The Philips Avent 4-in-1 food processor for babies is not just a heating blender, it also combines the functions of reheating and defrosting. Behind a streamlined design hides a clever configuration.
Philips Avent 4-in-1 Review
With its Avent brand, Philips offers many childcare products, starting with robot cookers-mixers for babies, of which this Philips Avent SCF875 / 02 is the figurehead. It is one of the most sophisticated models in the manufacturer’s catalog, since in addition to its functions as a steamer and blender, it combines the functions of defrosting and reheating. Launched at € 149.99, this simple-looking robot is clever in many ways.
Convenience of employment
Among the models tested in our comparison, the Philips Avent 4 in 1 baby robot is the one that most resembles a heating blender. The plastic bowl is installed on the motor unit and the central dial is used to start a cooking cycle and to mix.
The clever configuration of the bowl is such that it is positioned in a certain direction for the cooking phase (cover down) and that you simply have to turn it in the other direction to mix (cover up). This may seem confusing at first and one can even wonder about the relevance of having a system compatible in both directions.
But on closer inspection, we understand that in the absence of a steam basket to insert into the bowl, Philips added a small grid that allows the steam to circulate from top to bottom without the food being boiled in water. This grid is also used to collect the cooking water. And as such, you have to be very careful when extracting it to switch to the mixing phase, otherwise all the water will be poured into the bowl.
In addition, be careful not to unscrew the bowl when it is in the cooking position, it is a reflex that you can have when you are used to mixers or robot cookers. By doing this manipulation on this Philips Avent robot, you run the risk of dropping the food on the side – word of honor! It is a reflex to take. After the first accident, you won’t be picked up again!
And cleverly, since Philips does not need a steam basket, it necessarily increases the capacity of its bowl, which reaches 1 liter. This allows him to ensure the preparation of about 4 meals, which is quite comfortable.
The control panel is therefore composed of a small dial that must be turned to set the cooking time between 5 and 30 min in 5 min increments, knowing that the maximum time is recommended for defrosting.
In order to know the adequate time for a given food, Philips provides a recipe book, but for parents who want to diversify the diet even more, they can go through the application “Home-made baby meal by Avent”. It is really a good idea on the part of the manufacturer to decline recipes for the little ones in order to support and accompany parents in the process of diversification. It also helps to avoid going around in circles and opening up the little ones to new tastes.
Filling the water tank integrated into the engine block is easily done by removing the cover in a quarter turn. The opening is wide enough, unlike that of the Babycook Solo, which should also simplify its maintenance.
Once again, Philips is judicious by graduating its water tank both in cooking time and in quantity of water. This allows the user to be more precise. It is really well seen.
Finally, this best baby robot is only supplied with a spatula (maryse style), very practical for scraping the sides of the bowl, a small storage pot and a recipe book, which is not bad.
We don’t have much to complain about the maintenance of this Philips Avent. The bowl and blades are dishwasher safe, but the plastic in the bowl may become cloudy and colored during washing and cooking. Carrots and beets are particularly foods that leave traces of their passage.
The cover is integral with the steam grid on which there are numerous interstices. It is therefore important to submerge it under water directly after mixing, otherwise the food will cling to it. The two-blade knife is removable, making it easy to clean. Finally, the plastic engine block can be cleaned very easily with a damp sponge or cloth.
The water tank benefits from a wide opening which also facilitates its cleaning. No led lights up to alert when it is necessary to start a descaling, but in its instructions for use Philips indicates that it is necessary to carry out this operation approximately every 4 weeks.
The temperature rises quickly since the water goes from 20 ° C to 100 ° C in nearly 5 minutes. Do not expect to obtain gentle cooking with this robot for babies since we have noted in the tank a temperature of 102 ° C at the lowest level and 112 ° C at the highest. If it cooks large quantities of vegetables quickly, it is also because it cooks above 100 ° C and takes the risk of eliminating vitamins from food.
This Philips Avent robot requires the user to hold down the mixing button to mix. Only one speed is offered.
At the end of the first 30 seconds of mixing, nothing remains of the pieces of vegetables (zucchini, celery, carrots and leeks). The power of the blending is such that it can overcome any vegetable. Meats and fish will also be completely pulverized by the robot blades.
To start integrating pieces into the purees, 5 seconds of mixing are enough to roughly chop the vegetables.
When mixing, the Philips Avent 4-in-1 emits 75 dB (A); a sound level well below that of the Babycook Neo de Beaba.