Now I'm no electrical Engineer, and not an electronic specialist, but I had to look up the difference between electrical and electronic to see why West Bend named this great kitchen appliance "Electronic". The manual says "do not open outer housing" with all sorts of warnings about voiding warranties and the like, so I was tempted ( just my contrary nature ). The fasteners must have been made to frustrate me and my tool kit, so I left it alone.
Maybe there is a fancy electronic control system inside, but you won't need to know. This is without a doubt the simplest and best stand mixer for the price. If you have an extra thousand bucks to spend on a Hobart, go right ahead. If you have better use for that thousand, this West Bend version does as much as any home chef would want to.
The two beaters are shaped differently to perform best. The machine will accept only the right one in the correct hole, so there's no confusion. When mixing up a cheesecake or blending a lot of varied ingredients, the offset base for the bowl lets you adjust the speed so the mixer turns the bowl. This frees up a hand ( or a kitchen helper ) for more important jobs. The pair of mixing hooks let you knead all sorts of dough if used instead of the beaters.
The speed control is a nice large knob on the back of the machine. It's smooth and finely graduated for any mixing need. Slip in the beaters and the small bowl and a tiny amount of cream is whipped in almost no time. Push the release button and the mixer becomes a portable, in case you want to whip some potatoes right in the pan. It is a little heavier than my portable, but it's far and away more powerful.
The chrome finish and black plastic base let you keep it clean with very little effort. It looks good enough with all the attachments ( two bowls, two beaters and two hooks ) to be displayed on the counter. West Bend gets all the points for this one.