KitchenAid 13-cup Die-Cast Metal Food Processor
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- Die-cast food processor
- Ultra Wide Mouth Feed Tube
- 13-cup food processor adjusts to 3 widths
- BPA-free bowls and lids
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Die-cast food processor includes all essential attachments to perform multiple prep tasks. This KitchenAid food processor lets you adjust slicing thickness 1-6 levels on the base exterior using the lever control, without removing the bowl or changing the blade. This KitchenAid food processor speeds food prep with the convenience of 2 work bowls, 13-cup and 4-cup and six attachments, including julienne blade and egg whip. Specially-engineered speeds of low, high and pulse create a cutting and kneading system with unprecedented precision. This advanced food processor produces exact results, processing small to large quantities. Low speed quickly penetrates thick-skinned produce, leaving delicate interiors perfectly intact for restaurant-style presentation. High speed slices, juliennes or shreds, saving hours of manual prep time. With the pulse function, this food processor makes it easy to control texture of puree, sauce, salsa or salad dressing and create the ideal consistency. The Ultra Wide Mouth Feed Tube on the 13-cup food processor adjusts to 3 widths, to easily add whole plump tomatoes, potatoes or cucumbers or slender vegetables such as carrots or chile peppers. Preparing vegetables, fruits or berries, this food processor ensures uniform thickness with the flexibility of the exterior slicing adjustment. Quickly slice or chop fruit or berries, leaving hands stain-free. With the smoothness of touchpad control, this KitchenAid food kneads dough at the press of a button. Includes 2 multipurpose blades, adjustable slicing disc, reversible shredding disc, julienne disc, egg whip, dough blade and blade storage case. BPA-free bowls and lids. Removable parts are dishwasher-safe. Since the first stand mixer was introduced in the early 1900s, the KitchenAid brand has been acclaimed internationally for performance. Inventors of efficient kitchen appliances, KitchenAid products are the result of extensive testing and research.
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1) One of my main criteria when I was shopping for it was that my new food processor should have a large capacity. This one was advertised as having a large capacity. But the stem in the middle of the bowl is very short, so you can't actually put much food into it, especially if the food is liquidy.
2) They advertise having one of the widest mouthed feed tubes. But what they don't tell you is that the "maximum fill line" on the feed tube is very low. So you really can't pack all *that* much food into the feed tube.
3) The ad said it had an attachment called "juicer." I thought that this meant that I could use it to, say, juice carrots, like the way my local food co-op has a juice bar where you can buy things like carrot-beet-celery juice. But no, actually the "juicer" is an attachment where you push down on an orange over a dome and the juice comes down the sides, through holes, and into the body of the food processor. It's basically like an ordinary "Mexican hat shaped" manual juicer except that you use the food processor to turn the middle (I guess that's how it goes -- I've never used this attachment) and then the bowl collects the juice. When I made my final decision between the last two food processors that I was looking at, I chose this one because it said "juicer." So this was a disappointment and made me feel that I'd been snared by phony ad hype. Interesting... I see they are now saying "citrus press" instead of "juicer" for this attachment. I think that is much more honest.
4) It's not good with small quantities. My old food processor could chop a clove of garlic. My KitchenAid just bounces the clove of garlic around, uncut.
5) Food often will "slalom" between the lower and upper blade without ever getting chopped. I've made hummus, let the machine run for a while, served it, and then found whole garlic cloves in the middle of the hummus, totally uncut. My old food processor never did that.
6) Flimsy spatula.
7) The rim of the lid fits on the *outside* of the bowl. So if you blend anything liquidy, it's pretty much guaranteed to be spread all over the outside of the food processor. And the counter underneath. On my old food processor, the lid fit *inside* the bowl, which was a zillion times better at keeping drips contained, mess-free.
8) When I want to take off the bowl with the blade inside, the blade is always "locked" to the middle stem, which keeps the bowl from coming out unless I reach in and disconnect the blade. This is easy to do, but it's annoying, especially when the blade is covered in food.
9) The pusher that you use to push food through the feed tube has two parts to it. They often unlock from each other while I'm in the middle of using them to push food into the food processor. This seems mildly dangerous.
