Food Processor

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Food Processor

Postby TweetTweet » Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:23 pm

Does anybody know if there would be any *functional* reason (i.e. due to slightly different electrics) why a food processor bought in the UK wouldn't work here in Crete? (I think chances are that the manufacturers wouldn't honour a guarantee but I can't find the machine I want locally).

Thank you.

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Re: Food Processor

Postby Kilkis » Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:41 pm

No reason at all. The whole of the EU now utilises a "nominal" 230 V supply. In reality EU countries did not change their actual voltage. The UK did not reduce its actual supply from 240 V and countries that were on 220 V did not increase their voltage. The electrical equipment standards are such that if a product is rated for use on a 230 V supply it will function correctly on the range of actual voltages it might encounter in the EU both above and below 230 V. For example, I have a Kenwood Chef Titanium that was bought from Amazon UK and works perfectly in Greece.

Please note that my comment applies to new equipment and may not be true for very old equipment. In the past equipment for sale in the UK was rated for a 240 V supply and might not work on the 220 V supplies that still exist in some countries in the EU. Similarly equipment sold in some EU countries used to be rated for use on a 220 V supply and could be dangerous if used on the UK 240 V supply. As long as the rating plate says 230 V it is OK.

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Re: Food Processor

Postby Clio » Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:37 pm

Not sure how old is "very old', but my beloved Magimix, bought from John Lewis on a UK trip in 2005, continues to blitz here very happily.

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Re: Food Processor

Postby TweetTweet » Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:45 pm

Thank you Warwick - yes, it would be a new machine and is rated for use on a 230V supply.

Are you a serious cook - the Kenwood Chef Titanium sounds wonderful (but outside my budget for one thing!)

To Clio: I think *very old* would be anything born around 1930!

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Re: Food Processor

Postby Kilkis » Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:32 pm

The EU harmonised the voltage across Europe in 1995. Prior to 1995 UK voltage was 240 V +6 % / -6 % which equates to 225.6 - 254.4 V On 1 January 1995 the whole EU became 230 V +10 % / -6 % which equates to 216.2 - 253.0 V but the actual voltage remained at 240 V in the UK since it was still within the allowed range. I would guess that for a short time after 1995 there would still be electrical products on the market that were rated at 240 V but the advantage to manufacturers of producing a single product that can be sold anywhere in the EU would mean that 240 V rating would disappear quite quickly. I can't give you an exact date but every electrical product has to carry a rating plate by law so it is easy to check. Certainly I would expect a product sold in 2005 be rated at 230 V, Clio.

The Kenwood was my late wife's, TweetTweet. I do cook but I rarely use a mixer or a food processor, which I also have. I do use the blender on the food processor to liquidise soups.

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