If, like me, you've never had any experience of buying a food processor before, it's difficult to know where to begin. Bowl capacities, and wattage don't mean a great deal to me, so I decided that the very reputable Kenwood brand wouldn't see me wrong. I picked this up for around £80 from Argos, just after New Year. Amazon are currently selling the same model for around £90.
The main reason behind buying my first food processor was that our household does a lot of cake making. On top of that, my 2 year old son's reluctance to consume anything remotely good for him also played a large part.
With this food processor, all your mixing for baking is done effortlessly. Also, chopping your veggies (to hide in little people's food), making up smoothies and shakes, and preparing soups is an absolute doddle. It became apparent, even after a week or so that owning this was going to be a huge benefit.
What's in the box:
In the very sizable packaging you'll find -
1 x Kenwood FP731 food processor
1 x 1.5 Litre Liquidiser
1 x Mill
1 x Dough tool
1 x Stainless steel coarse slicing disc
1 x Stainless steel fine slicing disc
1 x Mini bowl
1 x Metal twin geared whisk
1 x Warranty and registration card
1 x Recipe book
The base unit is finished in a nice looking silver, which (if you're so inclined to have it on show) will pretty much fit in well with most kitchens. The main dial on the front of the unit is a brushed-effect silver, which stands out and looks pretty nice, clean and modern.
Quality-wise, maybe this is a little let down. When everything's detached (mixing bowl, jug or whatever) the base unit is pretty light, and doesn't seem overly sturdy. There are four curved legs on the base, meaning it's really not going to tip over on its own, but the build quality does seem a little below-par. The main dial on the front also seems made of a flimsier plastic, and moves around a little from side to side when you'd expect it to feel more solid.
The attachments, such as liquidiser and bowls are pretty sturdy and well made, with a thicker clear plastic and durable handles.
Ease of use:
I can't make any complaints over how easy this is to use. Having never used a food processor before, I picked it up pretty quickly without much head-scratching. The bowl and liquidiser attach to the base with a simple turn and click, and the lids click into place with no fuss.
The spout (probably not the technical term) on the top of the mixing bowl makes adding things mid-mix easy, and comes with a plastic attachment for forcing things down it if needs be.
Mixing generally is quite a noisy affair, although I have no real point of reference for how loud it is compared to a standard processor.
With most things being detachable, it's an absolute doddle to clean. The blades are fairly smooth too, making them easy to wash. The only potentially fiddly thing is the blades at the bottom of the liquidiser, which don't detach. I way I found around this though is to pop some hot water in the bottom after you've finished using it, and set it away again. This gets ride of any residue still around the bottom, and means you're not trying to wedge a sponge down there later.
This food processor can be a benefit in any household, especially families with kids. Making food for babies and sneaking fruit and veg into older kids' diet is made easy and accessible.
Other benefits such as prepping ingredients for baking, making soups and smoothies are big plusses, and the ease of which you can achieve all of this is amazing.
A perfect family sized Food Processor with Kenwoods patented Dual Drive space saving design offers ultimate versatility with its powerful 1000 watt motor variable speeds a generous 3.0L bowl and a 1.5L calibrated liquidiser / Attachments include: Stainless Steel chopping blade Stainless Steel thick slice/shred disc Stainless Steel fine slice/shred disc Stainless Steel julienne disc dough tool metal twin geared whisk multi-mill maxi blend canopy and Kenstore storage carousel. / Kenwood FOOD PROCESSOR / Short name: Kenwood FP731