Product Type: Kenwood food processors
Newest Review: ... a little smaller than my old one it looked pretty smart compared to my trusty Kenwood. And it also had a liquidizer which my old one didn'... more
Is blending the Kenwood way a bargain? Lets find out!
Member Name: ididdoo
Date: 19/07/10, updated on 19/07/10 (211 review reads)
Advantages: Relatively cheap if you search around online.
Disadvantages: Struggles to blend bigger portions, can overheat, loud
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When I bought this guy it came in a pretty sizable cardboard box, and when you open it up - you understand why! Its many versatile features means its size it pretty daunting, especially if you have a smaller family kitchen like mine. That being said, although sizable on the surface counter, i wouldn't have it any other way. Each part of the FP196 has been designed for function, and function it does...
First things first - the packaging it comes in is great. No messing around with oodles of filling polystyrene all over the kitchen floor. Very simple, and straight to business.
Kenwood clearly decided to go for substance over style on this one. Whilst not unsightly, the FP196 is more about what it does than how nice it makes the kitchen look. That being said, I quite like how it looks in my kitchen, with the familiar chrome shine fitting in with almost all of my other appliances with ease (chrome in the home it seems)
So whilst it isn't going to grab points in the looks department, will it make up for it in the function area? Well, after I managed to figure this strange looking thing out - I found out!
At first, I felt it a little daunted by it all. If you are only used to the standard "one jug" food processor (like mine before this one), there's a fair bit to check out. But not to worry, the instructions supplied are easy to follow and straight to the point.
I spent literally two minutes reading them and was off for a test run!
First was the liquidiser, the largest section of the piece. In went the goods, but after a little time I realised, the goods weren't necessarily coming out again. When the liquidiser was dealing with small amounts, it was great - but anything over half way full, and I ran into problems getting anything completely smooth. And trust me, unwanted bumps and chunks don't sit well. So a 1 litre liquidiser quickly became a 0.5 litre load only. Not good.
I tried several different items, and all the same outcome. When times get half tough (or more), the liquidiser just doesn't get going. Anything too taxing, and it even gets extremely hot.
This thing is so light, it needs suction on the feet to stop it moving around in action. Give it a chance, and it'll take a free role all over your kitchen! For me, it wasn't too much of a problem due to the arrangement the FP196 found itself in in my kitchen (i.e. tucked tightly in the corner!)
But you can never hide the noise of these things. And this one is even louder than my previous blender, especially when its struggling to keep up with the larger amounts of food.
At 600w power and with dishwasher safe parts, the FP196 follows suite here with most food processors. That being said, trying to drop a 1.4 litre bowl and an 800ml jug into the dishwasher after a full meal is a feat of engineering in itself! More often than not, I found myself washing it the old fashioned way to save valuable dishwasher space.
The chopping blade is stainless steel and supposedly sharp as, well, a knife. But whilst sharp to the touch, it seems to struggle with power when it comes to lots of food.
Safety interlocks and cable storage keep things a-ok with young families like mine. Although a retractable cord would have been a nice touch.
A spatula and whisk come in tow, but I found myself never using them. In fact, they're still in the nice packaging it came in. Perhaps they can make friends with that little tool that nobody uses on the vacumm cleaner?
FP stands for Fantastic Price?
At first I thought so. I found mine for £32, and I'm sure you can find it for a little better searching online. But what you get for the price ultimately isn't that impressive.
Summary: Not great to look at, fairly large and bulky - and most unfortunately - not a great blend for your buck.
Summary: Shiney but whiney, this blender has its problems
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