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Lidl to sell cheap air fryer, bread maker and food mixer in spring kitchen deal bonanza

If you’re looking to get your cooking fix on the cheap this spring Lidl and Aldi have got you covered. Both retailers are launching offers on popular kitchen gadgets, available in stores from Thursday 8 March 2018. Lidl is selling a range of countertop appliances under its Silvercrest kitchen brand, including an GBP80 Silvercrest air fryer, a GBP50 bread maker and a GBP90 stand mixer.

Aldi is getting in on the kitchen fever too, with a stylish-looking GBP60 Ambiano food processor. We’ve cast an expert eye over the deals available to help you decide if they are worth making a dash to the supermarket for. Kitchen appliance reviews[1] – see our independent reviews and buying advice for everything from air fryers to blenders.

Lidl Air Fryer – hot competition for the big brands?

Lidl’s budget air fryer looks very similar to models from popular health fryer brand Tefal Actifry[2].

Low-fat fryers such as this use a tiny amount of oil and forced hot air to cook less fat-laden versions of your favourite fried treats, such as chips and fried chicken. This Lidl version uses a base hotplate and top-mounted halogen lamp to heat food, along with a rotating paddle to keep food moving as it cooks. This differs from more conventional air fryers like the Actifry that blow hot air at food to cook it, though the Breville Halo health fryer[3] also uses a halogen lamp.

The Lidl Air Fryer has five pre-set cooking modes, and three user-adjustable options, including temperature. It’s claimed cooking capacity of 2.5 litres is pretty generous too. At GBP80, it’s not the cheapest air fryer we’ve seen, but it is much cheaper than the big brands, and you get a decent capacity to boot.

We’ll have a review of this fryer up on Thursday, so check back to get our first look verdict before you buy.

Air fryer reviews[4] – find out which models excelled in our tough tests – and the ones to avoid

Lidl Bread Maker – tasty bread for not much dough?

At GBP50, the Silvercrest Bread Maker could be a real bargain – it’s much cheaper than models from bread maker giant Panasonic, which start from around GBP100. It even comes with a few interesting features, including 15 presets for everything from white bread to jam, and it can make gluten-free loaves too. There’s a memory function, allowing you to store eight custom recipes, and a 15-hour delay timer for when you want a fresh loaf first thing in the morning.

If you’re just getting started with bread making, it could be worth a punt. But check our bread maker reviews[5] first as we’ve found some good options from GBP55.

Best bread maker brands[6] – see our top-rated brands

Lidl Stand Mixer – easy baking on a budget?

This Silvercrest stand mixer comes in at GBP90, making it much cheaper than big name rivals from Kenwood or KitchenAid. It comes with the standard mixing, whipping and kneading attachments, though these are Teflon-coated for easy cleaning which is a nice extra at this price point.

You also get a larger-than-average 6.3 litre steel mixing bowl, splashguard, and blender accessory for making smoothies and soups. It’s not often you’ll get the blender accessory thrown in when you pay less than GBP100, so if you’re keen on smoothies too this could be a bonus. In our experience, cheaper mixers can sometimes come up trumps and do a decent job of the basics.

However some make a bit of a racket, or struggle with heavier mixes. If you’re keen to get baking, this is a well-priced deal, so could be worth a try. For the best results, check our Best Buy stand mixers[7] page to see which models we recommend.

Aldi Ambiano Premium Food Processor – slicing with style?

This smart-looking Aldi food processor is available in grey or cream with a steel trim.

It comes with all the main accessories you’d expect, including a chopping blade, slicing and grating attachments, and a dough blade, emulsifier and whisk. The 1.2 litre bowl is a decent size compared to similarly-priced rivals, though some others do include a jug blender accessory for speedy smoothie-making. Overall, it’s a decent price for a stylish-looking processor with the standard accessories.

However, before you splash out, it’s worth checking our food processor reviews[8] to see tried-and-tested alternatives – we’ve found some excellent options for a similar price.

How to buy the best food processor[9] – get the lowdown on which features you really need


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Best new food processors for 2016 revealed

19 April 2016

The Kenwood Multi Pro has an extra jug blender attachment, but is it good enough to be a Best Buy?

As spring begins to make an appearance, it’s the perfect time to enjoy new season fruit and veg, and perhaps try out some new recipes. That’s where a good food processor can help, taking care of a wide variety of kitchen tasks so you spend less time chopping, slicing and mixing – and more time enjoying the extra hours of daylight.

The best food processors will chop, grate, slice, blend and mix with ease, taking all the hassle out of preparing food, but we’ve come across models that do a poor job of prepping food or are so tricky to use that you’ll revert to doing things by hand. We’ve just tested eight new food processors, including models from Bosch, Kenwood and KitchenAid.

