386 of 396 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2012
Like the rest of you reading all these reviews, I also checked out a whole bunch of food processors before getting this one. I read all the Amazon reviews and then went on to Consumer Reports, Good Housekeeping, etc. etc. What my research told me was that this food processor is up there with the big dogs.
So, here's what I found: I am a tree hugging vegan, with a social worker's budget. I got this food processor to help me with making hummus, other vegan dips and sauces, and chopping. It works great! It didn't break my bank. I have other Hamilton Beach products that have stood the test of time. If this is like them, I plan on having this product for many years.
The people who are complaining that the "hole is too small" need to get a life. I made 3 cups of hummus in this thing in 6 minutes. If I need to make 9 cups of hummus, it might take me 18 minutes. That's a lot of hummus, folks.
The construction of this product is solid and it has the suction cup feet so it doesn't "walk" around the counter. It is easy to put together and easy to take apart and clean. It also looks cool with the brushed chrome and black.
Some people said it was too noisy. I don't know what whisper quiet world these people live in, but this is a machine, and yes, there was a "whirring sound" as it processed my food in seconds.
Not one complaint. My former room mate had a Cuisinart food processor and I found the thing cumbersome to put together and take apart. I like an appliance where I don't need an engineering degree to work the thing.
I am recommending this product with the most stars you give it. It is solid, works great, and affordable.
439 of 467 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2011
Ok... there are several things I really like about this food processor: I love the huge 14-cup bowl & the wide opening. I love how simple it is to use/assemble/disassemble. I love the suction-cup feet, so it stays put. I love that it is a nice-looking unit & looks great sitting out on the countertop.
My one big complaint is the design of the bowl: the center hole in the bowl (where the attachment spike goes) is LAME!!! Yes, the bowl is a 14-cup bowl, but the center hole is only 1-1/2" tall... so if you are making something juicy like salsa, it will pour right out thru the hole & go all over your counter! I actually had to pick the entire unit up (with the bowl & blade in place) & pour out the contents that way. It's a design flaw... if the bowl is 5" tall, why wouldn't they make the center hole 4 or 5" tall also?? I don't get it....
103 of 112 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2010
I was using a very cheap food processor before this one, and so, honestly, anything is going to seem amazing in comparison, but I was VERY impressed with this.
First, it's BPA free. This is HUGE on my priorities, since I cook for my toddler, and more recently my unborn baby :)
Secondly, it works great! I've only used a couple of it's functions so far, but I can just tell by looking at the other attachments that I shouldn't have a problem using them either. I may come back and reaffirm this after I have, but chances are I'll forget :) I've used it for soup, purees, and a few other things, and have been pleasantly surprised each time with exactly what I wanted it to do. It has ample room for mixing, and the parts are amazingly easy to put together and take apart, as well as wash.
I also love that it has a little hole that you can shove the excess chord back up into when not in use, as well as suction cups to hold it down! It's not too loud either. My 3 year old is very sensitive to loud noises, and while it is loud, and I do have to tell her before I turn it on, she isn't "freaked out" by it the way she was with our old one.
With all things, it isn't perfect. While pureeing some mango and banana the other day, a couple of pieces of mango floated to the outside and the top, and I needed to stop and push them towards the middle so they would blend. Honestly, I would expect most food processors to do this. It was only a piece or two, not the end of the world.
Other than that, no "problems" whatsoever. We love it!
99 of 109 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2011
I bought this item a few months ago after researching which food processors have the best features, and the best customer reviews.
For the price this is one of the best.
The food processor I had prior was a smaller, high priced Cuisinart which stopped working
for no good reason.
I have to say, this food processor is much better than my old one.
It's sturdy and easy to clean.
The 525-watt motor makes all the difference in the world, as most food processors in this price range only have a 500-watt motor.
I've had no problems figuring out how to use the blades and settings as each blade is clearly marked in etched in print which blade it for what.
It handles everything with ease including french fries.
