With the power and space to create large quantities of smooth baby food, plus a bowl scraper accessory, the Hamilton Beach Food Processor appears to be an ideal choice. However, after multiple uses, we noticed fine scratches on the plastic bowl, which raises concerns about plastic in the baby's food. Considering this issue alone, we would not recommend this product as there are products in the review with an overall higher score, including a higher health and safety rating.
Hamilton Beach Food Processor Review
Pros: Bowl scraper, produces above-average purees, inexpensive
Cons: Bowl scraper scratches bowl, plastic doesn't feel high quality, larger footprint
Manufacturer: Hamilton Beach
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Our Analysis and Test Results
With a mission to provide innovative solutions that improve everyday living, Hamilton Beach Brands design, market, and distribute a variety of branded electric household and specialty houseware appliances, plus commercial products. Today, it is one of the largest U.S. manufacturers of small kitchen appliances.
The Hamilton Beach performs above average in puree quality. It has the best puree results with banana, avocado, sweet potato, broccoli, pasta, and partially frozen peaches.
On the contrary, it did not produce ideal results with raw carrots, which appear minced, not smooth, and with uncooked apple and steamed kale, leaving too many small pieces for a beginner baby to manage.
Ease of Use
The Hamilton Beach scored slightly below-average in this metric. When unboxing the Hamilton Beach, you will notice a fair amount of parts, but the manual is helpful and outlines the set-up, cleaning, etc. To puree, you will be using the chopping/mixing blade, not the reversible slicing/shredding disc. The control knob offers three speeds high, low, and pulse. Also, with a 450-watt motor, there is enough power to get the job done.
A bowl scraper is included, which is a selling point of this product. This accessory is optional and operable when the processor is on or off, moving ingredients that stick to the sides of the bowl toward the blade.
Capacity wise, the manufacturer states the bowl's capacity is 10 cups. The manual continues to explain that for best results, do not exceed 2 to 3 cups of fruits and vegetables, and .7 lb for meat. In our experience, due to the bowl's design with a shorter opening in the middle, a liquid begins to overflow this part soon after exceeding 4 cups, and this is something to keep in mind if you are pureeing food with high liquid content.
The plastic does not feel the most sturdy or durable, but we appreciate the suction cups on the bottom of the unit that keep the machine in place. This machine is on the larger side, so you will need to spare counter or storage space.
Health and Safety
The Hamilton Beach has one of the lowest scores among the competition for health and safety. It provides safety mechanisms. It does not have areas that are inaccessible to clean and dry properly, and there is no steam tank to cause steam burns. Despite these positives, the bowl scraper, a selling point of the Hamilton Beach, did cause concern. In our experience, it created fine scratches on the bowl after a handful of uses. The scratches raise concerns regarding potential plastic in the baby's food, and this issue alone significantly hurt the Hamilton Beach's rating.
As for the blade and disc, they are sharp, so use caution when handling, inserting or removing, emptying the bowl of ingredients, and cleaning.
Ease of Cleaning
The Hamilton Beach holds an average score for ease of cleaning. Besides the base, all removable parts are top-rack dishwasher safe. Alternatively, clean parts in the sink with hot, soapy water. We do recommend handwashing when possible as it prolongs a product's longevity. There is no ongoing maintenance besides occasionally checking parts for their condition.
— Molly Bradac