K A Parts has been a leading UK supplier of KitchenAid® spare parts for the past decade. During this time we have gained valuable knowledge and feedback from our customers. This has led us to the conclusion that the quality and durability of the current range of beaters (paddles), whisks (whips) and dough hooks could be improved to enhance the performance and appearance of the mixer.
The Beater is the first in a new product line designed specifically for Tilt-Head Mixers which is manufactured to the highest of standards from premium Stainless Steel and given a brilliant polish. It is designed to look fantastic and compliment your mixer. It shines brightly and is similar in colour to silver or chrome.
What was wrong with the original beater?
Has the coating chipped off your beater? Does it look great? Could it be better? If you use your mixer a lot then the chances are you have started to notice the coating flake off. This happens for several reasons but what we feel is more important, where did the chipped off coating go? We didn’t like the idea that the coating could end up in our food. We were not alone, people kept asking us if there was a solution.
What was the original solution?
For years we explained that there was already a solution. The solution was the “uncoated” beater. This was called the “burnished” beater. Basically it was the same beater, just polished by a machine and not coated.
What was wrong with the original solution?
The standard beater is made from aluminium. This is easy and fairly inexpensive to cast. The beaters would go through an automated mechanical process which “polished” the beater. Aluminium oxidises and will turn black when it reacts with certain chemicals often used in dishwashers. The black residue is very difficult to remove and beaters covered in it will leave deposits in any food the beater mixes.
What did we do to make it better?
After hearing people complain that they did not want to have to hand wash their beater and they would like to be able to wash it in a dishwasher we started to look into what we could do. We researched all the materials that could be used and determined that the “right” material was 18/8 stainless steel. This stainless steel is the preference when dealing with food. It is used in all aspects of catering from large machines that make commercial products to the knives and forks we eat with everyday. It is so well trusted that it is the same grade used in many medical instruments too. The silvery shine goes well with other parts on the mixer which also have a chrome-like finish.
WhY hasn’t Kitchenaid made their beaters like this?
They have. Their largest, most expensive commercial catering mixers have an option to have stainless steel beaters. Manufacturing in stainless steel is far more expensive than aluminium and we believe they decided that the majority of those with the other models will not want to pay the higher price. All the KitchenAid beaters we have are only polished to a mirror shine on the outer edge and the rest are left with a brushed finish.
Why do we think people will buy stainless steel beaters?
We don’t think everyone will. Not everyone will think that having a hand polished stainless steel beater is right for them. We believe that we have created a design that compliments the look of the mixer in the highest quality material finished to the highest standards. We believe in it and so do many others. We have had some great feedback from people who really love their mixers and use them everyday.
How do you make the stainless steel beater?
Each beater is cast in stainless steel. It is then checked and the hole is machined. The beater then passes through a team of polishers who spend hours on each beater. The shine on the beater is important as it will not only look great but will also eliminate places for bacteria to hide. Cleaning the smooth polished surface is much easier whether you wash it by hand or in a dishwasher.
How much testing have you done?
Loads. The beater took over a year to develop. During that time we developed and tested many prototypes and worked out what really worked well. The current design not only looks great but is also sure to last for decades.
What is next?
We have lots of projects in the pipeline. The tilt-head beater was first but not the last. We will soon have other sizes available as well as whisks and dough hook. Watch this space or sign up for our newsletter for more information.