Food Processor Ratings (How to choose a good food processor)

Have you ever wondered what most people are looking for when considering buying a food processor?

In this article, we will look at a comparison of two food processors. One being a well-known household brand and the other pretty much unknown.

We’ll weigh up the pros and cons of each food processor and then leave it up to you to make a decision.

Firstly, a food processor is best defined as an electronic kitchen appliance that conducts repetitive tasks in the preparation of food.

The food processor is one of the most innovative ideas to come out of the kitchen. Not only does it save a huge amount of time, it chops, shreds and mixes ingredients in a very safe and contained environment.

The risk of cutting a finger is eliminated while at the same time the preparing food is done in a clean and hygienic fashion.

Rating Process

What makes up the criteria for determining the best food processor?

Brand name

Although this is very often an important factor because we’ve come to trust certain brands and associated them with good quality, this is not necessarily a good enough criterion to use on its own

Sturdiness

A sturdy chassis to prevent the food processor from shaking around and “walking” while processing food

Capacity

This an important factor and one must bear in mind that food that is processed in a food processor is reduced to almost half because of the chopping, shredding and mixing process

Feeding tube size

This will determine the size of the food you push through

Safety features

What is to be considered is that the mixing bowl and lid will lock into place and the food processor will not start until the whole unit is locked in

Controls

These must be simple to understand

Adequate to the task

The chopping, shredding and mixing attachments must be adequate to do the job required

Cleaning

A food processor must be easy to clean and dishwasher safe

In this review, we will compare the Hamilton Beach Professional food processor against the Braun FP3020 12 Cup food processor.

Comparison Review

Hamilton Beach Professional Food Processor

This space-age-looking food processor not only looks stunning but judging by the price, it ought to deliver stunning looking food as well. So let’s have a look at the features:

  • It dices uniformly, slices in 14 thickness settings, shreds, kneads dough, chops, mixes and purees. It does everything we expect of a good food processor
  • Assembly is so easy – It stacks and snaps into place with no difficult twisting required
  • It’s designed for heavy duty work
  • It has five attachments and a storage case is included for the accessories
  • 5 year limited warranty
  • The touchpad operating buttons are clearly defined
  • 3-in-1 big mouth feed tube
  • 2 speed and a pulse mode
  • 14 cup BPA-free bowl with a pouring spout and a leak-proof seal

Pros

  • Sturdiness – the weight and suction pads ensure a sturdy and unmovable food processor that doesn’t wobble or shake while it does its work
  • Capacity – the 14 cup capacity is more than adequate
  • Feeding tube size – the 3-in-1 feed tube works for different size foods
  • Safety features – Easy stack and snap assembly feature.
  • The machine will also not turn on if the damper is not in place in the feed tube
  • Controls – the touchpad control is easy to use and very clearly defined
  • Adequate to the task – It is more than adequate to the task of chopping, shredding, and mixing. It also does a host of other tasks
  • Cleaning – It’s dishwasher safe and very easy to clean

Cons

  • Customers do not like the suction pads as they tend to wear out very quickly and make it difficult to slide the processor out of the way as the machine needs to be lifted up to release the suction pads
  • Some of the controls and especially pulse mode sounds a bit sluggish and tends to rev slightly instead of stopping or starting immediately
  • It’s big and bulky and takes up a lot of space in the kitchen
  • The blade is difficult to remove from the food processor in order store in the storage case

Braun FP3020 12 Cup Food Processor

This is German engineering just as we know it. Efficient, smart and operates very quietly. The features are as follows:

  • It chops, slices, whisks, kneads dough and it juices
  • The dual control dials include one for a pre-set speed function and the other for more precise control at the speed desired
  • Easy to clean and dishwasher safe
  • 1 -year warranty
  • 12 cups capacity for dry ingredients and 9 cups for wet ingredients
  • Quick and easy to assemble.
  • Compact and easy to store away
  • The bowl locks into place and the processor will not start until the lid is properly closed
  • 8 attachments

Pros

  1. Brand name – Braun is a much-respected name in food processors so it gets a tick for branding
  2. Sturdiness – the smooth action of the engine contributes to its quietness and its compactness ensures a sturdy machine while it works
  3. Capacity – the 12 cup capacity is adequate for most needs
  4. Feeding tube size – the feed tube has been increased from earlier models and it can now, for example, take a whole cucumber
  5. Safety features – It meets the criteria for safety and as already mentioned, will not start until the lid is properly closed
  6. Controls – the dials are straightforward and easy to understand
  7. Adequate to the task – does all the chopping, shredding and mixing required of a good food processor
  8. Cleaning – It’s both easy to clean and dishwasher safe

Cons

  • A storage box for the attachments is not provided
  • Generally mashes really well except for certain fruits such as stringy mango
  • The slicer does not work well on onions and cabbage

What is the final verdict?

You can probably tell that both of these food processors basically are on par with functionality and efficiency.

The biggest difference between these two food processors is in the sizes of these machines. The Hamilton is far bulkier and probably needs a dedicated space of its own in the kitchen, while the Braun is compact and easy to store away.

Other differences include: The Hamilton is more expensive but not by too much; it includes a storage box while the Braun does not; and the Hamilton is not as well-known as the Braun.

Your final decision comes down to these four basic differences.

If you have limited space in your kitchen, consider the Hamilton too expensive compared to a trusted brand like the Braun and don’t mind the lack of a storage box for the attachments, then the safest bet is the Braun.

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