June 30, 2013 · 6 comments

KitchenAid Artisan Food Processor [Review]

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I typically use my food processor a few times a week, but I do go through stretches where I use it daily, so I need one that is strong enough to keep up the pace.  I’ve been using a Magimix and whilst it is sturdy to be considered a kitchen ‘work horse’ it is by no means perfect. In fact, for the money it didn’t really leave me feeling thrilled with the  results when it came to doing anything with the various attachments, i.e slicing, shredding etc.
 
Keeping its classic, retro styling this KitchenAid is as versatile and durable as it is pleasing to the eye. This high quality food processor features a die-case metal construction making it robust and built to last.
 
When I unpacked the box the first thing that stood out to me was that it comes with many more gadgets than I have ever seen with a food processor.

What you get accessory wise:

  • 3 BPA-free bowls (4L work bowl, 2.4L prep bowl and 1L mini bowl)
  • 3-piece ultrawide food pusher/feed tube
  • Externally adjustable slicing disc
  • Dicing kit
  • Reversible shredding disc
  • Grating disc
  • ‘French fry’ disc
  • Citrus Press
  • 3 blades with ultratight silicone seal to avoid leakage
  • Egg whip
  • Spatula
  • Accessory storage case.

The ExactSlice system allows you to manually adjust slices from thick to thin without opening the lid, using the external lever to give you precise, accurate slicing for soft and hard foods. Three feeding tubes ensure you can slice foods of a variety of sizes and add each ingredient gradually. Featuring uniquely-designed sharp blades and two optimised low (700 RPM) and high speeds (1600 RPM).

I actually had to sit down and read the instruction manual before attempting to use this beauty, a first for me. Not that I’m complaining, in fact just the opposite, there are so many features and functions to use – many, many more than any other food processor I’ve used before.

So far I’ve used the general purpose blade to make pastes, make cake mix, make cheesecake mix and chop vegetables; used the grating disc to grate cheddar and parmigiana; used the citrus press, made french fries and there’s still plenty to try.

Have any of you used one of these to kneed bread dough? How does it compare to using the KitchenAid stand mixer? I can feel some experimenting coming on.

Added bonus? It’s all dishwasher safe, but I’d be inclined to wash the blades by hand.

Would I recommend this? Oh indeed I would, it’s practical, well built and very stylish. As with other KitchenAid products this comes in a wide range of colours, so there’s bound to be one to suit.

Comes with a three year guarantee covering parts and 20 years for the motor.

RRP: £389

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Wendy June 30, 2013 at 19:43

Ooooooo I LOVE it!!! I’m a magimix girl at present but when I renew obviously I need this! :-)

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George@CulinaryTravels June 30, 2013 at 19:47

Of course you do Wendy ;)

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paul smith October 19, 2013 at 12:07

I am about to buy a food processor but, do I go for the new all singing all dancing kitchenaid artisan 4l. Or, the magimix 5200xl system ? Any advice welcome, preferably from someone who has used or has knowledge of them both

Thank you

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George@CulinaryTravels February 21, 2014 at 13:57

They’re both excellent food processors. My personal preference is for the KA.

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Kelly March 10, 2014 at 21:15

I love the retro look of this processor. I think I get one when my old hand me down from my mom kicks the bucket.

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Francesca April 9, 2014 at 11:23

I am torn between buying a kitchen aid artisan food processor and a magimix brand. Since you have used both, what advice would you give me. How is the clean up for both comparatively ?

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