Duel comparison: Smeg SMF02 vs. Kenwood Titanium Pastry Chef XL KWL90.009SI

The two robots do not play on the same board. The Smeg SMF02 goes for an elegant retro style, available in several colors. Favoring simplicity, the Titanium Pastry Chef XL adopts a more classic gunmetal gray color. The Italian is lighter than the British, but the advantage is reduced to a trickle if we compare the dimensions of the devices. They are indeed both impressive, with the Smeg (40.2 x 37.8 x 22.1 cm) being even taller and wider than the Kenwood (38 x 35.6 x 28.5 cm).

Kenwood Titanium Pastry Chef XL

Kenwood Titanium Pastry Chef XL

The titanium, on the other hand, looks more opulent. In question: its belt motor in the body of the device. The Smeg, on the other hand, has a direct drive motor housed in the robot’s head. So if the latter is slimmer than its competitor, this engine’s advantage lies elsewhere. In fact, the direct drive motor is considered to be more resilient and durable because it is not closely related to the health of a belt. Even with motors like the SMF02, we see little loss of performance because they are placed close to the accessories. The configuration of these two engines therefore partly explains the power difference between the devices: 1400W for the Kenwood and 800W for the Smeg.

There is another point of contention between the two robot confectioners: embedded technologies. And the Titanium Chef Patissier XL combines them: integrated scales, illuminated bowl, heated bowl and touchscreen. The robot can also time its performance and stop automatically after a set time. Recipes can be consulted through the screen and can then accompany the pastry chef.

The balance functionality of the Kenwood.

The balance functionality of the Kenwood.

The opposite, it’s the big gap on the Smeg side: the robot doesn’t embed any technology. In this respect it is similar to the KitchenAid Artisan. It is up to the user to choose their preferred device based on how they use it. Some pastry chefs prefer a device with many functions; Features that can simultaneously slow down robot deployment and facilitate failures.

In addition to these very specific functions, the Chef Patissier XL has eight speeds, including a “minimum” speed and a “maximum” speed. “Mix” speeds are also available and set pause times to avoid sudden mixing of the concoction. To set the intensity you have to scroll through the screen while turning the wheel; which puts a lot of strain on the handle.

Here the robot heats up to intensity 3, runs at power 2 for 2 min 40 s.

Here the robot heats up to intensity 3, runs at power 2 for 2 min 40 s.

For its part, the SMF02 is simply equipped with a lever that allows it to accelerate the rhythm to speed 10; Note that the robot starts up gradually to avoid throwing the ingredients out of the bowl.

A controller is positioned behind to raise and lower the heads of the robots. Nothing to report.

Of course, the robots come with a baking set that includes a whisk, flat beater and hook. As usual, Kenwood wants more and includes a flexible beater that is recommended for gently mixing the preparations. It also adds a 5L bowl to support the initial 7L bowl. The Smeg is fitted with a 4.8 liter single fuel tank. And to avoid accidents on the go, both have a projection cover.

The two Kenwood shells.

The two Kenwood shells.

The Bowl of Smeg.

Finally, it is possible to turn the two devices into a rolling mill, grater or meat grinder. Optional accessories are actually available on the respective websites of the two manufacturers. However, the Smeg has significantly fewer options than the competition, as it is limited to these three tips. Kenwood primarily offers an opening on the top of the robot, allowing the adaptation of a mixer; the accessory most requested by consumers.

Here are the additional motor powers of the two robots.

Here are the additional motor powers of the two robots.

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