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My favorite thing about kitchen appliances is finding one that does the work of a whole bunch of them. It doesn’t even have to be designed for all those purposes, it just has to be able to make it work and save me the trouble of buying or cleaning a bunch of different tools. Sadly, many products that are meant to be all-in-ones can end up falling short on the power or functionality a single tool would have. Then you end up spending even more money because you have one tool that does more than you need, rather than a couple tools that do everything you need.
So, I was looking for a food processor that would do more than just be a food processor. I have found some, but either they’re not powerful enough or they’re poorly designed. The ones I found that were passable were really just processors with some extra toys that I don’t think anyone would ever use. They seemed to be good processors, but not much good for anything else.
Some Serious Middle Ground
In the world of kitchen appliances that try to do a little bit of everything, the Bosch Universal Plus Kitchen Machine makes a genuine effort to be more than just a food processor. It’s kind of a stand mixer, kind of a processor, and kind of something pretty awesome. So many tools and possibilities either come in the box or can be bought for this monster — I can’t even keep them all straight.
Big Enough But Not Huge
In the world of stand mixers, the Bosch has a pretty large bowl. At 6.5 cups, you can mix together just about anything. In the world of food processors, the bowl is not that big, but that doesn’t mean it wont work for what you need. You can still get the ground, chopped, pureed, diced foods you want and need, but you may have to do more than one batch if you’re in it for the processing power.
Where Do All Those Watts Go?
This monster has more than 800 watts on its side, which is a lot of impact no matter what you’re trying to make. The impressive motor has four different speeds which can be used to make whatever is on the menu, and you can also make use of the pulse power if you need it.
Accessorize To The Max
The thing that comes in the box is most definitely a mixer. It can be used for more, but it’s meant to mix and bake, and do those kinds of things. However, that doesn’t mean you’re totally limited. In fact, it’s kind of the opposite. While it’s a mixer out of the box, the attachments that come with or can be purchased for the Bosch are a lot more than that. You can get the clear processing work bowl which looks similar to what comes with the rest of the products in this class. You get the feeding tube, like what you need for most food processors, and a bowl that’s slightly bigger to support all your chopping needs. Even better, you get to enjoy the massive power sittng underneath the hood of this baby. The downside is that the food processor attachment has to be purchased separately and will set you back another $100.
More Things You Can Do
The attachments for this monster are pretty much endless. You can get the food processor, a blender, dough hooks and different blades to go with it, and you can get scrapers to clean the sides of any of the bowls you decide to get. The Bosch starts out looking pretty straightforward, but it can be spiced up with different looks that make a distinct difference.
Grain Silo Meets Spaceship
This thing is definitely quirky, and I like that about it. The look of it alone makes me think all sorts of silly things about it. Mostly, that it looks like a grain silo and a flying saucer had a baby, and it was this Bosch machine. That isn’t a criticism, but I do think it’s kind of funny and pretty cool.
On The Higher End
This is definitely the most expensive food processor we’ve looked at on this list, especially when you consider the cost of attachments. The base unit itself, with the dedicated mixer (that can be used for other things), is almost $399. That’s a lot of money, but the tool itself is extremely useful. Then you have to get the food processor attachment, which is an additional $100, so you’re basically in for $500 before you chop your first anything. I’m not saying it’s too much, but I am saying the price can certainly be prohibitive for people with a smaller budget.
Too Much Stick For Bread
The materials the main bowl are made of are not particularly good for making bread, which has left a lot of people disappointed. For whatever reason, bread ingredients do not mix particularly well, which makes it rather difficult to get what you need on the mixer side of the world. One thing you need to remember is that this a mixer dressed up as a food processor. What that means is the things that work for food processors, like the motor underneath which spins the bowl from the bottom, are great here. The things that work for mixers, however, might be kind of misplaced.
The mixing unit comes up from the bottom of the bowl and is attached through a tube which sticks up, just like for a regular food processer. The problem is that it has even more room for stuff to stick to because there are more hard surfaces to be navigated around. I’m not sure it’s a good design for a mixer, even though it’s a great design for a processor.
Dollars and Sense
The price on this one puts it in a league of it’s own, considering what I was hoping to get in a machine like this. There is no reason why it wouldn’t work as a good food processor, but I can get one of those for much less than what’s listed on this guy’s price tag. I don’t need another stand mixer, and this one doesn’t really fit the bill for that, even if I did. I think I’m going to stick with a dedicated food processor rather than spending my money on something that does everything, but misses the mark on the most important thing it’s supposed to do.