The Breville Scraper Mixer Pro is a real gorgeous piece of machinery even at first glance. It’s like a silver trophy you’d want to display on your kitchen counter and point out to anyone who visits. But the question always is: Is buying a stand mixer really worth it for the homebaker?
There are a couple of things to consider of course before you go ahead and buy one, the most important one being how often do you bake? You’ll also have to set a certain budget for these types of machines, but in my experience investing in a stand mixer is definitely worth it if you bake quite often.
I know it has saved me quite a lot of time and energy in my baking forays. And you guys know how much I love to bake. This very blog is a testament to it!
Today I am going to weigh in on the Breville Scraper Mixer Pro. As with any kitchen appliance it’s got its pros and cons, but my overall experience with this machine has been good and I’ll let you know exactly why.
Let’s talk about design
As I mentioned, the Breville Scraper Mixer Pro is a stunner. It’s a lovely silver tilt-head mixer with an actual handle to help you lift and gently lock down the mixer head. This handle is something I really appreciated because it makes handling the machine much easier.
You press the button at the back to release the motor head once you’ve attached the bowl and your mixing tool of choice. You press the same button to lift the mixer head back up. Moving the head does require two hands though, since you have to push the button down at the same time as you move the head.
You attach the 4.7L Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl with Handle by fitting it into that recess at the base, and it does lock nicely though I wish it could be a little smoother.
The same goes for when attaching the accessories onto the mixer head. I don’t know if this will improve with use, but right now it doesn’t slip in as smoothly as I am used to with my other mixer. It actually gets stuck sometimes. I didn’t have this problem with my other mixer right out of the box so I’m hoping this will change once I use the mixer a bit more.
What’s in the box?
This is where the Breville Scraper Mixer Pro impressed me the most. Normally, many other brands don’t really give you as many attachments as this. I feel like when Breville put this together they really put a lot of thought in making this packed not just with features but with tools as well. It really helps to maximize the usage of your stand mixer when you have all these attachments on hand and you don’t have to separately go out to the store and buy it again.
The Normal Flat Beater is used for normal to heavy mixtures like heavy cake batters, biscuit doughs, butter pastries, and even mashed potatoes!
The Dough Hook is of course for mixing and kneading test doughs to make breads, rolls, pizza, focaccia… You name it!
The Wire Whisk is used for any recipe that requires incorporating air into the mixture, such as for ripping egg whites to make meringues, macarons, chiffon cakes, and the like. It’s also great for whipping cream or sauces. The tip reaches the bottom of the bowl nicely so it whips quite evenly.
And finally, the attachment I feel I will make the most use out of: the Scraper Beater. Thanks to this thing you can say goodbye to stopping the machine to scrape the sides of the bowl because this will do it for you. It works nicely actually, especially for creaming butter and sugar or mixing those ingredients that normally stick to the sides of the bowls. This is great for making quickbreads, muffins, cookies, creaming cheeses and stuff like that. It’s not recommended for heavy mixtures though.
The Breville Scraper Mixer Pro also comes with a Two-piece Pouring Shield. It’s my first time owning a pouring shield and let me tell you it saves you a lot of cleanup because it effectively prevents splattering! I love it! You attach the round piece first before locking it in with the spout. You have to attach and remove it only once the head has been set down, otherwise it will bump into your mixing attachment.
Of course you also get a Manual and a Warranty Card in here, along with a scraper/spatula. It is literally something to equip you for your baking forays!
This mixer features a 550-watt motor located on the head. Turning it on you will immediately see how much power it has but I like that the motor doesn’t sound like it. It’s actually deceivingly quiet, but if you’re not careful and you switch the dial up too quickly you will send things flying all over the place. Instead of using numbers, this machine uses a dial with baking terms indicating the range of 12 speeds. You do get a good idea how fast to go depending on the instruction of your recipe but you still have to dial it up slowly.
For new users of this machine, the terms might be a bit surprising once in actual practice. For instance, the creaming/beating option here is like 4-times faster than how you would do it by hand, or maybe even using a hand mixer. It does everything at a shorter time because it’s powerful, so I feel like there’s a short period of adjustment before you get fully used to the power of the machine. Watch your mixture closely!
Another great feature of this machine are the safety precautions programmed into it. It has a motor head safety cut-off, which basically means the motor will automatically switch off any time the mixer head is tilted up. It also has an electronic protection cut-off that automatically stops the machine in case the mixture is too much for it to handle or the bowl is too overloaded. Lastly, the thermo protection cut-off is a self-resetting feature for the mixer in case the motor head overheats.
The machine’s built-in digital timer can count both up and down. The up count measures how long you’ve been mixing, while the countdown timer is used for when you want to set a fixed amount of time for mixing a particular batter. The countdown timer will be particularly useful for recipes like this Momofuku Milk Bar Cornflake Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, which requires a good 10 minutes of creaming. Once you’ve set the timer, in case you have to pick up the phone or answer the door you don’t have to worry about overmixing anything!
If you really have to pause the mixer for a bit, this one has such a feature too, and the LCD will flash the amount of time you’ve already used for mixing the batter/dough.
The mixer features a planetary mixing action that boasts a 360 degree beater-to-bowl coverage that is at par with most commercial mixers owned by bakeries and patisseries. The mixer head moves in a counter-clockwise motion while the beater sweeps at a clockwise motion to help you thoroughly mix your dough or batter. And that pouring shield is definitely a good partner for heavy mixing action!
Things I’m on the fence about
This machine is incredibly high-powered. I was a bit surprised by how fast even the ‘Light Mixing’ setting was probably because I had a different thing in mind. However this is the perfect machine for whipping up egg whites to stiffness in no time, and I’ll be showing you a recipe demonstrating that soon.
That being said, for something so high-powered I wish they made the body a bit more heavy-duty. I noticed that it rocked around tremendously the higher I pushed the speed, but not to the point that I needed to hold it down. I imagine kneading bread in this machine would be a bit risky. Not because you will knead at a high speed, but because bread dough has more body and elasticity and therefore will require more force. Would the machine walk instead of rock at that point? I’ll have to try it out and report back some time soon.
In a nutshell
For Php 25,000 (SRP) a pop, I think this mixer is a really good option for those who are looking to do quite a bit of home-baking but don’t want to shell out a whole lot of money. It’s not really for really large scale baking though, because as I mentioned I don’t feel that it is as heavy duty. However, for everyday home-baking use, the number of attachments and the features give you such a bang for your buck! And I really think the way they conceptualised and designed this machine as a whole was very clever. I just really wish they made it more heavy-duty! I’ll be posting a video soon showing this machine in action so watch out for that!
PS. Good news for those of you who aren’t big fans of grey tones, Breville Philippines will be coming out with the Cranberry colour for their Breville Scraper Mixer Pro. 😉
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