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Excellent for the price, with a few little niggles
, 18 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Kenwood FP580 2-Speed Food Processor - White (Kitchen & Home)
I've always been a fan of Kenwood Food Processors and as my last one had finally had its day (dropped on the floor too many times by me having clumsy moments) and so I added this to my wish list and was fortunate to be given one for Christmas.
I am very pleased.
My little niggles (and believe me there are minor as overall this is a great piece of kit):
1. Thanks to some helpful Amazon reviews, I was prepared to find that the central pillar would fall out frequently when removing the main bowl. Take it out carefully to avoid dropping it and damaging it on the floor and you do this automatically after a few trial (and errors!)
2. There are lots of attachments, which on face value is a great thing, but just think about your kitchen size and storage space before you buy (and check out the useful review that has been added with a video link as this shows you all the pieces as they come out of the box and you'll soon see what you are dealing with. If you have lots of space, this won't be a niggle at all.
3. The mill - for me this is a real puzzle. It isn't really shown how to use this in the instruction book and although some people mention obliquely in their reviews where it goes, either they haven't actually tried it out, or I've been sent a faulty part!- mine just doesn't seem to be anything other than a large salt shaker. I am more than willing to accept that this may fit somewhere to chop herbs and nuts etc, but I'm blown if I can work it out (and I'm normally pretty adept at working these things out), so I'd imagine a lot of customers have similar problems.
4. Two-speed settings - I wish that there was a speed dial allowing more regulation of the speed. For me it is ultra efficient and very fast (on both settings and the pulse) and on my old Kenwood I had a dial allowing more control over the speed and allowing slow gentle speed as well as high speed efficiency (which can be a bit rough on more delicate ingredients)
Overall I still think that this is a great buy, but if you've got a bit more cash to splash - get one of their pricier models, for example Kenwood FP920 Multi Pro Food Processor, 3 Litre, 1 kW (Brushed stainless steel) has variable speed controls or Kenwood FP950 Multi Pro Libra Food Processor which has built in weighing scales amongst other things! But for someone who just needs a really reliable food processor at a reasonable price, you can't do much better than this on Amazon!
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