We really liked the Kenwood FP920 when we took a look at it recently, but the problem is that it’s kind of expensive. For those who’d like to save a bit of money, the Kenwood FP736 Multi-Pro is almost 40% cheaper. But is it as good?
The first thing to note about the FP736 is that pretty much all of the features are still intact despite the cheaper price. It has the same 1000 watt motor as the more expensive FP920, the same attachments and accessories, and can do the same things. So where are the differences?
The main difference is in the construction. This model is made from plastic, as opposed to the brushed stainless steel of the more expensive model. The same goes for the included liquidiser, which in this model is plastic instead of glass. We’ll find out if these changes to the body make much of a difference later.
The machine includes Kenwood’s patented Dual Drive System which they include in most multipro processors. It’s a fancy name, but what it means it that they can squeeze everything into a smaller base unit. The machine is therefore quite a bit more compact than other food processors on the market.
The machine comes with a large 3 litre bowl (which should make it an ideal size for family use), as well a 1.5 litre liquidiser attachment. The liquidiser turns the machine into a blender, perfect for whipping up soups, milkshakes and smoothies.
The powerful 1000 watt motor has several built in speeds, as well as a pulse mode. This processes in short bursts, so that you can see the ingredients inside and be sure not to over do it!
All the attachments you could ever conceivably require in the kitchen are included. You’ll get a chopping blade, thick slicer/shredder, thin slicer/shredder, dough tool, whisk and multi-blender. You can do everything from chopping, grating and blending, to whisking and kneading dough for bread.
It also comes with a Kenstor carousel, which is a bowl that most of the accessories fit into neatly, so as to conserve even more space.
We found that most food processors were cheapest at Amazon.co.uk, including the Kenwood FP736 which is currently available for 21% off.
Kenwood FP736 Multi Pro Food Processor Features and Specifications
- Powerful 1000 watt motor – variable with pulse mode so you don’t overdo it
- Compact design – takes up less space than most food processors
- 3 Litre bowl – big enough for family use
- Chopping, Shredding, Slicing, Whisking, Multi-blend, and dough tool included
- Separate 1.5 litre liquidiser attachment – make soups, milkshakes and smoothies
- Kenstor carousel – stores most accessories in a hand carousel
Customer Feedback and Reviews
We’ve gone over all the customer feedback on this one, and it’s a bit of a mixed bag this time unfortunately. Still, 80% of customers were happy with their purchase. 75% awarded this processor the highest score of 4 or 5 stars.
The performance of this food processor was reported as excellent by the majority of customers. Most people seemed to be very pleased with what they could do with the machine too; it is very versatile.
However, not everybody had the same experience. Around 25% of customers weren’t happy with the processor, and almost all of them said that they felt it just didn’t perform up to expectations (leaving lumps unprocessed at the bottom).
Quite a few people were complimentary about the looks of the machine. It’s not quite as swish as the more expensive model, but it’s certainly not an ugly device either. If you do want to leave it out all of the time, it should look at home on any kitchen worktop.
The design does present a problem to quite a lot of customers though. Quite a few felt that the machine, overall, felt quite cheap and flimsy. These are worrying comments, given the price.
Nobody reported any breakages, however there was another problem. The lightweight plastic body of this food processor seems to be a bad combination with the powerful 1000 watt motor. A number of customers reported that the machine can shake and vibrate itself around quite a lot when it comes to certain tasks.
Unfortunately, the machine suffers from the familiar falling spindle problem that the more expensive model does. When you lift the bowl, quite often the spindle which houses the blade comes off with it and then drops out the bottom. However, it’s just a minor inconvenience so shouldn’t be counted too heavily against the machine.
In all honesty, the Kenwood FP736 seems rather average. Whilst 75% of customers gave it the thumbs up, we find it a bit hard to get excited about. It’s good value for money, however, and most people found it performed well so it’s not all bad. Just an average food processor in our book; not a patch on the Kenwood FP920.