Hi, I want to buy a food processor and would appreciate any recommendations/advice before I buy. Have seen one on offer at Boots online, the Kenwood multi FP486, which looks ok.
We don't have a large kitchen or much workspace free, so one that isn't bulky is important. Also need one that's idiot-proof so I don't have to wade through a manual every time I need to use it. Oh, and don't want to spend a fortune either! Don't do loads of 'fancy' cooking but so many recipes call for one I thought it's about time we invested.
I don't know about pizza dough, you do need a proper mixer for that, I think, but for cakes and pastes and stuff, a hand-held blender will totally do the job. They take less room, and are cheaper (I think?) than a regular food processor.
I have a Braun. It's one with a metal shaft, which is a bonus, as you can put it right in a hot (not boiling) soup, and blend it right there. Nearly all of it goes in the dishwasher. I've had it for more than 3 years, used it at least a few times a week, and it's holding up reasonably well.
My experience of a food processor hasn't been great. We have a big Kenwood one, and it's fine, but there are just so many bits to put together and take apart and wash and so on. And it takes up a lot of room, about the same as a toaster oven.
pacinofan - that's my food processor!! I bought it about 6 months ago, and have just been using it to knock up a load of baking. I don't have a lot of space neither, and I found the compact design really handy.
I've used it for bakign and cooking and it's been excellent all round so far. It's a little stiff at first to put together, but then it's simple enough and pretty powerful. The only thing I haven't tried out is the liquidiser.