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I owned this product for a few weeks, under 28 days to be precise. I gave it every best shot, and then I returned it to Tesco Direct.
In theory the product is the bees knees, but it wasn't up to the job I needed it to do.
Kenwood is a very reputable brand name, and is associated as being a reliable sturdy product. This processor was no different. It's not very flimsy and is feel quite robust. I liked the size of the unit which is quite compact and fits nicely on the work top. I also liked that no space on the unit was wasted for having the blender in a separate place to the processor.
It is a 750w which is quite powerful, the lowest I have encountered myself being 400w. The extra 350w just gives the product an extra boost.
It comes with three different accessories, one of which being a grater which I did use and found to be very good. I used it for carrot and cheese and it made a tedious job effortless in a matter of seconds.
The blender has a 1.2 litre liquidizer which I found was enough in which to make a portion of soup (before heating). What I dislike about the unit is that there are only 2 speed settings and nothing in between. There is also a pulse option but this does not vary much from the second speed. I personaly liked my old Breville blender that had 10 settings all of varying degrees as sometimes you don't really want the unit on at anywhere near the speed that the first setting offers. This was just one of the flaws I found with the product.
The second flaw was with the processor part. It was sold to me as a fairly large bowl, it being 2.1L. I use my processor to make biscuits for dogs which I sell for charity. My Breville one having just given up the ghost after 10 years forced me into a quick replacement. The blade I found was tiny and was no bigger than the blade on my mini chopper, so whilst it chopped, when it came to "process" anything it just wasn't up to the job. The mixture got stuck and in the end I had to try and spoon it out, but as it was dough this wouldn't work. Forced to use my hands, i then sliced my finger on the blade. For a small blade it did a bit of damage. I then did some research and found out that although the bowl is 2.1l it only has a working capacity of 1L. What is the point in that? What annoyed me was that it didn't state that on the box.
In terms of cleaning the unit, it was fairly average. For those that have one, it is dishwasher safe but was no hardship to wash.
I was completely and thoroughly disappointed with the unit and was returned for a refund
We bought this blender/food processor/vegetable slicer a few months ago. I love the simplistic design and the fact that there aren't tons of buttons. There is just one knob in the centre which allows you to pulse, or blend on two settings. We use the blender a lot. I use it for soup and smoothies. It works really well and you can the consistancy you want with the fast or slow blending options. But you also have the option of making it into a food processor or a vegetable slicer which is pretty handy. It's great that you get all this as a lot of food processors on the market offer you just one of these options for the same price. The only negative thing I would say is that when I first started blending soup the liquid would come out of a little hole at the top of he jug. To remedy that I had to put a tea towel over the top, however that problem seems to have stopped now. Overall this is a really fantastic piece if kit and for the price probably the best value out there at the moment.
Over the last few years, I have been saying I should get a food processor to encourage me to cook more exciting meals. The idea behind my theory is that by having one machine instead of three to do the same sort of job, and then I can speed up in the kitchen, create less mess and create wonderful creations.
I happened to be in Sainsbury's one day a month or so ago, and spied the Kenwood FP220 on offer at £49.99. I have since found out that this is the average price you can expect to pay for it, so perhaps it wasn't a bargain after all. Or maybe it was!
Upon getting the food processor out of the box for the first time, I was pleased with the number of attachments it included. As well as your standard mixing bowl, there was also a liquidiser jug. Attachments included a slicing blade, juicer, whip, grater and slicer. It appeared to have everything I would need to enhance my cooking skills. No more chopping manually for me.
Appearance wise, the food processor is simple in design, yet clean and compact so not to take up too much space on your work top. I firmly believe that if I put this gadget in the cupboard it'll never be seen again, much like my bread maker which is now gathering dust somewhere. Out on the work top it stays, and due to its size, it's not out of place or bulky. My only objection is I need to find a good place to store the blades for when not in use.
The processing bowl is capable of holding 2.1 litres and the liquidiser 1.2 litres. Both are plenty big enough for making cakes, pancake mix Yorkshire pudding mix etc without worrying that you're heading into overspill.
