Every chef knows how important it is to have a good stand-up mixer in the galley. They are used on a daily basis from making bread, pastry and meringues and even have the added accessories for mincing your own meat for sausages or terrines.

There are several good name brands on the market, such as KitchenAid, Kenwood and Hobart.

Hobart are probably the best and strongest – they have stood the test of time and are seen in many large hotel and restaurant kitchens, some 10 to 15 years old.

With a reasonable price tag of around 800 euros it is certainly a good purchase for any medium-sized galley.

Although Hobart in my opinion are the best, they don’t have sizes suitable for small galleys. There is one Hobart bench mixer, but in the region of 2,500 euros.

I have always used KitchenAid mixers due to the fact they are easy to use, clean and maintain. They come in various sizes and colours, plus they look a professional piece of equipment.

I have had my problems with KitchenAid, with them breaking down a lot due to too much usage, especially when making bread. The strain on the kneading would basically break the cogs inside. 

So I was very pleased to see KitchenAid bring out a larger and much stronger mixer. It has a larger 6.9-litre bowl, emergency stop button and guard rail. It has a 500w motor and is powerful yet very quiet.

I have been using it a lot over the past year and it doesn’t disappoint. I have been making large bread mixes, cookie dough and pastry, all with ease, and this seems to be no stress on the KitchenAid at all.

Making meringues, macaroons and Chantilly cream are no problem for this hard-wearing machine.

The only issue I’ve had is when cleaning the machine the guard rail is not easy to take off and a screwdriver is required, and can be quite fiddly when replacing it.

That said, it is still one of the best  and hard-working pieces of equipment in my galley and I would recommend it to anyone. With a reasonable price tag of around 800 euros it is certainly a good purchase for any medium-sized galley.

Read a review of the Hobart N50 mixer by superyacht chef Manny Slomovits, M/Y Legend, here.

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