I've found the french fries slice much better if I stand up the potato lengthwise rather than placing on their side.
I've also used it to make banana bread, shred cheese,make smoothies,dips, slice vegetables, It does it all.
I've had no problem with this item and it looks great sitting on my counter top.
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2013
I have had this processor for a couple years and absolutely love it. I am buying the exact same model again after it was damaged in a fire (nothing to do with the product). I have wondered about the bowl design in the past, since it will not do a large capacity of liquid or semi-liquids, but that is why you can have a blender, too. As someone pointed out in the comments, if the center post was not short, you couldn't use it to chop things like nuts since the blade for the nuts needs to be at the bottom of the bowl. The blender doesn't slice, shred or make fries and that is usually not considered a "design flaw" so why would you fault a food processor for not doing what a blender can do? (They do make machines that have both the food processor bowl and blender bowl that attach to the same base, if that is what you are after). This processor is designed for dry/semi dry foods and it is great at what it is designed to do.
My favorite things about this product:
1) Huge capacity intake - I can fit a whole potato in the top
2) Flexibility of the intake - you can block half the hole to get a more narrow opening for something like carrots so they don't start to lay down and slice long ways
3) Suction cup feet - stays put
4) Two speeds and pulse - good for any type of work.
5) The bonus french fry disk - homemade french fries are awesome: we usually make sweet potato ones and bake them, less grease and still tasty. The "fries" are also slightly on the narrow side, so you can use the fries disk for things like hash browns, too.
Overall I love this food processor and, as long as you don't expect to use it for wet ingredients, it is an excellent buy.
86 of 96 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2010
I got this mainly to do salsa and I love that it fits everything I need right in through the openings. It comes with 3 blades for different styles, cleans up amazingly easy by hand or is dishwasher safe. I love the suction cups on the bottom to keep it from sliding. I also love the capacity, it holds a lot of stuff so I don't have to stop, empty it and start up again. It's a little loud on medium and high speed, but I only use it for short times so it doesn't bother me. I've had this for a little over a month now and am very pleased.
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2012
I had a top of the line Kitchenaid food processor for 10 years and I was very happy with it. However, I decided not to get an expensive one this time. The wide mouth, the 14 cup capacity, BPA free plastic, and the french fry disc were the reasons for choosing this Hamilton Beach model. This food processor is great for the price. I use it a lot to shred, grate and cut potatoes, carrots, jicama, squashes etc. The slicing disc is perfect for shredding cabbage for coleslaw. The french-fry disc is a bonus, which you will not find in similar food processors. The processor is perfect for salsas and sauces. The cord storage is a neat feature. I highly recommend this food processor.
48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2012
I was really excited to get this food processor, it is huge, and seemed like a great idea. I used it exactly once. As at least one other reviewer has noted, the center of the bowl does *not* cover the spindle (that the blade slides on to) so when you remove the bowl after using it, stuff just spills out of the middle! Who was the braniac who came up with this design?? Completely useless for most things, and *forget* having liquids in there, you may as well just pour them directly on the counter.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2012
USELESS! Only able to use bottom 2" of tub before liquids spill out of short center hole! Why is this actually on the market?
92 of 110 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2011
Unless I'm doing something stupid...I don't understand why the tall shaft is up the middle of the bowl, which the blade fits down over. Here's what happens when you are done processing, you are supposed to remove the blade off that tall shaft before removing the bowl from the base...#1, that's tough to do when you have a bowl full of stuff to reach into to grab a sharp blade and remove it! #2, when you do lift the bowl off, everything drains down through the large hole in the bottom of the bowl where the blade fit on...and even if you don't remove the blade first, there is still a hole at the top of the blade where it fits down over that stupid tall shaft. (most processors have a solid top of the blade shaft which seals everything in until you are ready to dump. REALLY REALLY stupid design. I'm returning what would have been an acceptable kitchen tool...but what good is a 14 cup bowl, if you can only fill it up to the top of the blade to avoid losing everything on the counter and making a mess?