Magimix Food Processor
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, Nov 13 2012 10:25 AM
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:25 AM
I need to replace my (fantastic and used every day Braun stick blender/hand beater). It does most things I need. It has dough hooks, beaters, a stick belnder and a small chopper that attaches.
I cook a lot and would like a food processor that also slices and grates (and is larger so I don't have to do everything in batches).
I have a small amount of room - and not really a gadget person.
I am wondering if I should lash out and get a Magimix food processor. I would want to use it daily to make smoothies, cakes, pizza dough, chop/slice veggies, etc.
Do others find that it can do all this? I am worried about the dough/cake stuff.
Wondering if I should be looking at a small stick blender/food processor ... and a mixmaster instead.
Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:40 PM
Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:53 PM
Magimix are excellent, I've had the large one for 5 years and it works pretty hard.
Very heavy to move around though so mine lives on the bench. Only thing I don't like to use it for is mixing up cake batter as it overmixes, I use the Kitchenaid for that (am a kitchen gadget tragic).
I got the largest one as we're a family of 5 and I do heaps of cooking.
Got mine online from the Bamix sgop in Melbourne.
Hope this helps
Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:49 PM
I've had one for a couple of years and really like it.
I probably don't use it as much as I should, but my time is freeing up a bit more now, so looking forward to being more adventurous this summer. My favourite recipe is a spicy savoury cheese biscuit dough that I make - so works well for those sorts of things. I chop a lot of herbs in it (salsa verde etc) and also make banana bread pretty easily.
The things that I like about it are the two bowl sizes (although if your mixture is sloppy it will end up in the larger bowl when using the small one). Also the attachments are pretty good quality and sit nicely in a storage box. I saw many that had sooooo many bits n bobs, it was hard to tell what was what, and it all just looked like cheap plastic that would get lost in the cupboard.
I bought my online from Peters of Kensington I think.
Just as an aside - I still have a stick blender for things like soup - so much easier to just blend in the pot.
Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:44 PM
I recommend going to Amazon and reading reviews of the models you're interested in.
When I was researching food processors, I really liked the idea of getting a Magimix, but reviews revealed they have one significant design flaw.
The centre spindle is designed in such a way that the part that interlocks with the blade shaft is quite small. When the blade encounters heavy doughs, this part of the spindle is susceptible to shearing off, rendering the machine useless!
Some people never process heavy dough so it wouldn't be a problem for them. However, I knew I wanted to at least make pizza dough in mine, so that ruled out a Magimix for me. I ended up with a Cuisinart, which isn't perfect either but is more suited to my use.
It's really disappointing to find that even at the top end of the market, there are such big design issues with these things! At least the machines tend to be more reliable and have better warranties.
Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:50 PM
I bought mine as a replacement for an old Breville, and in some ways I prefer the old one that wore out. The Magimix is really heavy and solid and does a better processing job when it comes to chopping; the motor feels strong and efficient, but I find it a nuisance to have to have the large bowl in place as well when grating or when using the small bowl, and I always find I end up washing the lot.
Because I dislike stuff on benches and don't have a sufficiently large kitchen to have a hidden appliance section, I find mine doesn't get used sufficiently to justify the cost - but then I don't do much bulk cooking.
If you're confident you'll use it daily and happy to leave it out, I would still probably say go for it.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:57 AM
I would definitely want to make pizza dough. SO maybe not for me. Will check AMAZON reviews. Thanks for the tip.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:11 AM
I have the Magimix 3200XL. Doesn't get used enough at the moment as the youngins are taking up too much of my time, but I expect it will be used a lot in future.
It does do an excellent job at chopping and grating, so quick and easy. But, like pp said, if I am doing a job in one of the smaller bowls I do find I often have to clean the larger ones it sits in as juice / food bits can travel down into them. Having said that, if this happens I usually just rinse them with cold water so no real biggy, just a bit inconvenient.
I wont be using mine for dough as I have a Kitchenaid which does that job perfectly. I couldn't recommend a processor for heavier doughs as I haven't used them for that purpose sorry.
Downsides are that it is heavy, and the bowl cleaning issue, apart from that it is a great machine and I expect it to last me for a very long time. The 3200XL is the smaller of the magimix's and I find it a good size for our family of four. It doesn't take up a huge amount of space on the counter.
Hope that helps :-)
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