What is a planetary mixer?
A planetary mixer is an indispensable kitchen tool for both the professional chef and the at-home cook. It is well suited to the fast and powerful mixing of dough or batter. This all-rounder can beat, knead, stir, whisk or mix almost any ingredient. It’s ideal for making bread dough, pizza dough, whipped cream, puree or soup.
It owes its name to the fact that the mixer rotates on its own axis while the bowl remains in place. This way, it continuously picks up all the dough in the bowl and works it thoroughly. The whisks can easily be exchanged by tilting the head of the machine (in the MPM7 model) or by lowering the bowl. This way you can quickly get started on the next job.
What should you look for when buying a planetary mixer?
It is important to know what ingredients you will be using and the capacity you’ll need. This will determine your choice of food processor. Ease of use is very important, but because of the points below, Maxima mixers are very user friendly:
- set the speed yourself
- turn off machine with a single push of a button
- detachable parts and accessories for easy cleaning
- easy to refill the bowl without removing it completely
- tilting head or bowl elevator makes everything easy to reach
- scratch resistant coating and stainless steel mixing bowl means the machine will always look its best
What are the features of a Maxima planetary mixer?
Maxima has planetary mixers to suit any capacity. Do you want a machine in a cheerful colour? The MPM7 range comes with a large stainless steel mixing bowl of 7 litres. This allows you to make up to 2kg of pizza dough or 1,5kg of bread dough at a time Thanks to the metal housing with scratch-resistant coating, you will also enjoy the colour for a long time. With the powerful but quiet motor, there are 11 speeds (from 100-938 RPM) at your disposal.
For more intensive kitchen work, there are powerful cast iron planetary mixers with mixing bowls for 10, 20, 30, 40 and 60 litres. The mixing bowls and protective grills are made from stainless steel. To ensure safety, these mixers have a separate start and stop button, as well as a safety switch. Our planetary mixers come with stainless steel mixing bowls, stainless steel dough hook, stainless steel batter wing and stainless steel beater.
What is the difference between a planetary mixer and a dough mixer?
The short answer is: a planetary mixer is more of a kitchen machine for all-around use. A
is only suited to kneading dough, while a planetary mixer is more versatile. You can also use it for mixing batter and other liquid ingredients. Is a planetary mixer more powerful than you’ll need? Then Maxima also has a range of
in various lengths.
Cleaning and maintaining a planetary mixer
An important part of ease of use is the cleaning. Thanks to the choice of materials and smooth finish, cleaning these planetary mixers is an easy job. It’s important to always unplug the mixer before you start.
You can put the mixing bowl, dough hook, batter wing and beater whisk in the dishwasher. For cleaning the appliance itself, warm water and a mild detergent is sufficient. Do not use aggressive or abrasive materials. You can use a soft cloth to dry it. This way, you will enjoy your Maxima planetary mixer for a long time and you always start your next job with a clean appliance.
Make sure you regularly check that the gearbox is still greasy, or put some extra grease on it if necessary. The same applies to the lever and elevator guides. This will prevent rust from forming on these parts. Every now and then, check the retaining ring to see if it needs replacing.
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