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Not Just a Processor, But a Box of Fun!
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Advantages: Very versatile, compact and aesthetically pleasing
Disadvantages: Storage of accessories
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.
Summary: A very adaptable processor that is fun to experiment with and easy on the eye
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