Jump to content

KitchenAid food processor
Who has one and is it worth it?


  • Please log in to reply
30 replies to this topic

#1 FiveAus

Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:41 PM

Looking at getting one shortly, they are fairly expensive so I thought I'd get some feedback on them first. The local House store has a range of KitchenAid appliances and we went there tonight to have a look but they didn't have the food processor. The other appliances are lovely quality though.

The good? The bad? Any extras I should consider?

#2 unicorn

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:22 PM

I have one, I don't use it a lot but it is quite, works well, easy to clean. It came with 3 different sized bowls and various blades.
It is darn heavy though, once my kitchen is finally finished it will have a permanent place on the bench alongside Big Bertha my KA mixer.

#3 credence

Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:37 AM

I had one and it broke down after about 6 months. Perhaps my experience is different to the norm and it obviously wasn't a positive one, so it's not surprising that I don't recommend it.

It broke whilst I was slicing onions. It just jammed, blew the motor and stopped working. I was very disappointed.

They say that Magimix is the best brand for food processors, though I don't have experience with them.

I now have a thermomix and it's definitely more powerful and the metal bowl is a lot better than the plastic (which scratched and scuffed up easily), though you can't slice with it which is a bummer.

#4 FiveAus

Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:48 AM

QUOTE (credence @ 26/01/2013, 08:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I had one and it broke down after about 6 months. Perhaps my experience is different to the norm and it obviously wasn't a positive one, so it's not surprising that I don't recommend it.

It broke whilst I was slicing onions. It just jammed, blew the motor and stopped working. I was very disappointed.

They say that Magimix is the best brand for food processors, though I don't have experience with them.

I now have a thermomix and it's definitely more powerful and the metal bowl is a lot better than the plastic (which scratched and scuffed up easily), though you can't slice with it which is a bummer.



Thanks for that, I don't want to just hear glowing reports, I want to hear the bad as well as the good.

I tried to look up Thermomix online but it seems you can only buy one by party plan, which I definitely do NOT want to do, and I don't really get the whole concept anyway. It say it cooks, but I can't see how? Are you able to explain it?

#5 credence

Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:04 PM

The thermomix is also in a completely different price bracket - so it's not really fair to compare. There are about a gazillion threads on EB about the Thermomix with lots of information about them. It cooks because it has an inbuilt heating function up to a bit over boiling point.



#6 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:14 PM

Reviews of the KA food processor are pretty mixed.  At that price, I'd probably buy a different brand.

And what credence says about the TMX.  It is possible to buy without a demo if you get insistent enough with the demonstrator.

#7 Escapin

Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:21 PM

We've got the KA food processor. It's worked fine for me so far. It's certainly heavy as a PPer said. The blades are unbelievably sharp - I was using a silicon spatula to clean down the sides and the blade actually cut a bit off the end of the spatula - you have to be VERY careful when cleaning.

#8 cuddlebud

Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:38 PM

If you are looking to spend that kind of $$$ on a food processor, check out the magimix's too. We've had one for four years, three different bowls, lots of slicing and grating attachments, a real work horse. Also made in France. Petersof Kensington normally has them at pretty good prices.

If possible, I would keep saving up for a thermomix. I would maybe use my food processor once a week but I use my thermomix 2-3 times a day.



#9 purplekitty

Posted 26 January 2013 - 01:44 PM

QUOTE (Escapin @ 26/01/2013, 12:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We've got the KA food processor. It's worked fine for me so far. It's certainly heavy as a PPer said. The blades are unbelievably sharp - I was using a silicon spatula to clean down the sides and the blade actually cut a bit off the end of the spatula - you have to be VERY careful when cleaning.
I have one.
I was looking at this or the Magimix and found in my research mixed reviews for both of them.
I ended up with the KA because it matched my mixer and blender.


#10 FiveAus

Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

I've been trying to find out how a Thermomix works, I watched some Youtube videos and Alvin (Masterchef contestant from a couple of years ago) was using one to mix some stuff. And in a Masterchef segment Darren Purchase described one as a "high-powered blender" but I take it that it's more than that.
What exactly can you cook in it?

