Magimix 3200 Review
One of the first things you’ll notice about the Magimix 3200 (or Magimix Compact 3200, to give it its full title) is its weight.
Yes, it IS quite heavy… 9.5kg in fact. That’s almost 10 bags of sugar to you and me. And I’m sure my youngest was close to the same weight coming up to her first birthday!
So you don’t want to be hauling this thing in and out of cupboards very often.
However, if you’re like me, leave it out on the worktop. I find there’s really no need to store food processors away when not in use in any case.
Why hide it anyway?
There’s no denying, this is a good looking piece of kit – especially in a satin or chrome finish, although these do cost a little bit more than the standard white. It’s good to know you have a choice though.
Heavy works for me. A good solid weight eliminates vibration. So there’s very little chance you’ll see your 3200 jiggling across the worktop in a bid for freedom towards the floor!
Leading Edge Technology
The Magimix 3200 is heavier than most other food processors on the market mainly because it’s driven by what is known as an “induction motor”.
Now, don’t ask me what an induction motor is because I haven’t a clue. However I’m told by those in the know, that it’s the quietest type of electric motor in the universe and almost certainly the heaviest, apparently due to the way it works and how it’s put together.
I’m struggling to think of anything else in this world that comes with a 12 year warranty. Even a newly built house only gets 10!
By the way, if you’d like to know a little more about induction motors, my husband Richard is a qualified electrical engineer (hard-earned degree attained very many years ago) and has written a short intro to induction motors. You can read it here if you are indeed interested.
Which? Magazine recently reviewed 10 of the most popular food processors currently available in the UK from 8 of the top manufacturers. The Magimix 3200 AND Magimix 4200 were both voted Which? Best Buys. The Magimix 5200 also ranked highly.
You’ll notice from the report that Which? awarded a maximum rating of 5 stars to the 3200 in the ‘Noise’ category. And for good reason.
Now, because I know you’ll find it difficult to breeze into you local household electrical store and try out every food processor you can lay your hands on to judge for yourself the amount of noise it makes, take a look at this video released by Which? that clearly demonstrates the operating noise level of a Magimix 3200 Food Processor compared with one from a well known competitor. I think you’ll find it interesting.
What Makes a Which? “Best Buy” Food Processor?
What do you think? Quite a remarkable difference isn’t there?
Is the Magimix 3200 the right food processor for you?
The Magimix Compact 3200 is the baby of the range. Meaning – like all babies – it’s the smallest in physical size, power and capacity. The 3200 has been specifically designed by Magimix to handle the food processing requirements of the single cook, couples and small families of up to 4.
Absolute maximum capacities are:
- Mini bowl – 1.2ltr
- Midi bowl – 2.2ltr
- Main bowl – 2.6ltr
Which means you won’t be able to make much more than about 1 litre of soup, smoothie, or milkshake in one go… or slice, grate, chop very much more than 750g of meat and 800g of veggies, cheese or chocolate.
Whisking 5 egg whites will be the most you’ll get away with and 1kg of pastry and around 600g of bread dough are the most the dough hook and motor can safely cope with. So don’t try pushing your luck, or the motor overload safety cut-out will take over to save your processor from damage by overheating.
Will the Magimix 3200 fit on your worktop?
When fully assembled – including the lid – the 3200 stands at 360mm high. That’s about 16″. A 3200 fits comfortably between a kitchen worktop and the underside of wall-mounted cupboards, which are commonly installed at around 460mm (18″) apart.
The base unit covers an area 190mm (8½”) wide by 225mm (10″) in depth… so smaller than a Jamie Oliver chopping board.
The only other thing left to think about when buying a Magimix 3200, is the colour of the base unit.
I use the word ‘colour’ in its broadest sense, since two of the options are ‘Satin Steel’ and ‘Chrome’.
Magimix 3200 White – Magimix 3200 Chrome – Magimix 3200 Satin
Now, don’t be fooled into thinking you’re going to get a solid metal base unit if you plump for a satin or chrome 3200. These are still made of plastic, same as the white one, but this time finished in a metal effect. Having said that, the chrome and satin steel finishes do look particularly smart in my opinion.
What’s in the box?
As with every other model of Magimix Food Processor, what comes packed in the box along with the main base unit and 3 bowls, varies slightly depending on the base unit colour/finish you choose.
So to clear up any doubt, here’s a table showing exactly what comes with each variant of the Magimix 3200 as standard, i.e. straight out of the box…
|2mm Shredding Disc|
|4mm Shredding Disc|
|French Fry Disc|
|XL Feed Tube|
What should you pay for a Magimix 3200?
Comparing prices across the web today, a White Magimix 3200 starts at about £180, Chrome for £199 and around £215 will get you a Satin Steel finish. Remember though, when you DO compare prices don’t forget to check delivery costs – although many suppliers offer free delivery to the UK mainland these days. Best to double check though.
Also make sure you’re comfortable with the level of after-sales service you’d get should you need it. It’s no good going for the absolute cheapest 3200 you can find, if it turns out the supplier’s perception of great customer service in no way matches your own. In which case, any initial cost savings will be long forgotten in the ensuing battle!