I bought the Argos Value Food Processor as I have a small kitchen with not much storage space. This little food processor (0.72 litre main bowl capacity) seemed like just the thing. How wrong I was!
This comes with the basic attachments of a slicer/grater disc and chopping blade. It can be used on two settings, "pulse" or "on". The pulse option is useful when only chopping/slicing small amounts.
As you would expect for the price, the parts are not great quality. It was very difficult to get the lid to lock with the bowl. This took a couple of minutes and a lot of fiddling. The bowl and lid feel very easy to break. I would go for Argos's "Whatever happens" insurance if you do choose to go for this. For me, the product worked well the first time. It did give off a bit of a burn smell but this can happen with small processors. The second time, however, it refused to start, no matter how much I fiddled with it. I promptly took it back for a Kenwood Compact Food Processor which at £39.99 is quite a bit more expensive than the value option at £14.99. I haven't regretted my decision.
£14.99. A great price for a product that works. Unfortunately, could be a big waste of £14.99 as many reviewers on the Argos site have had the same problems as me.
In summary, £14.99 is not a "value" price for a single use item. I would instead recommend paying a little more for a brand that will last.
Quite often I like to make homemade soups etc so I thought I'd buy a food processor to make things a little easier. I didn't want to spend a huge amount on one of these products though as it's not something I need for daily use. The product was reduced in a sale and at £23 it seemed ideal for me.
It does look pretty basic but that's not really an issue for me, as long as it's fit for purpose. An instruction booklet was provided which I did refer to ensure I fitted the blades in correctly as if they're not it may be dangerous. This was easy to follow and didn't take long to set it up and have it ready for its first use. The cable is a fine length, not too short but not that long either that it gets in the way and could be accidentally pulled down of the work surface.
This product only has one speed setting but I've found that to be fine no matter what ingredients I have in it. It comes with 4 attachments. These allow for different cutting or shredding depending on the type of ingredients that are put in.
I've tried it with many different things now such as potatoes, carrot, lettuce, cabbage, onion, celery, tomato, apple etc. If it doesn't chop it as finely as I want then I simply change the blade. It makes light work of chopping or shredding these. You do need to be careful when handling the blades as they are sharp. The bowl is a good size which allows for quite a relatively large amount to be added. The blades seem to be pretty sharp and manage to cut through the toughest of vegetables.
The base unit of this product is quite large and bulky so not the easiest to store. It's also quite a noisy product but having never owned one before I'm not sure if this is just ordinary for this type of machine. It's easy to clean by hand washing as the equipment comes apart. It's also safe to put the attachments in the dishwasher.
I've been very pleased with this product so far. It's made things a lot easier for me with home cooking and has done a great job. It was definitely worth the money.
* 1 speed pulse
* 250 watts
* 4 attachments - coarse shredding disk/slicing disk, fine shredding disk/slicing disk, chopping blade.
* Dishwasher safe attachments
* Cord storage
* Safety interlock system
* Main bowl dry weight capacity 0.3kg
* Main bowl liquid capacity 0.3L
A friend of my aunt recommended I buy this food processor from Argos when buying stuff for my new holiday flat, she said it to be a great bargain and a food processor of good and long lasting quality! It doesn`t look all that fancy and modern, but it works well as a standard food processor, and costing me only 22 pounds, I had no hesitation in giving it a go!
This is a 250 watts food processor, so it does the job quickly and efficient, at least that`s my experience. The main plastic bowl for this product can room 0.3 liters, which isn`t too much, I would prefer it to be a bit bigger, but I come by... This is a very standard food processor and it doesn`t come with many features, for instance, it has only one speed setting, which surprisigly hasn`t caused any problems or irritation yet! When functioning, I wanted to take notice whether the food processor is noisy, but I really didn`t detect any irritating noise, apart from what you can expect from any kitchen appliance. I always wash this product by hand, as it`s easy to take apart and wash with a cloth, but if you prefer, you can also wash the bowl in the dishwasher without causing damage to it. The only complaint I have to mention, a minor one I must say, is that the machine is quite large and bulky, so I`m having problem finding the perfect place to store it, but as said, this is not a big problem at all...
The blade seems to be of very sharp and solid quality, and it carves easily through carrots just as well as apples, and it works just as good today as when I bought it. I am very pleased with this cheap food processor from Argos, it`s a good product for a reasonable cost.
After the household food processor broke down a couple of months back, the search was on immediately for a new processor as in all honesty it was a must need for our household. The previous processor had cost about £80 and on this occasion we were looking for something that wold do the same job but at a cheaper price. Times are hard at the moment so the price is a very important factor in the purchasing process but we also wanted quality..
After checking out various internet sites and also various pricing structures I decided to try argos online website and was pleasantly suprised that they did a value processor for the much wanted cheaper price.
