The Breville BEM800XL offers load sensing technology for motor protection and 550 watts of power making it the TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award winner for stand mixers. This machine is the perfect kitchen assistant allowing you to mix cake batter or bread dough without breaking a sweat.
The Breville BEM800XL stand mixer offers 12 different electronic mixing speeds for your convenience. When you start off using a slower speed when mixing in dry items such as flour will help to prevent the powdery mixture from flying all over your kitchen. This stand mixer also comes equipped with a pour guard, which will also help to prevent messes but will at the same time allow you to add more ingredients to your mixture.
Another important feature that this stand mixer comes with is the load-sensing technology. This allows the mixer to shut itself off when it is being overloaded. This is especially important if you are using your food mixer for mixing a lot of heavy dough, and it will help you to get many more years of use out of your stand mixer.
This stand mixer also uses planetary mixing motion. This means that the mixer will not just continuously spin in the same round motion of the bowl but will move around so it hits several different points of your mixing bowl. This ensures that all of your ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
If you are someone who likes to multi-task while you are in the kitchen this stand mixer offers a great feature for you. The countdown timer offers you the chance to set the timer by simply pressing the up or down arrows. This allows you to let your ingredients mix for your dessert while you are doing something else such as preparing a main course. By giving you the ability to do more than one thing at a time you will ultimately have more time to do other important things in your life.
We would also have liked to see this electric mixer come in a variety of colors for those who are particular about matching their kitchen décor. However, this stainless steel appliance would look good with practically any kitchen décor.
One of the highlights of this stand mixer is the lift-assist handle. This is very helpful when lifting the mixing head out of the bowl. The Breville BEM800XL is the only stand mixer we reviewed that offers such a great feature. In addition, this electric mixer also has recessed hand grips on the bottom of the machine that allow for better handling when moving this food mixer.
This stand mixer comes with a stainless steel bowl that will hold up to five quarts. This is big enough to mix all of the ingredients for two loaves of bread, helping to cut down your time in the kitchen. However, it is also versatile enough to whip a few egg whites for that lemon meringue pie.
Because of the tilt-head design of this food mixer, cleaning up is a snap. We liked that there aren't many crevices for food to get stuck in, and because this food mixer comes with a stainless steel bowl you can throw it into the dishwasher for easy cleanup.
While we wish this electric mixer came with the option to purchase other accessories, we were excited that it does include three basic mixing attachments. The balloon whisk for creating whipped foods such as whipped egg whites for meringues, the dough hook for kneading bread dough and cookie dough, and the flat beater for mixing heavier items that don't have to be kneaded such as cake batter. But this electric mixer comes with an additional scraper beater as well. The scraper beater is used for mixing lighter ingredients that usually stick to the bowl, such as frostings.
The Breville BEM800XL comes with a user manual and several solid recipes so you can get started with your new kitchen mixer right out of the box. Although we would wish this mixer came with a longer product and motor warranty, we were happy to learn that it does come with an all-metal gear design and a direct drive motor. These features allow us to feel confident that this stand mixer will last for quite some time.
On the Breville website they also offer a video tutorial of how to get started using your new kitchen mixer. Also included in this informative two-minute video are tips for using your mixer and a brief overview of what each of the accessory beaters are best used for. We also found a list of each accessory complete with pictures and a list of speeds and food items that they are best used for.
Also on their website, Breville offers a section titled "Know Your Machine," which allows you to mouse over each part of your mixer to find out more information about each feature and what they are best used for. We found this especially helpful when reviewing kitchen mixers.
Reaching Breville will be no problem if you do run into any problems with your kitchen mixer. Along with a list of FAQs, they give you the ability to reach them by telephone or by using an email form. We emailed Breville and received a response within one business day.
The Breville BEM800XL is an excellent choice if you're considering arming your kitchen with a stand mixer. Because it offers numerous mixing speeds, load-sensing technology and an auto-off design, it is a great all-around mixer for the serious chef and the hobbyist chef alike. Its simple-to-use timer and easy-clean finish will make this the most-used appliance in your kitchen.
The Breville BEM800XL is equipped with 12 speeds.
Additional attachments are not available for purchase with this kitchen mixer.
With high wattage it's a solid machine.