#11 *Caro*

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:07 PM

I had a KA food processor and I got rid of it.  It worked fine, but I just didn't like the design of it.  I got it on points from our credit card, so I didn't feel *too* bad about passing it on.
I have now upgraded to a thermomix which I much prefer biggrin.gif

#12 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:14 PM

A tmx can blend, chop, steam, cook rice, cook pasta, cook stews/curries, make doughs, make cake mixes, curry pastes, spice mixes.
It's a very versatile machine.

#13 purplekitty

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:19 PM

It took a while for me to get used to it as it locks together etc. oppositely to the Breville Professional Whizz I had before.
I could never justify a Thermomix at this stage.

#14 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:31 PM

The thermomix is certainly priced at a very high level.I'd probably look at a thermochef now.

#15 whoisme

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:55 PM

I use a good knife, grater and good old elbow grease to chop, slice, dice, grate and mix.  It is all free, takes me a little more time, and easy to clean, takes up less room in the dishwasher, I get an amazing sense of satisfaction about doing it all myself and saves electricity.  biggrin.gif

Before my kids were diagnosed as coeliacs I would also make and bake own bread and pastries.  Sadly, now I buy the GF pastry/bread.....

Tonight I've done the Jamie Oliver Pot Roast Meatloaf and I've done it all by hand, grated mushrooms (my little addition), grinded the cumin and coriander seeds in a mortar and pestle etc and so forth.



#16 FiveAus

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:25 PM

QUOTE (whoisme @ 27/01/2013, 06:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I use a good knife, grater and good old elbow grease to chop, slice, dice, grate and mix.  It is all free, takes me a little more time, and easy to clean, takes up less room in the dishwasher, I get an amazing sense of satisfaction about doing it all myself and saves electricity.  biggrin.gif

Before my kids were diagnosed as coeliacs I would also make and bake own bread and pastries.  Sadly, now I buy the GF pastry/bread.....

Tonight I've done the Jamie Oliver Pot Roast Meatloaf and I've done it all by hand, grated mushrooms (my little addition), grinded the cumin and coriander seeds in a mortar and pestle etc and so forth.



Yes, I like doing it by hand too, I find it very therapeutic, but there are times when I'd like to make things quicker, shred them finer, mix them better and this is where I think a decent food processor would be great. I've got an old Goldair one that I've had since Noah built the Ark, but it's very small and I can't use it for a lot of recipes I'd like to use it for because the bowl simply doesn't hold enough.
Tonight I made the Jamie Oliver Beef Kofta curry, and dragged out the food processor to mix the veges and liquids together, and realised I couldn't fit the can of cocnut milk in as well as the other stuff.
Plus it leaks as it has a small crack in it.

The Thermomix sounds fantastic, but I believe they're about $2000 and there's no way I can justify that, seeing as there's only two of us to feed. Plus I like to do courses, and side dishes, so how do you use it for other things if you're using it to cook something in it?



#17 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:11 PM

Yes the tmx is $2000.  It's all in the timing if you are going to cook in it and want to do other dishes.  The thermosaver will hold dishes at a hot temperature if you score one of those at the demo.

GF pastry is very easy to make if you are doing short pastry.

#18 Genabee

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:21 PM

We have on, along with several other KA appliances.

We barely use ours to be honest. I find it a PITA because all the attachments are kept in a separate box (at the top of the pantry)... My Mum has the Sunbeam Cafe Series one and all her attachments fit in a slide out drawer at the bottom of it - much more user friendly. It just sits on her bench and it is all right there...

I've never had a problem with it's functions though (of the KA). We tend to only use it for things that require lots of chopping or grating... sausage rolls or lasagne. There are just too many bits that need washing.

#19 thespottedcat

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:28 PM

We are happy with our ka food processor but maybe not in love. Excellent and very fast at mincing meat. The mini bowl is sometimes a bit awkward. It has an egg whipping attachment that also does cream but I found that attachment a bit of a waste. We've also never used the juicer attachment. In all honesty we just prob don't use it enough to justify its (expensive and heavy) existence. Takes up a lot of dishwasher space too by the time you put in separate bits of bowl, blade, and three piece lid (feeder tube thingy is in two bits).

Sadly I still pull out the little kenwood stick wand for cream whipping and pureeing little bits and pieces for child.

#20 cuddlebud

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:34 PM

OP - Here's the contents page for the thermomix everyday cookbook. A good indication of what you can do quite easily but there's a lot more as well.

http://www.thermomix.com.au/libraries/docu...-contents01.pdf

#21 Mumma3

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:39 PM

I have a magimix food processor, and it is wonderful. My mum has had hers since I was a kid, and it is still going strong.  My parents gave us ours for a wedding present - which means that I have now had it over 18 years......!

