In movies, it's cute when all the dry ingredients for your fly out of the , covering you and your kitchen in white dust. "You've got flour on your nose," the burly love interest whispers to the coy heroine — whose dream it is to open a bakery, but a childhood tragedy has always held her back — before he presses his lips to hers. But Nicholas Sparks flicks aside, no, thank you: I'll keep my in my mixer until I'm ready to lick it off the paddle. Plus, Kenmore pretty much just made that whole sugar-everywhere debacle a thing of the past.
Remember, usually, if you want to add anything while your batter or dough is still churning, you'd have to risk life, limb, and clothing to get your hand below the head, above the bowl, and out of the way of the spinning whisk. But the bowl of Kenmore's just-launched Elite Ovation Stand Mixer is completely enclosed by a 360-degree splash guard, and ingredients are poured in through an opening on the head of the structure. Every part of Kenmore's model snaps apart, so the head and 360 guard lift together, still giving you access to the bowl, like with other mixers.
That hole on top does more than just gape open. It's got accessories, like a funnel for pouring liquids; an egg separator, for when a recipe just requires the whites; and a grater, so shredded chocolate or cheese falls right into the bowl. All the typical bells and whistles you're used to from a traditional mixer are there, too: interchangeable whisks and paddles, 10 speeds, a 500-watt motor.
Kenmore Elite Ovation Stand Mixer, $450, sears.com
Right now, the , in either a burgundy and metallic gray shade, is available for presale on Sears.com; the store plans to ship products in July. The price is steep — $450 — but comparable to a , which retails on the brand's site for the same amount. And Sears is offering an incentive if you press , well, now. You could get $100 cash back in store points, free shipping, and an oddly unrelated discount on some sweet gold hoops. Sold!
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