5 Stars By Alyssa K on 2014-06-12
Great value. Will chop ANYTHING.
I can't believe this thing only cost $28. I've never owned a food processor in my life - I've always had this weird thing about having to chop everything by hand. And I cook a LOT. But I was finally thwarted by falafel - I had a grinder attachment for my KitchenAid that was just not cutting it, and my blender wasn't cutting it for the hummus I also love to make on the regular. Both made these simple foods take too long to prepare and make a huge mess. So I decided to initiate the Food Processor Experiment. This thing had great reviews so I thought it would probably be a good test subject.
I had a batch of soaked chickpeas on deck and ready to go when this thing arrived in the mail (oh I love Prime.. as close as you can get to instant gratification). The first thing I threw in there was a big bunch of cilantro and parsley. Packed to the brim. Pulverized to perfectly uniform bits in seconds. I think I screamed. I took out the greens and next I threw in five cloves of whole garlic. Instantly shredded into fairly uniform bits, the size you'd get from chopping by hand. Then added two huge jalapeno peppers and some onions. Five seconds later, they are obliterated. At this point, I'm snapchatting the before and after photos of my chopped food to my sister and boyfriend, who are laughing at me. After all, I'm 27 years old, it's not like I've never witnessed modern technology before.
Finally, I removed the previously mentioned ingredients and did the beans. Amazingly, they didn't stick, whole beans didn't float at the top while the bottom layer was turned to mush, but I think I did about 4-5 cups of whole beans at a time and let it go for 45-60 seconds and the falafel was perfectly ground with excellent uniform particle size and cohesion. They were my best batch yet.
Since then I've been tossings things in there willy nilly, just to try out the shredding disc as well as the chopping blade. Made some almond and hazelnut flour from raw nuts. Sliced a whole bunch of celery and beets, cabbage, onion, with the shredding disc.
My favorite things:
- It's idiot proof and easy to click the bowl onto the base with one hand.
- Easy to clean
- The chopping blades are spaced well so that food at the top is drawn down toward the blade and your whole substance receives a uniform chop.
- 8-cups is perfect. I think 10 cups would be too big for anything, really. I have made batches of food big enough for 10 people with this size easily.
My only gripes with this processor...
- It only has two speeds: 1 "Really High", and 2 "Insanely High". The Pulse function pulses at "Insanely High." So you can't really coarsely chop things like greens.
- It is extremely loud. Think: laying your face directly against a vacuum cleaner. Or, a cheap hand mixer at its highest speed. If you live in an apartment your neighbors will definitely know when you're a-processin.' On the other hand, it'll only be for a few seconds because dang this thing is powerful.
- Because of the high speeds, it is difficult to get uniform slicing when doing small/soft things like green onions or cucumbers with the shredding/slicing disc. It is just so fast that after the green onions get past the point where you can hand-feed it into the chute, they just get sucked in and shredded from whichever angle they hit the slicing blade. So, I had a bunch of green onions which were perfectly tiny cross sections, and a bunch of long skinny shreds of green onion that had been sliced longitudinally rather than axially. This wasn't a problem for harder things like onion, beets, and cabbage. which I was fine with being sliced that way. (If anyone has ideas on maneuvering around this, leave a comment!)
If I could change anything, I would give it a low speed setting.
Nevertheless, that doesn't change my overall starry-eyed adoration for this amazing contraption. It is an excellent value and super powerful for its price. I am very, very happy with this purchase. $30 well spent.
5 Stars By KC on 2016-12-28
My first food processor ever.
Wednesday December 28th, 2016:
I'm going to write a review in stages as time progresses.
To start, I just opened the box and I can't believe this processor is $21. The last time I looked, I think it was $29. It was packed alright (not the best) but I immediately put it together. I was looking for something smaller, maybe a 3-4 cups but since this one was so cheap with so many great reviews, I thought why not? You do get what you pay for sometimes so I am hopeful it will work well for a long time. It does feel a little bit light and cheap.
I decided right away to make pie dough. I threw in 1 1/4 cup flour, some salt, sugar and butter. I'm floored at how easy it was to make! I've been making pie dough with a handheld cutter and slicing/chopping vegetables with a knife for decades. I could just kick myself for waiting to buy one of these processors to assist me in the kitchen. Wow, who knew these contraptions could make your prep so much easier?
I will continue to update this review as time moves forward. I hope for the best...stay tuned.
January 18th, 2017:
I'm a little enamored with this food processor right now. I'm not sure how to put it into words to show how ebullient I am that I took a risk and bought this little multi-use tool. Thus far, I've used this unit about 20 times to make mostly pie dough and cut up vegetables. It has done perfectly every time. I make all kinds of cuisine from French, Korean, Mexican, Indian and much, much more. This food processor has literally decimated the amount of time I spend in the kitchen chopping scallions, potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, garlic, onions, cilantro and much more. I've made several small pies for friends while testing this thing and it is so, so much better pulsing the butter & shortening into pea-sized bits using this machine. I love it.
For reference I've attached two photos for this entry. I wanted to make a homemade breakfast with pancakes, sausage, eggs and hashbrowns. I sliced the potato in half and pushed it down the chute for potential shredded potato pieces. You can see the result in in my first photo. The second photo is a pulverized mix of onions, garlic, ginger and jalapeño for a chicken Karahi dish. I think I pulsed the machine 4-6 times. Done. If not for this thing, I'd be mincing away at the garlic forever not to mention the onions, japan and ginger.
I'm in love and hopefully this thing will not give out on me like how some of these other posters are attesting to but I'm hopeful. I also take care of my things and do not abuse them.