Setting up the machine for use is simple with minimum effort requires. The base unit will always stay central, and should you require the processor then you place the central rotator into place (which in fact can stay permanently in place unless you want the liquidiser), before placing the jug unit on. Both the processor jug and the liquidiser jug will only slot into place one way, and as long as you place them on the base centrally then they slide in easily. You know it's correct as it will click, and also the processor won't work if you try to turn it on.
The slicer and grater attachment is one and the same, it just requires turning over to get the correct one. The slicer blade is used for many items from chopping to mixing. The juicer is separate, but to be honest this is the only feature I don't feel is worth my time and effort to use. I think it's almost quicker to juice by hand.
With two speeds and a pulse action, the processor is simple to use, quite loud in terms of being close to it, but for the amount of time you are using it, it's fine.
In terms of time saving then if you are organised in the kitchen, you can really make a food processor work for you. For example we grate a block of cheese in one sitting and then store in the fridge. It takes literally seconds to grate a block in the processor, rather than by hand.
The same works for making coleslaws and slicing potatoes for chips or potato bakes.
What I did find when cleaning the machine, is that obviously due to the sharpness of the blades, you have to be super careful when washing up, and should you be making something with oil, it does tend to cling a little more to the sides of the machine than other appliances I have used. Once you get around the quirks of the machine then it will work well for you.
I have definitely got my money's worth from it in a short space of time from using it, and would recommend to anyone thinking of buying a food processor.
I used to have issues with my Chopper. And if you have read my review on James Martins Mini-Chopper (by Wahl) you will realize that in the world of small compact food processors (choppers) it isn't a level playing field, and some units fail miserably to live upto expectations. In summary. I was completely dissastisfied with it. In fact I hated it.
Upon recommendation from the then 'Dooyoo Guide' Narr, I purchased one of the Kenwood FP compacts, in this case the FP220. My verdict after owning the unit for 13 months is below.
~The Kenwood FP220~
For the £40 or so, that you will expect to pay for this unit. You do get alot of value for your money. For the price this unit, carries the renowkned Kenwood name, which is synonomous with food processors. In addition to the quality brand name, the unit boasts a 2.1 litre capacity bowl, and a 1.2 litre capacity liquidiser.
The unit has also has many functions (15 in total) more commonly found on its bigger brothers, it has 2 speeds, a pulse function, and comes with a high quality chopping blade, a whipping tool, a citrus juice, a shredding/slicing disk and a very nice plastic spatula.
Yet before I start singing its praises, I have to make it clear from the start, that this is NOT a full blown food processor, and if you think of it in terms of one, then you will potentially be dissapointed.
The reason I say this, is two fold. Firstly the capacity of the bowl, which is not quite large enough to really count as a "real" food processor, nor does it have the muscle power to deal with heavy duty work. Secondly, the unit is compact with a footprint of around 20cm approx, but its quite tall, coming in at around 40cm or so. Net result of the small footprint and the tall height, is that the unit has a high centre of gravity, and is unstable if overloaded, and while it won't topple over, it will dance and shake if you try making it work too hard or cramm it to full.
However, if you think of this unit as intended, and view it as a compact processor or a chopper, then it is superb! Suddenly the 2 litre bowl is generous, the ability to pulse, or operate in two speeds is class leading. The motor is adequately powered to demolish onions, or slice carrots, the 1.2 litre liquidiser can demolish ice cubes for delicious smoothies. The compact size also means it can stay left out on your work surface.
One thing to note though, is if you have low hung kitchen units, then do make sure you have clearance in excess of 60cm above your worktop, to make sure it fits comfortably, and for access. Under some circumstances the height, could be an issue.
~USED IN ANGER~
-The mixing bowl, chopping blade;
NOTE: Before I begin, a word of note, this unit needs to be "clicked" firmly into place for it to work, it is a safety feature. Compared to some early versions of Kenwoods I have owned, this seats very effectively and easily onto the base. You do have to ensure though, that you do give it that extra final twist to lock it in place.
