warranty card (Note - Repair only) was the only literature with it. I was hoping for a cook book :D

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    The latch is strong and easy to operate. Build quality was better than what I was expecting. The plastic is of good quality, though there are some average bits. This isn't a Braun or a Black and Decker, but for the price, it's not too bad either.

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    The 3 kneading/mixing heads. Whisking, kneading, mixing.

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    Notice the rough edges on the plastic. The finish was not great. Though the shaft, the metal parts had good quality plating.

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    Installing it was pretty straight forward. Removing is easy as well. There is a ball ended joint that makes insertion and removal easy.

    This device has a planetary type motion, so not only does it rotate, but it also rotates about an axis, while moving vertically. If this sounds too confusing, I'll upload a video the next time We're using it.

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    The steel bowl. Well finished, no scours or indentations.

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    The underside was held in place by 3 robust screws and a durable plastic plate. The plate does look like it can take a lot of abuse.

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    The mounting. Again, good quality plastic and does not look like it will give way easily.

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    The device does come with a safety mechanism that will not allow the machine to turn, unless the bowl is installed (probably a safety switch that gets activated when the bowl is rotated and locked in.

    The finished product -

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    Tester's Note -

    - The device did wobble and make a lot of noise once the mixture got thick and heavy. We had unfortunately loaded it right to the limit, since I had accidentally put more water. (Recommended ratio is 5:2 ).

    - Took about 4-5 minutes for the dough to be ready. The limit on operation is 5 minutes continuous running. So it's pretty much under the limit for one run.

    - With the right proportion, I believe it can be shortened further. Also to save time, the 4 prong mixer head should be used first, and then the single Captain Hook head.

    - The machine is not small. Measuring about 14 inches high, by 14 inches long and about 10 inches wide at the widest point, it needs dedicated storage and space.

    - Consistency of the dough was in line with what one would get kneading it by hand.

    - There are some hassles of setting up the machine, but the energy and effort saved is well worth it.

    - For the price (3,400 INR), I would definitely recommend this. A few good years of service might make it worth the expense.
     
  2. Stuge

    Stuge RAID Rookie

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    I remember mom bought a dough maker(those indian makes ) which was more than a hassle for any of us in the house to use it .


    I still prefer normal way of dough making ..i.e with the use of hand (s) :D
     

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