When thinking about buying a new food processor, I want to look for the following.
- Designed to clean up fast
- Easy to put together.
- Easy to take apart.
- Powerful motor.
- Well made multifunctional device
What comes in the box?
A sturdy made processor bowl that has a decent capacity(1.5 litres). By sturdy, I don’t just mean the thickness of the clear plastic but also a bowl that doesn’t have too many little bits that can break off it and render it useless. As you can see from the photo this bowl only has one sturdy tab on it.
A multifunctional device because most kitchens are too small to have a separate machine for each purpose. Well, take a look at the photo at the top of this post to answer that one yourself.
This food processor doesn’t just have one food processor bowl but two and even better the smaller bowl slots right inside the large one. A clever design making it easier to use and store (see photo).The small bowl is an ideal size to puree pesto’s, baby food or salsa’s.
The grinder (or mill function as the instruction book call it) can grind coffee beans, herbs and nuts easily and quickly. I ground up 100 grams of whole hazelnuts in just under 10 seconds (see photos).
Liquidiser A large heavy glass liquidiser (many of the competition use plastic) for sauces, soups, milkshakes etc.
It can even crush ice cubes because of the powerful motor, and comes completely apart for effortless cleaning.
A Centrifugal juicer for making juice from firm fruit and vegetables, so if you are serious about juicing then this will do the job. I used beetroot, carrot and citrus juice to create a great after workout energizer.
4 disk attachments
The Julienne cutter disk is pretty self-explanatory and cuts vegetables or fruit into long thin strips. The Rasping Disk is ideal for grating parmesan cheese or hard stale bread you wish to turn into breadcrumbs.
The remaining two disks can both slice and grate, one for thick slices and one for thin. These two disks are reversible when you use the one side you get slices and then when you turn the disk over you get grated. It is easy to tell which side does which action. The side with the rough grating holes is the grating side.
Dough Tool I have used this several times when I want to throw together a quick pizza. I can put the dough on to knead whilst I get on with making the tomato sauce. I was quite surprised I could fit my normal recipe in that makes 2 x 24cm pizza base’s which enough pizza for most families. After kneading the dough in short bursts for 10 minutes, I transferred it into a large bowl, covered it and left to prove. I went off to pick my wife from work, went swimming and got back about 2 hours later and it was ready to roll out and use.
As always, I’ve broken my review down into seven criteria for easy reading:
Value for money, design, build quality, wattage, noise level, keeping clean and warranty.
Value for money: Nowhere on the internet will you find more food processor for your money, I tried and failed 10 out of 10
Design: Thoughtfully designed to be very functional and yet it would add a touch of class to any kitchen counter instead of white or cream. Extra touches like a second small bowl, Pieces easily slot together and clear symbols to show the lock and the unlocked position. A study base with anti-slip suction feet to stop it moving. *Attachments that will get used instead of sitting in the cupboard. 8.5 out of 10
Build Quality: I do think in the last couple of years the quality and performance of small kitchen appliances has improved as companies like Andrew James have shaken up the marketplace, forcing the established brands to up their game. At the current price £64.99, this Andrew James model has an excellent build quality 10 out of 10
Wattage: At 800 watts of power you are getting plenty of power to do the job.
9.5 out of 10
Noise Level: I have to admit that the noise level is a little higher than I’d like but when you consider how longer you actually have a food processor turned on this is a minor point. 8 out of 10
Keeping Clean: Again this is another thumbs up for the design team that have made this food processor easy to clean, and keep clean. Which in itself is no small feat, there are thousands of food processors sitting in cupboards never used because it takes longer to take apart and clean than use. But not with Andrew James, it was easy to take apart and very easy to clean even items like the liquidiser disassembles completely.
10 out of 10
Warranty: Andrew James appliances all come with a 2-year guarantee
compared to one year offered by other manufacturers 10 out of 10
Overall Rating 66 marks out of 70 which in percentage points is 94.29% out of 100%
If you are looking for the biggest, sturdiest food processor for a low price, this Andrew James Multifunctional Food Processor should be top of your list. Glass instead of plastic liquidiser will give you years of use. Easy to put together even if you are a person who never looks at the manual. A grinder capable of grinding coffee beans, a liquidiser able to crush ice cubes, well designed as we have come to expect from Andrew James.
The people who write the manuals for Andrew James need to up their game because there are several glaring mistakes, such as text that states the liquidiser “comes already assembled and the bottom is not removable”. And yet it is indeed removable and thus easy to clean. *I’m not a big fan of food processors with small flimsy whisk attachments. Yes, they can be used to whisk eggs and or egg whites but the capacity is too small. Most people me included will end up using other appliances to whisk with.
Unlike other reviewers who only get the equipment for a 1-2 weeks, I have put this mixer through its paces for 3 months, using every attachment to make all kinds foods and I’m still impressed.
Unforntunately, since writing this review Andrew James company is just a shadow of its former self. I’m not privy to the internal details but it seems the company expanded too quickly not paying enough attention to quality control. When so many of our kitchen gadgets are made in China it is very important to keep a close eye on quality control. Once your brand reputation is damaged it takes a lot of hard work and time to get it back.
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