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Linzechris

Food Processors.

My Kenwood food processor has recently died and although I have a mixer and a hand blender I would love a new processor as I like to do my pastry in it.
As Christmas is coming I could get one for Christmas that is a little bit more special. Has anyone got one that they would recommend? I do not need one with lots of attatchments.

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Nenna

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This has been aired many times and you will probably be able to look back and see what others think, but my recommendation would be for a Magimix. I have had the first basic model on sale for well over 20 years and have never had a complaint about it. There are plenty of spares available for my model even now, in fact I bought a new blade last year at a reasonable price.

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SonyaK

Food Processors.

I bought a Kenwood a year or two ago and really like it. It's a large one with a smaller bowl inside. It does have lots of attachments and I find some useful - especially the glass Blender jug.
Magimix usually gets the highest ratings but is very expensive - especially in Oz. If you don't do much more than pastry making I'm not sure it would be worth it. I decided against one because of the price!

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Essex Girl

Food Processors

I have quite a large Magimix and, although I like it a lot, it doesn't get used very much now that I have a Bamix as its main purpose was for soup. I use it for large quantities of breadcrumbs and biscuits for cheesecake bases. It came with a medium sized and small bowl tucked inside plus various other attachment which have been unused and are stashed away right at the back of the cupboard under the stairs! I would recommend buying one that is large enough to process soup/breadcrumbs if you make your own and pastry but without all the extras unless you know you're going to use them. If I ever replace my Magimix it will be a slightly smaller version and I would also consider Cuisinart and Dualit. As my mother did, I always used to use Kenwood mixers in the days before processors but went off them when the workmanship didn't seem as good. However, they look as if they have been improved again now.

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Nausea Bagwash

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Magimix all the way. Mine is 30 years old and lives out on the work surface because I use it all the time for all sorts - pastry, puree-ing, chopping, grating, mixing,mixing and kneading bread.

I don't use it for cakes (apart from rubbed in mixtures) as my version doesn't work enough air in(the instruction book says this) but the more modern versions may be different.

I like the idea of the different sized bowls that come with the modern versions but won't be trading my oldie in anytime soon

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Linzechris

Food Processors.

Thank you for your answers. I've been looking at loads and reading reviews. Some of them are so good to look at now.The trouble is that they mostly all come with so many attatchments that may never get used.
Wouldn't it be nice if you could buy a basic higher end processor for less money then buy the attatchments you actually want and need seperately like you can with a mixer.x

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SonyaK

Food Processors.

Just thought I'd mention the problem I find with the smaller bowl inside the larger one (with a Kenwood). The larger one often gets dirty as well - you can't use the smaller bowl on it's own. So it makes more washing up!!
I think that's true of the Magimix too.
I prefer my Braun mini-processor for small amounts.

 
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