The Cuisinart SM-70BC Stand Mixer is well worth considering if you’re in the market for a professional quality stand mixer. This mixer would be perfect for someone that bakes large quantities of cookies, cupcakes, cakes and frosting. If you are looking to start a home baking business this mixer could be a perfect choice. The 15 minute countdown timer is perfect for a busy baker that is trying to time baking and mixing activities simultaneously.
If, however, you are looking for a stand mixer for making multiple loaves of bread per week or tons of pizza crust you may want to look at a mixer with a different drive system such as the Bosch mixer.
The Cuisinart SM-70 compares to KitchenAid’s highest quality mixer, the Professional 600. The Cuisinart has a larger bowl than the Kitchenaid Pro stand mixer and a more powerful motor. The 7-quart bowl can accommodate double or even triple batches. It also features a powerful 1,000-watt motor, one of the most powerful in the home mixer market. Another nice feature of this mixer is the 15 minute countdown timer. I have often wished I had this feature on my KitchenAid so I wouldn’t be watching the clock when kneading bread dough.
The Cuisinart unit has 12 mixing speeds You can choose the slow-start function to eliminate splashing, the ultra-gentle fold function to blend delicate ingredients, or the highest speed for whipping cream or egg whites. The tilt-back head gives you easy access to the mixing bowl and makes it easy to change accessories.
Accessories include a chef’s whisk, a flat mixing paddle, a dough hook, and a splash guard. The whisk is for aerating ingredients to increase volume. The flat mixing paddle is contoured to mix everything in the bowl (some mixers aren’t very thorough when it comes to the bottom and sides of the bowl), and can be used for everything from batters to meatloaf. The dough hook saves you from the back-breaking work of kneading dough and with the timer, you can set it for 10 minutes and have perfect dough every time.
The splash guard offers an extra-wide pouring spout for adding ingredients without a mess. If you’ve ever tried gradually adding icing sugar into a mix you know what I mean. A splash guard can keep you from looking like “Frosty the Baker”.
The mixer also offers several other attachments that are sold separately. There are meat grinder, citrus juicer, blender, food processor. Sorry to say there is no ice cream maker attachment for this mixer.
This mixer stands 15-1/2 by 11 by 14-1/2 and weighs 25lbs. Be sure you have counter space to leave it out, you’re not going to want to be moving it about. It has a metal gear box for long-lasting durability. There is a three-year product warranty and a five-year motor warranty.
So…what is the bottom line? It depends what you’re looking for. The features this mixer has that Kitchenaid doesn’t include: A larger 1000-watt motor, a larger mixing bowl, the contour of the paddle allow for less scraping down of the mix (but doesn’t eliminate it), a metal gear box, the tilt head to allow easier access, and the electronic timer and pulse features. Kitchenaid does have more attachments available. See the table below for further differences between these two mixers.
|Mixer||KitchenAid Pro 600||Cuisinart SM-70|
|Bowl size||6 quart||7 quart|
|Watts||575 watts||1000 watts|
|Electronic Speed Sensor||Yes||Yes|
|Speeds||10 speeds||12 speeds|
|Timer||No||Yes (15 minute timer)|
|Optional Attachments||More variety available||No ice cream maker attachment|
|Included Attachments||3 paddle, whisk, and dough hook||3 paddle, whisk, and dough hook|
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I make bread weekly using a mixer and recently my Kitchenaid motor gave out after overheating. Though I prefer the looks of the Kitchenaid mixers (something more industrial about them), Cuisinart has addressed several of the key problems found in Kitchenaid mixers: not enough power, overly wide bowl shape, absene of timer/minimal speed control. The stronger motor is crucial if you’re mixing bread doughs for minutes at a time. The taller, more narrow bowl shape prevents spilling. The timer function is tremendously useful. And the wider range of speeds (especially slow speeds) and gentle acceleration up to any speed, again, prevent spills and allow for more control.