To be honest, the chopping capability of this unit was the main reason for my purchase. I wanted a chopper that had the grunt to cope with dicing onions and potatoes etc, a unit that was able to make pizza dough etc, ALL without jamming or cutting everything unevenly. This is indeed, that machine. Further whilst the motor is undoubtedly a little harsh sounding, it is very powerful for a compact unit, and can dice 2-3 medium sized onions at once, no problem at all. If I compare this to my previos 'James Martin' Wahl unit which felt underpowered, (the review of which is on dooyoo), the difference and results are night and day.
Aside from the obvious tasks of chopping, I also wanted a chopper, which was delicate enough to deal with herbs, have a large enough capacity to be able to make mayonaisse, humus, or a pesto in quantity, but without being a huge ordeal to clean or setup. The FP220 ticks all of these boxes.
Apart from the usual cutting blade, the FP220 also comes with a cutting disk for slicing. I can confirm it works beautifully, producing even slices. During the time I have owned the unit, we have sliced things from cucumbers, all the way through to tough old carrots without any issues at all.
The whisking attachment puzzled me to begin with, I didn't imagine what it was for, or how it would work at first. A quite read of the simple manual, and all became clear, and I have to report that compared to a hand held electric whisk, this unit can whip cream, or whip egg whites into perfect meringue consistency, in the blink of an eye.
Juicer isn't worth mentioning really, its pretty obviously going to work, albeit quite messy to clean up.
The supplied liquidiser causes me a few issues, at the begining of this review I mentioned in the note a safety feature which ensures the mixing bowl is firmly attached before you can use it. However for the liquidiser I feel the need to issue a warning.
WARNING: When the Liquidiser is attached to the base unit, the unit can be TURNED ON, without the lid being attached. This means your hands/fingers etc could potentially come into contact with the blade.
To me this is horrific! My previous Philips liquidiser had a safety feature which ensured the lid was attached BEFORE the unit could be turned on. This feature clearly was overlooked on this product. Only a minor point maybe, but in my experience, if things can happen they will, and somebody somewhere is going to thoughtlessly put their hands inside the blender while it is on. This should not be possible.
That complaint/warning aside, the unit does perform very well, it can easily deal with ice for making smoothies, or delicious mojito cocktails, and it goes without saying milkshakes are a breeze.
As is standard on practically all kitchen items these days, the whole unit (obviously not the base unit) parts are dishwasher safe, but on most occasions we just rinse the parts in soapy water. The beauty of the FP220 is that the whole jug breaks down into easily rinsable parts with few nooks or crannys. This includes the liquidiser, the blade base of which also detaches (with an anti-clockwise twist) leaving the jug easily rinsed.
As mentioned right at the begining, this unit is not a full blown food processor, if you try and bully the unit and continually overload it, I imagine the motor will eventually fail earlier than expected. That said, I have abused the unit quite heavily for months, almost daily, and its working fine. I have read reports of early failures, but that isn't at all my experience. With normal usage, I would expect excellent reliability over many years. Given the price, that is outstanding!
The other moving parts seem very durable, and certainly in the duration of ownership (13 months), and practically daily use, there is NO sign of wear and tear at all, and even the blades remain remarkbly sharp.
I have in this review concentrated on quite a few of the negatives, but on balance I am extrememly pleased with the purchase, and for many reasons I would not hesistate to recommend this machine.
In particular this unit would suit young couples, or single people, and as the unit can be left out on your workspace (as it is quite small), it is definitely something which will get alot of use.
I tend to spend quite some time in the kitchen these days but I don't really mind as I do like cooking, I suppose that stems back to when I was 'cheffing' for a living.
Anyway, back when I was 'cheffing' you had to do most things by hand, cooking wise that is, so it was a little more work back then. These days life in the kitchen is so much easier, what with all the mod-cons that are on the market to give chefs a little helping hand.
One of them items, which I am the owner of and have been for some time, is the kenwood Multi Pro food processor/liquidiser.
** Brief specs...
* White food processor.
* Separate liquidizer.
* 1.2 litre mixer capacity
* 2.1 litre bowl capacity
* 750 watt power
* 2 speed and 'pulse' button
* Safety interlock to prevent accidental start without lid.
