The Breville AWT is one of the most disappointing products I've ever bought.In its favour, it is easy to clean, and safe.BUT when kneading dough the mixture actually pushes up under the spindle and into the motor!! Not to mention the spindle coming off its housing. And that was on 'slow'. It doesn't chop, it demolishes. When grating you get left with a huge chunk that needs to be done by hand or wasted. Useless for smaller, difficult ingredients like ginger. The whole thing wastes food like nothing I've seen, and creates far too much washing up, once you've scraped and 'finished off' for it. It would have been quicker for me to knead dough by hand than to use the Breville AWT, and I am not joking.Needless to say, I will be returning this product and getting something that works.
I managed to drop and break the mixing bowl of my FP6, back in June. I contacted the 'Customer Services' dept. at Breville about a replacement and am still waiting - it's 26th August now.
They kept my cheque for over a month before banking it, and despite a couple of calls to them, and a letter written two weeks ago to the Managing Director, I have had no reponse whatever.
You can ring the contact number during normal office hours and get a recorded message telling you that they are closed for the weekend, and when you do finally manage to get through, the person on the other end will promise to despatch your item right away, but they don't. They don't answer emails either, and they don't even attempt to contact you to explain what's going on.
I will never buy another product from them.
After being delighted with my Antony Worrall Thompson (AWT) breadmaker by Breville, my other half also bought me the AWT Breville food processor, and I was good and didnt once moan about what a boring present a food processor is. (My mother was once given a toilet seat from my father, in all seriousness, so I am grateful for most things.)
I havent grown up surrounded by kitchen gadgets, in fact the opposite. My mother still refuses to have anything to do with microwaves and dishwashers, and when my aunt asked where the mixer was on a recent visit, she was handed a wooden spoon. A little of it has rubbed off on me: I guess quantities in recipes, much to my husbands horror, and Im forever using the wrong knife (my mother uses one knife for every purpose, and it has always served her well!) So he was pleased to buy me a gadget of any description. It might not be the most exciting gadget, but its one I use day in day out and its been a valuable addition to the kitchen, as well as being nice and shiny and stylish and silver - These things are important considerations too, after all!
When looking at different food processors, safety was an important consideration for my husband. I am notoriously bad with all things electrical and not to be trusted Ive left gas on for hours at a time and then lit matches to see if it really was on (oops), set fire to my dressing gown from the gas hob, set fire to the washing machine (best not to ask how), and accidentally inflicted numerous burns and cuts on myself over the years. So he checked the specifications of the Breville carefully to see if it was a wise move, and thankfully it was. It has neat clips for cord storage meaning I am less likely to send it flying across the room than the other appliances in our kitchen, and it has a safety cap which sits on the blender when the jug is not in use. Its impossible to accidentally start either jug or bowl: everything has to be locked into place safely and correctly before any actual processing can be done, so I wont be grating my fingers into my soup in the near future. There is even a flashing neon light which tells you when the safety cap is off, or if the jug is not correctly fitted. The processor has rubber feet, which means it wont slide about when you are using it and you can be reassured that it isnt going to fly off your worktop when its vibrating at the maximum setting.
There are two basic parts to the processor as you can see in the picture the blender which holds 1.5 litres (jug bit) and the processor (bowl bit) which can take up to 1.75 litres. The bowl has a feed tube, so that you can add ingredients to the processing bowl while the unit is in use. The 700 watt motor starts slowly and has 10 speeds/positions. The really clever bit lies in all the attachments that come with the processor. There are a total of 11 attachments which are as follows: A set of six blades which are 1) thick slicing blade, 2) thin slicing blade, 3) chipping blade, 4) course grating blade, 5) fine grating blade, 6) grating blade which can all be stored within a compartment attached to the processor itself (very clever). No more raking through drawers trying to find the missing or lost attachment, or throwing them away after years of wondering what gadget they belong to.
