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Hamilton Beach Food Processor Review

This food processor may create smooth purees, but it has a low score in the puree quality metric as the bowl scraper accessory leaves fine scratches on the plastic bowl
Hamilton Beach Food Processor
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $45 List | $45 at Amazon
Pros:  Bowl scraper accessory, large quantity
Cons:  Bowl scraper accessory scratches bowl, plastic doesn't feel high quality, larger footprint on countertop
Manufacturer:   Hamilton Beach
By Molly Bradac ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 17, 2020
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  • Puree Quality - 35% 8
  • Ease of Use - 30% 6
  • Health/Safety - 20% 3
  • Ease of Cleaning - 15% 7

The Skinny

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 and slight scratches on the plastic bowl, which significantly hurt its puree quality score, given the possibility of plastic entering the food. Considering this issue alone, we would not recommend this product.

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Pros Bowl scraper accessory, large quantityEasy to use blender that creates excellent purees, can make large batches, and is easy to cleanQuality puree, easy to clean, inexpensiveMinimal, small in size, compact, lid included, easy to clean, inexpensive, portablePortable, fairly easy to clean, low-cost, free from BPA and PVC
Cons Bowl scraper accessory scratches bowl, plastic doesn't feel high quality, larger footprint on countertopNo cooking feature, takes up counter or storage space, and not portableDoes not cookBelow-average puree quality, small amounts, requires effort, lid may pop-off, stainingDoes not grind all foods, blade is dull, liquid can leak, and grinds small quantities of food
Bottom Line A food processor that we don't recommend as the removable bowl scraper leaves fine scratches on the plastic bowl, an issue that hurt its puree quality scoreExcellent blender that creates smooth purees, can make large batches, but can take up kitchen spaceSimple, inexpensive, and versatile, this unit makes baby food in a snapA muscle-powered food maker that mashes food and is portable, but does not produce puree quality like machinesA portable, no-frills baby food maker with a low price-tag
Rating Categories Hamilton Beach... NutriBullet Blender 5 Puree and Blend OXO Tot Food Masher Fresh Baby Food Mill
Puree Quality (35%)
8
9
7
3
4
Ease Of Use (30%)
6
8
8
6
6
Health Safety (20%)
3
8
9
8
7
Ease Of Cleaning (15%)
7
8
8
9
8
Durability (0%)
7
8
9
8
7
Portability (0%)
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Specs Hamilton Beach... NutriBullet Blender 5 Puree and Blend OXO Tot Food Masher Fresh Baby Food Mill
Capacity 10 cups
Manual states: 2 to 3 cup max for fruits and vegetables, .7 lb for meats
8 cups Not Listed for Food Processor, N/A for Immersion Blender Not Listed 1 Cup
Footprint Large Large Small Small Small
Steam No No No No No
Settings Chop, Blend, Puree, Slice Blend, Puree Blend, Puree Blend, Mash Blend, Puree
Special Features None None None None None
Included Accessories Reversible Slicing/Shredding Disc Tamper, Recipe Booklet HomeMade Essentials Package Available with 1 Recipe Book, 6 Glass 4oz Storage Jars, 60 Labels, Immersion Blender with Food Processor Attachment and Pocket Guide Lid None
Available Accessories Crinkle Cut/Fine Shred Disc Yes Sage Baby Eco Steamer, Sage Spoonfuls - Simple Recipes, Healthy Meals, Happy Babies; Sage Spoonfuls Pocket Guide, Assorted Storage Jars, Pouches, Snackie and Munchie Bag Sets None None

Our Analysis and Test Results

With a mission to provide innovative solutions that improve everyday living, Hamilton Beach Brands design, market, and distribute various branded electric household and specialty houseware appliances, plus commercial products. Today, it is one of the largest U.S. manufacturers of small kitchen appliances.

Performance Comparison


The Hamilton Food Processor features a bowl scraper accessory that...
The Hamilton Food Processor features a bowl scraper accessory that is optional.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Puree Quality


To examine puree quality, each contender in our lineup experiences the same test of pureeing various foods, including vegetables, fruits, meats, and grains. Although the Hamilton Beach produces smooth purees, it has one major drawback that caused the product's score to decrease significantly, resulting in us not recommending this product.

Partially frozen peaches
Pasta
Banana

The Hamilton Beach 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.

Raw carrots
Uncooked apple
Steamed kale

The machine comes with a removable bowl scraper accessory that we consider a selling point of the product. While testing, we noticed this accessory leaving fine scratches on the bowl's sides after a handful of uses. This issue concerns us given the potential that plastic is entering the food, which significantly hurt the Hamilton Beach's rating in this metric.

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 user manual helps outline 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.

When unboxing the Hamilton Beach Food Processor, you will discover...
The chopping/mixing blade is for pureeing food.
The Hamilton Beach's control knob has three settings: low, high, and...

The machine includes a bowl scraper, which we consider a selling point of this product. This accessory is optional and operates when the processor is on or off, moving ingredients that stick to the bowl's sides toward the blade.

The bowl scraper is easy to move and is operable while the food...
The bowl scraper moves ingredients that stick to the wall towards...

Capacity wise, the manufacturer states the bowl's capacity is 10 cups. The user manual explains 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 bowl's design has a shorter middle, and liquid will overflow and...
The bowl's design has a shorter middle, and liquid will overflow and leak soon after exceeding 4 cups.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

The plastic does not feel the most sturdy or durable, but we appreciate the suction cups on the base's bottom that keep the machine in place. This machine is on the larger side, so you will need to spare counter or storage space.

The Hamilton Beach features suction cups on the bottom that keep the...
The Hamilton Beach features suction cups on the bottom that keep the appliance in place.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Health and Safety


The Hamilton Beach has an above-average score for health and safety. It has safety mechanisms, does not have any inaccessible areas to clean and dry properly, and has no steam tank to cause steam burns. Be aware, the blade and disc are sharp, so use caution when handling, inserting, 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.

We recommend handwashing plastic to prolong the product's longevity.
We recommend handwashing plastic to prolong the product's longevity.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

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