If you've never had a food processor before, or know someone who is old fashioned and chops things by hand, this is a very inexpensive gift that will pack a BIG practical punch :)
5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2016-05-21
This food processor is NUT BUTTER KING!!
I bought this food processor for the sole purpose of making nut butters. Once washed and assembled, I had a jar of pecan and a jar of cashew nut butter in literally a few minutes! I'm beyond IMPRESSED with this machine. Every nut butter recipe I read said that the process would take at least 15-20 minutes, so I was prepared for the wait. I was also prepared to periodically take breaks to prevent the food processor from overheating, since I've heard that many less expensive food processors don't handle the job well. I don't know what kind of food processors those bloggers were using, but this little gem made me creamy cashew butter (using 10 oz bag of honey roasted cashews from Aldi) in less than 3 minutes and creamy pecan butter in less than 1 minute (using 8 oz bag of chopped pecans)!! I didn't even roast/heat the nuts before processing. If you're like me and want to know if this will work for nut butters then don't hesitate to buy this. Appliances like this prove that you don't always have to spend a lot of money for quality products!
5 Stars By HelloReese on 2016-06-15
Surprisingly powerful - excellent performance for this price level
This is a fantastic food processor at this price point. I purchased it with an BTA-MALL Prime Now order because my fancy Cuisinart food processor that I had paid $200+ for stopped working for no reason. I was throwing a dinner party the next night and couldn't wait to replace my Cuisinart. When ordering last minute party supplies from BTA-MALL Prime Now I checked to see if they sell food processors and to my delight, they did, so I purchased this one.
This food processor is much lighter than my Cuisinart, but still offers a large capacity work bowl. It purees, chops, and blends most foods with total ease. I think it is even more powerful than my Cuisinart was. I was able to roughly chop vegetables in seconds, as well as make purees, as shown in my photos. It took a little time to figure out how to install the working bowl and top cover so it locks properly so the machine will turn on, but once I figured it out it was easy to use. I was extremely impressed by how powerful and quick it was. When you need a puree it totally purees whatever ingredient you are using, in seconds, unlike some food processors that either take quite a while to puree, or give you a chunky puree. The food processor has two suction cup feet on the bottom which holds the machine securely onto your workspace, which is a great feature.
The only complaint I have about this food processor is that it is EXTREMELY loud. I was using it to prep a few things late the night before my party, and was shocked at how loud it was. I could only do a couple of pulses and finish one ingredient because it would have woken up my neighbors in my apartment building otherwise. If Hamilton Beach could figure out how to reduce the noise level by half, this would be the absolute perfect food processor.
1 Stars By Jonathan Kamens on 2015-12-10
Shredding blade sheared off spindle on first use!
The shredding disc sheared off of its spindle the very first time I used this food processor. All I was doing was grating potatoes, something which a food processor certainly should be able to handle. Awful!
5 Stars By ramone on 2013-04-02
Life Changing Appliance
My mother has always said that if her food processor breaks, she will go out that day and buy a new one. Me? I have got along just fine (or so I thought) hand chopping my vegetables or using The Ultimate Chopper (the famous or perhaps infamous infomercial product from the 2000's) for smaller jobs. Recently though, I thought it would be great to slice vegetables without having to stand at the counter for hours on end (full disclosure, my boyfriend was sick of seeing me almost slice my finger off). Enter this fantastic machine.
Words can not express how much I LOVE THIS THING! It is so FAST, ridiculously powerful (slices potatoes in seconds) and makes cooking so much easier that we can not believe it. I even tried making a quiche in it, plopped all the ingredients together and it was oven ready in minutes. You can do anything with this bad boy. My roommate made veggie chips: beet, carrot, sweet potato and used the slicing blade, voila, perfectly shaped veggie chips in seconds (no lie, it is SPEEDY). It is also awesome for grating cheese and has the perfect amount of attachments (4 in total) plus the regular blade. It also has grippers on its feet, so it does not slide around when you are using it. And, its dishwasher safe, but we use it so often, we'd rather hand wash it.
I honestly can not recommend this product higher. And, if it ever breaks (which I can't even imagine happening) I am buying this exact machine again.
1 Stars By Diana Harbour on 2017-01-28
Refurbished???? And broken to boot
It wasn't stated this was a reburbished item, but that's what I received. It had broken and busted parts, and didn't work when turned on.
1 Stars By Jessica on 2016-12-16
Powerful but broke after seven months
This food processor is ridiculously fast. I can't imagine even needing the high speed. However, after using about once per week for seven months, the shredding blade broke while shredding mozzarella cheese. The blade itself was literally shredded! Pieces of broken metal were all through the cheese.
Pros: powerful, fast, nice size chute
Cons:. Very loud, even with suction cups it tends to move around while in use, broke after seven months of once weekly use (mainly cheese, occasionally cabbage shredded for slaw)
5 Stars By Kate on 2017-02-05
Great buy, but beware of damaged shipments.
I've used several food processors over the years, and this one does the same job at a fraction of the price.
Beware however that some of these boxes shipped from Hamilton Beach have taken some damage during shipment. The items inside are unscathed (which is why I didn't deduct a star) but it does make the care of their shipments look unprofessional. I know someone out there is going to get a bad processor.
5 Stars By CasieJean on 2016-03-05
This is awesome! I debated for months about whether or not ...
This is awesome! I debated for months about whether or not to buy a food processor, but I'm so glad I did. These whole (tough, thick) graham crackers went from their original form to this fine crumb in about 10 seconds. It's very powerful.