We’ve taken a look at a few small mini processors here at Kitchenables, and we have to say that they can be a handy thing to have lying around – especially for chopping and baby food. If you do a lot of chopping, they can undoubtedly save you time. Today we’re taking a look at the Russell Hobbs 14568 to see how it stacks up against the other mini choppers around.
The device looks quality at first glance; it’s got a stylish design and an attractive chrome finish. The bowl is high quality and durable too, being made out of glass rather than the usual plastic that we’re used to.
The glass bowl is small, being 700ml in size, so please do bear in mind that this device is not a full-blown food processor. They should really change the name to “chopper” so as to get expectations right; the machine is intended for chopping small ingredients or for making dips, baby food, and purees.
The 200 watt motor has plenty of power for these kinds of tasks, and we’ll take a look at how well it performs a little later. The motor has a safety cut out feature, so the stainless steel blade will stop rotating if the lid is unscrewed.
We found that most food processors were cheapest at Amazon.co.uk, including the Russell Hobbs 14568 which is currently available for 38% off.
Russell Hobbs 14568 Mini Food Processor Features and Specifications
- Quality chrome finish – looks attractive and modern
- Sturdy glass 700ml – well made and built to last
- 200 watt motor – great for chopping smaller items, or making dips, baby food and purees
- Safety cut out feature
Customer Feedback and Reviews
We found that opinion was somewhat divided on this gadget. Admittedly, the majority of people loved it, with 75% of customers awarding it 4 or 5 stars. A quarter of customers, though, were unhappy. We’ll dig into the reasons for that later, but first let’s find out what people liked about the machine.
The looks of this device didn’t go unnoticed, and indeed it does look modern and cool. A lot of customers wanted to leave this out on the worktop permanently (as they do a lot of chopping) and they said it looked great; certainly not an eyesore like some other mini food processors. It’s nice and compact too (it’s miniature of course) so if you’ve got space issues in your kitchen, then this little device shouldn’t cause you any problems.
Of course, the most important thing is how well it chops, and we’re happy to report that it does its job superbly. Almost everyone (even the negative reviews) praised the machine for its ability to chop. People had used it successfully for chopping things like onions and garlic (which it does in mere seconds), making dips and chutneys, and even for mixing up batter. It’s an efficient machine, and will no doubt save you plenty of time if you tend to do a lot of chopping in the kitchen.
So it looks good, doesn’t take up a lot of space, and chops well. Why on earth were 25% of customers unhappy with their purchase?
The problem for those people seems to be breakages. Almost all of the negative reviews stated that they were absolutely delighted with the device (as we said it chops really well). The problem came when, after chopping happily for several weeks, the device simply stopped working for these people. It seems that the connector which connects the drive shaft to the blade is quite flimsy, and when it breaks the motor will no longer turn the blade.
We’re reluctant to recommend the Russell Hobbs 14568, even though it seems to have everything going for it. We could overlook a few isolated cases of faulty devices, but with 25% of customers who left feedback stating that they’d had problems, we think that it’s not worth taking the risk. For that reason, we’d recommend that you take a look at the Kenwood CH180 or the Duronic CH260 instead.