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The Kenwood Multipro Excel food processor didn't make our top 10 best food processors, but it's a quality appliance that performed just as well as and better than those that did make the list in some of our tests. However, it has a few drawbacks that kept it from being one of the top-rated food processors.

The Kenwood Multipro Excel food processor didn't make our top 10 best food processors, but it's a quality appliance that performed just as well as and better than those that did make the list in some of our tests. However, it has a few drawbacks that kept it from being one of the top-rated food processors.

Above all, a food processor needs to perform well in the kitchen, whether it's chopping, slicing, shredding, grating, kneading or pureeing. The Kenwood Multipro Excel did a great job at slicing potatoes to a uniform size in our tests, and its feeding tube is wide, so you can easily fit a small or average-sized potato in it without prepping it first.

This food processor didn't handle chopping as well as some of the best ones we tested, such as the Cuisinart Custom 14-cup food processor. It took more than two dozen pulses to chop whole almonds, and several dozen more to process those almonds into flour. Kenwood's mini bowl is a great solution for small jobs in theory, but in practice, the shape of the bowl was a problem   almonds got stuck in the lid and onions climbed up the sides of the bowl and into the lid without getting chopped. This presented issues in uniformity. The pulse function seems faster than those of other food processors, which is a factor in why it chops foods inconsistently.

The Kenwood did an excellent job at shredding cheese. A block of cheddar only took seconds to shred into a plump pile, and Parmesan was quickly pulverized to a powder. Kneading pie dough was also easy for this powerful processor. The cauliflower test went well for the Kenwood too   in about a minute and a half we had a velvety puree, so this machine would work well as a baby food processor.

Generally, food processors can be difficult to use if you aren't familiar with where each piece needs to go in order to get it started. The Kenwood is easy to use from the beginning. Also, although this is a big machine that takes up a lot of countertop space, it was the quietest food processor we tested, registering at only 89.3 dB; the loudest one came in at 97.5 dB. One standout feature of this food processor is its built-in scales. You can weigh food as you add it to the bowl, and then zero it out and add the next ingredient for precise weights.

Summary

The Kenwood Multipro Excel is a good food processor for home cooks, especially for blending up soups or baby food. It has a large footprint, though, so it won't work in a small kitchen. Also, its pulse function is a bit too fast to produce uniform cuts. With practice, you can likely finagle more consistency from this processor; it just didn't ultimately test well enough in the necessary areas for it to place in the top 10.

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