Like many adults living in a commercialized western world, my husband and I are somewhat influenced by advertising and general "food fads".
This food processor was a house warming gift several years ago, from friends who knew that we loved smoothies and who also knew that my 10 year old little hand-held blender wasn't really effective in making our then favourite drink.
I have owned (and continue to own) several Russell Hobbs items. As I sat to write this review, I realised that I actually know very little about this company. A quick internet search reveals that it was formed by two men: Mr Russell and Mr Hobbs. Multiple buyouts, mergers and acquisitions meant several name changes, and the organization is now formally known as Russell Hobbs, Inc.
Russell Hobbs was seen as an innovator in the 60s and 70s, and according to that great source Wikipedia were the inventors of the world's first electric kettle.
~+~ This Product ~+~
This item looks more like an industrial blender you might find in a café. The heavy, brushed chrome bottom third houses the 900 watt motor. Buttons in this area provide a choice between two speeds and pulse.
The item comes with Processor with a 2L bowl, detachable blade, egg beating disc and a 1.7L jug blender in brushed chrome.
~+~ My experience ~+~
Although this item is marketed as a food processor that can apparently slice and chop vegetables, grind nuts and seeds, shred cheese and vegetables, and knead dough, we have only had success creating three different things in the several years that we have owned it: smoothies, purees and breadcrumbs.
We create these three items in the jug blender, starting with pulses and then fast speed. The food processor - I want to type blender as that is what it is in our home - is very easy to set up and use. It is however very loud - so loud that when my three year old sees me get it out of the cupboard she immediately asks if she can go outside to play. It doesn't seem to vibrate so thankfully this item doesn't jump about or walk across the kitchen bench when it is use.
We make smoothies at least three or four times a month. The simplest is made with milk and a banana, more complex versions involve any combinations of yoghurt, frozen mixed berries, frozen peas, frozen corn kernels and random fruit and vegetable items lurking in our fridge.
The smoothies are very quick to make - we create them in less than three minutes from the decision to have one
to the point at which we taste it.
Finally, cleaning the various components can be a little difficult, especially when it comes to the detachable blade that requires a gentle, careful approach given its inherent nature. I always hand wash the parts to this item, my husband prefers to use the dishwasher.
~+~ Recommended? ~+~
This is a great kitchen accessory, one with which we have had no issues. However it turns out that it is quite expensive. It's not right for our family but may be for yours.
Four stars - one deducted for noise. The price is currently £99.99
The platinum Food Processor is designed to bring style and high performance to any kitchen / Its brushed chrome body and strong construction make it perfect for everyday use / The powerful 900W motor makes light work of preparing food quickly and effortlessly making your life easier / The large 2L bowl and easy clean 1.7L jug blender takes the stress out of slicing grating whisking whipping mixing kneading chopping and liquefying all food types / saving you valuable time and providing perfect results / Short name: Russell Hobbs 14499