Christmas cooking made easierBest Buy food mixers that do the hard work for you

18 December 2015

Smeg classic stand mixer

Breeze through festive baking with a Best Buy stand mixer

If you’re looking for a kitchen gadget to help make life easier in the lead-up to Christmas, a new food processor or stand mixer could cut down on prep time, leaving you free to enjoy the festive season.

A good food processor can be the perfect accessory to help you prepare vegetables, make stuffing or slice carrots for Santa’s reindeer. To find a model that will help you impress your friends, family - and Rudolph - head straight to our list of Best Buy food processors.

If making Christmas cake or trifle is more your thing, then a Best Buy stand mixer will help you save time in the kitchen, and be kinder on your arm muscles.

Best food processors for Christmas

If you've got a mountain of vegetables to get through a good food processor can be a life saver, speeding through chopping, slicing and grating jobs in seconds. Our latest round of test results includes affordable models for less than £50, handy if you're on a tight budget. 

We've also tested premium food processors that promise to do more than your average chopper. The Magimix Patissier Multifunction comes with a dedicated ‘baking bowl’ for jobs traditionally tackled by a food mixer. And Braun’s Identity Collection FP5160 food processor has automatic programs which select the speed and length of food processing so you can get on with other things while it does the hard work.

To find out if any of these food processors impressed enough to become Best Buys, head to our food processor reviews.

Bosch Maxximum MUMXX40GGB stand mixer

Could the Bosch Maxximum MUMXX40GGB lead you to British Bake Off glory?

Are you 2016’s Great British Bake Off superstar?

Summer may seem a long way off, but there isn’t much time left to get in your application to compete in next year's Great British Bake Off – the deadline for applications is 10 January 2016. 

If you want to make a bread lion, chocolate peacock, or similarly showstopping bake, you’ll need a stand mixer that’s up to the job. 

We've tested new stand mixers from Smeg, Kenwood, Bosch and Tefal. The retro-look Smeg mixer will appeal to KitchenAid fans, while the Bosch Maxximum MUMXX40GGB mixer - which has sensors for making effortless whipped cream and meringues - claims to offer hi-tech solutions for modern bakers. 

Find out how these newer models compare to the Kenwood kMix stand mixers used by this year's Bake Off contestants by heading to our independent stand mixer reviews.

Latest Which? reviews of food processors and stand mixers

If you're looking to buy a food processor or stand mixer, make sure you check our impartial reviews first. With models costing anywhere from £20 to over £600, it pays to do your research.

We've tested all the major models you'll see in the shops, including products from KitchenAid, Kenwood, Bosch and Magimix. Use the links below to head straight to our newest reviews.

New food processor reviews

  • Argos Cookworks Food Processor 339/8771 - £30
  • Braun IdentityCollection FP5160 - £100
  • Kenwood MultiPro Family - £80
  • Magimix Patissier Multifunction - £520
  • Wahl James Martin ZX888X - £50

New stand mixer reviews

  • Bosch Maxximum MUMXX40GGB - £550
  • Kenwood Chef Sense KVC5000T - £400
  • Kenwood KHH326WH MultiOne - £240
  • Smeg SMF01 - £350
  • Tefal QB502140 - £140

Prices correct as of 18 December 2015.

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