Essential B Pati’Chef ERP3 test: pastry robot in trouble

Pati’Chef is the first pastry robot in our comparison that comes with additional accessories. Comes with blender and grater; the latter itself is accompanied by three different cones for a more or less fine grater.

Obviously Essentiel provides a baking kit. The whisk, sheet and hook can be attached to the main motor outlet to make all kinds of cooking. They seem, at first glance, to be a good design.

Here is the motor output placed on the front of the robot.

Here is the motor output placed on the front of the robot.

This fine command explains the specific weight of the cardboard; while the robot itself is one of the lightest in our comparison, weighing in at 4.5kg. Its reasonable dimensions, 37 cm long, 34 cm high and 18 cm deep, enhance the ability to store the device after each use. To counterbalance this light weight, Essentiel B equips its robot with multiple suction cups to give it better stability on the work surface. Appliances such as the KitchenAid 5KSM175 and Kenwood Titanium Pastry Chef XL do not have suction cups but weigh 9.2kg and 8.5kg respectively; which means better stability.

Thus, Essential B should not wobble even when running at full power. Then it will be necessary to turn the side-mounted wheel to speed 8 to push the robot to its limit. There is also a “pulse” speed for whipping products in jerks. The head up and down control is located there. The user only needs one hand to activate it; which is noticeable when your hands are in flour. Flour, which we will also limit to 800g in a 5 liter bowl. And if we appreciate the large capacity of the bowl, then the lack of a handle is a pity.

To ensure its mission, whether it’s beating, mixing or kneading, Pati’Chef is equipped with a 1000W belt motor. In this configuration, the motor is located at the base of the device, unlike direct drive motors. Then the loss of power must be feared; which explains the higher power than other competing models. The KitchenAid Artisan remains a very representative example as it features a direct drive motorization of “only” 300 watts.

To evaluate the performance of Essential B Pati’Chef, we used the three accessories of the confectionery set, compiling several recipes. Obviously, they are the same for all pastry robots.

Whipped egg whites

Whipping egg whites quickly requires a whisk that reaches well to the bottom of the bowl. If the Pati’Chef accessory is especially large, it’s disappointing during the test. He manages to ride two whites in only 3 minutes 20 seconds; which is infinite compared to 37 Moulinex Masterchef Gourmet watches. Only Proline RP11 is slower – 7 min 28 s.

Genoese

This test requires two accessories: a whisk and a whisk. The first part of the test goes well. The Pati’Chef whisk properly emulsifies eggs and sugar; even if Moulinex Wizzo did a little better.

But the trend changes when we supply the robot with a sheet and add sifted flour as well as blue food coloring. The robot fails to integrate the flour that settles on the bottom of the bowl. The same observation on the dye: blue traces on the walls of the bowl and in the preparation.

After cooking, the result could only be mediocre. The lumps have sunk to the bottom of the mold and the biscuit is stained with small blue spots. Finally, the preparation is not the most airy, the cake hardly gains volume: its dimensions are only 2.9 cm, while in Kenwood Titanium Pastry Chef XL it reaches 3.6 cm.

Bakery

It is this test that turns out to be the most disappointing. The chef party is already struggling to mix butter and flour. The test becomes more difficult when water is added to the preparation. While all the robots managed to more or less form a dough ball after one minute, Essential B failed. Water accumulates in the center of the flat beater, so the mixer cannot mix the dough.

We repeated the operation to get to the bottom of it. A lump of dough miraculously appeared in the bowl after 2 minutes; along the way, we also had to remove the preparation attached to the sheet in order for the whole thing to mix properly.

On the left, flour with butter;  on the right we added water and kneaded for 1 minute.

On the left, flour with butter; on the right we added water and kneaded for 1 minute.

Dough

The Essentiel B manual states that the pastry robot should not work for more than 6 minutes in a row. You must then observe a 10-minute break before using the device again. Which is not ideal for the baker… This time is really minimal to get a properly kneaded bread dough.

In any case, we followed our protocol: 5 minutes at minimum power, 3 minutes at power 2, and 30 seconds at maximum power. The robot held on tight, thanks in part to its armada of suckers; after that the dough is ready for baking. However, after 40 minutes of boiling, the loaf is not the prettiest. Pati’Chef comes last in our comparison behind the Kenwood kMix, which measures just 6.5 cm.

Strengths

  • Bowl 5 liters.

  • A blender and a grater are supplied with the robot.

  • Several suction cups to stabilize the device.

Vulnerable points

  • The whisk does not scratch the bottom of the bowl.

  • Very dirty glossy black finish.

  • Poor performance after the robot is equipped with a sheet.

How does assessment work?

During our tests, Essentiel B’s Pati’Chef got into trouble a few times. The confectioner robot has difficulty preparing recipes, regardless of the accessory used. As for the preparations made, the device effectively fulfills its mission, but requires more time than its competitors. Finally, its average performance naturally casts doubt on the effectiveness of the blender and grater supplied with the robot.

Additional Notes

  • The convenience of use

  • Representation

  • Service

  • Noise

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