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I was bought this food processor as a Christmas gift, and being the foodie that I am, it was a great choice. This can currently be bought for somewhere between £100-125 depending on where you look but I believe my mother got a good deal!
In terms of the initial opening, it's easy to be overwhelmed with all the bits that come in this box and immediately I was thinking "where on earth am I going to store this all?" but actually it can all slot quite compactly into a large tupperware, which is where I store the bits and then keep the unit separate. This also comes with a blender/liquidiser sort of deal, which is easier for milkshakes as it just slots on the top. I've also been using this for soups and it works well and pours better than the main unit. The spatula that comes with the machine really is custom made for the shape of the bowl. It effortlessly fits into every bit and you won't waste a drop. I have unfortunately ruined this by putting it in the dishwasher though, you have been warned!
The most annoying thing about this item is that to get things working you have to put this extended large 'cog' onto the base of the unit then slot the main processing bowl over the top and then attach the relevant gadget to the cog. There are a variety of attachments that you'd expect, grating, slicing, juicing etc. but mainly we used the dough hook to do pastries and the traditional blades. It would be much easier just to slot these in like our old processor. The only advantage to the weird cog is that the whole thing comes apart much easier and it's a breeze to clean. One comment I would make is that became of the chrome like finish, be careful what you use on the chrome parts as I'd manage to damage the finish using an anti-bacterial wipe. It's also been quite hard to clean in between the cogs where the long stick fits into.
My favourite part of the processor, and a feature I wouldn't really expect is the spice mill, which I've actually been using to grind all sorts of things but it's great for coffee as we actually don't have a coffee grinder.
On the whole this is a really sturdy and varied machine that cuts the mustard in more ways that one. I'd recommend it to anybody who is into cooking, but would probably consider it overkill for the occasional chef with limited needs.
I have been using food processors for over 30 years and for the last 10 years I have sworn by Magimix. At 80 my interest in cooking was getting a bit jaded but I have recently invested in a Kenwood FP920 and am completely won over. It is the best of a long line of processors. It has a wide range of tools and is extremely efficient. I also appreciate the storage carousel - it is convenient to have most of the tools to hand and I find myself becoming more adventurous and making good use of all of them. Above all, though, the proof of the pudding is in the eating - literally so. Since using the FP920 I have not had a single disappointment: the textures are easily controlled, with no more mushy overprocessed onions! My only criticism is a minor one: the spindle is a bit wobbly and to begin with I had a little trouble fitting the bowl onto it. I soon got used to it, however, and assembling the bowl is no longer a problem.
After the sad demise of our third mid priced foodprocessor we decided the time had come to buy something a bit more expensive. We knew we wanted one piece of equipment rather than a separate liquidiser, chopper and mixer and after an intense bout of cyber browsing we settled on this one. We paid £104 for it from Amazon, but they are now charging £123.
WHAT DO YOU GET FOR YOUR MONEY?
Most importantly you get a brilliant quality base unit, which all of the attachments fit onto. It has a 1000 watt motor which means it can deal with pretty much anything you want to process at home. The controls are very simple, turn the dial one way for a powerful pulse, the other way to turn up the power slowly. It is this very simplicity that makes it so wonderful to use.
There is a fitting on the top of the base unit where the spindle sits. Now, the spindle (they call it a drive shaft, but that just makes me think of Charlie from Lost, so I'll stick to spindle) is my only gripe about this machine. Whenever you are using the bowl, you have to put the spindle in first, then the bowl slots over it. "Sounds simple" you might say, and indeed it is. Putting aside the fact that both hubby and I have managed to load the thing up and switch it on, only to find we forgot to put the spindle in (not exactly a fault of the unit, I grant you), almost without fail the spindle falls off when you lift the bowl up.
When (if!) the spindle is in place, the large bowl slots over it, and the usual array of slicing discs, mixing blades etc. can be added (List at the end of the review). The top then slots into place and away you go. The 3 litre size shuold be big enough for most domestic use.
If you want to mix small quantities (perhaps babyfood) there is a smaller bowl (minbowl) which fits into the larger bowl with its own blade.
Using the 1.5 litre liquidiser is even easier, it slots into the fitting on the top of the unit. This makes billiant smoothies and milkshakes, also VERY good for mixing ice-cream mix!
The spice mill also fits straight onto the base unit and is ideal for curry officianados as it grinds up spices (and coffee) to a very fine consistency.
There is also both a citrus and a centrifugal juicer, I haven't used either so can't comment on those.
A special mention must be made of the flexible spatula, it doesn't look much but it certainly gets every last bit of food out of the bowl. Terrific!
There is also a storage unit which is great but you can't fit all the blades etc. in (at least I can't). This is a white bowl which sits inside the big bowl for storage.
The most noticeable advantage of this over other food processors we have owned, is how solidly eveything fits together. Everything is made from good quality materials and very well designed (except perhaps that blessed spindle!). I thnik for the price it is exceptional value for money.
The base unit, while maybe a bit chunky, has a good quality chrome finish and looks great out on the woorktop.
You need quite a bit of cupboard space for all the attachments,even with some of them in the carousel. I put all of it away when not in use and it pretty much fills one shelf of my kitchen cupboard.
The base has integral cord storage and handles.
You get a leaflet that shows you all the bits and pieces etc., plus the obligiatory cook book, which I haven't dipped into yet. The instruction leaflet is clear and well laid out.
I never usually buy extended warranty but I have in this case for two reasons;
1 It only worked out to £3 a month and
2 We spent over £30 on one replacement part for my last processor (which wasn't enough to save it) and as the liquidiser is made from glass, I thought it a wise investment.
EASE OF CLEANING
Everything except the base goes in the dishwasher, and all the bits dismantle so it gets a thorough clean. The base is wipe clean.
I guess if you've read this far you've worked out that I am pretty pleased with this unit. If you like cooking and you are prepared to pay the extra, this is an excellent machine that I expect will last for years and year.
Thankyou for reading and rating this review.
FULL LIST OF PROCESSING ATTACHMENTS
Thick Slice and Shredding disk
Thin Slice and Shredding disk
Parmesan grating/Potato rasping disk
Julienne/fine chipping disk
Twin metal beater geared whisk
OTHER ACCESSORIES INCLUDED
3.0L bowl capacity
Glass 1.5L liquidiser
KenstoreTM attachment storage carousel
Short name: Kenwood FP920