10) When I bought it, I loved the idea of having multiple bowls, so that I could chop one thing, then switch bowls and chop something else. However, to use a smaller bowl you need to put the smaller bowl inside the larger bowl and then run the food processor with both bowls attached. Unfortunately, the few times I've tried this, food from the smaller bowl has gotten onto the bigger bowl, making it dirty enough that it needed washing too, with no time saved.
The one thing that I *do* especially like about the KitchenAid more than my old food processor is that its base is very well-sealed, so it is easy to wipe spills off it.
You wanted to hear all of that. Right? :-)
An update: Soon after I wrote this review, the food processor self-destructed. One of the metal blades ripped off of the shaft while I was using it. And then a piece of the latch broke off the lid in a way that sealed the lid and bowl permanently shut and permanently attached to the base. I was really happy, because it gave me a chance to buy a new food processor. I got a Braun CombiMax and am delighted with it. Here is a link to it: Braun CombiMax K-650 Food Processor, Braun K650 replaces the K600 The CombiMax has a much larger usable capacity than my old KitchenAid did, plus some nifty features that I haven't seen on any other food processor, such as a sealed bowl -- which means that liquid can't run out through the stem, so you can fill it *much* more full than other food processors.
The only thing I liked about this is the capacity. So I went out today and purchased a Cuisinart to replace it. This unit is simply not worth replacing, because it was bad from the start.
I decided on Kitchenaid as it consistently receives good reviews, and customer ratings. I have heard that their customer service is 2nd to none. It had all the features (and more) that I thought I would need. But as good as it is, there are a few improvements that could be made:
* I agree with the other reviewers that the 3 bowl system is somewhat disappointing. It sounds great in theory: use the smaller bowl for small jobs, and save your self the work of dismantling and cleaning the large work bowl. Alas, whenever I use the small or medium sized bowls, the food creeps into the bowl(s) underneath and I have to clean them all.
* The large bowl works with the large multi-purpose and the dough blade, and all disks, but the middle bowl only works with the disks. The smallest bowl can only be used with the smallest multi-purpose blade. So, this system is not as interchangable as you might think.
* The 4mm shredding blade is a disappointment to me. The shreds are too fine, and stringy. My cheese ends up clumping together, and shredded carrots for a salad do the same. I want to be able to shred cheese so it resembles the bags of shredded cheese that I normally buy.
* The included 2mm and 4mm discs are good and work extremely well. But for apple slices for pies, even 4mm slices are too thin, at least in my book. So - in order to get a 6mm shredding disk, and the 6mm slicing disk, I ended up ordering KitchenAid KFP7DS Food Processor Disc Set, Includes: french fry, julienne, parmesan/ice grating, 6mm, which was the most economical. I found them on Amazon.com for $68, which is a bargain when they can go for up to $100. But this really added to the expense of owning a processor. Other processors have disks that do double duty: one side does one thing, and if you flip the disk over it does something else. I think Kitchenaid could improve on what it already a really great product if they would have the 3 disks that come with the processor do more than one thing each.
* Yes - the "wide mouth" feed tube is limiting - you do have to cut the food down so it does not come up above the halfway point on the tube. I know this is a safety feature, but it does make for more prep before you use the processor. And I haven't made french fries yet, but other reviewers have said they come out really short because of the way the feed tube works.
I know this sounds like a lot of issues, but really, I am very pleased with my purchase. This is a solid and well-made machine, and even if with the drawbacks I've mentioned, I am not sorry I bought it as opposed to one by another manufacturer. I did look at Cuisinart pretty closely, but everything I've read on them says the machine is not as well made as in years past, and their customer service is lousy. Even buying the extra blades was worth it: I use KitchenAid KFPW760WH 700-Watt 12-Cup Food Processor, White most daily, so in the long run I am really getting my money's worth.
UPDATE 4/9/11 - The handle of the lid has started to crack. Hubby superglued the crack and all was well, but the crack is reappearing. There are also gross food particles within the handle housing. But the worst thing is that as of this morning, the processor has quit working completely. The red power light comes on, but nothing happens. I take off the bowl and top and reposition, and I hear all the clicks that tell me everything is in place as it should be, yet nothing. Considering this unit is not even 3 yrs old, this is a HUGE disappointment. It is no longer warrantied, so what do I do?? I will have to buy another processor, but I can assure you it will not be a Kitchenaid!