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"It is slick and nice looking, takes up little space…"
It is slick and nice looking, takes up little space so can be left on the side, even with our small kitchen. it is easy to use and has a huge range of excellent accessories. I like the mill attachment in particular as it means freshly ground coffee from beans, and ground peanuts for my pad thai. However, there are several issues with this product:
1. the rubber seal comes out easily on both the mill and the lquidiser. If it is not carefully put in again and pressed down securely before attaching the motor to the glass after cleaning it all, it can get caught in the blades. This has happened to us three times so far, and we are careful with it. The first time Kenwood replaced it as we got it as a product test, but now we find that both are broken so we cannot use either the liquidiser or the mill.
2. The 'thing' that you need to use to attach the accessories to the bowl/motor comes out, and gets filthy, so always needs cleaning, it means additional things to clean, store and potentially lose.
3. There is no bag or other storage for the variety of accessories, a handy storage unit would make them much easier to store in a small kitchen, which is the main positive of this item (being compact).
4. there is no blade cover, which would be useful when the other attachments are being used, given there is no other storage for the bits. Small kitchen, two small children and very sharp blades are not a good mix
5. not fantastic for pureeing, unless you want to puree an entire blender full of apple sauce!Read moreLess
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"I received this as part of the Kenwood product test,…"
I received this as part of the Kenwood product test, and was very impressed with it. I found it a good replacement for my defunct Kenwood Chef - it doesn't tick all the same boxes, obviously, but for the price, it's pretty good.
I've been able to use it for many many tasks in the kitchen - slicing veg (this terrified DS (8months), but pleased DP greatly), making bread, scones, cakes, grating potatoes, blending soup, pureeing fruit - you name it, I tried it.
It's not the best utensil for pureeing fruit, as I found it only pureed a small amount of what was put in the mini-mill attachment. However, as we've been mainly trying a baby led weaning approach, slightly lumpy purees are fine for us!
The main processor bowl is good - it has several attachments, such as a knife blade (ours has cracked already, so I'm not sure how sturdy these are?), a bread blade, whisk (not used this one), and 3 disks - 1 thick slicing on one side, thick grating on the other, one thin grating on one side, thin grating on the other, and one which I cannot for the life of me work out what it's supposed to do. There is also a citrus juicer which can be fit on the top of it too.
The grating/slicing disks are excellent - great fun and so much easier than a knife and chopping board for things like radish and carrots.
The jug blender attachment is good for smoothies and soups - although to be honest, I find a hand held blender is fine for soups as there is less chance of me spilling boiling liquid as I tip from one container to another.
All in all, it's a great addition to my kitchen. I only have 2 gripes (and DP has 1 gripe) with it - firstly, the little detachable shaft thing you attach the blades/disks/whisk etc to is always filthy at the end of cooking and needs to be washed - so is the bowl badly designed, or am I doing something wrong? secondly, it would be great if there was a simpler way of storing the machine - it is much smaller than other food processors out there, but still not logical for storage - some sort of nicely designed storage box would be great, especially for the cutting disks. (and DP asked me to say it's too noisy, and should be silenced in some way
so he can hear the television whilst I cook)
(I've given it 9 for ease of use only because I have no idea what that disk does!)Read moreLess
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