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I bought this food processor last year, as a step up from the blender we were using, looking for more options and basically a bit of an upgrade. My partner loves making loads of soups so the blender was getting lots and lots of use and justified the investment in a better bit of kit.
As is usual with me, the main reasons for choosing this model over any other came down to it being available from Tesco at a time when they had their double points offer on. It was on sale at £79.99, so it wasn't cheap.
I liked the appearance and design of the food processor, it was silver and grey in colour with a brushed metal finish and its overall design was to be easy on the eye with curves and its edges softened.
Underneath there are 4 suction feet which ensure that the processor never slips and are really effective.
Overall the size of the processor is 17.5 x 20 x 20cm which translates as looking pretty compact considering all the functions it has, and it's 2.1lt bowl capacity. The lid fits upside down in the bowl (with some gentle persuasion) and so it stores in quite a small space in the cupboard. I say in the cupboard, because I don't like too much equipment out on top of my kitchen surfaces, but the design of this processor is that it would look really smart and tidy if you prefer to keep it out on top.
This processor fitted our bill because it came with lots of attachments (what they did was not overly critical because we just wanted lots of options, we didn't have specific needs in mind) and it also had a large jug liquidiser which fit on the base so that gave additional reassurance as it resembled our old one!
The full list of attachments is as follows:
Twin beater geared whisk (for cream or eggs - not mixture)
Thick slicing/coarse shredding disc
Thin slicing/fine shredding disc
Geared citrus press
Liquidiser (separate jug with blade unit)
By a mile, the most-used tool is the knife blade. This can be used for all sorts of things - blitzing soups, crumbing biscuits, chopping veg and making pate have been our main uses. It has also been used it once or twice for making cake mixture but in truth, a normal hand whisk and bowl makes for easier washing up. In all the tasks we've asked of it, this processor has given brilliant results.
We have also had good use out of the slicing and shredding discs which are easy to use with a good sized feed tube to push the food down, which comes with an easy to hold and use plastic 'pusher'.
Assembly & Use
There is a detachable shaft which fits into the base for all uses of the food processor - it has a gear type arrangement on its top on which the attachments sit. Having put the shaft into the base, you fit the main clear plastic bowl onto the base which is rotated to click securely into place. You then fit your chosen attachment on which sits onto the top of the shaft gear before fitting the lid. The lid also rotates slightly to click into grooves on the top of the bowl, and as long as everything is securely clicked tight, you're good to go.
There is one large circular button on the front of the base which is turned to operate the processor. Turning it to the right gives a pulse action (for coarser cutting and short bursts of liquidising) which gives complete control, for example when making pastry, and it has two settings turning it clockwise for a low or higher speed. None of the operating speeds are particularly noisy.
Once you've finished processing, remove the lid and then the bowl with its sturdy moulded handle to empty the contents.
The Processor comes with an uncomplicated instruction leaflet which details the individual attachments separately, in terms of what they do, how to use, and safety and care and cleaning tips for each one. The leaflet also contains a few basic recipes to give your processor a run-out, making the most of the attachments - cakes, bread, soup, pastry and lasagne.
Following the assembly process in reverse takes everything apart for cleaning. Obviously great care is needed when cleaning the blades and discs - they are effective for a reason! - and all the elements are dishwasher safe if you have that option. For us without a dishwasher, the bowl isn't the easiest thing to wash - it does clean easily but it's cumbersome to manoeuvre in the washing-up bowl. The elements are also awkward to drain, with all the nooks and crannies, you very often get showered when you pick parts up off the draining board. I can't knock off a star for this, though.
This is a great looking, well made food processor which has more than enough attachments for everyday kitchen operations. It's a generous size, it's easy to assemble, to operate and to store, which to me are the key things I'm looking for together with performing brilliantly at everything we have used it for. A five star bit of kitchen kit.
I received this processor as a pressie from my mum, who ordered it via Amazon. The base unit is a solid, chunky one which was reassuringly heavy. The blades were plentiful and there was definitely enough choice to keep even the most competent cook happy. The blender is plastic and therefore is not suitable for hot liquids etc. and looks a little bit on the cheap side. The blender screws easily on to the base unit. The food processor requires that you insert a small plastic 'stick' onto the base unit and then the processor unit fits on top. This is fiddly and the worst thing is when you go to empty out the contents of the bowl, invariably you forget that it is there and the stick falls into your cake batter! This is a small issue though, and when you've used it a few times you can remember to take it off first.
