Smeg SMF02 test: an elegant and efficient pastry robot

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If the Smeg catalog does not entirely adopt the retro style, part of the collections are faithful to it. The SMF02 pastry robot is just one of the appliances sporting the curves of the 1950s collection. Available in six colors, including three pastels, it is 100% anchored in current household appliance trends.

We move on to handling the robot, literally. And it’s a good surprise. The SMF02 weighs 7.8 kg and its base is notched so that we can slide our hands under it to move it better. The robot’s body is made of cast aluminum and its base is made of zinc alloy — theArtisan de KitchenAid is entirely made of zinc, which explains his overweight. And like the latter, the Smeg does not embed any technology. It is a thousand leagues from the integrated scale, the heating tank and the timer, all adopted by the Kenwood Titanium Pastry Chef XL.

A first control is located at the back of the robot and allows it to raise its head. We like that it’s a simple button press. Too bad, however, that we need both hands, unlike the Moulinex Masterchef Gourmet. The location of the control can also be awkward depending on the position of the SMF02 on the worktop. Glued to a wall, for example, the user may find it difficult to raise and lower the robot’s head. On the other hand, activating this command pauses the device, even if it is launched at full power. An option that we would have liked to take advantage of on the Artisan.

The air vents of the Smeg SMF02 make us think of an old American racing car.

The air vents of the Smeg SMF02 make us think of an old American racing car.

Once connected to the mains, the robot obeys an electronic gear lever ranging from 1 to 10. This is the second command of the device. We particularly appreciated it, because it allows you to precisely choose the desired speed. Also, thanks to the progressive start, the ingredients are not projected outside the bowl. An anti-projection cover is also supplied with the robot to avoid possible inconvenience.

Symbols give us indications on the use of the accessories.

Symbols give us indications on the use of the accessories.

Launched at full power, the Smeg SMF02 could reach 800 W. Again, the power is to be compared with the type of engine. In this case, the Smeg has a direct-drive motor that requires less power for equivalent or even better results than belt-driven motors. The 800 W of the robot-pastry chef are therefore not to be compared to the 1500 W of the Kenwood Titanium Pastry Chef XL. However, direct-drive motors have an undeniable advantage: they are located in the robot’s head, close to the accessories, which results in less power loss than for belt-driven motors located in the base of the device. Finally, the first would have a better longevity than their competitors, whose lifespan depends on the state of health of the belt.

Unlike the KitchenAid Artisan 5KSM175, this screw is not used to adjust the height between the bottom of the bowl and the accessories.

Unlike the KitchenAid Artisan 5KSM175, this screw is not used to adjust the height between the bottom of the bowl and the accessories.

To obtain good results, the SMF02 is equipped with the planetary movement now integrated into many devices. The utensil then rotates on its axis and in the opposite direction to the rotation of the stand mixer. The accessories are thus supposed to scrape all the sides of the bowl without forgetting any zone. The preparations are better mixed and more homogeneous.

Obviously, the robot is not delivered alone and is accompanied by a baking kit including a whisk, a flat beater and a hook. Moreover, Smeg recommends using the hook up to speed 3, while the other two utensils can be used at maximum power. To attach them to the device, the system is identical to that of the Artisan 5KSM175: you have to place the accessory on the hub by pushing and turning the utensil. A 4.8 l steel bowl with a handle is also delivered. Finally, an anti-splash lid with pouring spout helps to limit damage during preparation.

During our tests, no latency was observed when starting the robot. We therefore tested the three accessories by making key preparations in pastry and cooking.

Whisked egg whites

To evaluate the robots, we put the equivalent of two egg whites in the bowl, that is to say 70 g. The quantities are small, but it is completely voluntary. By making this choice, we can assess the ability of the product to reach the bottom of the tank and to be effective even in the face of small proportions.

The Smeg SMF02 performs particularly well in this event. It takes a minute to get the whites whipped to perfection. After a quarter of an hour’s break, the whites do not go down at all since we find no trace of liquid at the bottom of the tank.

Genoese

Now it’s time for the sponge cake test which combines two accessories: the wire whisk and the flat beater. The height of the sponge cake before and after cooking is similar to that made with the Moulinex Masterchef Gourmet (2.2 cm, then 2.8 cm). However, unlike its competitor, the eggs and sugar didn’t foam as well. Its advantage lies more in the performance of the sheet which has managed to perfectly integrate the flour into the preparation.

The lumps seem non-existent in the preparation.

The lumps seem non-existent in the preparation.

It is then the only sponge cake to obtain such a homogeneous and regular texture after cooking. For comparison, the Artisan 5KSM175 and the Titanium Pastry Chef XL were very good equipped with the whisk, but failed to mix the flour as well.

The first sponge cake made by us to obtain such density and texture.

The first sponge cake made by us to obtain such density and texture.

Pastry

The shortcrust pastry was the most laborious test for this robot pastry chef. Launched at speed 1, it fails in the allotted time to obtain a correct texture by mixing the softened butter, flour and salt. By adding water, the Smeg mixes everything together, but the damage is done: cutting the ball of dough reveals large chunks of butter and the result is unfortunately similar to that of Proline RP11.

The dough is well mixed.

The dough is well mixed.

Speed ​​1 being particularly slow, we carried out the test a second time, this time on power 2. The result is then quite different. The robot mixes all the ingredients perfectly and, in fine, the dough is perfectly homogeneous. The results taken into account in the scoring are obviously those achieved at minimum power in order to maintain an identical procedure for all the pastry robots passing through our lab.

The butter was not properly incorporated into the preparation.

The butter was not properly incorporated into the preparation.

Namely that a slow minimum speed is not necessarily a defect. It allows you to mix the ingredients gently, without scattering them on the work surface.

Bread dough

Ultimate test, the most dreaded: bread dough. It is endurance and stability that are put to the test during this preparation. Like theArtisan, the head of the SMF02 moves up and down, but remains perfectly stable. The last 30 seconds prove to be more difficult for the robot to pass. We actually launch it at maximum power to push it to its limits. If the Smeg retains good stability, it still begins to shake on the worktop.

Finally, our white bread reaches 7.2 cm after baking. A correct result, but still a bit far from the 8.6 cm of the Kenwood Titanium Pastry Chef XL.

Points forts

  • Good stability.

  • Correct execution performance.

  • Quiet.

  • Powerful engine.

Weak points

  • Risk of wear of the pastry kit due to the coating.

  • Impossible to adjust the height between the utensils and the bottom of the bowl.

Conclusion

we tested we liked

The Smeg SMF02 is a nice surprise. Equipped with a direct transmission motor, with an efficiency of 800 W and 10 powers, this robot pastry chef is particularly efficient. Not to take anything away from it, its 1950s aesthetic, signature of the Italian manufacturer, makes it a real decorative object. If it runs silently, the Smeg however requires a few extra seconds to complete the requested achievements, compared to other models present in our comparison.

Sub Notes

  • Convenience of use

  • Performance

  • Interview

  • Noise

If the Smeg catalog does not entirely adopt the retro style, part of the collections are faithful to it. The SMF02 pastry robot is just one of the appliances sporting the curves of the 1950s collection. Available in six colors, including three pastels, it is 100% anchored in current household appliance trends. We move on…

If the Smeg catalog does not entirely adopt the retro style, part of the collections are faithful to it. The SMF02 pastry robot is just one of the appliances sporting the curves of the 1950s collection. Available in six colors, including three pastels, it is 100% anchored in current household appliance trends. We move on…

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