Described as ‘one solution for everything’ the MultiOne is several small appliances in a single machine. While it resembles a stand mixer and comes with attachments for whipping, beating and kneading, it also functions as a juicer, citrus press, multi-tooled food processor, mincer and blender.
While this means the compact motor unit comes with a lot of kit to store, the idea is that the MultiOne can transform effortlessly from one appliance into another, meaning there’s no need for a separate juicer or food processor in your kitchen and their accompanying clutter. Capacity hasn’t been neglected in pursuit of functions, fortunately, as the generous 4.3-litre mixing bowl can still accommodate 1.6kg of cake batter, whip up to eight egg whites and handle up to 800g of dough.
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The fact that the MultiOne only comes in white says a lot about its purpose in your kitchen – it’s there to work, rather than be a display piece. Its design prizes function over form, resulting in smooth lines that are easy to wipe down, plus the motor unit itself is relatively light at 5.28kg. A chunky control knob turns to cycle through six speeds (with soft start and an electronic speed sensor control that adapts to different loads) and pulse, while on the opposite side a lever unlocks the mixer’s head. On top, an outlet cover twists off to reveal a dual drive outlet that powers most of the attachments.
What’s more striking is the amount of accessories – laid out they feel like a Meccano set and cover almost every aspect of processing food. The food processor alone includes a knife blade for straightforward chopping and pureéing, while three discs cover thick and thin slicing and grating as well as extra-fine grating for foods such as Parmesan. However, the processor has its limits as it shouldn’t be used to grind coffee beans or sugar.
Any appliance with so many configurations is bound to have a few issues when it comes to putting it together, so while the instruction diagrams were helpful, assembly was still a bit tricky. We started by connecting the food processor unit and knife blade and added a roughly-quartered onion, which the MultiOne easily whizzed through in moments, giving a consistent, fine chop. Most of the attachments can be used on any speed you like, so processing can be precise.
We then attached the mincing accessory, which twists into the mixer head outlet while it’s in the raised position. Cutting chicken into strips, we fed it into the attachment using the pusher. The mince that emerged was of an even consistency but taking the attachment apart revealed that some sinew had wrapped around the internal screw. Cleaning it was awkward, especially as this attachment has to be washed by hand.
Then we used the juice extractor to process apples. While adding them in chunks was easy, the attachment’s position on top of the machine was problematic. While it extracted thoroughly, the flow varied as the fruit was being juiced, changing from drips to sudden gushes. As this was dropping from a height, the juice tended to miss the glass below. It would be good to see a tall jug included and/or a spout that controls the flow. Inside, most of the pulp was dry but some unprocessed slices remained.
Next, we moved onto the citrus press, which also attaches on top. In contrast, this was straightforward, using a low speed to rotate a reamer. We juiced two oranges and it produced smooth, delicious juice in the bowl below. Swapping this for the blender jug, we made a milkshake from strawberries, milk and ice. While the fruit was processed, chips of ice lingered, but otherwise its consistency was beautifully frothy.
Finally, we tested it as a stand mixer by making a chocolate cake batter with the K beater. Here, the soft start came into its own (as well as the splashguard), preventing flour puff as the dry ingredients combined with eggs. The splashguard’s wide pouring spout came in especially handy as this recipe called for liquid to be added gradually. The resulting batter was perfectly combined and the cake noticeably light.
If you’re in the market for a stand mixer but not sure how many weekends you can devote to baking, the MultiOne is a great way of having mixing capacity in your kitchen but with a whole host of other uses. It excels at mixing, blending and processing but some of the other features aren’t as effective as single-function appliances. Depending on how much use you’ll get out of its extras, this could be a great value buy, especially if you’re keen to make your own burgers or smoothies.
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A reliable all-rounder of a machine, the MultiOne might not replace every appliance in your kitchen but it’ll definitely take the hassle out of food prep.