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355 of 356 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2009
About 25 years ago, my wife and I bought a Braun food processor. We used it for over 23 years, replacing the bowl once and the stalks that held the cutting disks about three times. We only gave it up when it started leaking oil. We replaced it with a Cuisinart that didn't have multiple speeds and did have a complicated and largely inscrutable lid locking system that ultimately failed--we needed to stick a screwdriver into the lid to make it work. So we found this Braun, which is similar to but an improvement on our old one, and it's great! Very lightweight, the bowl and lid simply snap into place, there's infinite speed control, and the cutting disks and stalks have been redesigned to be much sturdier. Beats Cuisinart by a mile.
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268 of 273 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2009
We found the Braun CombiMax K-650 so much better than any Cuisinart.
It has 14 speeds.
The Cuisinart has only one speed. (The dough switch provides more power but with the same speed).
The bowl of the (eight cups) Braun is as big as the "11 cup" Cuisinart.
The center shaft inside the bowl is sealed so you can fill it with fluid to a higher level.
The bowl cover of the Braun can be removed with a light twist. It is much more complicated on the Cuisinart.
Also, removing the bowl is much easier on the Braun.
This food processor is so much easy to use and we use it almost every day.
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562 of 584 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2010
Hey! Are you pondering buying this? If yes, read this short review and say it was helpful. :-) And then, look at the other positive reviews and click the box. Why do I say do this? Because this is a very solid food processor, so spread the word. Mine arrived today. I spread the parts on the table. I gave it all the engineer's once-over. All parts clicked in place properly. I said to my son "look at this... most food processors have a line on the bowl that says 'maximum fill level' for liquids. Do you see why? Because the mechanism can only take a small amount of liquid before it overflows and you have a mess on your hands. Look: see that the blade control is sealed? I can fill this to the top. It appears to be a couple quarts. I've never before owned a food processor that can do that."

We tinkered with the parts. It's not just chopping and slicing and bread blade. It's also got mixer for egg whites or whipped cream. Dear Lord! Now my Kitchen Aid and food processor must do battle! But now to the important bit: it's got variable speed! What's stopping other food processor makers from adding that? Now I have a food processor muscling in on the territory of both my Kitchen Aid mixer and my Vitamix. But that's all good for me.

Yes, I spent a few bucks more for the Braun than I might have on the others I might have bought. However, I'm sharing the love with the reviewers as I read enough to realize that the other manufacturers have gotten either cocky or lazy and have dropped the ball with support. I am a businessman with a great product, but the day I decide that things can't go wrong between creation and customer satisfaction is the day I decide to abandon both my product and my customers. So far, it seems Braun has kept that attitude where their competitors have lost that edge.

Summary: This is the best designed food processor in its class. Don't elect to save a few dollars in this case and get one of the lower-cost food processors; you will regret it. Note: I rarely offer this advice because, most of they time, I consider saving money to be the best idea.
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113 of 119 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2007
I bought this after using a Braun processor of a similar type. This is a real workhorse, comes with several blades, not just one or two, and includes a juicer. The pulse option and the multi speed makes my job easier as I can add bits as I peel or cut. Love this equipment, the warranty is a good one, and the manual gave me ideas for use that I hadnt considered. A real deal for the $100 price I paid.
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
I really love this machine. Without all the hype (and price) of the better known processors, this 600 watt marvel does it all. It shreds and grates cheese both hard and semi soft exactly the way I like to use/serve them. The Pecorino romano is grated perfectly for pasta topping or infusion and mozzarella is easily shredded into pieces that melt and bubble quickly. It whips cream into voluminous peaks, egg whites the same, chops meat and vegetables and has replaced my mandoline for all my slicing needs. I had to order the thick slicer blade and the french fry cutter separately, but it came with every other attachment including a citrus juicer which extracts like a charm. I keep it on a metal kitchen rack because I have no counter space. It sets up and comes down easily. I had a Cuisinart processor a few years ago and for a lot of reasons, hardly ever used it. I have done without one since but am so very glad I purchased this. I really enjoy its ease, capabilities and huge power.
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170 of 185 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2011
Below is my old review. Here's what I've just learned:
Braun is no longer making food processors for the US market. They are no longer shipping replacement parts to their US service and repair centers. Even their 800 number told me that the service and repair centers cannot repair my K650. (My lid is stuck with the tab in the locking slot). Two of my local service centers told me that Braun isn't even offering a warranty on US-sold food processors. This item is as good as "Grey market". Do not buy this. It isn't worth the frustration.

