Working perfectly and now it stopped
Got my kenwood kcook a month ago through Amazon. Used it a couple of times and it was working fine but now a warning light keeps popping up saying the lid is not well placed. Tried several times but she warning light doesn't disappear and I'm unable to use the machine. It's only been a month since I got it. Very disappointed and ill be contacting the Kenwood support tomorrow.
Purchased in August 2019.
The Swiss Army Knife of the Thermal Cooking World
I have had this machine for 3 months now and except for a glitch when it decided randomly that the bowl was “hot” when it was empty, dry and had not been used and the room temperature was about 16 degrees....I have been very happy with it.
I am a long time user of thermal machines starting with the Thermomix TM31 through to the TM5. I currently own a Kenwood Cooking Chef (the first model), a Tefal Cuisine Companion, Magimix Cook Expert, Kitchenaid Cook Processor, Thermomix TM31 and the Kenwood kCook Multi Smart. I have found that the kCook Mu...
Purchased in May 2019.
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Time saving device
* i am enjoying getting to know my machine
* It was a bit fiddly getting set up at the start but once I figured it out it’s much easier.
* The bowl weighs 2kg so it’s hard to hold with one hand while scraping into a bowl with the other - I would suggest it might be a bit tricky for elderly people to use.
*The app is very helpful when choosing what to cook and I love that I can send the shopping list straight to my mobile phone. Unexpected bonus - the teenager in the house has the app too so she can go through and choose something yummy to ...
So good, I sold my Thermomix
I've been using my Kenwood for a couple of months now, and it hasn't skipped a beat. I have owned a TMX for a couple of year, so I was already experienced with multicookers, but I was impressed by the features of the Kenwood, and stoked to give it a go.
The direct prep, variety of blades and tools, functions, and connected app, make this the most 'multi' multicookers I have encountered- and I'm an appliance junkies, so I have played with many. I especially love the stirring tool- unlike 'reverse' or similar concepts on other machines, the K...enwood allows food to retain it's shape, where TMX and others tend to reduce food to mush, and change the texture completely. The app was a bit limited at first, but the variety of recipes has really improved over time, with more and more items being added regularly. Family favourites for us have been chicken, pea, and asparagus risotto, pizza dough, chicken curry, and cauliflower soup. As other users have said, I would love to be able to add recipes, I have been converting some of my generic multicookers recipes for my friends, and it would be great to share them more widely. So happy with my beautiful machine, would definitely recommend it!
I have been using this machine for a few weeks, I guess the biggest fear was to buy a cheaper version of the Thermomix and then to find out it was not quite the same thing.
This machine is beautifully built and designed, robust and solid, t comes with a lot of bits and pieces which can be easily stored in a plastic box provided with the package.
The steamer is easy to install and to clean and all the pieces are dish washer safe which also save a lot of time.
Using the app is a walk in a park, you can follow simple steps on how ...
A Surprisingly Intelligent and Innovative Approach to Cooking
This is a very good product. My wife, who is an accomplished cook and I (not a bad cook either) have been using our Kenwood kCook Multi Smart Cooking Food Processor (Type CCL45 Model 450CLSI) regularly for about 3 weeks. We have used it often enough and across a diversity of recipes to now feel very comfortable with it and we have concluded that it’s an amazing addition to our kitchen. It connects to our home's WiFi network and we use it mainly in conjunction with the Kenwood World App.
Initially we were daunted by the number of components...
A genuine contender to Thermomix and a step up from anything I've ever used
Disclaimer: I’m a member of the Productreview.com.au Ambassador Program and did not purchase this item.
I'm not a great cook. I'll be the first to admit that. Sure I can do the simple stuff reasonably well, but I struggle to manage complex creations and lack the finesse needed to turn good into great. I've recently purchased a slow cooker and managed to produce some pretty tasty fare, but it still took some serious consultation with online recipes and a massive amount of messy prep. Enter the Kenwood kCook Multi Smart.