I did go to a Thermomix demo and also had one, but other than the cooking function, I can do everything they do in the THermomix in either my Magimix or my stand mixer (I have a breville professional wizz mixer, similar to the KA, but cheaper).

I'm another who recommends looking at the Magimix, I think they have a 30 year guarantee, as well.


#22 lotsa

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:41 PM

I am domestically challenged and have killed my last two cheaper food processor so I am currently waiting to pick up my magimix 4200xl, it should be Tues/Wed this week and I can't wait biggrin.gif . I went with magimix of kitchenaid due to the 30 year warranty. I found a great price online in Sydney and was able to get a Melb store to match it so it worked out to just under $600 and if you buy before the 31st of Jan you are able to redeem a $199 dicing kit  http://www.magimix.com.au/promotions.php.

#23 FiveAus

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:47 PM

Thanks, yes i am reading reviews for the Magimix at the moment, and the 30 year warranty is winning out.

I have a Sunbeam mixmaster, which I've had since I was 19
(i am now in my 50s), and its been a real workhorse and still going strong.

#24 MrsLexiK

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:57 PM

QUOTE (Mumma3 @ 27/01/2013, 09:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I did go to a Thermomix demo and also had one, but other than the cooking function, I can do everything they do in the THermomix in either my Magimix or my stand mixer (I have a breville professional wizz mixer, similar to the KA, but cheaper).

I'm another who recommends looking at the Magimix, I think they have a 30 year guarantee, as well.


I'd recommend the magimix as well, I recently went through the exercise I went for the breville in the end and if it breaks I will go out and buy the magimix and tell DH I told you. The problem was the price between the two was too much (I got mine on a myer sale and even then there was a big difference in price about $300 worth) but I would have gone the magimix over the KA because when I looked online the reviews were just to mixed for the KA.
Like the PP I didn't like the thermo at all. I prefer using my stand mixer for doughs nod cakes, using my processor to slice and dice and mince and even blend, the stuff it cooks I can make in about the sametime using my stove or rice cooker. I would have had to have kept my rice cooker because the jug is smaller then my rice cooker making rice to feed our family (as in extended) I'm not doing it in two lots when I can do it in one. I cook ago is risotto with no stiring anyway and things like casseroles and spag bog taste so much nicer to me when they are slow cooked (so again would have kept the thing), I also don't like pouring ingredients into one bowel that measures, and didn't like that I would use my scales anyway and then tip into the jug. Things like sauces, dips, sorbets Etc I have made in just my blender long before friends where raving about making them in their thermo. (My processor now does them much quicker and my blender is getting a rest)

#25 Chchgirl

Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:06 PM

QUOTE (FiveAus @ 26/01/2013, 10:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for that, I don't want to just hear glowing reports, I want to hear the bad as well as the good.

I tried to look up Thermomix online but it seems you can only buy one by party plan, which I definitely do NOT want to do, and I don't really get the whole concept anyway. It say it cooks, but I can't see how? Are you able to explain it?


Just be strong and insistent. I was upfront with the girl and told her I wanted a Thermomix and did not want a party, she did a demonstration for me and a friend and was fantastic, no pressure at all....




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Mum assists in own caesarean surgery

A mum who partly delivered her own twins during a caesarean has encouraged other women to take control of their birthing experience.

How to handle common childhood regressions

Regression can be a natural and common part of development prompted by a variety of factors, but that doesn't make it less frustrating.

Disgruntled dad's pram ad goes viral

When buying a second hand pram, there are lots of things to take into consideration. 

Man discovers he's a dad after finding 55-year-old letter

Discovering you are about to father a baby is startling enough - never mind finding out you have a 61-year-old son.

15 thoughts mums have during a tantrum

Ranging from mild to feral and triggered by events both minor and major, tantrums certainly keep life interesting.

Natural pain relief in the early stages of labour

While managing labour pains on your own can be daunting, there are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital.

Forgotten Baby Syndrome claims the life of toddler

One baby dies every eight days in the back of a car in the US, victims of 'forgotten baby syndrome'.

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel. You stole my heart, and changed me into the women I am today.