Then there is a dough blade, a processing blade and a whisk, which need to be placed elsewhere while you are using the bowl attachment, although they can be stored inside it when it isnt in use. The only parts which need totally separate storage are the spatula and citrus juicer. Its a shame there isnt another magic compartment to keep those in too! All the parts are very easy to fit and clip into place, and again nothing will operate unless correctly fitted, so they are very safe.
With all these attachments, there suddenly opens up a whole host of things this processor can do that you might never have considered: not only can you do all the normal things like shred or slice vegetables, whisk cream or puree things, but you can also mix dough and batter, chop up raw meats, turn nuts into paste, chocolate into crumbs, crush ice cubes, and juice citrus fruits without getting pips in your juice! I mainly use mine to make soup and coleslaw, but I can see that it would be a fantastic time-saver for making baby food as well.
Importantly, all the parts and attachments are easy to clean as they are easily removable and easy to wash (and dishwasher safe, if you have such a magical appliance.) You can also wash the base with a damp cloth. This really is the mother of all food processors: it doesnt take up a huge amount of space and its incredibly versatile, easy to use and importantly, safe, even for kitchen dummies like me.
It comes with a users guide and a recipe book by Antony Worrall Thompson (its almost worth buying the whole thing for his yogurt and mango fool recipe.)
Best price I can find: £74.50 at electricshopping.com
I have just purchased an Antony Warrall Thompson Professional food processer by Breville. It is absolutely brilliant and you can do almost anything with it, the thing I like is the juice extracter. I use this quite often as I like to drink fresh orange juice, it is a lot easier than squeezing your own oranges. When you do vegetables, instead of having to cut them yourself, just put them in and all the work is done for you. I find it useful when my grand-daughter comes to stay, as I can just put a small amount of our meal into the blender and within a few minutes her meal is ready to give to her. It has a special storage compartments to keep all the grating and slicing discs in, which is good as if they are left lying around children can easily cut themselves on them. I have never bothered buying one before as I thought they were a waste of money, but now that I have got one I wouldn't be without it. It comes complete with a users guide and a recipe book by Antony Warrall Thompson. I have tried some of the easier recipes, but I have yet to try the harder ones, I think that I will use it more now that winter is here, as I can make homemade soups and stews, and this will save a lot of time on chopping and dicing all the vegetables. This processer cost £80 but it is well worth every single penny.
I bought this little blighter with some of my dooyoo miles, so thanks guys :) I previously had to ask and cajol and whine to the boyfriend to grate the cheese every time I wanted to make my delicious enchilada sauce (as i have long fingernails and i'm too lazy, lol). After not eating our usual 'sunday roast' dinner (made with Quorn) for the past 4 weeks, I decided to buy a little gizmo that would do it immediately and without moaning! (just jesting?!) This isn't a bad little blender/mixer/grater/slicer! - It holds 2 litres of 'stuff', be it sliced carrot or grated cheese to the aforementioned enchilada sauce. The stainless steel chopping blade seems a little well..... on the weak side to me, but it's not broken yet! It has different blades that snap-in to do all the fiddly bits and can get a little messy, especially if you are chopping wet things first and then you realise you needed to get some fresh coriander chopped! (tip, do the dry things first, i didn't - duh) They give you a citrus press and a spatula, I haven't used the citrus press yet, but then again, you can't get better than using a fork i say.... They also give you a 'emulsifying disc' which apparently is for beating eggs and cream, I haven't used that yet though, and I probably won't, although..... eggs + flour + other stuff = CAKES! (maybe i will then!) It's quite attractive to look at, and apparently it's dishwasher safe (haven't needed one of those machines yet, i still use the boyfriend, lol!) You can fit all the add-ons inside a cage that goes into the processor's bowl, so it's easy storage and if you're anything like me it stops you losing the iddy bits too! At the moment, that's all i (k)need *groans*, well until, I start writing my recipes for the Naked Chef.............