I was super excited...to receive the kCook and spent some time eagerly unpacking the plethora of components, attachments and blades. The outside of the box does a great job of selling the benefits and I quickly had visions of creating an endless array of culinary masterpieces that would normally have been far beyond my meagre abilities. Slicing, dicing, steaming, stirring, kneading, sautéing or slow-cooking, the kCook does it all. Was the Kenwood kCook Multi Smart the answer to my prayers? The answer is yes and sadly, no. Once I’d unpacked everything, I did the usual male thing and completely ignore the setup instructions. I was really eager to turn the appliance on and see why it needed Wi-Fi and what the app was used for. While the quick start instructions suggested the setup would be simple enough, the Wi-Fi wizard did not complete properly (despite doing everything correctly). I had to revert to the printed instructions to troubleshoot. This is where I discovered that the instructions were obviously an afterthought. Poorly laid out and lacking y’know… words, it was a real chore to work out how I could reset the kCook to flush the Wi-Fi settings. As an example, the schematic diagram is a few pages in but the parts list (matched up the numbers on the diagrams) is another 3 or 4 pages onward. Why? Considering that the Kenwood World app is well crafted and the kCook has inbuilt Wi-Fi, the suite of technology definitely could have been used better to deliver an improved setup process. Eventually I got the Wi-Fi setup and turned my attention to the included parts.
Much easier to use than expected.
We have now used the Multi Smart kCook for around six weeks & have so far used it six times. First impressions were that it was dauntingly complex but not so, there are so many pieces but after the initial learning curve it is in fact very easy to use.
I would suspect that the technically challenged may find the smart phone integration somewhat perplexing as the app is pretty much essential, though the integration is absolutely fantastic. The recipes are many & varied, we have added around eight favourites. Some of the recipe terminology is ...unclear, things such as Pearl Onions (better known as Shallots in Australia, or Baby Onions), Orzo (Risoni) & All-purpose flour (Plain flour). Easily solved using Google. Previous appliances of this type have been difficult to clean but not so with the kCook although for simple minimal chopping we did not use the slicer/chopper. This is of course optional. We have left reviews on most of the recipes though notice that few do! The end results have all been excellent & we are total converts, the machine is well made & for what it can do has a small footprint & easy storage. To date we have made Vegetable chips, Garlic sausage pasta sauce & Orzo, Far Breton, Chicken with ginger & Black Bean sauce & Simple beef stew (twice). Not having ever been a great cook this machine takes all of the variables out of the equation & every time has been a complete unmitigated success! My only possible criticism is the Smart Phone Android application, it could do with some improvements or modification. Several times after simply looking at the app the annoying alarm starts & can’t be stopped only by turning the phone off. A minor criticism but as for the machine five stars!!!
Overall good design and concept
Use this product for about 4 weeks now and the first impression is good. In an overall good quality product for good price tag. But considering the so many features to cover I think better to be more specific.
Looks nice, compact and sturdy built. Comes in proper packaging. Initial setup is bit difficult and user guide needs little bit more details. Especially around setting up the application and doing the initial setup.
Built quality of the product
Sturdy built. Lots of quality attachments to cover most of the functio...
Definitely Smart but Not Brilliant
Having seen a Thermomix in action and with my new-found interest in home cooked Vs takeaway meals, I was eager to put the kCook Multi Smart to the test. My go-to appliance these days has been a new-age pressure cooker, but as far as home appliances go the kCMS would appear to be a game changer; combining a thermal cooker with a steamer and food processor along with blue tooth integrated scales.
If that’s wasn’t enough the kCMS connects with a Kenwood App that allows you to turn your smartphone or device into a handheld remote control. The App ...
Kenwood kCook Multi Smart CCL450SI
This device arrived on my door step around 3 weeks ago and I have to confess I had anticipated that this would be ample time to give this device a thorough workout, how wrong I was!
