Today we’re taking a look at the Kenwood FP250, which is very similar to the Kenwood FP264 which we reviewed recently and really liked. For that reason, we’re expecting to like this one too! The great thing about thismodel is that, at just under £20 cheaper, it’s a little lighter on the wallet than the FP264.
The obvious difference is in the appearance. The FP264 has the same high quality die cast metal finish, but this time has a clean and modern brushed aluminium look. It’s a smart looking device (which is unusual in a food processor), and it’ll look right at home on any kitchen worktop.
So how can they make this model so much cheaper in price?
The device comes with a few less attachments than the FP264. It comes with stainless steel chopping blades, stainless steel coarse slicing/shredding disc, stainless steel fine slicing/shredding disc, metal twin-beater geared whisk, and dough tool. Not included in the package are the rasping disc and glass mill that are included with the more expensive model. Also, the liquidiser in this particular model is made of plastic, not glass.
If these differences don’t matter to you, then you might as well save yourself a little money, and go with this model. The rest is the same as the FP264, however let’s recap the details quickly in case you missed our review.
Inside the machine is a powerful 750w motor. This isn’t the most powerful motor on the market, but should be more than enough to do any job you can throw at it. Despite the power, everything is nice and compact (like all multipro models); most people find it small enough to leave out on the kitchen worktop.
It has two speed, and the all important pulse mode that you can use to make sure you don’t over do it!
The 2.1 litre bowl isn’t massive, but should be just the right size for a family of up to 3 people. Also included is a 1.2 litre liquidiser, which you can use to make soups, smoothies and milkshakes.
We found that most food processors were cheapest at Amazon.co.uk, including the Kenwood FP250 which is currently available for 20% off.
Kenwood FP250 Multi-Pro Food Processor Features and Specifications
- Die-cast metal body – stylish brushed aluminium finish
- Powerful 750 watt motor
- 2.1 Litre Bowl – Great for families of up to 3
- 1.2 Litre Liquidiser – Make milkshakes, soups and smoothies too
- 22 possible functions – includes tools for chopping, slicing, whisking and kneading dough
Customer Feedback and Reviews
No review is complete without a good look at how well the device works in real world scenarios. We expected that people would be just as happy with the Kenwood FP250 as the similar FP264 model. There were! Just over 90% of customers awarded it top marks of 4 or 5 stars.
The machine does look nice, and this didn’t go unnoticed by the customers. Since a lot of people seemed to want a compact food processor that they could leave out on the worktop, the looks are kind of important (food processors can be ugly machines), and this machine doesn’t disappoint in that area.
Many people mentioned that this is a quality product too, so it’s not all about looks – it feels good too! It’s a sturdy and well made gadget, and seems like it should stand the test of time.
It’s efficient as well, and people had used the device to make everything from dough and cakes, to salads and baby food, and grating cheese. You’ll no doubt save plenty of preparation time, as this processor chops, slices, grates and mixes like a champ!
One problem, which seems to occur with all of Kenwood’s multi pro range, is that the spindle which holds the attachments has a tendency to come off with the bowl as you lift, and then fall off again. It’s a minor niggle, but we certainly wish Kenwood would come up with a way to fix it!
Some people said that they found the bowl a little hard to click into place, but then just as many people said that they found it easy!
Apart from that, we noticed that one or two people said that the motor gave off an oily smell during the first couple of uses. We don’t think this is anything to worry about, it’s quite common in devices that have a powerful motor. All the customers who mentioned it said that the smell wore off quickly anyway, and never came back.
The Kenwood FP250 is great little blender, at a great price. We still recommend the FP264, with it’s high quality glass liquidiser, and additional attachments. However, if you’ve no use for the grinding mill and you don’t mind having a plastic liquidiser, then we think you’ll be very happy with the FP250. It’s a great processor, and a bargain to boot!