When people think of food processors, they tend to think of Kenwood. Today, we’re taking a look at yet another; the Kenwood FP580 2-Speed Multi-Pro. This compact device is available online for a big discount, so is currently one of the more affordable machines on the market. Let’s take it for a spin.
As with most other Kenwood MultiPro food processors, this one comes with their patented Dual Drive system, which simply means they can squeeze everything into a compact space. The FP580 isn’t as big as other food processors, taking up 37% less cupboard and worktop space compared with other machines.
At it’s heart, a 2 speed 500w motor with pulse mode is doing the work. Whilst this might not have the power of more expensive models on the market, for the price it’s not too shabby either. It should be able to handle any task that you might want to put it through in the average kitchen, although it’s not for professional use.
Despite the compact shape, it comes with a decent sized 2.9 litre bowl (which should be plenty big enough to cater for the whole family). Also provided is a 1.5 litre liquidiser, which you can fix onto the base to make the machine into a blender for making soups, milkshakes and smoothies (another way to save space).
In the box, you’ll find accessories for every task you could possibly imagine. There are chopping blades, a coarse slicing/shredding disc, a fine slice/shredding disc, a julienne disc, a twin geared whisk, and a dough tool. The bits are all easy to clean too, and dishwasher safe.
As you’d expect, the machine has a interlock safety system too, so that the motor will not operate unless everything is securely in place.
We found that most food processors were cheapest at Amazon.co.uk, including the Kenwood FP580 which is currently available for 54% off.
Kenwood FP580 2-Speed Food Processor Features and Specifications
- 500 watt 2 speed motor with pulse control
- Compact design – 37% smaller than other food processors
- 2.9 litre bowl – plenty of space for family use
- 1.5 litre liquidiser – make smoothies, milkshakes and soups
- Accessories for chopping, slicing, shredding, julienne, whisking, and dough
- Dishwasher safe
Customer Feedback and Reviews
The FP580 was generally well liked, with 84% of customers happy with their purchase, and 75% awarding the processor 4 or 5 stars.
We’ll start off by taking a look at what people liked about it. The first thing we noticed, is that a lot of customers were quite taken with the compact size. The upright design of the machine works well, and even people with small kitchens were pleased.
People also liked the versatility of the processor. It does everything you could possibly imagine using a food processor for, and with the included liquidiser, it also does everything that a blender does too! People had used the processor successfully to make everything from bread, indian chutneys and gingerbread, to grinding spices and making shortbread.
The price is right too. At the time of writing, this processor is available for a whopping 60% off, which makes it one of the more affordable food processors on the market.
Most customers found that the processor did it’s job very well; chopping, slicing, grating, whisking and grinding like a champ!
The standard complaint that people have with Kenwood’s multi-pro processors is the way that the dual drive system requires the shaft that holds the blades to be removable. This means that when you remove the bowl after processing, the shaft tends to detach with it, and then drop onto the worktop or the floor. It’s more of a minor inconvenience than anything serious, but it is a niggle that most people mention.
Another little niggle with this machine, is that quite a few people mentioned that the lid can be a little hard to click into place. This is significant, as the motor will not start until the lid is safely secured. Whilst it it can take a bit of practice, again this isn’t the end of the world.
One final small criticism from some people, was that they thought the whisk attachment was a bit flimsy. There were no reported breakages though, so without any proof that it’s not hard wearing enough we’re not counting this against the machine.
Good quality food processors can be expensive, and if you don’t want to spend a huge amount of money then the Kenwood FP580 could be a really good option for you. It’s not as powerful, sleek, or as well constructed as a high-end food processor, however it does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s versatile, performs well, and isn’t going to take up as much room as other processors. A thumbs up.