I ordered from the website and it was delivered the next day with very little fuss for the amazing price of only £23 in the sale, this was music to my ears.
The argos value food processor is great and has the following:
* 1 speed pulse.
* Main bowl dry weight capacity 0.3kg.
* Main bowl liquid capacity 0.3L.
* 250 watts.
* Safety interlock system.
* 4 attachments - coarse shredding disk/slicing disk, fine shredding disk/slicing disk, chopping blade.
* Dishwasher safe accessories.
* Cord storage.
This is basically everything my previous kenwood blender had but for a quarter of the price.
We use the blender for a variety of things like making soups, cake mixes and also for mixing sports drinks for after the gym, a very beneficial and used part of the household.
Please dont be put off by the price because I think you may be pleasantly suprised how efficient and good job the processor actually is capable of doing.
The processor is very easy to clean especially if you are hand washing, it comes apart so that you can clean the apparatus seperately.
The only problems I have found so far are that it is quiet a large base unit so it can be hard for storage. It also generates quite a bit of noise but I think I might be a little picky here as most processor units are noisy.
I wold definately recommend if you are looking to buy a processor of this type.
When it was proudly announced at the end of the month in our office who was to bake the cakes for our charity Fridays, I looked around the office walls and carpets pretending not to notice. I did notice the bit of tablet that someone had crushed into the floor and wondered for all the world how the cleaner would cope with a suction only vacuum cleaner to get rid of the sugar trails scrawled into the carpet treads. When I heard my colleague gasp in horror, I tried to fain ignorance and pretended not to listen. But it was too late! My moves were far too obvious as I shifted nervously towards the door signalling my hasty retreat! Now, all my colleague has in her large open planned kitchen is a couple of useful household gadgets that I would never dream of owning; doughnut maker, popcorn maker, candyfloss maker - the kinds of things designed to put more inches on your waistline thicker than bread crust! Between the pair of us with her passed down 20 year old kitchen hand mixer and my tiny little Argos Value Food chopper, we had got the vote to make cakes, all 70 of them, not just for sale in our staff room for all of our colleagues but also to sell on for office funds...I had to borrow or find a food processor in a jiffy. My visit to the Home Economics department meant that I could only come away with a hand blender, but alas no food processor they would let me borrow.
Scouring the pages of Argos for a cheap and cheerful food processor led me to several options since we had decided to make sponges, scones, fairy cakes and fruit loaf within the 24 hours needed before the cakes could be made up. I've had long and loud years with Kenwood products, from their noisy Chef kitchen mixer (up to the job of mixing, but shredding and slicing, forget it) to compact kitchen food processors that don't take up too much work space yet remain noisy and have a small capacity jug. Then my eyes were drawn to the Argos Value Food Processor.
For a start this is unlike any food processor I've clapped eyes on. Whoever makes it is keeping quiet because it also happens to be on sale in Currys and Comet under their exclusive brands and if you're thinking it's a compact food processor, think again. When I took it out of the box I was absolutely shocked when I saw the size. This food processor is simply twice as big as Kenwood's little compact food processor, yet with 450 watts on board and a 1.7 capacity litre jug, (Kenwood's FP120 has 400 watts and a 1.4 litre jug) I reckoned I was onto a good thing with the Argos Value food processor at £24-99 even though for sizing, it is about the same size as Tefal's single slot Avante toaster, which is a rather bulky looking toaster on its own accord. Certainly if like me where you have limited space in a kitchen, be prepared to sacrifice one half of your cooker / hob if it has a drop down lid where this food processor can go. Just make sure the lid however is strengthened, as this is one heavy beast! Although I lifted it successfully out of the box, it's not a repeat procedure I want to do all of the time when it comes to storing away (and hand on heart there isn't anywhere else I can put it in my tiny kitchen other than where it is at present.) and there are a few surprising elements about this food processor against the more professional design of Kenwood's £3 extra more expensive, smaller white FP120 model.
The design of this food processor has actually been made with some thought even though it is obvious from the plastic jug and lid that the plastic used doesn't feel like it will last. Unlike the Kenwood FP120, the base of the jug locks into the left hand side of the model, so those who are left handed may well appreciate the design. More thoughtfully the base has smooth and easy to clean plastic catches where the bowl locks in before the lid can be locked in at the top, signalling the safety catch system where the food processor can't be started without the lid being locked in. Black alignment arrows have also been place on both the top lid and bottom plastic jug whilst a base arrow shows you just exactly how to lock everything down if ingenuity and logic of the bowl clicking into place doesn't alert you. Nothing new here, but it's good to see that Argos Value have stuck to their guns in remembering safety first. For cleaning, the jug and lid is extremely easier than Kenwood, with no awkward corners where food stains can lurk or get a chance to get stuck. Therefore when hand washing for example everything can be washed down using a dish brush easily or plop the whole lid, pusher and jug into the dishwasher; even the tools are dishwasher safe apart from the main spindle that holds the discs in.
