By Persnickety one
on 2014-11-29 Solid design choices
Truth be told, the reason I bought this food process is that it was the only food processor (other than a "mini-chop" model) I could find that would (more or less) fit on our counter. Most food processors sold these days seem to be in the neighborhood of 18" tall. Our cabinets come within 14 1/4" of the counter. So as much as my brother raves about his Breville Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef Food Processor
I was not going to buy something that had to be hauled out of storage to chop carrots (or remodel the kitchen so that we could buy an oversized food processor). In the spirit of honesty, even this one is unnecessarily big -- the base looks modest compared to the behemoths on the store shelf, but on our counter (next to the blender) it looks like they could trim a couple inches off the width and depth. But it does not seem fair to penalize KitchenAid for making the least bloated base on display. Having said that, there are a number of features of this food processor that warrant comment.
+ Externally adjustable slicing thickness (sliding a lever right/left raises and lowers the cutting blade which changes the slicing depth). This is a clear step up from the adjustable blade design. This will slice carrots paper thin to thick. This feature would be enough to make it a serious contender for any kitchen (but see trade-offs below).
+ Finger holes for lifting the slicing / shredding blades.
+ Reversible shredding blade for different thicknesses (minimizes kitchen clutter).
+ Solid feel
+ Effective homogenization at high speed (makes smoother hummus than the old Cuisinart that broke after twenty years).
+ Speed selection is good -- low speed (mostly for small volumes), high speed for pretty much anything else
+ Locking mechanism for the chopping blade
+ Robust feel to the interlocks
+ Spindle to stabilize the slicing and shredding blades.
+ At roughly 15" high, it is relatively compact (I usually store it with the feed tube in front of a side cupboard, but it will go under the cabinetry with the feed tube inverted and the chopping blade removed.
- Top to bottom mixing is not robust. Sometimes when you are filling the bowl with chopped ingredients, you have to stop to stir them up
- The locking mechanism for the chopping blade is a bit stiff.
- Small feed opening (see trade-offs below)
o First, in order to make the externally adjustable slicing mechanism work, the feed port needs to be smaller than the norm. You cannot feed in a potato on its side (unless it is a new potato). This sounds like a negative, but I will call this solid design choice #1 for two reasons. First, the externally adjustable slice depth is a NICE feature. Second, even the larger feed ports on other processors are not big enough to feed a potato on its side (depending on what model you compare to, the wide mouth openings often do not have enough depth to much either). There will certainly be some cheeses and onions that would fit the competition but not this model without being precut, but I think that list is shorter than one might assume.
o Slicing blade is a bit awkward to store, but this is part of what makes the external slice depth feature work.
o Small capacity (seven cups vs. ten). If you want a bigger processor, you may not want this. But I find this holds full batches of everything I have made so far -- and size does matter when it comes to freeing up counter space.
o Relatively easy storage of a few pieces but no bulky storage box. Sure, a storage box sounds great -- and if you have room for it in your cupboard, go for it. But I view this as a contributor to "the space program."
Overall, I am very happy with this food processor. It has some real positives, very few real negatives and the trade-offs needed to make the features work are well worth it. As an engineer, I consider it a great compliment to say that whoever designed this food processor made some very solid choices to produce a product that works in the kitchen (not just that sells in the store). I give it an enthusiastic five stars.
5 Stars By D. Cantrell on 2015-07-06
It's best if you read the whole review
Actually I am DaveC's wife. I Own many many kitchenaid appliances. I gave away my 12 cup pro version. I don't cook that big anymore. The giant teenagers that roamed the house have left the building. I was afraid I would be disappointed at stepping down. NOT SO-NOT SO. This little guy is great! I really like the one blade slide adjust thickness slicer. I have read the complaints of other reviewers. Their complaints are features I like. I take unfair advantage--I read the manuals and understand the safety features. I am an older woman. I have a weak (somewhat fractured back.) As with all Kitchenaid appliances it does take some finesse to assemble and a slight oomph to click it all home. No real muscle involved. Take time to learn it and find your groove. The extra effort to push the buttons, I call my moment of grace. Much like the old Windows pop-up message boxes, "do you really want to do this? Yep! I use a knuckle!
The sealed lid is the best. again all must be aligned since this is a last step. Yes, some oomph no muscle or all is not well in the assembly universe. Other food processors require a fire hose to clean because of the volatile beginnings to get their mojo working. There is a "Tactile" click in place of the inner workings--no slide up--FIND YOUR GROOVE!
One last thought. I have owned Kitchenaid appliances for forty years and have contacted the company on numerous occasions. I have always been received with helpful friendly service. But then, I always start out nice because they are a wealth of information. If for instance the screw up is mine and I miss interpreted a page in the manual, they help me through that. A few times they have offered me replacement parts at no cost with a "Want to try again?" I answered with a, "Yes, thank you, I promise to do better." And, I did do better.
A Kitchenaid Counter top appliance is a lean mean fighting machine. It requires your knowledge and understanding of all that has been built into it. Use this and some gentle, knowledgeable finesse to assemble it and then take on the most onus attacks a chef, cook, unappreciated food server has to deal with. You have a work horse by your side.
5 Stars By GG Ma on 2016-06-17
Love my 7 cup Kitchen Aid food processor
Love my 7 cup Kitchen Aid food processor. Not too big for a family of 2. I wish it came with a dough paddle as well. I think I might be able to buy one separate . I had my Kenmore for almost 40 years. I don't need this one to last that long as I am already 83 years old.
5 Stars By Minerva on 2016-09-16
awesome food processor
awesome food processor, chops up everything i throw at it. mainly use it to process foods that i feed my dogs ( feed them raw ) and threw a leg quarter in there ( bone and all ) and this processor went through it without a hiccup.
1 Stars By dunkl001 on 2017-07-07
This is a refurbished processor. It states that it is new, but according to Kitchenaid this model is refurbished. Arrived with grease on it and broken food pusher.
5 Stars By Consumer Review on 2017-06-06
Best Food Processor Ever
love this food processor, it grates a fine grate and a thicker grate, it also has a blade that slices you can adjust the thickness of the slices, I have used it and it works very well, I am happy with this product it is much better than other food processor that I have owned in the past. there is also a chopping blade to chop and grind.
1 Stars By Liliana on 2017-05-31
Didn't work, got a replacement and didn't work either.
5 Stars By Eilean Du on 2016-04-12
Kitchen Aid 7 Cup Food Processor
Great Product. My old Kitchen Aid Food Processor got lost when we moved. It's great to have the replacement at my fingertips and I got it at a really good price from BTA-MALL.
4 Stars By Gregory F. on 2016-11-21
It's OK, but we should have gotten another Cuisinart
This product is attractive and seems to be very well made. My wife uses it most...in fact, I've NEVER used it, personally. But I'll give you her comments...and she tends to be fairly objective. Comparing it to her old Cuisinart (which we had to replace because the lid broke), it's larger (same bowl size, but takes up more counter space) and doesn't seem to be as powerful. She has to grind a little longer with the KitchenAid than the old Cuisinart. She also preferred the Cuisinart's single pulse-on-off button. She hasn't tried the variable slice thingy, so I don't know how well that works. One really odd thing...the first time she grated (or whatever) carrots in it, the clear bowl becaume stained. It now has an almost pink tint. After years of use, the Cuisinart bowl was fine...until it broke. Knowing what we know now, we would have gotten another Cuisinart.
1 Stars By Es Sutton on 2016-08-04
The off/on button was difficult to depress, and did ...
The off/on button was difficult to depress, and did not come back on after the one time it did start.