Do I want a Magimix or a Kenwood...or something else?

(33 Posts)
Blatherskite Thu 09-May-13 18:54:44

Ever since someone bought me the Jamie 30 minute meals book, I have needed a food processor grin Quite a few of the recipes have become family favourites but they take way longer than 30 minutes when I'm left doing all the fiddly chopping and blending by hand.

Recently, I won a load of vouchers (thanks MNHQ) so I can finally treat myself but I'm a bit overawed by all the choices!

I think what I want is 4200XL but it's a lot of money and I'm panicking that I should be choosing something else instead.

Help me choose MN!

I've already got a KitchenAid Classic so I don't need a food processor that does cakes and I have a Braun Multiquick too for doing soups and small amounts of chopping. Also, MIL bought me us a Kmix hand mixer last Christmas.

According to 30 min meals, I need a Food processor with a standard blade, thick and think slicer discs, fine and coarse graters, a whisk and beater. We are a family of 4 but I do like batch cooking and cooking for friends too so I'm often making larger amounts.

Would a Kenwood be better? I know I'm probably overthinking it but money like this to spoil myself comes up once in a blue moon round here and I'd hate to buy one and then spot the thing I should have bought a week later.

stealthsquiggle Thu 09-May-13 19:38:07

You know my view, Blathers - Magimix all the way. grin

Blatherskite Thu 09-May-13 19:50:04

Well, being as it seems to be just me and you discussing it, that might be the way I go stealth smile

Been pouring over this

stealthsquiggle Thu 09-May-13 19:54:39

IIRC, it's the more powerful (and generally better) motor that you are mostly paying for in the 4200. Which is definitely worth it. I will double check the model on ours later.

What about attachments for the kitchen aid instead? I do all my grating and chopping with that. My food professor has never been out of the box.

Processor ffs

Viewofthehills Thu 09-May-13 20:00:55

I've just bought a Magimix. Had the same reservations as you but I am bowled over with how good it is. Don't think you would regret it.

Blatherskite Thu 09-May-13 20:08:39

I didn't know there was a grating attachment for the KitchenAid! I'll have to look those up.

The last thing I got for it was the silicone edged flat beater which is really good. No more scraping down.

Which MagiMix did you get viewofthehills?

Blatherskite Thu 09-May-13 20:21:46

It looks like the slicing/grating attachments for the KitchenAid are made for the Artisan models. I've only got a Classic.

Back to the MagiMixes.. smile

NumTumDeDum Thu 09-May-13 20:23:44

grin at Gwendoline keeping a professor of food in a box.

Forgetfulmog Thu 09-May-13 20:26:03

I've got the magimix 4200 & it's awesome! I bought it after getting advice on MN!

stealthsquiggle Thu 09-May-13 20:44:43

Blathers I have just checked ours - it's actually a 5100.

Blatherskite Thu 09-May-13 20:50:53

I think the 4200XL might be the limit of my budget. The 5200's as they are now are another £100 or so.

Blatherskite Thu 09-May-13 21:01:23

Debenhams have the 4200XL reduced from £290 to £261 at the moment.

I may have reserved one for store pick up tomorrow grin

stealthsquiggle Thu 09-May-13 21:03:12

Done grin.

Blatherskite Thu 09-May-13 22:09:28

Well almost. I still have to not lose my nerve between now and picking it up tomorrow - probably with a grumpy DD in tow!

Bakingnovice Thu 09-May-13 22:17:11

It's also 261 at amazon. So tempted but would prefer a red kitchen aid.

Blatherskite Thu 09-May-13 22:19:56

I've got Love2Shop vouchers though baking so I'm restricted in where I can go shopping.

You need a KitchenAid Artisan if you want colours.

PosyNarker Thu 09-May-13 22:24:37

Another for Magimix. (And we have a KitchenAid as well).

stealthsquiggle Thu 09-May-13 22:27:12

Fingers crossed DD will be all better and susceptible to bribery up for a jaunt into town tomorrow.

Bakingnovice Fri 10-May-13 09:43:46

The magimix 4000 is 221 at amazon. Is the 4000xl much much better?

Blatherskite Fri 10-May-13 10:14:47

I can't spend my vouchers on Amazon sad

Bakingnovice Fri 10-May-13 11:48:06

Blatherskite - sorry! I keep repeating useless information!

Hope you get the one you want. And do report back.

Blatherskite Fri 10-May-13 13:10:20

I've got it! I've got some cakes to ice but hoping to have a play later smile

Blatherskite Tue 14-May-13 21:02:55

I finally managed to have a play today. I made spag bol and grated the onions (not fun when I've also got conjunctivitis - ouch!), plus carrots, celery and courgettes to bulk out the mince. Then I used the slicing blades to cut up some mushrooms and peppers too.

It was so quick - the veg took seconds when it usually takes me a good 20 minutes of chopping and grating - and it was so easy! Even cleaning it was a breeze as it all just rinsed clean.

Very pleased

Blatherskite Fri 17-May-13 17:58:56

Had to report back.... I've managed to make 2/3rds of a Jamie's 30 minute meal in 20 minutes tonight thanks to the Magimix grin

It usually takes me more like 45 minutes

OurAveline Thu 26-Sep-13 11:27:52

Blatherskite - cheeky request for an update....

How are you getting on with the Magimix? The 4200XL is calling to me but the woman in John Lewis thought a Kenwood would be better. She thought that only having one speed on the Magimix would be restrictive. Having said that she thought it would be an issue for certain cakes and I didn't fess up that I am actually intending on buying a KA as DH was stood next to me at the time and he'd have a heart attack if he knew I was planning on spending a squillion pounds on kitchen gadgets......

Thanks in advance!

schmalex Thu 26-Sep-13 17:30:39

I have had a 4200 (not XL I don't think) for around 4-5 years. I love it! I can't see why you would need the different speeds...but I do make my cakes in the Kitchen Aid. The Magimix is very solid and has a good capacity.

OurAveline Thu 26-Sep-13 19:11:30

Thanks schmalex!

fairisleknitter Thu 26-Sep-13 21:41:10

OurAveline I hope you don't mind me posting but I had similar ideas and went for a Kenwood Chef Titanium stand mixer that also comes with attachable food processor and blender, KMC010. V. happy!
Maybe not as cute looking as a Kitchen Aid though!

OurAveline Thu 26-Sep-13 22:20:08

Funnily enough fairisle I've been looking at exactly that model this afternoon. I like the idea of one machine that does everything (and in actual fact think I've now discounted the KA and would perhaps go for a kmix if not a kenwood chef -albeit maybe more basic than the C010 - for the mixing bit). How do you find the food processor on the c010? I'm a bit worried it won't be as good as a machine whose raison d'être is to chop/grate/and well process...... Any thoughts? Thanks!

fairisleknitter Thu 26-Sep-13 22:38:36

I suspect it's not as brill as the magimix and that was my biggest doubt.

But I have to say it's working well for me - great for veg slicing and I made nice humous for the first time! I think some of the magimix machines (XLs?) have a bigger feed tube which would come in handy for slicing bigger potatoes, for example.

The stand mixer is great, the flexible beater means no more scraping down the sides.

There are other attachments you can buy separately too such as mincer, ice cream maker and I was intrigued by the peeler!

OurAveline Thu 26-Sep-13 22:48:34

Ooooh decisions decisions! Might nip to John Lewis to see the chef in the flesh

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