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Hamilton Beach 70725 12-Cup Stack & Snap Review

If you are shopping on a budget and want a machine that can slice and shred, the 12-Cup Stack & Snap is a great option
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Price:   $50 List | $50 at Amazon
Pros:  Excellent at mixing, shredding, and slicing
Cons:  Subpar chopping, pureeing performance
Manufacturer:   Hamilton Beach
By Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman  ⋅  Oct 24, 2019
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  • Chopping - 20% 4
  • Mixing - 20% 8
  • Pureeing - 20% 4
  • Shredding - 15% 7
  • Slicing - 15% 8
  • Cleaning - 10% 6

Our Verdict

While the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Stack & Snap can't compare to the top-tier food processors, this budget buy did surprisingly well. While it was a little lackluster when it comes to chopping and pureeing, it did exceptionally well at mixing, slicing, and shredding. It's fairly easy to clean and is a great choice for anyone shopping on a budget that wants to make sure they can slice and shred produce and cheese, earning it a Best Buy Award.


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Price $50 List
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Pros Excellent at mixing, shredding, and slicingBest at chopping, mixing, and shredding, easy to cleanGreat at pureeing and slicingGreat at mixing, chopping, and shreddingGreat at pureeing, good at chopping, inexpensive
Cons Subpar chopping, pureeing performanceExpensiveNo adjustability of shredding or slicingFails at slicingLeaky, not the best at mixing, loud
Bottom Line If you are shopping on a budget and want a machine that can slice and shred, the 12-Cup Stack & Snap is a great optionThe best of the best, though you have to pay for itThis is the best food processor you can get shopping on a budget, while not sacrificing too much performance.A great food processor for everything but slicingThe best for those trying to save some dough but not the best at mixing it
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Rating Categories 70725 12-Cup Stack... Breville Sous Chef... Cuisinart Custom 14 Braun... Hamilton Beach...
Chopping (20%)
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Specs 70725 12-Cup Stack... Breville Sous Chef... Cuisinart Custom 14 Braun... Hamilton Beach...
Model # 70725 BFP800CBXL DFP-14BCNY FP 3020 70730
Bowl Size 12 Cup 16 Cup and
2.5 Cup mini bowl
14 Cup 8 Cup and 1 Cup mini bowl 10 Cup
Dimensions W: 9.55"
H: 16.25"
D: 8.76"
W: 8"
H: 11"
D: 18"
W: 7.75"
H: 15"
D: 10.75"
W: 14.5"
H: 13.5"
D: 9'
W: 10.5"
H: 15.5"
D: 8.5"
Measured Weight of Base 3 pounds 8 ounces 15 pounds 8 ounces 12 pounds 6 ounces 4 pounds 10 ounces 3 pounds 1 ounce
BPA Free Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes
Motor 450 Watt 1200 Watt 720 Watt 600 Watt 450 Watt
Speed Control High/Low/Pulse/Off On/Off/Pulse On/(Pulse/Off) Speed Selection/On/Off/Pulse High/Low/Pulse/Off
Cord Storage Internal Internal None External Cord Wrap Internal
Feet Suction Cups Smooth Rubber (Non-Skid) Smooth Rubber Textured Rubber Suction Cups
Decibels at 3ft 88.6 67.5 61.5 79 96
Mini Bowl Blade N/A Yes Yes N/A N/A
Accessory Storage Case No Yes No No No
Slicing Disc Non adjustable Adjustable to 8mm Non adjustable Non adjustable Non adjustable
Shredding Disc Medium Fine and Medium Medium Fine, Medium, and Grating Medium
Dough Blade No Yes No Yes No
Whipping Attatchment No Yes No Yes No
Citrus Juicer No No No Yes No
Dicing Kit No No No No No
Build in Bowl Scraper No No No No Yes
French Fry Disc No Yes No Select Models No
Julienne Disc No Yes No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The 12-Cup Stack & Snap thoroughly exceeded our expectations when it came to slicing and shredding. Usually, the lower-end bargain appliances in this category haven't done all that well in those tests, with the top spots claimed by the most expensive models. However, the Stack & Snap held its own in these tests, which largely contributed to it winning an award.

Performance Comparison



The Stack & Snap wasn't the most consistent at chopping in our tests.
The Stack & Snap wasn't the most consistent at chopping in our tests.

Chopping


The first thing we rated and scored about each of these food processors is how proficient they are at chopping food. To test this, we chopped up some onions, carrots, and nuts, as well as compared the operation of the "Pulse" button on each product. We were looking for uniformly chopped that wasn't pulverized when determining scores. Unfortunately, the Stack & Snap didn't do the best, earning a slightly below average score in this group of tests, which are responsible for 20% of its overall score.


