Duel comparison: KitchenAid Artisan 5KSM175PS and Kenwood Titanium Pastry Chef XL KWL90.009SI

At first glance, these two confectionery robots have nothing in common. First, the Titanium Pastry Chef XL lives up to its name because this mastodon doesn’t go unnoticed on the work surface despite the discreet metallic gray suit. And for good reason, its dimensions are 39.5 cm wide, 20 cm deep and 38.5 cm high.

In contrast, the Artisan 5KSM175PS measures more reasonably at 24cm wide, 36cm high and 37cm deep. With all this, he is no more cautious than his opponent. In this case, its color is more challenging than its size. KitchenAid is truly a champion in this area and offers no less than 19 different colors.

Kenwood and KitchenAid equip their robot properly. Each comes with a baking kit that includes four accessories: whisk, flat beater, flat beater with flexible edges and a hook. The nylon coating applied to the Artisan 175 bowls makes them more prone to wear and tear than the stainless steel Titanium Pastry Chef XL or even the Artisan 185. However, they each have a splash lid and two 5L and 7L bowls. for Kenwood, 3 and 4.8 liters for KitchenAid.

Both devices have a wide range of optional accessories. Dough sheeter, meat grinder or cereal mill: the user can turn his pastry robot into many other household appliances. KitchenAid also offers a bowl that doubles as an ice cream maker, which has just been updated. The Artisan, on the other hand, only has two motor outputs, one apparently for the bake set and the other at the front. The Kenwood Titanium Pastry Chef XL also has these two motor outputs, but the third from the top. This has the undeniable advantage of placing a blender, which is not possible with the KitchenAid configuration.

If there is one thing where our two robots differ, it is their motorization. Remember that the motor type should always be related to the power expressed in watts. The Titanium Chef Pâtissier XL is powered by a 1400W belt motor, while the Artisan only has 300W. However, KitchenAid opted for a direct drivetrain with a motor built into the robot’s head. Then there is no loss of energy for fear, which cannot be said about belt motors. The latter are also considered to be less viable, since their service life is closely related to the service life of said belt.

Another point of contention between these two pastry robots is the amount of technology they own. Almost a century old Artisan has not fundamentally changed. As a result, only two commands are available. One raises and lowers the robot’s head, and the second sets the speed of work.

This prejudice is far from the choice made for Pastry Chef XL. Built-in scale capable of weighing up to 6 kg with gram accuracy, bowl heating up to 65°C, bowl light, timer, touch screen: Kenwood has thought of everything. The raise/lower head command activates assisted opening, allowing one-handed operation. On the side of the robot, a large wheel allows you to select powers (eight in total) as well as three “mixing” powers that mix gently while respecting the pause time. Programs are also pre-recorded and include instructions for, for example, biscuits and egg whites. This robot is, of course, overpowered, but there is a downside: if you overdo it, the robot loses its intuitiveness and slows down control. The risk of failure also increases.