I recently purchased an Anarksrum assistant with all the attachments bells and whistles. Unfortunately I am very disappointed.
I have a very small kitchen with very limited counterspace. Up until now I had a KitchenAid stand mixer, a Cuisinart food processor, and a good blender. As I previously posted in another thread, the KitchenAid mixer finally quit on me after 17 years of use from trying to make my own bread with very heavy doughs all last year. Instead of buying a new stand mixer I decided to try to buy something that is an all-in-one appliance to save room on my counter. The Anarksrum Assistent had wonderful reviews and seem to fit this bill best. So I packed away my Cuisinart and blender and I've been using the new assistant for the last few weeks.
As I look back at the reviews, most of them are about how good the assistent is at making bread. I do not make bread that often, definitely not often enough to warrant the price of the assitent. I do need a powerful stand mixer with a large capacity (8+ quarts), but most of what I do is chopping, shredding, slicing. I love having a meat grinder, and don't know how I ever lived without one.
As for the assistent, I am sure it is the best as a stand mixer, but just about everything else is just downright awful. The blender is a joke, it is just a cheap piece of plastic with a thin cutting blade in it that worked for about two uses. The food processor is also thin cheap flimsy plastic; the drums are thin metal and the slicer is already getting dull. The meat grinder is not stainless steel and the parts, blade and discs, got discolored and rusted after one use. I did not put anything in the dishwasher, just washed with hot soapy water, dried, and rubbed oil on the meat grinder parts. I also mentioned in another post I miss the big blade on my cuisinart for pulsing and making peanut butter and the blender for pureeing hot soups.
I am hoping to send the whole thing back and get all my money back. I am sure the mixer is wonderfull, but I do not want to pay $$$$ just for a stand mixer when I told the salesperson my goal was to have one appliance that does everything.
So now I'm not sure what to do. My Cuisinart motor still works and I still have a lot of the attachments but the plastic bowl part of it has a piece that is cracked that I will need to replace. But even if I do, I don't think it has any attachment to use it as a large capacity mixer. I wonder if there really is anything out there that can really do it all? Or are the good food processors not really good stand mixers and vice versa?