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I bought this machine because it's motor was said to take more weight of ingredients, and potentially be more versatile, than my [then current] KM002, which has given me extremely good service since about 2008/9 and is still in extremely good condition and working order. I bought the machine through our local Betta Home Living store for $360.00 about 4 weeks ago. I already had the folding-in tool, glass blender, mincer, continuous slicer/shredder, and a silicone-covered creaming beater, as well as the original basic tools, for the old Chef KM00...
2. I had chosen this specific model in part because all these attachments would also fit the KVC 3100. The basic attachments supplied are said to be non-stick; their shape is slightly different from the older models, and the stainless steel bowl is plain, i.e. no handles, but it has the same profile as the KM002 bowl [which I'm keeping because of the handles] so all the tools fit. Only 2 things were needed: one was an adapter to allow the mincer to be used [got one for $25 incl. postage from Peter's of Kensington]. There are little circlips on the shafts of some tools [mine were the folding tool and the 'K' silicone-covered creaming beater] - they are easily slipped off to allow the shaft to be fully inserted. In operation it is definitely quieter than the KM 002, and has a different type of sound: it doesn't bother me. Made in China, but engineered in the UK, and has a 5yr warranty! So far I've used it for bread [a fortnightly job for all our needs] and some cakes and marzipan, and a few other things; all done with ease. The folding-in tool worked totally effectively for a maximum fruit cake load, and the speed control for this [min+ 1/4] was much smoother than the KM002 had been. This is a big plus for me as I always found folding-in by hand in the mixer bowl of the KM002 was difficult to do well without over-mixing, so it reduced the versatility of the KM002 for me. This KVC3100S is an extremely good machine, and well worth investing in. We are a household of 2 elderly people; all our meals and baking is home-made from scratch; I've been making bread for over 60 years and my Kenwood mixers have been very good for this particular job since ~1979 - I don't like or use bread-machines.
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