This is a beast of a device, with more features, modes, and functions than you can shake a Swiss army knife at. The box was large and heavy which suggested a quality product was contained within. My quips about this being an early Christmas present for my wife barely put a dent in her excitement she ripped open the box and removed countless h...igh quality attachments and devices. Our mutual enthusiasm soon disapated though when we started to read the assembly instructions. We both love our gadgets but the manual for this device seemed a little basic (think Lego meets Ikea) which made the assembly process harder than it need have been. Married couples should think twice before attempting to assemble this device together but once completed everything became much easier. Concept
Amazing Cooking Machine
I’ve had the kCook for a few weeks now and have had a chance to cook various different things to test it out. I am a busy mother of two and I work a few days a week. Afternoons often involve dropping kids to activities so I don’t often have time to cook from scratch during the week.
About the kCook
It is much like a Thermomix with a couple of important differences – it comes with an additional direct prep attachment which chops and adds ingredients directly to the bowl or you can turn it to chop salads etc into a separate bowl. It also h...as a separate scale which I haven’t used yet as I am in the habit of using my own scales. It also come with a steamer attachment which I haven’t tried yet. Unlike the Thermomix it can be controlled via an app. As far as I know the Thermomix has different recipe chips which you insert into the machine. It has numerous different blades and mixing attachments. The cooking time, temp and mixing speed can be set automatically or manually. The adjustments can easily be made during cooking. The cooking process automatically stops when the lid is removed. My impression is that it is fantastic for things such as risottos, soups, sauces and custard where a lot of prep and stirring is involved. So, for me I assume I would use it more in winter when those types of foods are most popular. Even though I haven’t tried if for those purposes, I think it would also be excellent for preparing sauces (I’d like to try the thick teriyaki sauce and the mayonnaise). It would also be great for preparing fresh baby food for as it can be very easily pureed to your preferred consistency. I’d also like to try it for making dips for parties. The direct prep attachment would also be great for making fresh salads where a lot of slicing is involved, for example making coleslaw. Recipes:
Smart Tech Food Processing & Cooker - Versatile All-In-One package
Let me start by saying for the 1st time in my life I cooked the perfect risotto – hats off to you KMS (kCook Multi Smart)!
I generally like to follow recipes so overall the KMS was a good fit for me, performed well, resulting in quick to cook tasty meals and desserts which would normally take much longer, create a mountain of dirty pots, utensils and a kitchen to clean. KMS would also be a great cooking tool and appeal to younger generations. The area of improvement could be on the tech smart and app component.
One recommendation before...KMS setup & first use is to check out the short videos in the Support section of the Kenwood World app (didn’t discover until later but these answered most of my initial questions). - Menu button (top left), Support button, select kCook Multi Smart, How To videos - Also select the 'Getting more from the app' button at the bottom of the How To videos page, Getting Started videos Design & Build 8/10: - Solid and sturdy
Not bad but still searching for the perfect recipe for it...
I have been using the kcooker for the last 2 weeks and this is my experience.
Before using, one has to set up both the device and the scales and pair them to your mobile. To do this, one needs to download the Kenwood World app which is straight forward. The scales connect to your mobile using bluetooth and set-up for this was easy and straight forward. The cooker connects to your mobile using wifi. I spent 30min trying to connect but kept getting "Connection Error E:34" showing up. I gave up and passed it onto my husband. Eventually he solve...d the problem by connecting to a different broadband connection (we have 2 at home), so still not sure why it wouldn't initially connect. Anyway we were now ready to cook! Initially there seemed to be only a handful of recipes listed on the app when I first looked but when I later checked on 9/9/18 suddenly the list has grown! The problem though, is the recipes seem to be randomly listed so you need to scroll through them all to find what you want to cook. It would be better if the recipes could be arranged eg. Dessert, Savory, Drinks etc... to make it easier to look through. I started making the coffee and vanilla granita. The app tells you step by step what to do. I get to the step where it says "Let cool in fridge". So now I want to switch recipes to make something else and the app tells me "you will lose your progress and any timers that are currently running will be cancelled" if you exit! There should be some way of leaving a recipe still "open" with some sort of "bookmark" without exiting it entirely. I then started making the Bolognaise Ragu in the meantime. I like how the scales are intergrated into the recipe and you are able to see weights/measurements on your phone. It was a novel experience to see that the heating/cooking phases can be directly controlled from your mobile! Whilst the recipe claimed this could be made in 1hr, it took us 2hrs, mostly because we were not as yet familiar with each component and spent time trying to work out what bits we needed. There is sometimes an "i" (information) icon on some steps and this sometimes includes a short video to see how to fit the attachment which is handy. Not sure if it was our internet connection but we found the video would freeze up frequently so again this added to our overall time.
