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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price and range of attachments, 12 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: Kenwood Multi Pro FP735 3 Litre Food Processor, 900 Watt, Silver (Kitchen & Home)
I spent quite a bit of time wondering whether I should just get a cheap processor or whether to go all the way and get a Magimix. In the end after looking for something that had a large bowl AND a blender AND a mill AND where all the attachments are operated from one base unit, this was the only one which fit the bill.
My budget was about £120, so I was happy to get this for £85.
Pluses: works very well, easy enough to clean, loads of attachments (more than i know what to do with), base unit easy to store
Minuses: Build quality of the base unit is a bit plasticky
All in all I'm quite pleased with it, it's not quite Magimix standard, but at that price and for the extras, who's complaining!
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Initial post: 15 May 2011 14:25:14 BDT
A. Harvey's intelligent review is very useful. The choice between a Magimix (often used by professionals) and a Kenwood is pretty much the usual puzzle. I think I can add to this as I've decided to go with the Magimix and my reasons will make the choice clearer because my needs from a processor are different to A. Harvey's. I already have a classic (sixties!) Kenwood Mixer - the standard bowl and "K beater" type (ideal for sponge cakes). I also have other machines and need a food processor mainly for making pastry (using Nigella Lawson's "freezer blast" method - get her books, particularly 'How to Eat' which has the pastry methods). Incidentally the pastry made using her method is lucky not to melt even before it gets to your mouth especially if you process the dough very lightly (for less time than she recommends). Anyway... I'll be using my magimix for pastry and heavy processing so the 'all bells and whistles' Kenwood isn't right for me. For someone with limited machinery in the kitchen the Kenwood range is great and I'd say there's no competition in the versatility area - if you have no machinery at all yet go for a Kenwood. The Magimix comes with all the basic food processing blades and disks but it's not a blender/processor as the Kenwood is. I should mention here that the reason I haven't bought a magimix is that my Kenwood Gourmet processor (bought around 1982) refuses to break down. It never was as solid as a Magimix but... 1982... I admit I've repaired a faulty switch on it and the belt drive has been looking like it will break for 25 years or so, but it hasn't! I'm hoping it breaks before I do so I can get a Magimix! Lol. So think about what you'll be doing with your processor. If you want huge power, quietness, low vibration and legendary reliability it's the Magimix, say the 4200 -- around £179 to £200. (guarantee three years overall and I think 12 years for the motor). If you have no equipment or you want loads of attachements for some other reason, the Kenwoods seem to soldier on pretty well. I would recommend you don't buy a Kenwood with a motor rated under 900 watts. This is the same principle for all machinery. If you buy an appliance with a motor that's on the big side it doesn't have to work so hard and it will probably last longer and vibrate less. Don't worry about the technicalities if you don't understand watts, Amazon shows how many watts each machine uses and you just need to get the 900 watt or above... simples! You can find the 900 Kenwoods for between £89 to £120 if you're not going mad and like the great big one that costs £380. I'll bet that one cleans the oven after you.
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