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Works well, but over-engineered
on August 4, 2012
I wouldn't call this a great food processor, but it works well and does what it's advertised to do. Quality seems good -- solid, strong motor, quality stainless blade, etc. For these reasons, I would have given it 4 stars.
The reason it gets docked one star is that I think it's over-engineered. The part I'm talking about is the buttons on the lid of the bowl. Instead of having the motor actuated by a simple, direct switch or button right on the base, they came up with some weird, convoluted way by which pushing buttons on the lid, then pushes spring-loaded rods in the bowl, which finally push these tiny buttons on the base. This seems to work okay, but what's the benefit? The convenience of pushing big buttons on the lid, instead of smaller buttons waaaay down there at least 4 whole inches away on the base like on typical food processors?!
So what's the big deal -- I mean it works, right? Well, the problem is that both the lid and bowl cannot be submerged in water without water flowing into these fairly large compartments that are part of this button actuating mechanism. Even holding the parts under a running faucet allows water into these compartments. These compartments each hold a couple teaspoons of water, and are slow to drain. Instead of taking probably only an hour to air dry on a dish rack, they take *several hours* to dry due to this trapped water. Also, if you happen to have some small food particles in your dishwater, and these particles get into these compartments, it requires disassembly of the lid or bowl to get them out. Yeah, *disassembly*. That alone should make one wonder, right? I mean since when do a bowl or lid need *disassembly*? Shouldn't each just be a single, simple, injection-molded piece? A simpler design would have lowered the price, too...