Household electrical appliances have long been tightly integrated into the daily life of every person. Without it, few people imagine cleaning, washing, ironing and even cooking. There are a lot of varieties of kitchen appliances – mixers, electric meat grinders, blenders and so on, but each such item needs a certain amount of free space. Unfortunately, not everyone has spacious kitchens, so they strive to save space.
Today, this is quite easy to do due to the fact that there are universal devices on sale, which are called “food processors”. It is about one of these devices that we want to tell our readers. Starwind SKM8193 is able to replace several kitchen electrical appliances at once in terms of its functionality. A planetary mixer acts as the base part of such a machine, to which it will be possible to connect a blender attachment and a meat grinder attachment. Like most other manufacturers, the company that produces such a device separately sells the base unit and additional attachments, that is, in addition to the main planetary mixer , they are purchased separately.
There are two seats for nozzles, which are hidden under quite beautiful covers. The design design is also quite interesting, which allows the device to optimally fit into the interior of any kitchen. The device is produced only in golden color, but it will still fit with anything. As befits such a kitchen machine, this unit is characterized by a decent mass – it weighs more than 6 kg. Even so, the device can vibrate during operation to keep it in place, the manufacturer has equipped the bottom with five Velcro rubber feet. This allows you to keep the device in place, but you will need to install it on a bare table without a tablecloth.
Functionality of the planetary mixer
The base part of this kitchen machine includes a fixed base and a rising working part. The top of the mixer will rise when the lever on the base is pressed. Such a constructive solution is much better than the push-button version, since in order to release the upper part, you will have to apply a decent effort. Accordingly, when you press a tight button, you will need to support the car with your other hand so that it does not collapse, since Velcro legs will not allow it to move out. The lever installed in this model is designed very competently, it turns up and does not affect the overall stability of the device.
The kitchen machine is equipped with a brushless electric motor with a power of 1,600 W, it also has as many as six rotation speeds, they can be changed using a round relay located on the base of the structure. What speed will be most suitable for specific products, as a rule, is indicated in the recipe for the dish, however, this indicator can also be found in the instructions for the device. The user manual also says about the minimum and maximum amount of ingredients to be loaded. However, there is no pulse mode here, when the shaft will rotate at maximum speed while the handle is held in the desired position.
It is worth noting that the manufacturer warns about the continuous operation time of the product – it should not exceed six minutes, otherwise the electric motor may overheat. However, here we are talking about continuous time at maximum loads, respectively, at low speeds the device is able to work longer.
This kitchen machine is equipped with a touch-sensitive LCD display, with which you can conveniently control additional functions. All symbols have a white backlight on a black background, so they can be seen from any distance and from any angle. The key function of the display is not to show mixing speed, but to control mixing time. In addition, the device has a timer, which can also be controlled through the display. It is set for 10 or 60 minutes, and then the user is able to change it in the required direction. A long press on the + and – icons changes the minutes, and a short press changes the seconds. After the countdown is completed, the device emits a beep, which, however, is not too loud. The timer is perfect for use in the process of preparing yeast dough or cocktails.
Let’s see why such a long time range of the timer is needed, taking into account that the continuous operation of the device should not exceed 6 minutes. The fact is that the manufacturer equipped this device with a bowl heating function. This feature will be very useful when kneading yeast dough. The platform on which the dough bowl is installed is heated to 40 degrees, and it itself can warm up to 30. This additional function is unique and very convenient, as it allows you to make the process of raising yeast dough much faster.
Kitchen machine Starwind SKM8193
The volume of the metal bowl is 6 liters – for a kitchen machine, this is quite a worthy indicator. It is attached to the base as usual, using three clamps, no latches are provided in this design. Inside it is a cone, around which the mixer nozzles will rotate with a slight gap. The gap is small, although other devices have smaller ones, but at the same time, the machine was able to stir even two eggs at just the second speed. It should be remembered that the bowl and nozzles must be washed only by hand, as the manufacturer categorically prohibits placing them in the dishwasher.
In the mixer, we mixed the yeast and yeast-free dough, kneaded according to the classic recipe, which allowed us to test all the nozzles that come with this technique. To work with the first type of dough, we used a hook, and for a yeast-free one we took a spatula. The mixer copes with the task perfectly if all the ingredients for the dough were added in the correct proportions. The nozzles are mounted in special grooves on the spring, it is very easy to install and remove them. They are made from food-grade stainless steel, not from silumin, like many other manufacturers. Silumin is a good material, but it can break under excessive loads.
To ensure that flour and other bulk products do not raise dust throughout the kitchen, the manufacturer has provided a cover made of transparent high-strength plastic. It tightly closes the bowl, and it also has a window for adding ingredients. Flour can fly out through it a little, albeit in small quantities, so we would advise you to start mixing at the first speed so that the products have time to contact the milk or water. The lid is secured to the moving part of the food processor with three seals. It does not fit too perfectly, but even in this case, it will perfectly perform the functions assigned to it.
Meat grinder features
The design of the meat grinder here is quite familiar. To install it, you will have to remove the front cover, which is held on by a magnet. Under it is a gear, which will actuate all the moving elements of the meat grinder. The entire gear system in this model is made of a durable metal alloy, so you don’t have to worry about their durability, unless, of course, you use the kitchen machine on an industrial scale, because it is designed exclusively for home use.
All elements of the meat grinder are made of metal except for the plastic pusher. The latter is hollow inside, it has two additional gratings with holes of different diameters. The length of the neck of this meat grinder is more than 10 cm, so the fingers of both an adult and a child will not reach the moving elements of the product.
The kit comes with a single knife, in itself it is quite sharp. However, the manufacturer did not indicate if it has self-sharpening characteristics, but it has a fairly standard shape, so if necessary, you can purchase a new one instead. For testing, we decided to take pork with a significant fat content – the meat grinder coped with it without any problems. I never had to stop the motor to clean the knife. The performance of the device is quite high – we turned a kilogram of meat into minced meat in just a couple of minutes. The instructions say that you should work with meat on the third speed, but it turned out that the products are easily ground on the second.
kitchen machine Starwind SKM8193
Working with a blender
The manufacturer recommends using the blender at maximum speeds. In order to install the bowl, remove the top cover and release the gear that will drive the blender blades. It must be borne in mind that here, unlike a meat grinder, all gears are plastic. The lid is attached with latches, so removing it is somewhat problematic compared to the lid with a magnet.
The volume of the blender bowl is one and a half liters, it is made of rather thick tempered glass of increased strength, measuring marks are applied on it in various units. In the central part of the lid there is a hole closed by a measuring cup. The knife has four blades, they are bent in different directions. In general, it is quite a standard and familiar design of a stationary type blender.
To test, we decided to make a familiar fruit milkshake. Everything was mixed quickly and with sufficient quality, a small amount of foam formed, while nothing leaked through the lid. There were no complaints about the operation of this device.
We also decided to crush the ice to a state that is used in the process of preparing various kinds of cocktails – the device also coped with this task perfectly.
In conclusion, I would like to repeat that the device looks very attractive and is able to fit into almost any interior. He alone is able to replace three items of household appliances in the kitchen at once – a mixer, a meat grinder and a blender. Each of them during testing proved to be exceptionally from the best side. Separately, it should be noted a capacious mixer bowl, the presence of metal nozzles, a timer, as well as a unique, but very useful and convenient function, like heating the bowl. The kit also comes with a silicone spatula with a plastic handle. However, it should be noted that all additional elements – a meat grinder and a blender – will need to be purchased separately.