Ramsay against Argos in food processor testsWhich? tests reveal new Best Buy food processors

24 March 2011

Kenwood CH250 mini chopper

The CH250 from Kenwood - bigger, heavier and pricier than the popular CH180A

The latest Which? kitchen gadget test results are in - revealing new Best Buy food processors, kitchen machines and mini-choppers.

We put 19 of the latest food preparation appliances through rigorous tests in our Which? lab, pitching models from celebrity chefs such as Gordon Ramsay against high street brands including Argos - with surprising results. Signed-in subscribers can view test results for all our food processors and kitchen machines in the food processors review 

Kenwood choppers

As well as multi-functioning processors and kitchen machines, we also have lab results for humbler mini-choppers, including the £50 Kenwood CH250.

The CH250 updates the hugely successful CH180A (costing about £25), which became famous when Delia Smith called it one of her 'kitchen cheats'. Heavier, pricier and with a larger capacity, we were keen to see whether the CH250 was better than the older CH180A.

Many people find they can get by with just a mini-chopper rather than going for a full-blown food processor. If you're new to food preparation machines and aren't sure what you really need, our guide to choosing a food processor explains some of the differences. There's also a video that covers some basic mini-chopper functions by showing you how to make a fresh tomato salsa. 

Ramsay vs Argos

The 10 food processors in our latest test vary in price from under £50 to around £300, with Kenwood's FP980 Multipro Excel, Cuisinart's FP16DCU and Dualit's 88701 just some of the pricier models.

We were interested to see whether more expensive and celebrity chef-endorsed models - such as Gordon Ramsay's Cooks processor - could do a better job than cheaper options from the likes of Argos.

We also tested Gordon Ramsay's Cooks kitchen machine, which comes in at less than half the price of the Kenwood machines in the same test. Have a look at our full food processor review to see whether the extra cash is worth investing.

Multiple functions

Some of the machines we tested blur the traditional food prep boundaries. Most food processors are designed to slice, chop, mix and grate, while kitchen machines tend to stick to mixing, kneading, whisking and whipping.

But some of the models in our latest test - such as the feature-packed Bosch MCM4100GB - have a citrus press, make mayonnaise and whisk egg whites. 

Best Buy food processors

We submit all our food processors and kitchen machines to rigorous independent tests in our lab, then add the results to our food processor review. Whisking, whipping, mixing, kneading, chopping slicing and grating are just some of the tests that help separate the top performers from the rest.

Our new Best Buys include three food processors, three kitchen machines and two mini-choppers.

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