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 is committed to an elegant retro style available in various colors. The Titanium Pastry Chef XL prefers sobriety and adopts a more classic metallic gray colour. The Italian is lighter than the British, but the advantage is reduced to a trickle when we compare the dimensions of the devices. In fact, both are impressive, the Smeg (40.2 x 37.8 x 22.1 cm) is even taller and wider than the Kenwood (38 x 35.6 x 28.5 cm).

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Kenwood Titanium Pastry Chef XL

Kenwood Titanium Pastry Chef XL

The Titanium, however, looks more opulent. In question: its strap motor placed in the body of the device. The Smeg, on the other hand, has a direct drive motor housed in the robot’s head. If the latter is therefore slimmer than its competitor, the benefit of this engine lies elsewhere. In fact, the direct drive motor is reputed to be stronger and more durable, because it is not closely related to the health of a belt. We also see little power loss for motors like the one in the SMF02, because they are placed close to the accessories. Therefore, the configuration of these two motors partly explains the difference in power between the devices: 1400 W for the Kenwood and 800 W for the Smeg.

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

Kenwood's balance functionality.

Kenwood’s balance functionality.

On the contrary, is the great void on the side of Smeg: the robot does not incorporate any technology. In this sense, it is similar to KitchenAid Craftsman. It is up to the user to choose their favorite device, depending on how they use it. Some pastry chefs prefer an appliance packed with features; characteristics that can at the same time slow down the use of the robot and facilitate breakdowns.

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 pause times are set so as not to mix the shot preparation. To adjust the intensity, you must go through the screen, while turning the dial; which considerably weighs down the handle.

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

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

For its part, the SMF02 is simply equipped with a lever that allows you to speed up the beat up to speed 10; keep in mind that the robot starts gradually so as not to project the ingredients out of the container.

To raise and lower the heads of the robots, a control is placed behind them. Nothing to point out.

Obviously, the robots come with a baking kit that includes a whisk, a flat beater and a hook. As usual, Kenwood wants more and adds a flexible whisk, recommended to gently mix the preparations. He also adds a 5l bowl, supporting the initial 7l bowl. The Smeg is equipped with a single 4.8 l tank. And to avoid accidents on the road, both have an anti-projection cover.

The two Kenwood bowls.

The two Kenwood bowls.

Smeg's bowl.

Finally, it is possible to transform the two devices into a laminator, grater or chopper. Optional accessories are actually available on the respective sites of the two manufacturers. However, the Smeg has far fewer options than its competitor, as it is limited to these three tips. Above all, Kenwood offers an opening at the top of the robot, which allows a blender to be adapted; the most requested accessory by consumers.

Here are the additional motor outputs of the two robots.

Here are the additional motor outputs of the two robots.

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