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DO NOT BUY THIS
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.
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.