* Detachable blades for easy cleaning
** IN CONCLUSION...
As I have had previously used Kenwood products before and had been quite pleased with what they had to offer so I was quite adamant that this little processor would be as good as it claimed.
Plus I didn't want a monster of a processor, as I knew I wouldn't need to use it all the time so it would have to slot into the cupboard without stopping the door from shutting, so when I saw this I thought it would be the perfect size.
Setting it up is fairly simple with the bowl fitting onto the middle shaft, although it can be a little tricky at times, but not enough to spoil the show.
The liquidizer is by far the better of the two 'bowls' doing a much finer cut and being so easy to clean in itself.
Cleaning it is just as easy with it's removable blades, which, by the way, are made of quite high quality stainless steel so will probably out last the processor itself.
It has what Kenwood call a unique patented 'Dual Drive system', what ever that means, but as the motor is not the most powerful then I'm guessing it has got nothing to do with that, if it has then it maybe needs to be a 'double-dual drive system'.
Speaking of the motor, well, as I said, it may not be as powerful as other processors, being unable to handle anything as big as a whole onion or the like, but it is still good enough to take on smaller items with ease, or even pre-chopped onions if needs be.
It may not be one of the quietest of motors either, in fact it sounds a little like a jaguar with a dodgy manifold, especially when you use the 'pulse' button, and when I turn the dial to change up a speed there is a bit of a loud thudding noise as the motor changes gear, like that jaguar again only this time the automatic transmition having failed, so you know something is happening.
As for its looks, well, it is not the most attractive of machines, with a big white button slapped on the front being used as the control dial, turning clockwise for the two speeds and anticlockwise for the 'pulse' mode.
The two 'bowls' it comes with are made of rigid transparent plastic and both fit quite well onto the main body, at separate times of course, with the processor itself having the usual 'chimney' type funnel for pushing in those extra bits without having to take the lid off. The Liquidizer itself having small metal blades which whip round to make pulp out of those bits of fruit you've thrown in.
Both 'bowls' have good sized handles attached to them for easy pouring which is
Although it states that one of the bowl is 2 litres but only half that size is really of any use so don't expect any big meals in one go.
It is ideal for what I need it for, such as chopping vegetables, although it can struggle with some larger items so I do advice shopping things up a little bit smaller before dropping it in.
In all, a nice little food mixer which is great for those small jobs in the kitchen, although I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who is constantly using a processor in the kitchen.
If you want this smallish appliance in your kitchen and you don't mind the noise levels upsetting your pets then you can get it from around £30.00, which for what get is not a bad price.
Although, always remember to put that little piece in the lid of the liquidiser before hitting the on button or you will have one hell of a mess, believe me.
Thanks to the joy of moving, and despite my better efforts of packaging for removal, my old faithful Kenwood food processor has been damaged. The damage is so severe that a deep crack has appeared from the controls across the motor spindle rendering this much loved kitchen food prep helper, useless. The choice of making do with my mum's larger older food processor just wouldn't do as she needs it for herself and whilst I'm not an experienced chef, I do like cooking and baking generally. So the time has come to look for a replacement, something just as cheap that does the same if not quieter food preps that my old FP110/101 is used to. I can't afford what I would really like to get; even bids and prices on EBay for used and reconditioned Magimix models are atrocious whilst Braun models are difficult to get on the high street in the UK. This is a long review.
Enter the newest range of food processors from Kenwood. Whilst they are still producing belt drive models which are obvious from the motor on the left hand side and the spindle on the right hand side, the newest FP220 has a direct motor on the bottom and the jug and spindle at the top. For all intents and purposes it seems to look very modern compared to my old unit too even though the same sheen white plastic has been used, Kenwood now mark the jug/blender part much more clearly with gradients of millilitres. Whilst Kenwood may lead you to believe that a direct motor with a jug on top is better for long life I'm still not used to the fact that the machine is taller, putting it under the food cupboards where my old Kenwood used to go is sadly no longer an option. My old Kenwood had a height of around 25cm but this one has a height of 40cm. This is fine if you have an open planned kitchen, but with cupboards in between my work tops like a standard kitchen usually has, the 40cm height just about works even if the tube pusher stands out and the model has to be pulled to the front of the workspace for it to be used. Not only is this a slight downside because of its height but the suction cups which fasten the machine so tightly to the surface will eventually weaken because of all that moving about!