My biggest gripe with this processor was that the motor had a constant burning smell when using it, and it did not go away, in fact, it got worse and at one point smoke came out! I don't know if this was just a faulty one off or if it is indicative of a bigger problem with kenwood motors, but I sent it back (Amazon customer service are brilliant) and replaced it with model FP254, which was been great.
Added to ciao 23/11/14
I have wanted a food processor/blender for a while and as I had built up a stock of tokens for a certain well known department store I thought now would be the time to invest in one. My reasons for getting one is that I just want to make my kitchen prep that bit easier (or am I just getting lazy). This cost me £57.67 but prices may vary depending on where you buy it from.
What is in the box?
The base unit looks like brushed metal and is a solid piece of kit and reassuringly heavy. The rubberised 'feet' mean it won't slip in normal use. Both the food processor bowl and the blender jug are made of plastic but it is a high grade one and it is ridged but I don't know how well it would stand up to being dropped - probably better than a glass one but I'm still not going to run this test. Along with the spindle are the cutting tools. You also get the instruction book which has a few recipes in it as well as a small cookbook as well. The recipe for hummus in this is excellent and haven't bought pre-made hummus since. There is also a plastic spatula thrown in as well.
The tools and what it does in use.
The processor comes with the chopping blade and three stainless steel discs along with a dough blade and a small whisk/beater attachment. The three discs together give you five cutting options. Fine slice/fine grating, thick slice/coarse grating (each side of these discs does one of these jobs) and the shredding disc. These are well made and as well as the chopping blade are viciously sharp. Nicking your finger on the chopping blade is something you only do once. The grating discs esp the fine grating makes short work of most hard cheese and I now can grate my parmesan using the shredding disc in no time all I then have to do is divide it up into smaller amounts and freeze it. The coarse grating disc is excellent for making coleslaw (I only make this as my other half likes it, I hate the stuff).
I use the slicing sides of the discs far less often as a knife is easier and quicker to wash but I have used it to make thin, evenly sliced potato for certain dishes I'm cooking as I can partly fill the jug with water so the sliced potato falls into it and it won't brown whilst I get everything else ready.
The dough blade is a rubber type of blade and this can be used to make bread or pizza bases. Although this has performed well I still prefer to do my bread (when I make my own) by hand. The mixer/beater although would probably be fine for making things like meringue or whipping cream it is a bit to flimsy, in my opinion, to stand up to much else and I can't see it lasting long as the clips which hold the beaters in the mechanism are plastic - and quite thin plastic. Whilst there is also a spatula included I already have a few of these so this just joined them in the draw.
The blender is the standard bladed blender and will make short work of making soups breadcrumbs etc although I would not advise you try to crush ice by using it due to the goblet being plastic. The blender lid comes with an inner cap with a hole in it. This can prevent the risk of a build up of pressure in the blender but the manufacturer claims that if you are making mayonnaise then by putting the oil in this cap it will drizzle in slowly and so control the addition for you. Well I have to admit I hate mayonnaise and have not made any so I can't confirm this but the hole looks a little too big for this to work effectively.
When washing the blender one mistake many make is submerging the whole base in the water - this can wash out the mineral oil in the base mechanism causing it to seize up. To clean the blades just filling the blender about a third full of warm water with a small amount of washing up liquid and switch it on for a few seconds works well, then just a quick brush with your washing up brush and leave to dry.
Similar to all blenders/food processors it has two speeds as well as a pulse setting. Also again as with all blenders/processors unless everything, including the lid on the processor, is correctly clicked into place it will not switch on. The mechanism is a bit stiff at first but becomes easier as you get used to it. The 'food chute' in the processor lid is a good size and can easily take 2-4 carrots at a time but I do have to cut some larger potatoes down a bit to fit.
Following the instructions the liquidiser and processor will hold up to 1 litre of liquid or 1kg dry food in use. Also when using the blender make sure the lid is on or it will make quite a mess. The drawback to the goblet being plastic is that you shouldn't blend things whilst they are still hot so this can, at times, be a little annoying.
There is also the standard one year guarantee.
One big one is cleaning the thing and being carful with the blades but this is true of all food processors. It is a bit noisy - rather noisier than I had expected it to be but this is nothing too serious. One thing which did concern me was that when I first used it a sort of hot plasticy smell could be detected but since the first use this is less noticeable. Also after looking on the web site where I bought it this it appears to be a common thing and not a manufacturing fault. The flex is perhaps a little short but that is getting really picky. I have contacted Kenwood to ask if any add-ons are available such as additional discs but, unfortunately, the reply was a no.
