Magimix 4200 Review
Before we get into this review of the Magimix 4200 (or ‘Magimix 4200 Cuisine Système’ – as the manufacturer labels this particular model) you might want to pop over to the Home Page of this website to get an overview – or ‘feel’ – for what the range can offer you in general, if you haven’t already done so.
This will familiarise you with the features, functions and overall qualities of a Magimix food processor in general terms.
Coming back to this review will then help to clarify the particular features, functions and specifications that are exclusive to the Magimix 4200, and its close relative, the Magimix 4200XL.
Click this link to read the Magimix Food Processor Overview.
OK, moving on…
Very much like the Magimix 3200, the Magimix 4200 weighs in at a hefty 9.5Kg.
As we’ve seen with the 3200, this is no bad thing since weight adds to the stability of the machine and pretty much eliminates any hint of vibration when run up to speed.
Less vibration equals less noise… one of the reasons the Magimix 4200 has been awarded the maximum 5 star rating by Which? when evaluating the operating noise of food processors in their recent lab tests.
Another significant factor contributing to low operating noise is linked to the type of electric motor Magimix fit to their food processors, known as an Induction Motor.
An induction motor, in turn, adds to the greater weight of the Magimix 4200 over competing makes.
Apparently, induction motors are relatively heavy in comparison with other types of electric motor, because of the way they are designed and manufactured. Now, don’t ask me what an induction motor is, or how it’s made, because I haven’t the foggiest clue. But my husband Richard does. He graduated (many years ago) with a degree in electrical engineering.
So I asked Richard to write a short overview of induction motors for you. And he said yes! (I can be very persuasive). You can find Richard’s ‘induction motor primer’ here if you are indeed interested.
By the way, the engineers and technicians at Magimix must be supremely confident in the reliability of induction motor technology, otherwise they wouldn’t offer a hugely impressive 12 year guarantee. I ask you, what else comes with a guarantee period of 12 years? A newly built house is the closest I guess, and even that expires after 10 years!
3 into 1 will go
As with each of the models in the range, the Magimix 4200 sports the Magimix proprietary 3-bowl system.
This comprises of three different sized bowls – mini, midi and main – stacking inside each other, very much like Russian dolls. The 3-bowl system gives you the flexibility and capability to process wildly differing amounts of ingredients without any drama.
The main bowl of the Magimix 4200 has an increased maximum capacity of 3 litres, over the 2.6 litres of the 3200.
Similarly, the 4200 midi bowl sees a 400ml increase in capacity over the 3200, to 2.6 litres. The increase in food processing capacities equips the Magimix 4200 to effortlessly cater for a family of 4, and up to 6 for larger family gatherings or when hosting a small dinner party.
Is the Magimix 4200 the food processor for you?
If the 3200 is the baby, the Magimix 4200 is the young adult! This is the mid-size model in the range. Magimix have purposely designed the 4200 to process recipe ingredients for up to 6 people.
Maximum capacities come in at:
- Mini bowl – 1.2ltr
- Midi bowl – 2.6ltr
- Main bowl – 3.0tr
This means you can make 1.3 litres of soup, smoothie, and milkshake at most… or slice, grate, chop up to 1kg of meat, vegetables, cheese and chocolate.
With the 4200 you’ll be able to whip/whisk no more than 6 egg whites. The motor will comfortably cope with up to 1.4kg of shortcrust pastry and 1kg of bread dough before beginning to feel the strain. Don’t be tempted to exceed these limits using the dough hook, otherwise the overheat sensor will kick in to protect the motor from damage by automatically switching the power off. Overloading will also void the motor warranty, so please be careful.
If you do need to regularly process greater quantities than this, then the Magimix 5200 may be a better option.
Will a Magimix 4200 fit your kitchen?
Because of its 15% increase in processing capacity over the 3200, the Magimix 4200 is taller at 390mm and will take up around a quarter more of your worktop space, measuring 210mm wide by 260mm deep.
The 4200XL – fitted with the extra large feed tube – stands taller at 425mm. This still remains well within the standard 460mm gap between the bottom edge of wall-mounted cupboards and kitchen worktops. So you can easily tuck the 4200 out of the way when you’ve finished with it.
By the way, should your taste, colour preference or kitchen decor dictate, the Magimix 4200XL is the ONLY 4200 currently available in Red.
“Always wanted a Magimix. Loved the extra large funnel. Having it red made it unique and now I have bought complementing kitchen appliances. Has delivered expectations and more.” – Steve, London
Other colour choices include White and Cream as well as the two metal-effect finishes ‘Chrome’ and ‘Satin Steel’.
Please note… Chrome and Satin Steel does not mean you are getting a metal base with these options.
All 4200 mouldings are plastic and finished in your choice of colour or metal-effect finish.
The main bowl handle (and XL feed tube handle) is black with the two metal-effect finishes and body-colour-matched on the White and Cream variants.
Be aware though, the colour/finish options come with different accessories as standard. If in doubt, please refer to the table below.
What comes in the Magimix 4200 box?
Each Magimix food processor in the range is supplied with slightly different accessories as standard, depending on the model type and in some cases the base colour as well. This can cause confusion and misunderstanding.
So to clear things up, here is a table of all standard accessories currently available with each of the 4200 model variants.
|2mm Shredding Disc|
|2mm Slicing Disc|
|4mm Shredding Disc|
|4mm Slicing Disc|
|French Fry Disc|
|XL Feed Tube|
Any questions, by all means contact me.
How much should you spend on a Magimix 4200?
There are many great deals across the Internet at the moment.
Looking around, it seems prices range from as low as £225 for a White or Cream 4200, all the way through to a top of the range 4200 in a Satin Steel effect for £245.
If you go for the XL option, you can pick up a Cream 4200 online for £249 with the Satin coming in at £260, and the funky Red £242.
To check the very latest prices from a list of trusted suppliers, be sure to check out the compare prices page on this site. Don’t forget to check delivery charges when you compare prices. Although most suppliers offer free delivery to mainland UK these days. It’s best to double check though.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that the cheapest you find may not be the best deal in the long run. Are you comfortable with the after-sales service of your chosen supplier? A bit of time spent in researching in this area will reap great rewards.