Designed in 1939 by Swedish inventor Alvar Lenning, the Ankarsrum Original Kitchen Mixer is a Rube Goldberg type of machine, capable of doing seemingly anything (with the right attachments). It's especially celebrated for its bread-kneading abilities and its longevity; happy owners call it a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. During World War II, it even came with a collection of "crisis recipes" for Swedish households feeling the pinch of rationing. About a year ago, it came on the US market; it's available in a range of subtle pastels, with a glossy black and a glossy white finish to come.
Above: The electrical motor and the diecast aluminum components are cast and assembled at the Electrolux factory in Ankarsrum, Sweden. The Ankarsrum Kitchen Assistant features a 600-watt motor; $799.95 from Metro Kitchen.
Above: The Ankarsrum Kitchen Assistant is available in 10 colors, ranging from Mineral White to Pearl Orange.
To see more kitchen gadgets we have our eye on, have a look at our Small Appliance posts, including the Last Blender You'll Ever Buy and Dyson's Hot Cool Heater. And over on Gardenista, read about Michelle's battles with her smoke detector: Why Is My Smoke Alarm So Obnoxious?