HOME > Chowhound > Cookware >
Apr 2, 2011 07:28 PM

220V Food Processors

I'm slowly buying a whole new set of kitchen appliances in preparation for my upcoming move to West Africa and I have run into a problem. It seems that Cuisinart doesn't make food processors in 220 volts, and since for my entire life "Cuisinart" was synonymous with "food processor" I'm kind of at a loss for what to buy. What other brands do people like that do have 220 volt models, and where can I order one and get it shipped to me in the States?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
    1. Voltage isn't your only concern. The frequency will also affect performance. Most 220v power systems run at 50Hz, not 60Hz, and this will affect motor speed if your appliance isn't made for 50Hz. For example, a 3600 RPM 60Hz motor will only run at 3000 RPM on 50Hz power. Most of Europe is 230v/50Hz, so check out any EU distributors (Saturn, RTV/AGD, etc.).

      1. You can buy heavy-duty step-up transformers. Make sure you get one of the *big* ones that is big enough to handle the wattage requirement of your processor. A good one will run $100 or so, and can be packed in your ocean shipment.

        I run my beloved 600W Kitchenaid mixer on a big step-up transformer in France, and have (knock on wood) had zero problems thus far. (My options were to either get rid of my KA and buy another one in Europe, or to drop the $100 and hopeit worked. Since KA mixers are crazy expensive in Europe AND the 600W model doesn't exist here, I figured the $100 was a cheap gamble, comparatively.) Yes, I know the warranty is null and void because I've dared plug it into a transformer.

        Outside of North America, the Magimix brand is the equivalent of Cuisinart (they even look very simiar).

        Do plan on just replacing things that heat up -- the resistors *really*don't like running off of a transformer.

        My only casualty thus far has been the Black & Decker hand mixer I bought when I was young and just starting my kitchen -- it would be hard to say whether its demise was brought on by being run on a transformer or because it was old and had just been run to death. (its replacement is considerably more powerful and was cheaper!)

        2 Replies
        1. re: sunshine842

          Your KitchenAid also runs 16% slower than it would in the States. Normally not a big deal.

          However, I'd like to ask what brand of hand mixer you bought? The Zelmer 481 I bought was a piece of junk. It lasted exactly 3 minutes before suffering a meltdown and only working intermittently. Total garbage, so I'm looking around again.

          1. re: ThreeGigs

            erk. Sorry, I just saw this months later, but I'll answer for the record.

            I bought a Selecline -- the house brand from Auchan for 10 euros. Works like a champ

        2. In Europe, Cuisinart is called also Magimix, check it. You can go to Manhattan's east End shops where they sell a lot of appliances for 220 V, along Canal St. and others. Good Luck

          7 Replies
          1. re: pardomax

            Cuisinart and Magimix are different companies.

            1. re: pardomax

              Can you please tell me where on Canal St or anywhere in NYC that I might find 220v 60hz, Kitchen Aid appliances? I'm moving to Europe for few years, and I'd like bring a Kitchen Aid mixer and Kitchen Aid food proccesor. THanks

              1. re: sultaniye

                they're in Chicago, but this guy was a huge help to us before our relo to Europe -- and I see he's now carrying KA mixers.


                1. re: sunshine842

                  Thanks! I'm thinking I should take my 20 year old KA mixer with me to Istanbul and see if I can use w/transformer/coverter there. I found a supplier in Istanbul that sells KA but the price is more than double($900), and it only comes in red. Honestly, I don't care about leaving my other itemsfor the move but I'm rather attached to my mixer and food processor!

                  1. re: sultaniye

                    I brought my 600W KA with me to France -- but I bought a big-ass step-down transformer from the guys at the link above (it's about half the size of a shoebox and weighs a stinking ton, but actually carries about twice as much wattage as the KA draws) and so far it's working fine. (Yes, I know it negates the warranty if you plug it into a transformer)

                    the guy at 220 Electronics walked us through the big stuff -- we asked specifically about A/V equipment and my KA mixer, and he recommended what size we needed.

                    So far, its working tickety-boo -- I don't use it every day, but I do use it regularly.

                    VERY IMPORTANT...do NOT use an extension plug or a power strip with a transformer. Make direct connections only, as it will alter things. My hand mixer gave up the ghost when I was using a transformer plugged into a power strip. (To be fair, the mixer was an inexpensive Black& Decker model, and going on 20 years old, so I can't truly say if it was the electricity or just that it was decrepit...but wanted to tell you BEFORE you potentially sacrificed your KA by mistake!)

                    You'll also find that things that have resistance heat (coffee pots, tea kettles, toasters) REALLY don't like voltage converters....just give them to a friend or bung them into storage and just buy 220v appliances. The only exception to that is an electric krumkake iron (like a pizzelle iron) that I use 2-3 times a year for a special Christmas cookie. I figure for no more use than that, I'll risk it.

                    1. re: sunshine842

                      Thank you so much for all this information. I will definitely keep the extemsion plug in mind.

                      I wrote a lengthy email to 220 Electronics, asking for their suggestions for Istanbul. I'm only interested in taking along these two appliances with me. Did you place your mixer in the luggage or take it with you in the cabin? I pose this question for the 220 Electronics guys, too. Thanks, Emma

                      1. re: sultaniye

                        in luggage or in the cabin?

                        Neither - it was in the container on the ship with all my other household goods.

            2. If $$ are an issue you may find that you can buy a Robot Coupe or Magimix 220v base unit off ebay that will take all the bowls/blades etc of your Cuisinart. I made the move the other way, from UK to US and replaced my old 220v Magimix base unit with a Cuisinart unit for very few $$ (having found that the transformer route did not work). Whether or not Cuisinart and Magimix are the same company, they certainly are compatible (think I read somewhere that Magimix manufactured for Cuisinart).

              5 Replies
              1. re: andrewtree

                I have a 14C cuisinart and live in Europe, and I'm wondering if this may work for me as well... Do you know how to determine which Megimix model is equivalent to that Cuisinart size? I'm in Spain and there aren't any models to go look at, I would be shopping online... THANKS!

                  1. re: raach

                    Don't get what you are needing to swap out and why, have you brought your processor from the US and are looking to get a base unit that is compatible with European voltages?

                    1. re: andrewtree

                      Yes! I have a US Cuisinart (and parts...) and the transformers I have seen to use it all seem rather big and cumbersome. After reading your message I was thinking maybe I could keep my eye out for a megimix base here in Europe, and not bother bringing my Cuisinart base + transformer over from the US... and so I was wondering if you knew if the parts and bases between Cuisinart and Megimix were always compatible. Sorry for the confusion.

                      1. re: raach

                        Cuisinart is made in the US, so (possibly) made with Imperial measurements (inches and portions thereof)

                        Magimix is made in Europe, so made with metric measurements.

                        The fastest way I know to destroy a motor is to drive it with parts that almost, but don't quite, fit together perfectly.

                        Either bring the base and the transformer, or buy a new Magimix...because you'll end up having to buy a new something anyway.

                        I'm going on three years of running my big KA on a transformer and (knock on wood) it's still running great.