Item: Ankarsrum Original Mixer
Price: $699 for the basic package, which includes all the mixer attachments; $39 extra for the citrus juicer; $89 extra for the blender.
Overall Impression: Smooth, stylish, incredibly versatile, and especially great for bread bakers. My new favorite stand mixer! (But oh, it's so much more than just a mixer!)
I first heard of Swedish-made Ankarsrum back in March while attending the Home and Housewares Show in Chicago. I was smitten over the array of colors available and intrigued by the unusual design and the promise it could replace, well, practically every other appliance in my kitchen. Could it really live up to all that? I put one to the test recently, and here's what I think about it so far: