Food processor with fresh vegetables on kitchen table.
Research report
2 September 2020

Magimix, our Top Brand food processor

Magimix blitzed Top Brand award five years in a row.

“This is the best machine. Extra parts can be bought for it. Very safe.” “Magimix are amazing machines. Buy the best and only once.” “Expensive at the time, but worth the money.”

That’s some of the feedback we received from satisfied Magimix owners in our latest appliance reliability survey. We weren’t surprised. Magimix has been our Top Brand for food processors since 2016. This award recognises brands that perform consistently across testing, reliability and customer satisfaction.

In our latest survey, 84 percent of respondents were very satisfied with their Magimix, in a category where the average was only 74 percent. Magimix also got the highest reliability score – 96 percent of its food processors had never needed repair.

We’ve tested three Magimix food processors and all are excellent performers. They all blitzed our food prep tasks such as slicing carrots, making breadcrumbs, kneading pastry and emulsifying mayo. The Magimix 4200XL and 5200XL also come with a mini-processor attachment for extra versatility.

Food processor or a mini?

A food processor is the master of food prep – especially if you’re often cooking for a crowd. Whether you need to slice, dice, chop, puree or knead, it can do it all. Add a blender attachment and you can crush ice, chop nuts and make smoothies. Check out the 31 models we’ve tested here.

If you usually just do quick prep jobs like chopping herbs and nuts, making pesto or curry paste or emulsifying mayo, a mini food processor might be the ticket. However, minis are less versatile than their full-sized counterparts. They have a smaller capacity (up to a litre), don’t usually have slicing, grating or shredding blades, and can’t knead dough or pastry. We recommend two models in our mini food processor test.

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Yolanda S.
05 Sep 2020
Wish I hadn't bought the Magimix model I did

I bought the Magimix model with 3 bowls. (5200 model) They all fit inside each other. I thought, (wrongly as it turned out), that meant I had a choice of 3 different size bowls to work with. I checked out as much as I could before I bought but nothing indicated that to use the smaller bowls, you have to fit them inside the larger bowl. So that means double the washing up as you always have to wash the bigger bowl when you use the smaller bowl as it gets some of the mix splattered in it. They are not meant to go in the dishwasher as it discolours them over time so it is a lot more work cleaning up than if you only had to wash the small bowl needed. I am busy and don't have time or desire to do any extra washing up so what it means is that I really only use the Magimix for the large bowl. For grating and chopping smaller items, I use the mini chopper that came with my stick blender or I hand grate as I did before I got the Magimix. So that is quite disappointing and I really wish I had known this before I bought as I would not have bought this model.

Catherine D.
06 Sep 2020

I agree with Yolanda. I very seldom use the machine as the clean up time is enormous. With the smaller bowls every thing is so dirty. It is only good for big cooks and bakes. I wish I had not bought it.