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Six food processors that give you good dough for your dough

created on 23.08.2017

You’re not a fan of fast food and you don’t have heaps of spare time, but you do quite like to cook? If so, a food processor could be just what you need. Most of these kitchen aids have a number of culinary strings to their bow: They mix, shred, stir, grate and knead. And that’s exactly what we wanted to put to the test here. Below, you’ll find six popular food processors that give you plenty of tasty dough for the hard-earned kind of dough – in other words a healthy price-performance ratio.

Ankarsrum Assistent Original

  • Features: stirring, kneading, mixing
  • Number of accessories it comes with: 9
  • Number of additional accessories available: 14
  • Capacity: 7 litres
  • Weight: 8.6 kg
  • Dimensions (LxBxH): 40x26.8x36

What we thought:

Design is obviously a matter of taste. However, this classic little kitchen aid captivates across the board with its design and ease of use. If you like to cook up a storm in the kitchen, you’re in for a treat with the Ankarsrum.

This food processor also fared well in our kneading test. We achieved great results with the dough roller, dough scraper and dough hook, although we were somewhat surprised about how the parts fitted together. What is special about the Ankarsrum is that the bowl turns rather than the kneading tool. Fortunately, that didn’t interfere with our kneading result in the slightest. The plaited dough was very airy and smooth. The only thing that let us down was our weaving technique, and we can’t blame that on the appliance.


**Result:**

KitchenAid Artisan KSM150

  • Features: beating, stirring, kneading
  • Number of accessories it comes with: 5
  • Number of additional accessories available: 29
  • Capacity: 4.8 litres
  • Weight: 10.6 kg
  • Dimensions (LxBxH): 34.30x22.20x36.20

What we thought:

With its striking appearance, this vision in red hardly lets some food processors get a look in. It’s not only aesthetically pleasing, it also has a lot of power hiding beneath its red outfit with more than ten different speed settings. Whether you need light and fluffy dough or the firm and moist kind, the Artisan KSM150 won’t let you down. The appliance is very easy to use and cleaning it is a piece of cake.

The elegance and care with which the Artisan kneaded the dough was a sight to behold. «It’s just a shame it doesn’t come with a massage feature for the cook,» we mused while biting into a still warm slice of plait, surrounded by the beautiful aroma of baking.


**Result:**

Electrolux EKM4200

  • Features: beating, slicing, shredding, stirring, stirring, grating, hashing, mincer
  • Number of accessories it comes with: 8
  • Number of additional accessories available: 5
  • Capacity: 4.8 litres
  • Weight: 9.27 kg
  • Dimensions (LxBxH): 21x37x36

What we thought:

We were also taken with the look of the slightly cheaper Electrolux EKM4200. The depth of the stirring shaft can be manually adjusted. This makes it easy to work with very small quantities, for instance if you’re beating egg whites. As self-confessed hobby cooks, we would certainly recommend the Electrolux EKM4200.

The appliance also passed our kneading test with flying colours. It only lost points for not having an integrated timer. But all in all, we were very impressed with its dough-dough or rather price-performance ratio.


**Result:**

Bosch MUM58243

  • Features: juicing, beating, slicing, shredding, stirring, grating, kneading, pureeing, hashing, mixing
  • Number of accessories it comes with: 14
  • Number of additional accessories available: 20
  • Capacity: 3.9 litres
  • Weight: 9.1 kg
  • Dimensions (LxBxH): 28x27.10x28.20

What we thought:

Coming in at 9.1 kg, the Bosch MUM58243 is the flyweight of food processors. The rubber suction feet on the underside were very reassuring. They ensure the appliance sits securely on the worktop and stop it flying away. We were also impressed with the attachments that came with the food processor. On the whole, we think the Bosch MUM58243 is best suited to new cooks who won’t be using the appliance every day.

The Bosch also came up trumps on the kneading test, although it gave the impression it was slightly unstable because of its weight. The plait tasted good, and that’s the most important thing.


**Result:**

WMF Profi Plus

  • Features: beating, stirring, kneading, pureeing
  • Number of accessories it comes with: 5
  • Number of additional accessories available: 4
  • Capacity: 5 litres
  • Weight: 11.35 kg
  • Dimensions (LxBxH): 28.4x23x35.2

What we thought:

The WMF Profi Plus left a good impression. It comes with a beautifully designed recipe book that inspired us to get our aprons on. The appliance itself is very easy to use and the accompanying tools seem to be high-quality. With the Profi Plus, you have more than eight operating modes to choose from, and you can even programme it to stir every few seconds.

When it came to the kneading test, the Profi Plus didn’t let us down. The dough kneaded together in a jiffy. Overall, this food processor scored a good dough-dough or rather price-performance ratio.


**Result:**

Kenwood Cooking Chef KM094

  • Features: beating, stirring, kneading, heating
  • Number of accessories it comes with: 11
  • Number of additional accessories available: 24
  • Capacity: 6.7 litres
  • Weight: 18 kg
  • Dimensions (LxBxH): 39x23.8x37.4

What we thought:

It’s clear to see that the Kenwood Cooking Chef KM094 is the Mercedes of this group of food processors. Even unpacking the appliance and its high-quality tools was an enjoyable experience. The biggest surprise was nestled between the wire whip and the dough hook: the Kenwood Club membership card. When you register, you’re admitted to the illustrious circle of Kenwood cooks and you get access to delicious recipes, great tips and special offers. Cooking Chef is perfect for those of you who like cooking and do so regularly.

Coming in at 18 kg, the Cooking Chef is one of the food processor heavyweights. But that didn’t bother us. «At least we know we’re getting something for our dough,» we thought and got straight down to kneading. The appliance doesn’t just feature a timer and a stopwatch, it also boasts an integrated induction hob. This opens up all sorts of opportunities. We decided to let the dough knead at a comfortable 40 degrees. Just looking at the burgeoning dough warmed the cockles. However, our mastermind idea to let the dough rise at that constant temperature had unforeseen consequences. It increased in volume at an unbridled rate. The effect this had on the aesthetics of the plaited end result wasn’t altogether positive. However, our plait-like experiment still turned out to be a real treat for the tastebuds.


**Result:**

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