Find out if the latest models are the best yet, or if there’s a golden oldie that will do a better job, by heading to our food processor reviews.1

Finding the best food processor

Food processors can cost anything from 15 to 500, so to find the right one for you it’s best to start by thinking about the key jobs you want to use it for. We’ve found Best Buy food processors2 for less than 50, so you don’t need to fork out huge sums to get a decent chopper. More expensive models usually have extra features that might turn your head, such as larger capacity, or a set of different sized bowls for different jobs. The more you spend, the more specialised attachments you’ll get, for everything from juicing to chip-making.

Whether its a budget chopper you want, or a premium food processor with all the bells and whistles, we’ve tested models to suit a range of budgets – use our food processor reviews3 to find the best model for you.

Kenwood vs KitchenAid

We’ve tested the latest Kenwood and KitchenAid food processors to see which popular kitchen brand comes out on top. Two Kenwood Multi Pro food processors have both been put to the test, along with a KitchenAid food processor which is over three times as expensive. You can see which models impressed in our food processor reviews4, and find out which brand comes out on top in our review of the best and most reliable food processor brands5.

Latest food processor reviews

The full list of food processors we’ve just tested is below. Click on the links to go to the full review for each model. Prices correct as of Monday 18 April 2016.

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Which? tries the Thermomix TM5

18 April 2016

The Thermomix claims to tackle nearly every kitchen task you can think of

Cult kitchen appliance brand Thermomix – a regular on TV cookery shows – has launched a new version of its classic all-in one kitchen machine – the Thermomix TM5.

Billed as the ‘ultimate food preparation device’, the Thermomix combines multiple functions in one machine, and claims to make the rest of your kitchen gadgets redundant. It can weigh, prepare and cook ingredients, tackling all manner of jobs from grinding spices to blending soup and kneading bread dough – even cooking dinner for you.

But it costs an eye-watering 925, and is only available to buy via a home demo. Is this pricey gadget worth the hype? To get our first look verdict, head to the full Thermomix TM5 review.1

Thermomix TM5 – what you get

The TM5 has a 2.2 litre capacity steel jug with a detachable blade and auto-locking lid. Compared to other food processors it’s light on accessories, as the main blade handles chopping, blending, mixing, kneading and stirring. Extras include a whisk attachment, steaming baskets and spatula. The key change from older Thermomix models is the large colour touchscreen which replaces the many different buttons and dials on the older TM31. The TM5 also uses ‘recipe chips’ which attach to the side of the machine and allow you to access all the recipes from the accompanying recipe book on the touchscreen.

Thermomix vs KitchenAid, Tefal and Kenwood

If you’re in the market for an all-singing, all-dancing kitchen helper, the Thermomix isn’t your only option. KitchenAid, Kenwood and Tefal all launched cheaper rivals to the Thermomix in the UK in 2015. We’ve tried all four of these kitchen heavyweights out. You can see how their vital stats compare in the table below, and see what we thought by following the links to the full first look reviews.

All-in-one kitchen machines compared

Product Thermomix TM5 KitchenAid Cook Processor Tefal Cuisine Companion Kenwood Cooking Chef Price 925 850 700 250 Capacity (l) 2.2 2.5 2.5 1.5 Dimensions (cm) 34x33x33 41x31x34 39x32x31 23x26x32 Controls Colour touchscreen and rotary dial Display screen and buttons / dials Display screen and touch controls Display screen and touch controls Recipes Recipe book and recipe chip for machine. Additional books and recipe packs available. Recipe book and app Recipe book Recipe book and app


(in addition to main blade)

Whisk, internal and external steaming baskets, spatula, measuring cup Mini blade and bowl, whisk, two-tier steam tray, stir-assist mixer Kneading blade, beater, stirrer, steam basket, spatula, brush Steam basket, stirring tool, cleaning brush, measuring cup, spatula Cleaning Dishwasher safe, blade unscrews for cleaning Bowl must be washed by hand Dishwasher safe Dishwasher safe Read the full first look Thermomix TM5 review2 KitchenAid Cook Processor review3 Tefal Cuisine Companion review4 Kenwood Cooking Chef review5

All-in-one kitchen machines – are they worth it?

None of these appliances come cheap, and they won’t suit everyone. It’s worth taking the time to look at what appliances you already have, and which kitchen jobs you hate doing by hand. If you want to be able to cook homemade food from scratch with minimal effort, and also do the occasional bit of chopping, bread-making or baking, an all-in-one kitchen gadget could work for you.

However, they are large and expensive gadgets that you’ll need to find a permanent home for on your kitchen worktop. A cheaper product like a powerful compact blender6 or soup maker7 might be all you need, and will cost you a fraction of the price.

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