KitchenAid Cook Processor vs Kenwood kCookTwo new hybrid food processors go head to head
14 August 2015
The Kenwood kCook and the KitchenAid Artisan Cook Processor differ in cost by £520. But which is better?
Could the new style of all-in-one food processor and cooker be your kitchen saviour? Not without a bit of an investment. Whichever model you go for, these machines are pretty pricey. But if you're strapped for time, not short of cash and don't want to lose out on home cooking, these could be for you.
But do you need to fork out for the premium KitchenAid (£850) to master this new way of cooking? Or is the Kenwood kCook (£330) sufficient?
Here's how they compare:
Kenwood or KitchenAid?
|KitchenAid Cook Processor v Kenwood kCook|
|KitchenAid Artisan Cook Processor 5KCF0103||Kenwood kCook CCC230WH|
Multiblade, stir assist, egg whip, dough blade,
mini bowl and blade, 2 steaming baskets
Processing blade, stirring paddle,
|Cookbook and app||Yes||Yes|
We've taken a first look at these fancy food processors, assessing how easy they are to use, how well they make key recipes and whether they can actually replace your existing appliances. Take a look at the first look reviews for the KitchenAid Artisan Cook Processor and the Kenwood kCook to read our expert first impressions.
The most instantly obvious disparity. The KitchenAid is significantly pricier than the Kenwood, but it is bigger and does more. The KitchenAid may well be able to successfully replace more of your existing appliances than the Kenwood (as is the aim of these multipurpose machines) but it's worth keeping in mind that for the price of a KitchenAid cook processor you could get a Best Buy hob, oven, food processor and slow cooker and have more than a hundred quid to spare.
The Kenwood is light and relatively compact with a bowl capacity of 1.5L and the ability to be stored between uses. The KitchenAid has a 2.5L capacity and is much heavier, so you'll have to keep it on the bench top – but with the elegant look of a classic KitchenAid product, you'll likely want it there.
You get expanded functionality with the KitchenAid. The Kenwood has three pre-set modes – for soup, steaming and one-pot meals, while the KitchenAid boasts six cooking modes – boil, fry, steam, stew, puree and dough. If you’re a keen baker and want something that will do more without having to use other kitchen appliances, the KitchenAid might have the edge here.
Both machines have manual modes where you can adjust temperature and timing to cook outside the pre-set programmes, but the kCook only has three speeds and three temperature settings, while the KitchenAid offers ten speeds and temperatures up to 140 degrees. This might be good if you want to be able to customise your recipes and use your food processor cooker to the full, but if you just want to stick to the existing programmes and keep it simple, the kCook's more limited functionality might be enough.
The Kenwood's bowl is dishwasher-friendly, which adds to the convenience appeal of these machines, whereas the KitchenAid has to be cleaned by hand – but with only one pot to use, washing up shouldn't be too much of a chore anyway.
If you’re not sure you can take the leap with a combined food processor and cooker, have a look at our food processor reviews to find a regular food processor that ticks all the boxes. We’ve reviewed 48 food processors, and have found 15 Best Buys, ranging from less than £30 to more than £300.