The machine is quite bulky and so those with only small cupboards or are low on space in them may have to leave it out on the worktop. I tend to store the base and the processor bowl and blender jug separated and in different cupboards.
Power - 750W
Weight of base unit - 4.05kg
Dimensions (base unit) Height - 14.5 cm, width - 20cm, depth - 20cm
With either the processor bowl or the blender fitted the total height is 37 cm
This is a well built and versatile machine which does all the basic functions you expect a food processor and blender to do. Whilst I would have preferred a glass blender this is getting a bit fussy. The only real problem is that the whisk attachment won't really whisk anything other than egg whites or cream hence it is a bit of a waste as this could have been replaced by a another disc or two which would have been of more use.
I got this in the argos sale, for about £65. However I do think it is worth the full price (around £90 I think.)
It comes with lots of attachments, cutting blades, dough blades, mixing blades, graters, slicers, whisks, you name it it does it! I've not had to use any other gadget since I got it.
The bowl is a decent size, it was described as miniature but it really does hold alot. I mainly use the whisks, and it whips things up extremely quickly and evenly. The cutting blades are very sharp and very efficient. The grating blades are also excellent and very quick. The blunt mixing blades are incredibly useful, they do mix things evenly and smoothly and are a real time&mess saver!
The blender jug is very big and holds enough juices/smoothies/soups for at least 4 people. It doesn't blend as finely as I would hope for but does do a pretty good job and I use it every morning for smoothies.
The only downside is there seems to be a slight smell of burning, I thought this would go away after a few uses but it is still lingering a few months down the line! It's very faint and only appears if you leave it on for over 30-seconds at a time so perhaps I'm just wearing the poor thing out!
It's very easy to clean and put away, and very easy to put together again.
Overall I would recommend.
When you buy the Kenwood FP250 you're not just buying a food processor. It comes with so many accoutrements that it's like buying a box of goodies.
The appliance weighs 3kg, and considering its petite appearance this is rather hefty. Saying that, it is ideal if you have a small kitchen and/or are looking for a device that will not be overly noticeable. I have seen many food processors that are graceless in appearance, with their long funnels and awkward ledges. The FP250 is of a different calibre, aesthetically at least. It is comprised of a sleek chrome body that is mounted on a heavy-duty plastic base. The base is weighted to prevent movement when the processor is in use, so there are few safety issues there. Similarly, it is equipped with a textured rubbed coating on the bottom for extra security, and I have found this to be useful when you are carrying the device and require a little extra support. The body is fitted with a large chrome dial, which I appreciated as I often find that during use my hands can become slippery when I have been handling food, and this makes operating smaller dials problematic. The body of the machine is finished with a nice wide hood so you can see what is going on inside. The handle too, while it appears somewhat insubstantial, is deceptively solid for a plastic component.
The numerous tools and accessories that come as part of the package slot on to the main body of the processor with ease. This is a very simple procedure, and most of them merely need to be twisted on to the slot on the chrome base. The accessories include a double whisk, a blender, a juicer, a variety of slicers, a liquidizer, a dough blade and a rasper. I must point out that while the stainless steel slicers are extremely efficient, they are able to be so because the blades are exceptionally sharp, and thus care should be taken to store the machine out of reach of children. A downside of having so many accessories included with the appliance is that they must be stored somewhere, but many of them, such as the juice cup, are so versatile they can be used for other things too. With a capacity for 1 litre of liquid/1kg dry material, this is ideal for a small household.
The processor has a working power of 750 watts, which is very impressive for a machine of so small a size. I found this to be a little too powerful on occasions, particularly when using some of the smaller accoutrements. But if you are looking to process foods efficiently and within a short time frame, you will find that you are able to achieve a lot. The juicing mechanism does not, of course, match independent juicing machines in terms of efficiency, but I have found the capabilities of the FP250 to be more than adequate if you just want a glass of juice now and again and don't want to purchase a separate device. Interestingly, the juicing attachment is considerably less noisy than some other juicing machines I have used, so that is another bonus.
I have found this to be a reliable appliance than is both versatile and robust. Many of the tools are adaptable depending on your needs, with the only real downside being storage of the various components. For the price the machine is super high quality and is built to last. If you are looking for something discreet it is particularly impressive. Recommended.
Short name: Kenwood FP250