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Not the time saver I was hoping.
on 1 December 2013
I was considering getting an entry level Kenwood processor, mainly for soups n sauces, but was gifted an award in the shape of an Amazon voucher. So, I decided to go the full hog and get a decent food processor.
It's nice and quiet, with the most of the noise coming from whatever you're processing. My two main gripes about it are the capacity and the difficulty in cleaning.
Capacity-wise, all of the recipes I've tried from the supplied Magimix book, that are specific to the 4200XL, spill over the centre spindle and down the drive shaft. I tried one of the simple soup recipes (little can go wrong with measuring the quantities, I thought), only to find a big puddle of orange soup had escaped down the middle of the large bowl. following several further tests, I also noticed that the centre part of the medium bowl was quite short. This makes it unsuitable for runny stuff.
As far as cleaning the thing is concerned, it may save me time over using a knife and a chopping board but the saved time is then spent cleaning the thing. Magimix advise against putting the bowls or lid in a dishwasher so hand wash it is. My Kenwood blender is simple to clean AND dry, as there are simple lines and smooth sides in the construction. Not with the 4200XL. Because of the motor interlock mechanism on the lid, preventing you from inserting you hand into a running machine, there are lots of tiny grooves for food to get stuck in. The lid itself is no better, with an intricate shape to the underside and a pain to clean butter-laden mixes from. I agree with comments by others that using the small or medium bowls leaves you cleaning all three anyway, so end up using the large bowl to begin with.
For bread and pastry, I have switched back to my Kenwood Chef, even though the footprint is bigger and I have to drag it out, it's far easier to clean the main bowl and attachments.
Of course, we never see Jamie cleaning up after wizzing through his 15-30 minute meals :)