Chrissie Swan has reached her "sex quota"

Chrissie Swan says she and her partner have sex once a year due to her fear of falling pregnant.

Chinese woman gives birth to quintuplets

After six years of trying for a baby, a couple’s dreams have come true many times over after the mum gave birth to quintuplets this week.

Five-year-old shoots nine-month-old brother dead

A nine-month-old baby boy died on Monday after he was shot in the head by his five-year-old brother in their grandfather's home.

'Is that baby yours?'

She is my daughter. I gave birth to her. I nurse her. But she doesn't have any of my genes.

Episiotomy in childbirth: not just 'a little snip'

Episiotomies have a place in maternity care – and can occasionally save lives – but should not be performed routinely.

Toddler aggression not caused by language delays after all: study

The logic was that children who don’t have the language to fully express themselves will lash out when they’re misunderstood. Not anymore.

Why we chose to adopt a child with Down sydrome

Everyone in foster care (and really in life) has something that makes them more vulnerable. We just know what our son's is.

Object of desire

Curvy mums make clever babies

Scientists appear to have discovered why women have evolved to have more curves than men – shapely thighs and bottoms lead to healthier babies.

'We'll make sure they know how much she loved them'

A first-time mum will never get to hold her four newborns, dying shortly after giving birth to the quadruplets.

The baby names NZ knocked back in 2014

A New Zealander has tried to name their baby Senior Constable but didn't get away with it - and numbering children is also a no-no.

How can you go into labour without knowing you're pregnant?

For most of us, the idea that a woman could carry a child to full-term without knowing she is pregnant is mind-boggling.

Will you get to the hospital in time?

Worrying your baby will be delivered by the roadside is a common concern for many mothers-to-be. So how likely are you to be caught short?

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Stars help save choking babies

It's an important lesson to learn, but one that busy new mums and dads might overlook until it's too late.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel pregnant

Actress Zooey Deschanel is expecting her first child with her producer boyfriend Jacob Pechenik.

16 times 'dad reflexes' saved the day

Of course, in some cases they may be the ones who actually got their child into a precarious position in the first place, but we'll ignore that for now.

Couple's 'non-traditional' pregnancy announcement goes viral

Knowing you are not the father of your pregnant wife's baby would usually indicate a rocky relationship ahead for traditional parents.

The trials and tribulations of identical triplet newborns

Pip Donnelly is still playing spot the difference with her newborn identical triplets, Isabelle, Georgina and Frankie.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Earthquake baby thriving five years on

Jenny Alexis is lucky to be alive after spending four days buried in the rubble of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, but now she's a thriving five year old.

Please don't say I'm lucky because I was adopted

On the one hand I was having a regular life with friends and sports and sleepovers and school. But I was also always wondering: Did my mother love me? What was wrong with me?

An open letter to non-parents who offer advice on child-rearing

Kitty, when you’re the parent of my child you’re welcome to wade in with an opinion – but until then, I’d prefer you to have a supportive ear and a glass of wine ready.

Couple arrested over baby gun video

A US couple faces charges after investigators say they found mobile phone videos showing the woman's 12-month-old daughter putting a handgun in her mouth.

NSW Health dumps 10-year limit on frozen embryos

A 10-year time limit on storing frozen embryos that were created with donor sperm has been dropped by the NSW government.

How my happy-go-lucky husband became a monster

Sharan Nicholson-Rogers watched her husband change from a happy-go-lucky police officer into an unpredictable man prone to violent and emotional outbursts.

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes, too

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes in line with their pregnant partners, a new study shows.

'They were just doing their job': mum of toddler killed in police chase gone wrong

"They were just doing their job. I feel so sorry for them. It is all just too sad."

Miscarriages to be formally recognised by NSW government

Women who miscarry will be able to obtain an optional "recognition of loss" certificate as a formal recognition of their often heartbreaking loss.

Cafe cubby house 'too noisy' for neighbours

Teenage parties, domestic disputes, or raucous late night pubs are the things that usually come to mind when you think neighbourhood noise complaints.

Dad films baby playing with snake

Most parents would not consider a snake an appropriate playmate for their baby, but a US dad who filmed his daughter playing with a python has defended himself against criticism.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Back to School Offer

Findababysitter.com.au

We've got you covered for this school year. Use www.findababysitter.com.au to meet local nannies now.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.