Hamilton Beach Food Processor
Last updated date: January 2, 2019
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In our analysis of 29 expert reviews, the Hamilton Beach Hamilton Beach Food Processor placed 7th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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Designed to be uniquely simple, the Hamilton Beach® Stack & Snap™ 12 Cup Food Processor requires no twisting, turning or locking during assembly. Instead, it’s as easy as stacking the 12-cup bowl onto the base, then snapping on the lid.
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An Overview On Food Processors
Why spend hours chopping vegetables when you can use a food processor to do it? Some recipes specifically call for a food processor, which makes it an essential part of every chef’s kitchen. But like many appliances, food processors range in price and capacity, which can make choosing one tough. Fortunately, there are a few things you can look for while you’re shopping that will make it easier.
The largest food processors can handle as much as 14 cups of food and liquid, making them perfect for those who cook for large groups. If not, though, as nice as it may be to have that capacity just in case you might need it someday, it might be worth considering a much smaller unit. The larger food processors are not only bulky, but they’re also heavy, making them tough to store when not in use.
A smaller-capacity food processor, on the other hand, can only handle up to a few cups of contents, which limits the recipes you can tackle. Even if you only cook for one or two people, or you live in a small space, check into the foods you’ll want to make before you choose one of those models.
On top of capacity, you should also pay close attention to the types of foods each processor can handle. If you plan to use your food processor to knead bread, for instance, you’ll need not only a unit with a larger bowl but one that has the accessories to tackle that task. The Cuisinart and Breville, although large and expensive, will manage the widest variety of tasks with ease.
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You may think of food processors as a great way to dice food and knead bread. But today’s food processors can handle a wide range of additional tasks, including grinding up bread to make bread crumbs, pureeing fruits, grinding meat and making delicious milkshakes. You can also pulverize nuts for any recipes that call for chopped nuts. Although it does take up room in your likely already overcrowded kitchen, it can replace multiple utensils, including a whisk, pastry cutter, knives, grater and garlic press. You’ll likely even find you’re attempting recipes that would otherwise be too time-consuming if you relied on manually chopping or shredding.
The Food Processor Buying Guide
- Today’s food processors can do amazing things. Not only can they chop and slice, but they can also grate cheese and knead bread. Finding a food processor that can chop while also keeping items crisp and fresh can be challenging, though. The Breville is one of the best at slicing, shredding and grating, but the Cuisinart is efficient as well. With the Cuisinart, the blades sit close to the bottom of the bowl, making it best for processing dough and sauces. The Oster does a good job grinding coffee beans and ice but fails when blending milkshakes.
- One differentiating factor in food processors is capacity. If you regularly cook for large groups, you may want to focus on a 14-cup powerhouse like the Breville or Cuisinart. The KitchenAid, on the other hand, has only a 3.5-cup bowl, making it better suited for those who cook small portions or live in small spaces, like dorm rooms.
- Once you’re finished slicing and dicing, it’s time to clean your food processor. The Cuisinart has the easiest-to-clean build, thanks to its simple design. The Oster is also worth considering, since it’s dishwasher safe, and you can remove the blade to clean it, as well.
- The increased capacity of the Breville and Cuisinart models gets reflected in the price. The Breville is the most expensive, selling for more than $300. The Cuisinart, while also boasting a high capacity, retails for about half that amount. Both the KitchenAid and the Oster retail for less than $100, making them far more budget-friendly.
- If you’re planning to tuck your food processor away in a cabinet when you aren’t using it, weight and size are worth considering. The Breville and Cuisinart are the heaviest, at 26 and 18 pounds respectively. That weight, combined with their larger size, makes them better suited for dedicated counter space. The Oster may be smaller, but it’s still quite heavy, at 13.45 pounds. The KitchenAid is best for storing, at only 2.7 pounds.
- One of the best things about the Cuisinart is its accessories. In addition to an enormous food chute, you’ll also get a medium slicing disc, shredding disc, chopping/mixing blade, spatula and recipe book. The KitchenAid, on the other hand, only comes with one multipurpose chopping blade, which doesn’t work well with items like tomatoes.
- With most of the food processors, putting the unit together is fairly straightforward. But the Cuisinart is a bit more complicated, with disc assembly requiring extra effort.