KENWOOD Multi Smart KCOOK - NOT SO SMART AT ALL
NOT SO SMART AT ALL - DECEPTIVE CLAIMS
From the onset I wondered at the inordinate amount of “bells and whistles” accompanying this appliance asking why? If the machine does all it claims and unless the attachments are directly associated with the implementation of it of it what is the point? It should stand alone without “filler” of supplementary stuff. The expense should must go into perfecting of the appliance’s primary use and the integrity and workmanship of it being solid and standing the test of time, even exceeding expectation consi...
A machine with promise - but lacking in focus
This machine shows some promise. It's very sturdy, well made from quality parts (as you'd expect with a machine that's (a) from Kambrook and (b) costs this much), it has a promising start of recipes to get you going, and it does what it says on the box. But there's plenty wrong with it too, and I'd honestly struggle to justify spending that kind of money on what's really just a glorified food processor, minus several ounces of glory. It's complicated, messy, has some annoying quirks, and (I'm being materialistic now) looks ...
Lots of potential but could do with some further development
I was super excited to receive the KCook Multismart as part of their product testing program and I really hoped I would love it... here is what i found.
1. A food processor (slicer/ dicer) with interchangeable blades
2. The main cook pot which also does some food processing (blending, stirring, kneading, mashing)
3. Steamer attachment for the cook pot.
4. Weighing scale
A rather strong all-in-one cooking device which will provide some stiff competition to the thermomix and its competitors. ...
Takes some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it....
The machine comes in three main parts. The machine itself, a kitchen scale and you will need your phone or tablet for it to communicate with the kCook via an app. If there's one thing that needs improvement with the kCook, its the set up page. I am tech savvy and I had a bit of a drama setting it up. Basically, the main machine connects to your tablet or phone using WiFi and the scale connects using Bluetooth. There is a single sheet of paper supplied with instructions but it is badly written. I later wanted to add my wifes iPad and had that wa...s also somewhat frustrating, but once you get them talking to each other the rest is pretty simple, especially if you have owned a food processor before. The unit also comes with the "Direct Prep" attachment so that ingredients that need to be sliced or grated can be processed either straight into the bowl or, in the case of the apple cake, straight into the cake tin. It's easy to assemble, use and wash and it stores in a box which doubles as a steamer. There is also a soft satchel that contains the cutting and grating discs. The main bowl is heavy as it contains the heating element but it clicks into place easily as does the lid. I tried to wash it in the kitchen sink without getting the electrics wet but this isn't so easy. After consulting the manual, (I am guy so - you know), I found that there is a "rinse" function that, once water is added, heats up, spins whatever tool you used at high speed and does the bulk of the washing for you. I did have difficulty finding where the instructions for finding the 'rinse' function were. You press the steam button and it is in the menu list. The lid comes apart, sort of anyway, for cleaning. So how does it cook? There are lots of recipes on the app and once you get set up, there are step by step instructions that I have yet to have a problem with. When a recipe calls for a certain quantity by weight, you simply place a bowl on the scale and when you pour in your ingredient, the tablet screen will show you how much you have measured. As each step is completed, you just press a "tick" on your device screen and it moves to the next step. It even tells you what blade to attach and they are clearly marked with a number or words so you can't go wrong. If there is some time to kill while ingredients are being mixed or cooked, a timer appears on your device and it will chime when the operation is completed. I used an old iPad and found that it stays on all the time, so make sure your battery is full or have it plugged into the charger. Our first recipe was on the app and it was chicken risotto. The recipe was as easy as pie to follow, (no pun intended), but I found the cooking time was not