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I purchased the Multiquick 3 K650 based on the recommendation of another Amazon customer, contained within in a negative review on a Cuisinart model. I really want to love this machine completely, but I have a few disappointments.
The "kneading hook" will never be as good as a Kitchen Aid stand mixer dough hook. It doesn't come close.
The main blade has short reach that leaves some ingredients along the edge edge of the bowl wall untouched. I realize the blade cannot touch the wall, but the margin could have been narrower. It also doesn't seem to pull down ingredients from the top with the efficiency or speed that I'd like. (Perhaps I expect too much?) Often I find that wet ingredients, like egg whites, are not fully blended in but collect around the base of the center post. So far this has not prevented my cooking endeavors from turning out okay. I just take the lid off and stir it with a rubber scraper and then blend again.
The slicing blade makes very thin, beautiful slices. I intend to order the course slicing insert.
I dropped the bowl and it cracked half way down the bowl, under the handle - on my second use of the Multiquick - so I have to order a replacement bowl already. I'm not thrilled about the lack of bowl durability, but all the other parts seem durable (except for maybe the kneading hook).
And as another reviewer noted, it does seem to shake/vibrate quite a bit at higher speeds. I think this is more an indicator of the unit's power than anything else. The unit's feet stay firmly stationary on the counter while the unit vibrates. It appears to work like your car's struts. This characteristic doesn't trouble me.

Overall, I like it. It is a huge improvement over my 10 year old Hamilton Beach that I bought for forty bucks. I don't think I would be happier with a similarly priced Kitchen Aid or Cuisinart.
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2010
Great product. Does it's job with ease. Clean up is a snap. The slicing blade that comes with the unit makes VERY thin slices. Don't waste your time ordering the thicker slicing blade. Order item # F3200-649 - Adjustable Insert Carrier. Cost = $14.00. Also, order item # F3200-650 - Adjustable slicing insert. Cost = $11.99. The unit should have came with these two items, but still giving 5 stars. If you like french fries, order item # F3200-651 - Adjustable French Fry Insert. The french fry insert works with the adjustable carrier. Cost = $10.50.
I purchased the accessories from theEssentials dot com
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2008
I'm really impressed,plenty of power. My old kitchenaid food processer was so loud I needed ear protection,with thin plastic that broke the locking tabs off the first time I used it. I was begining to think that there was no such thing as a good one.This processer is so great, I'll look at other Braun products before other brands in the future.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2010
My 27 year old Cuisinart DLC8 finally died. So, I bought its replacement and it was a HUGE disappointment. I returned it and lived without for four months. But the holiday baking season was approaching so I started reading everything I could and found the Braun. I wanted a couple of extra attachments that required an out-of-stock insert. So, I called the super friendly and helpful folks at Duddy's Electronics and found out they had the food processor and every attachment it could ever need for a great price. It arrived quickly and was packed well.

The footprint is a little larger than my old machine but I love the variable speed and it really is quiet. I used attachments to make lots of cookie recipes and it even handled my Christmas poppyseed pastry recipe that included 6 cups of flour and six eggs! I was tempting fate a bit with this recipe but it worked just fine. I did need to get a small bin to hold all the wonderful attachments.

Only one thing it didn't master was making egg whites with stiff peaks but I was trying to do this with 2 eggs so it may not have been enough to work. I'll test whipping cream tomorrow...if it doesn't work, I'll report back.

My Kitchen Aid mixer sat dormant this season. I wonder if it will move to the cupboard.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2011
Through the years I have killed 4 food processors, 2 Kitchenaid's 2 Cuisinart's. Figured it was time to try a new brand. I received the Braun today, it did everything well that I tried today except for slicing salami it completely failed at that (but I don't slice salami very often so no big deal). Today I chopped some cilantro, onion & garlic for some guacamole, I then added my avocado and made some nice chunky guacamole. Did a great job & didn't need to keep opening the lid to push the ingredients down to process. I used the fine shredder attachment to shred cheddar cheese. It did a very good job, the speed control worked well for this, I had a lot less waste using the Braun, with other machines a lot of cheese would get stuck on the top and not shred and turn into a gooey mess, I only had a small amount of cheese that didn't shred and what was left was still firm and usable. I used the slicer for carrots and it did a very good job slicing. The juicer worked well and didn't spray juice every where. The french fry attachment works OK, it made pretty tiny fry's I will need to work with it more. As long as this machine lasts more than a few years I will be extremely happy.
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