Magimix 4200XL 14-cup food processor

Features & Ease of Use, Part II
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Helping to justify the $349 price tag somewhat, Magimix includes a total of 5 discs with the unit (2mm and 4mm slicing, fine and medium shredding/grating, julienne).  All the discs attach to the motor shaft by attaching to a metal and plastic extender.  Interestingly, the discs, shaft and extender are almost identical to those of the KitchenAid 12 cup models, revealing the fact that they come from the same mechanical lineage (see photo at right with the 4200XL on the left).  Discs are not interchangeable across systems, however.

The discs can be used with either the main bowl or the 10-cup medium bowl.  When used in the large bowl, the domed lid of the Magimix curves up to the height of the disc, where it encircles the disc and prevents ingredients–for the most part–from spinning off the sides of the disc and into the blade.

When used in the midi bowl, the discs rest just below the level of the bowl’s rim (as can be seen in the photo on page 2).  This design is effective in preventing ingredients from spraying into the main bowl, cutting down on clean up.  It also prevents virtually all unprocessed ingredients from passing into the bowl.  Our testers liked the fact that they could shred carrots into this bowl without any juice winding up in the main bowl.

The tight fit of the discs within the bowls also means that removal of the disc can be a tricky task.  Our testers found that the easiest way was to simply grasp the protruding tip of the drive shaft extender and lift it, together with the disc.

Blades

Magimix includes a stainless multipurpose chopping blade, a plastic dough blade, a two-piece egg whisk assembly, and a stainless mini bowl chopping blade, all of which mount directly to the motor shaft.  These blades are all used in the main bowl, with the exception of the mini chopper.  All these parts are almost identical to the blades included with the KitchenAid KFP760/770, although again, they are not exchangeable across the systems.

The blades do not lock into place, so users should use caution when tipping or inverting the work bowls.  A finger can be inserted through the central drive shaft to hold the blade in place.

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We liked the front-loading storage box that accompanied the Magimix for its ability to house most of the accessories that come with the unit.  Only the mini chopper (which can be stored in the bowl) and one disc will be left to fend for their own.

Provided with 9″ of shelf height, the swiveling lid can be opened and closed with the unit remaining on the shelf.  This facilitates easy one-handed access to all the included parts and was well-liked by our testers.

Cleaning Up

The Magimix was fairly time consuming to clean.  This was mainly attributable to the design of its lid and feed tube which contain complex ridges and indentations that trap food particles.  We also found that the plastic used for the Magimix’s bowls was harder to clean than some of its competitors; specifically, it required more attention after processing oils and also seemed to allow water to cling to it.

On the bright side, the simple profiles of the Magimix bowls, coupled with the included squared-off spatula, facilitate very easy removal of processed ingredients from the work bowls.

Warranty & Documentation

The Magimix–have we mentioned it is made in France?–is backed by a generous 3/12 year warranty on parts/motor.

The unit included an excellent spiral-bound manual with recipes and instructions.

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