enough. No problem, the app asks if you want to increase the time and away it goes. We enjoyed it so much we have had it again since. Then I cooked the apple cake. This was perfect. No problems at all and my daughter has put in a request for another. I did try to make the chicken nuggets. I put in slightly more chicken than the recipe said and the machine stopped. It was trying to mince the chicken and a warning came up, "excessive vibration". I checked the chicken and it had already been pulverised anyway so there was no need for further processing. I have to say, my youngest was not impressed with the nuggets. Thank heaven 'cos they were a bit of a chore. The split pea soup on the other hand, was easy to make and I will definitely make it again. I also made the chicken pies which were also easy and delicious if a bit on the small side. My wife was a bit more adventurous and made beef stew from scratch and we were impressed with the results. I have to say, there have been two occasions where the machine stopped communicating with the app. The app said that the machine had been switched off but we were mid recipe so that wasn't the case. I'm not sure what brought this on but to solve the problem, it was the usual, 'turn it on and off' solve, then go back the the same part of the recipe. So, would I recommend it? Well, there are some minor software type issues but once sorted I like using this machine and my wife is happy because I am a total gadget head and this has meant she has not had to cook as often. I find it easy to use, the recipes, with the exception of nuggets, have been very good. It is also easy to clean. It does take up some bench space but I can honestly say that it has never been put away since we got it because we are always using it.
On way to perfection
The kCook Multi Smart offers a great menu of preparation and cooking options and is a unit that many home cooks will make their own: meaning, that once you are very familiar with the appliance, you find yourself just using the manual options.
The scale is excellent and I downloaded the app. I have an Android phone and initially I did have wifi issues that I needed to sort out with my network provider but once that was done, I could easily connect the appliance and the app.
I was a little confused at the manual instructions on the mutual c...onnection but just know that once you obtain a solid wifi emblem on the Multi Smart display panel, you are good to go. I rang customer service twice and found both service personnel helpful and patient. Operating the MS from my phone seemed odd at first but was quite a delight. I found myself able to go and do other things knowing I could depend on the system to ping me when the next step was required. The PIN code isn't really needed but I jotted that down on the back of the manual when it came up the first time on the display panel. I do have one problem with the app that may be a specific Android issue. I wrote to customer support and obtained a very positive response stating they would look to test my particular operating system. This problem relates to starting up the blades mid recipe. I had to do that manually. The system works between auto and manual very easily. The direct prep implement for dicing vegetables etc is excellent and don’t forget to use the lid adaptor on the bowl lid to stop veges flying everywhere. The one shortfall is that food does get caught behind the feeder tube under the direct prep lid. This only matters if you have prepared something you do not want the taste of within further prep. You would need to remove the unit and rinse it out.
Questions & Answers
I would love to find a way to convert thermomix recipes to the Kenwood multi cook. Does anyone know if there’s a handy chart on the internet somewhere? For example if the thermomix recipe specifies something like “Scrape down, add oil, cook 2 minutes / varoma temp / speed 1 / mc off” how would I make that in my machine? Thanks so much
The only suggestion I can think of is for you to use the Kenwood App and search for that recipe. It might be there under the same or a similar name.
I am thinking of purchasing one of these machines but am put off by the need for an app. My phone is for calls and texts and I like paper for recipes and instructions. Is it possible to use this machine without the app? My house is not so large that i wander around with a phone when it is just as easy to check the appliance.
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