A large control dial functions two speeds including a pulse function, which can be turned the other way (anticlockwise) as opposed to clockwise. Although everything on this model seems to be designed well with clearly marked controls, the dial gives off a thud sound each notch of the speed selection is moved, meaning that the quality of fit and build is rather cheap and in this respect you seem to get what you pay for.
Price in fact was of course one of the more leading decisions at the time. Do I get a completely different manufacturer despite Kenwood machines generally gracing both my parents and my kitchens, or do I plump for a Kenwood machine based on price and hoping it will do a better job than the last? I could have bought the same food processor again however - my model still sells in Argos, Comet, John Lewis - to mention a few high street outlets - but as usual the FP220 looked particularly appealing if not for the fact of its newer design but of its higher powered motor of 750 watts against the smaller motor of my old Kenwood sporting 300 or so watts. Tesco, Comet and online outlets have a leading price of around £50. John Lewis however was the cheapest for me, at £44-95.
However, whilst looking at several alternatives at the time, I reckoned the Kenwood FP220 Compact food processor would do the job. Having a much bigger capacity jug at 2.1 litres means that this little beauty can do more food prep in half the time and I don't have to fish out the maxi-canopy disc on my old model where blending liquids is concerned to double the volume of the jug.
Another reason to why I chose the FP220 over the FP101/110/08 series isn't just because of the price increase;
In use the FP220 takes a shorter time to set up. For a start it has a motor spindle for separate use when using the main bowl/jug. This has to be twisted and locked in before the main jug can be installed; this is great for people like me who like to keep everything clean. Then you simply add the disc of your choice; and in this instance you only have one disc to hand; a stainless steel dishwasher safe disc which features shreds on one side, flip it over and you have a slicer blade. This is so much easier than my old FP101; I found that I no longer had to seek the small red attachment lock for the bottom of the spindle; this is one Kenwood model where literally you drop the main motor spindle in, drop the jug, then attach the stainless steel dishwasher safe disc before adding the lid on, twist and lock and you're ready to go. In this instance when it comes to food prep, you really don't have to spend much time getting the machine ready and everything fits sensibly as easy as A,B and C!
Of the tools you do get, you also get a 1.2 gradient marked liquidiser (and of which I thought for a moment my last Cookworks smoothie maker would look redundant), a citrus press, a whisking attachment, the excellent serrated knife blade and the flip over shredder/slicer disc; all the parts are dishwasher safe including the blender which has a detachable blade and rubber inserts for optimum cleaning. The citrus presser is the same as the old tool for my Kenwood which is a bit of a shame as you have to install the filter and the presser with just the half cup or a lemon or orange half as your only protection between the ripper/presser and your hand! So now I have an extra set as a spare and of course a Kenwood wouldn't be a Kenwood without their famous rubber fined flexible spatula; another one to add to the five I already have!
Whilst the shredder/slicer disc is excellent and generally manages to shred down to the last notch of most food preps, the bigger diameter bowl at the top is wider and that means cheese (which on food processors inevitably never get shredded properly) bits get chucked into the shredded food after use. Sometimes the cheese gets stuck and then melts around the rim of the lid, just like any other food processor I have used. But it's not the problem of the disc that is under scrutiny here or the bigger bowl capacity of which I thought would be great; it's the motor noise.
The motor noise is the worst sound I have ever experienced from a Kenwood and the FP220 whines, screams and eventually becomes too boomy never really presenting me with a temptation to check out all of its fine features.