Like Kenwood, the stainless steel chopping and mixing blade is stainless steel. There is no chrome painted metal wings here to worry about and whilst there is a lack of whisk, of which the stainless steel chopping blade covers that eventuality you also get one complete round slicing disk and a spindle. All of these tools simply drop into the neck of the jug with ease and they are just as quick to remove when you're finished. What a pity Argos never took advantaged of creating a space for the tools to go for all that this mammoth food processor takes up on space. Reverse the disc over and you get shredder grills. It isn't quite how Argos advertises it as having 2 shredder plates, because in reality you only get one disc with a reverse design function. It is a very simple idea but one that works slightly better than Kenwood when it comes to function, who still persist in fitting tight to release blade parts into a plastic holder before it can be inserted into the bowl. This is the nonsense my mum has to go through to use her Kenwood food processor and removing the plates can be difficult with her arthritic hands.
For the price though it is easy to spot where Argos Value have made other sacrifices. When it came to chopping nuts for example, the stainless steel blade does a wonderful job even though the thin plastic jug doesn't absorb the sound of sliced and chopped "hard" food products like nuts terribly well. Pinging here and there, chopping nuts was done very quickly and with a lot of ease helped by two speeds on offer: permanent low speed and a permanent high speed. There is also a pulse function, which means I can literally keep my finger on the button to how small or large I want my nut chunks to be. Part of the speed isn't down to the motor, which is pretty noisy on the high speed but the thinness of the plastic jug, which could be better made here. The steel blade however has handy serrated edges to improve cutting, slicing and whisking times but they are extremely sharp and out of the box you do get flimsy plastic wings you can fit over the blade when not in use. Despite their sharpness and general ability they are thin metal knife blades set into plastic, and like almost all food processors on the market including this appliance, this will not crush ice for smoothies. For ice crushing always look for a glass blender or a reasonable blender that can do this successfully.
When it came to shredding carrots and cheese (I love making cheesy scones), the Argos Value food processor does a fine job but like most food processors on the market when it comes down to the last stump of food product, it always gets stuck between the lid and the blade. This happened quite a lot with this product. In defence of the actual food pusher, I like the food pusher even though it lacks actual gradients as a measure - it lacks the clear aspect from Kenwood but it does feel a bit better made possibly down to the fact that it's made of thicker white plastic that has proved easier to keep clean and if anything gets stuck you can gently tap the pusher until the last stump gets properly whizzed up. When it came to slicing, I was slicing apples and found that the slices are very thin.
Whilst our cakes and scones were gobbled with ease and the money we earned was relatively successful I have to praise Argos here for the effort in which this machine has coped. Although it may be cheap, the consistency and precision to which the Argos Value food processor has cut general food prep has been quite exacting. It isn't the most perfect food processor however even though their mini chopper has been a boon to have and is five times smaller and a lot more space efficient. Argos state that the machine has non-slip feet, of which it does but it lacks the suction cups on Kenwood machines that plant the machine on level surfaces with better certainty.
The capacity of the Argos Value food processor has a 1.7 litre fill but this is only and purely restricted to large quantity baking prep and not liquids on their own. Although it has a lower liquid capacity than Kenwood's FP120 (0.6 litres against 0.8 litres and double that if you take advantage of Kenwood's handy canopy disc which doubles the volume of liquids alone) I dangerously found out the wrong way by over filling the Argos Value food processor with too much liquid only for it to come out squirting out the sides at the top of the lid!
When it came to dealing with heavy cake mixture, the stainless steel blade comes to the rescue and whilst the buttons on the food processor are large and easy to use with a preset push in action, the labelling on the buttons are written in large black capitals and does look a little clinical. However, even if the machine is left on for no less than five minutes, the Argos Value food processor becomes very hot which I find disconcerting. Another downside is that unlike the Kenwood FP120, there is no cable storage and although the cord length is average, there is no space either on the underside or to the side of the food processor where excess cable can be stored. I guess the old adage, "you get what you pay for," may well spring to mind faster from the moment you lift the machine out of the box and discover these things, particularly if you have had a more professionally designed food processor with a mass brand, in the past.
All in all Argos Value Food processor is worth the price it is selling at, but it could be better made in terms of plastics, noise absorption, storing the cable and somewhere to put the spare disc, blade and spindle. Whilst the capacity is fantastic for shredding and slicing food prep, it lacks proper seals for liquid to be blended successfully, always keeping in your mind that the capacity has to be no more than 0.8 litres. There are markings on the actual bowl/jug but they are not very helpful as they lack litres and other gradient measures, only giving you two maximum "fill line," marks and all of that marks it down. As such this could well be an ideal food processor for first time buyers, or for those in the market who only ever shred or slice vegetables or salad prep. You can't do that with a mini-chopper! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2010
Product code: 422/7944