Which food processor? A very specific question...(22 Posts)
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I've read all the old threads asking for recommendations and still can't make up my mind...I want a food processor that slices cabbage for coleslaw without the leaves getting caught up and folded under. I will also use it for making cakes and whipping cream.
I want it to look nice sitting on the worktop, preferably with its own storage for blades etc.
I will buy it from John Lewis because I have a £100 voucher and am happy to add up to £100 to that.
Can anyone recommend something for me please?
DH bought me a Kitchen Aid one, and so far I'm pretty pleased with it. It's great for pastry, cakes, and whipping and veg is ok to shred though cleaning the blades is a bit of a bitch. There are a lot of parts to it though, and it takes up a lot of storage for them - I've got them all in a big plastic tub. It's fairly compact out on the worktop if you've got the height to store it with the gubbins on - mine doesn't fit under our cupboards with the lid on.
Mine's in the cream colour. Think it was around £129 in Waitrose but that was last year?
Ooh thanks Jane. I've just found it on the JL website. The cream is £149 but the black is only £135 at the moment.
I'm going to measure the space between my cupboard and worktop tonight before I make a decision.
Very sensible. I've got a very old and battered Kitchen Aid mixer too, and think the processor is miles better for pastry and biscuit dough.
I've just yesterday bought a Nutri Ninja Kitchen System. It's a food processor/blender/nutri-bullet all in one.
So far I've only tried slicing onions and chopping carrots, also made a gorgeous smoothie in seconds.
Apparently it's good for pastry, cakes, batters, and has a dough blade. Also salsas, coleslaws, dips and sauces and lots more.
It's very sturdy - £135 in Currys.
The Magimix is much more expensive than the Kitchen Aid; which does make me think it is much better because Kitchen Aids are never underpriced are they? I don't think I can stretch to £259 though.
Does a Nutri Ninja also mix cakes and pastry etc? I would use the Kitchen Aid for that too.
I've measured under my cupboards and the KA will fit.
Thank you all for your help. I think I'll just go and read all the Good Housekeeping reviews before I make a final decision...
This one does everything and it's one sale £100 off!
DH bought me the magimix for Christmas. I was paralysed with choice so he went to our local independent shop & took their advice. It has a 30 year guarantee. So far I have only ground coffee in it but it looks good!
I had a magimix and found it over rated. Yes it was ok at everything but it was a real pain to clean or to do small quantities of anything. It was no better than the cheaper food processor I had before.
OP - the Nutri Ninja would mix cake batter and whip cream etc, but I think most cake makers (I'm not one) would agree that a stand mixer would provide much more air than any processor bowl ever would.
No problem with making pastry though.
That Kenwood system from Currys is a very good buy!
I know I'm tempted to buy it myself but have a very expensive 10 month old!!
Oh no! Too much choice!!
I have to get it from John Lewis because I have a £100 voucher. I read a review for the KA which said it was rubbish at slicing cabbage for coleslaw, which is something I definitely need it to do. Will procrastinate for a while longer I think.
My mum had a magimix growing up & it lasted forever. I guess the point is you won't have to replace it as soon.
Ann - would you like me to experiment with a bit of cabbage-slicing with my Nutri Ninja?!
Hi 3cats. That would be very helpful, thank you! Only when you're next making coleslaw, kimchi or sauerkraut though, don't go to any trouble
I had a KitchenAid food processor and now have a Magimix.
I have been far happier with the Magimix. It works so well, is easy to clean, quality is great and there's just nothing to complain about.
My parents have had a Magimix for years and they love it - they use their far more than I use mine, and they have never had an issue with theirs.
The KitchenAid bowl cracked after a few years - and I didn't use the KA food processor that much. To replace the KA bowl would have cost a fortune.
I generally don't rate KA - I have a mixer as well, and it's pretty, but terrible quality.
Traditionalist here - I have the Kitchenaid XL size. About 7-8 years old now and like new. Used often, and is superb at slicing veg for coleslaw, dauphinoise, chopping veg, making pastry/cookies in seconds, grating, mixing, all-in-one cakes, bread and pasta dough mixing, breadcrumbs...
Easy to clean and extremely sturdy.
Blade not yet needed sharpening.
Downsides: not so good for incorporating air (whipped cream, Victoria sponge, whisked sponge) or prolonged bread dough kneading. I have a cheap mixer fro Aldi for this, which is more than enough... mostly use a hand mixer instead.
Doesn’t liquidise as smooth as a blender - but again use a £5 stick blender, quicker too.
Sorry to confuse you, but very highly recommend MM
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