The whisking disc is also disappointing; it's a tool that was included on my mum's Gourmet food processor way back in the 1980's and has had little improvement; even the perforations are the same and Kenwood may well have gone to the trouble of stylising the top of the tool with a more organic softer look, but the whisk is useless for anything other than milk or egg whites - who makes recipes with egg whites these days??! And this was a tool I fondly remember reading about when it had failed Which? Consumer testing. For general whisking the stainless steel serrated knife blade should really be used, but for a generally new machine from a new range of machines, you'd think Kenwood wouldn't have cut corners here.
The liquidiser isn't any better in the noise department. Oh it gives a fair performance for blending; that I can give it for its use. Suffering from a toothed motor located at the bottom of its attachment foot, it increases the noise as well as the loud 750watt motor though. The capacity of the blender beaker is small too, and I found when preparing smoothies, whilst the delivery was quick, the capacity was only really suitable for small two standard tumblers of content rather than the larger capacities I'm used to on my Cookworks smoothie maker. Washing it out involved taking the lid off, then the base, then the seals, then more parts including the detachable blade. This is another area when Kenwood need to improve their design and cease giving consumer cheap components from another era; hot soup could be blended easily and quickly too, but the plastic jug is not insulated and to unlock it from the base of the motor you need to grab the jug not just the handle to take it off. Further indications of how cheap this "extra," is show that the stainless steel blades can't be used for crushing or making drinks which have a larger quantity of ice then; back to the Cookworks smoothie maker then!
The stainless steel knife blade is a trusted formula that works in all applications, including dough making. I've been trying my hand at making bread a slightly more old fashioned way. According to the paper user manual, the FP220 can handle around 12oz or 340g of dough mix. I added around half the capacity of dough to see just how the FP220 would cope. Whilst the results were excellent, the motor increased and decreased its speed whilst the dough gradually thickened up, but what I wasn't expecting was to question the FP220's stability. The FP220 has a slight tendency to rock a bit when making dough and in this instance you really do have to be on your guard near to the machine when making something like dough. The stability is fine for most jobs, but give it heavy food prep and the motor can give inconsistent stability. If I was at my mum's I would have her Kenwood Chef to hand and be able to do more prep work without worry that the machine is moving violently.
Then another day of baking ensued, with making salads and prep work. It had been a few days since last I used the FP220 and the sun shone brightly in Edinburgh and I felt a glut of salad and soup making coming on. So I got everything prepared, washed and cut and as usual went to install everything in and switched on. The motor started for a bit and then it stopped. I thought that initially the safety lock on the lid and jug had loosened, because the jug and lid in general have to be locked a certain way before the motor can function. Sadly however the FP220 never started again even with a fuse replacement. Needless to say after a three week ownership, the FP220 decided to call it a day.
On my return to John Lewis and after a fair bit of talking to their customer services, John Lewis refunded me money on the FP220. It was a decision not taken lightly from both corners. Whilst I had the option of buying another FP220 under guarantee (1 year from Kenwood, free with an extendable 3 year option) I reckon I was very lucky to be refunded the money and not be pressured into getting another FP220. The noise enough from this very short but well used ownership had sealed the Kenwood's fate. And talk about fate occurring twice! After considering selling what parts I had left of my original food processor and considering EBay for a replacement FP101 or forking out £25 on a new model, Gumtree provided a cheaper solution. An old FP101 in good condition with a recondition motor being sold by a student with very little tools and a jug without its lid; Now at £15 I think I've got the last laugh even though I'm stuck with another Kenwood FP101 for a few more years yet!
Inevitably then although my experience has been tainted by the FP220, I don't particularly feel that the FP220 has enough merit to gain four or even five stars. In lieu of the problem I encountered, Kenwood are as usual supplying new machines with little thought to actual user experience and are kitting this model in particular with cheap tools that don't really give much of a versatile cooking prep experience. Tie it in with an unstable platform, a very tall height and a very noisy motor and I'm left wondering just what will happen for Kenwood's next stage of food processor design because by my thinking, "Compact," does not mean "to cheapen." But then again by the time Kenwood properly insulate all their food processors and kit them with quality and versatile tools that actually work, I may well have moved up into the world of Braun or Magimix. ©Nar2 2008
Short name: Kenwood FP220