I bake bread about once a week and have done so for many many years. Usually quite heavy sourdough and bagel doughs, where the dough weighs 1.5-2kg. I used a Kenwood k-Mix for about 2 years, but when the gear box broke for the second time, I decided it was time to upgrade. I have done a lot of research and would like some advice before I go ahead and buy one. It seems that the dough size I make is difficult, I have read other threads on this forum that have the same problem. The machines I have considered are:
- Hobart N50: supposed to be "the best", but it doesn't handle my size doughs. The next size up in Hobart is too big.
- Electrolux Assistent: my mum had one for 20 years and reviews seem good. Only snag is that it's not sold where I live (Australia), so while I can get one from the US, I'm stuffed if it breaks.
- Robot Coupe SP100-S: this is a 10 litre rather large machine that is NOT bench top. My local (professional) supplier reckons this is the best one for me.
Has anyone worked with a Robot Coupe? It looks very similar to the General GEM 110 to me. I get the feeling that the 10 litre floor standing planetary mixers are all quite similar, to be honest, is that right?
Has anyone made bagel dough (17 bagels x 100g) with the Assistent on a regular basis and found it can handle it?
Price is not an issue here, I just want a machine that will happily knead my heavy bread doughs every week for the next 10-20 years. If anyone has any thoughts on the models mentioned or can recommend another machine, I would be very grateful.