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The KitchenAid 9 Cup/2.1 Liter Food Processor (KFP0921) is one of several different sized food processors that KitchenAid provides. It’s a little gadget that can chop, whisk, slice, shred, and mix dough, and all the attachments fit inside the processor bowl, making it ideal for households with limited space. It did well in the test, however it has a little capacity and isn’t consistently attached to the counter.
There is no need to introduce KitchenAid because it has long been a popular in kitchens all around the world. It began by producing food mixers, so it is qualified to grasp what is required of other food preparation equipment. It has also been producing food processors for a while.
By many measures, the KitchenAid 9 Cup/ 2.1 Liter food processor KFP0921 is a tiny capacity food processor, but it’s not the smallest model the company has; there’s also a 7 Cup/ 1.7 Liter model.
There are plenty of accessories for this mid-sized food processor, though. It comes with a dough blade, chopping blade, whisk, and, if you live in the UK, a julienne disc as well as a slicing and shredding disc. Additionally, everything fits inside the main bowl, providing a neat storage option that makes this perfect for tiny kitchens and houses.
On test, it was easy to operate and did a great job chopping, shredding, slicing, and combining the majority of the jobs we gave it. However, it periodically moved around on the counter and has a little capacity, so it’s probably too small for serious chefs and bigger families.
That being said, it’s an excellent option if you want one of the finest food processors for preparing smaller quantities, one that also looks nice on your counter and isn’t too big to store. However, it is not the most affordable KitchenAid appliance, so if you’re on a tight budget, it can be a stretch.
KitchenAid 9 Cup Price and availability
- List price: $149.99 / £199 / AU$339
The KitchenAid 9 Cup/ 2.1 liter KFP0921 food processor is KitchedAid’s mid-size food processor and it’s available direct from KitchenAid as well as other major retailers.
It’s more affordable than the larger 13 cup/ 3.1 liter KitchenAid KFP1319 food processor
KitchenAid 9 Cup Design
- All accessories store neatly inside
- Available in a range of colors
- Compact design
Even though it isn’t a full-sized food processor, this model comes with a ton of helpful add-ons, such as a reversible shredding and slicing disk, blade, whisk, dough blade, and refrigerator cover that can be substituted for the main processor lid for quick and simple food storage.
The primary processor bowl fits inside the other accessories, with the exception of the second cover, making storage tidy and small. In Australia and the US, a stronger four blade version is provided in place of the normal S blade, while the UK model has an extra julienne disc.
At just 16.5 x 9.4 x 8.3 inches/ 42 x 24 x 21cm (h x w x d) it won’t take up much space in your cupboards, which is great news if they’re already overflowing. But KitchenAid’s stylish design means its appliances are rarely the ones you want to hide away in a cupboard.
This food processor is no exception, the cute round base and choice of colors mean you won’t mind leaving it on the counter. It’s available in matte black, silver, empire red, onyx black and it’s also available in cream if you purchase in the UK or Australia, with an additional pistachio color option for those in the UK.
The controls are simple to use with two speeds and a pulse button. Additionally, unlike many food processors, the bowl and lid aren’t locked in place by a difficult twisting motion. The bowl rests squarely on the base, and a simple clasp holds the flip-up cover in place. One of the simplest food processors to build, all accessories slide into the main drive adapter.
When slicing and shredding food, two pushers of varying sizes are located inside the hinged lid. Then, without having to tip things into a different dish or container, you can just remove the cover and replace it with the refrigerator lid if you wish to preserve your creation in the fridge.
KitchenAid 9 Cup Performance
- Simple to use and assemble
- Easy to clean in dishwasher
- Fast and effective
We began by slicing cucumbers to get a feel for this gadget. Even at the reduced pace, it only took a few seconds to slice up a half-cucumber, however the slices were a little crooked since we couldn’t keep it straight.
Turning the disc over to the shredding side, we tried it on cheese first – this time we used the faster speed and it sped through a block of cheese that we’d cut to fit in the feed tube. The result was mostly nice, even shreds, though there were some crumbs in the bowl too. Plus, about 9% of the cheese became lodged in the lid and we had to dig it out at the end before cleaning. Carrot was no match for it though, it quickly produced even shreds with only a small piece left not shredded when we stopped.
Usually we’d choose a fine shredding disc for chocolate, but that wasn’t an option with this food processor, so we went ahead and shredded it on the only available disc. It produced quite a chunky shred, which isn’t ideal for chocolate and around 20% didn’t make it through, getting stuck on top instead, but nevertheless we were pleased to see none of it melted to the disc, which can often happen with other models.
Thickening cream was our next task so we poured 1.1 pounds/ 500g cream into the bowl, with the whisk already inserted. Using the higher speed setting, the cream was thick and fluffy in just 35 seconds. Though the shape of the whisking disc made it fiddly to scrape all the cream from the bowl. And a slightly annoying feature is that the pushers don’t lock into place, so they fell onto the counter when we opened up the lid to check the thickness mid-way through.
Before preparing bread dough, we discovered that the manual suggests using no more than 3 cups/375g flour, which is less than what we needed to prepare a loaf of bread. If you want to use this food processor for dough, bear this in mind. Having said that, it only took 20 seconds on the faster speed for the ingredients to incorporate into a dough once we added them. However, if you keep the blade spinning after the dough has been incorporated, the entire appliance starts to shake violently and needs to be held down. We thus suggest kneading by hand.
The sharp chopping blade made short work of finely dicing an onion, we cut it into six segments first, but after that it was evenly diced in just 10 seconds on the lower speed. It was also able to turn diced beef into ground beef with similar speed and efficiency. But note, the UK and Australia manuals advise only adding 7 oz/ 200g meat for chopping, whereas the US manual states 1 pound/ 450g is OK, thankfully it grinds meat fast, taking just 5 seconds to grind 7 oz/ 200g, so it’s not too laborious to do it in batches if you want to grind more.
We added all the ingredients for a cake batter to the bowl with the chopping blade and in just one minute it created a smooth batter ready for baking. But it moved around on the counter during mixing, so it’s best to keep an eye on it.
We chose the pulse button to chop the hazelnuts, and it took 15 presses to achieve a finely chopped texture. The end result was a blend of coarse powder and some chunkier bits, but uniformly chopping nuts is never easy. Finally, because we were testing this in the UK, we used a carrot to try out the julienne disc. It proved to be a quick method for chopping carrots into small matchstick-sized bits that are ideal for a salad or slaw.
Cleaning is simple if you have a dishwasher because everything can go in there; otherwise, like with other food processors, it can be laborious and difficult to do by hand.
KitchenAid 9 Cup Review Verdict
Food processors with all their attachments can be tricky to store and often take up a lot of space, but with this one you can store everything inside the main bowl so it’s neat and compact.
If you like to whip up large sharing platters for family or friends, this 9 cup/ 2.1 liter food processor will probably be too small for your needs. We’d recommend looking at the 13 cup/ 3.1 liter KitchenAid KFP1319 food processor. With one reversible disc that offers slicing on one side and shredding on the other, there’s no choice of shred or slice size, if you want more options you’ll have to look elsewhere.
This 9 cup/ 2.1 liter food processor isn’t the biggest you can buy yet it still offers virtually all the attachments of many bigger models on the market, allowing you to chop, shred, slice, whisk and mix dough, plus julienne if you’re in the UK.
Food processors can be one of the uglier kitchen appliances and often they’re best tucked out of sight when not in use, but this KitchenAid model comes in a range of colors and the rounded base looks great on your counter.