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SM-55 Cuisinart Stand Mixer Review

Cuisinart sm 55Is it just me, or does the SM-55 Cuisinart stand mixer remind you of a sewing machine? Maybe I love my Artisan’s retro look so much that I can’t see beyond it. On the other hand, rabid fans don’t seem to care one way or the other about its appearance.

With its sleek design and clean lines, this Cuisinart 5.5-qt stand mixer clearly vies for attention, and what better way to achieve that than by making yourself the hub of activity in the kitchen?

SM-55 Cuisinart Mixer Features

Cuisinart HubHead Type
The Cuisinart SM-55’s tilt-back head locks securely into a raised position, providing easy access to the mixing bowl and making it easy to attach accessories.

Colors
The Cuisinart SM-55 5-1/2-Quart 12-Speed Stand Mixer comes in Black, White or Brushed Chrome.

Motor
This is where this Cuisinart mixer truly shines. Featuring a powerful 800-watt motor housed in durable die-cast metal housing, the Cuisinart SM-55 certainly has the power to handle the most demanding mixing tasks thrown at it, including heavy dough. Hope that got your attention: I can see the Breadmakers’ Brigade grinning like the proverbial cat that got the cream! 😉

Bowl Capacity
A 5.5-qt brushed stainless steel bowl provides enough capacity to accommodate large quantities (think double or even triple recipes). In one go, it can mix 12 cups of flour (yeast dough), 10 dozen cookies, 6 cups of whipping cream, or 12 egg whites – not too shabby! Two handles to make it easier to hold the bowl while scraping or removing contents. A bowl pad slipped under the bowl prevents it getting wedged with use and makes it easier to remove.

Mixing Speeds
The Cuisinart SM-55 stand mixer offers a selection of 12 speeds. A slow-start function assists in eliminating splatter for the most delicate ingredients, while an ultra-gentle fold function provides two options: blend delicate ingredients with the continuous option, or combine with the pulse option.

Timer
Another nifty addition to Cuisinart stand mixers is the 15-minute countdown timer with automatic shutoff which conveniently frees you to tend to other tasks without worrying about time. The On/Off button is useful for foods that do not require a lot of mixing.

Accessories
Included with the Cuisinart SM-55 stand mixer are four accessories: a chef’s whisk, a flat mixing paddle, a dough hook (with non-stick coating) and a splashguard with pour spout to help prevent splatter. The splashguard very cleverly attaches to the head of the Cuisinart stand mixer so it’s out of the way when you lift the mixer head to reach into the bowl; a wide spout lets you add ingredients while the mixer is running.

Dimensions
Measures 15.5”L x 10”W x 12.5”H and weighs 25.5 pounds.

Warranty
The Cuisinart 5.5-qt stand mixer comes with a 3-year product warranty.

Cuisinart Stand Mixer Attachments

Five Cuisinart stand mixer attachments can be purchased separately to enhance this mixer’s functionality:
.Blender (SM-BL)
.Food Processor (SM-FP)
.Citrus Juicer (SM-CJ)
.Pasta Maker (SM-PM)
.Meat Grinder (SM-MG)

Three Attachment Power Outlets (two on the top and one on the front) allow you to connect optional attachments according to the individual attachment’s power, turning the Cuisinart SM-55 into much more than a stand mixer:
.The high-speed power outlet located on top of the stand mixer at the rear allows you to connect the blender and food processor attachments;
.The mid-speed power outlet located in front of the above on top of the stand mixer connects to the citrus juicer attachment;
.The slow-speed power outlet hidden behind a cover on the front of the stand mixer head is for the pasta maker and the meat grinder attachments.

Cuisinart Stand Mixer Reviews

Pros

SM-55 Cuisinart Stand MixerThe Cuisinart SM-55 clearly drags behind the KitchenAid Artisan in terms of number of reviews, but it must be stressed that users are also very happy with this appliance’s strong points:

Tilt-Head
This design offers easy access to both bowl and accessories.

Bowl
The 5.5-quart bowl can handle double, sometimes triple recipes.

Timer with Automatic Shutoff
The timer frees you up to do other things, and the automatic shutoff comes in handy if the unit overheats.

Cleaning
Cuisinart stand mixers are easy to clean with a damp cloth and dry; both bowl and accessories are dishwasher safe (accessories go on top rack). It’s worth noting that the tools/accessories have non-stick coating for easy cleanup.

Dimensions
With a 12.5” height, it should fit under most top cabinets – a welcome feature for a 25.5-pound appliance.

Power
A very impressive 800 watts of power should be more than enough to handle heavy dough.

Cons

Construction
Some people remark that it lacks the KitchenAid mixer’s solid, all-metal feel they are accustomed to.

Bowl
Some find the bowl too narrow and the double handle not user-friendly, while others appreciate how easy it is to pry the bowl from the base even after mixing heavy dough. However, the open sections in the bottom of the bowl are also likely to trap ingredients.

Color Selection
Available in three basic colors to coordinate with any kitchen décor.

Cuisinart Stand Mixer AccessoriesAccessories
Three major complaints specifically target Cuisinart stand mixer accessories:
. some ingredients get trapped on top of the dough hook and whisk “shield” due to poor ‘inverted umbrella’ design;
. mixing double batches can cause the batter to rise above the paddle so that the top of the batter does not get mixed properly;
. the beater can fall off the unit when trying to remove batter with a spatula.

Attachments
As discussed above, three of the attachments (blender, food processor and citrus juicer) connect to two power outlets located on top of the mixer which presents two serious issues:
.the top of the 10.5” high blender attachment sitting on top of the mixer would reach almost two feet above your counter top. Fair warning to the vertically challenged and weak shouldered;
.and what if you fail to secure the lid of the blender properly, or simply forget to put it on? Margarita mix in those power outlets could give your mixer – and you – a major headache!

Warranty
While those who have had no problem with their SM-55 mixer praise the three-year product warranty, some less lucky owners are unimpressed with Cuisinart’s customer service. Warranties occasionally have been deemed expired by some customer representatives, based on the unit’s manufacturing date. Hence the importance of keeping your receipt in a safe place, as your warranty should come into effect on the date you purchased your mixer, not the day it was born…

Dreaming of cinnamon buns...Many Cuisinart SM-55 stand mixer owners are extremely satisfied with their choice, with the majority giving it a high rating. They are particularly impressed with the power of their mixer and its ability to handle making dough. So if you have a passion for home baked bread or pizza (or maybe cinnamon buns), there may yet be a Cuisinart sous-chef in your future…!

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