The Stack & Snap did do quite well with the onions, reducing the two quartered onions to uniform chop after only four pulses. It overall did fairly well, creating fairly uniform pieces of onions with only a few larger chunks dispersed throughout the mix.

It did do quite well with the onions  only leaving a few larger chunks unchopped.
It did do quite well with the onions, only leaving a few larger chunks unchopped.

Unfortunately, the Stack & Snap couldn't carry this performance into our carrot chopping challenge. It left tons of large pieces after three or four pulses and didn't manage to break these apart until we pulsed it nine or ten times.

The pulse feature didn't offer the most control when it came to chopping.
The pulse feature didn't offer the most control when it came to chopping.

However, much of the carrot had been reduced to mush. There was a very wide spread of different sizes throughout and the Stack & Snap never really achieved a uniform chop at any point in the process.

The 70725 came closer to pureeing the carrots than actually chopping them.
The 70725 came closer to pureeing the carrots than actually chopping them.

The Stack & Snap did even worse with the almonds. There were tons of whole almonds left after 10+ pulses. It took a very long time to reduce them to something even close to chopped and had completely pulverized plenty of them at that point.

The Stack & Snap easily whipped up some mayo from scratch.
The Stack & Snap easily whipped up some mayo from scratch.

Mixing


Next, we tested out the mixing performance of each food processor by making pizza dough, pie crust dough, and mayonnaise from scratch. Altogether, these also account for 20% of the Stack & Snap's final score. This food processor did very well in this trio of tests, earning one of the higher scores of the group.


The Stack & Snap had no issue whipping up the mayo from scratch, incorporating all the ingredients into a solid spread using the integrated oil dispenser. We also liked that you could effectively emulsify it the ingredients when the bowl is only partially filled, compared to other models.

This product also did quite well with the pizza dough. The motor sounded like it was definitely working hard but mixed up a decent batch of dough with only a little bit of assistance on our part. The bottom portion of the dough became separated from the top and we had to stop the blade to reform a cohesive ball of dough part way through the mixing process.

The Stack & Snap did similarly well with the pie crust dough, though it did fail to incorporate a small amount of flour.

The Stack & Snap missed whole cloves of garlic when we made some tomato sauce.
The Stack & Snap missed whole cloves of garlic when we made some tomato sauce.

Pureeing


Our next series of tests focused on the Stack & Snap's ability to puree spreads and sauces, which comprises 20% of its final score. We graded its performance at making hummus, nut butter, tomato sauce, and applesauce. Additionally, we also checked each machine for leaks by filling up its pitcher to the max liquid fill line with water. Regrettably, the Hamilton Beach delivered another subpar series of results, earning it a score below average.


The Stack & Snap didn't get off to a great start with the hummus, creating a dip that was fairly coarse and grainy after 2.5 minutes of pureeing. We continued running it after that but the hummus never really got any better. The final product couldn't come close to matching the smooth and creamy hummus made by the top appliances.

No matter how long we ran the Stack & Snap  the hummus came out a bit on the coarse side.
No matter how long we ran the Stack & Snap, the hummus came out a bit on the coarse side.

It did do a little better with the nut butter, creating a spread after 20 minutes or so of processing. It only took a little bit of coaxing and some additional oil to get it going and the motor seemed more than happy to run under that kind of load for that amount of time. The Stack & Snap did about average with the tomato sauce, mixing up a chunky sauce after 40 seconds or so. However, we could still see some bigger chunks of garlic floating around that it had missed.

It only took a little bit of additional oil for the 70725 to whip up some nut butter.
It only took a little bit of additional oil for the 70725 to whip up some nut butter.

The Stack & Snap also did alright at making applesauce. It took a little help from us to wipe down the sides of the bowl but eventually pureed some applesauce that was more than acceptable. Unfortunately, the Stack & Snap did very poorly in our leak test.

The lack of a rubber seal most likely caused the Stack & Snap to fail our leak test.
The lack of a rubber seal most likely caused the Stack & Snap to fail our leak test.

The lid lacks a rubber seal or gasket like the top-tier models, so we didn't have high hopes in this test. We filled the bowl up with seven cups of water to the max line and it sprayed water everywhere when we turned it on.

This product did surprisingly well at shredding for a budget food processor.
This product did surprisingly well at shredding for a budget food processor.

Shredding


Next, we shredded some carrots, potatoes, and cheese in the Stack & Snap and scored its performance. This accounts for 15% of its final score and it did quite well, delivering results that put it in the upper part of the pack.


The Stack & Snap only has a single cutting disc that works for both shredding and slicing, depending on which way you install it. You can't adjust the size, so you are stuck with the default medium shredding size.

You flip this disc over to switch between slicing and shredding.
You flip this disc over to switch between slicing and shredding.

The Hamilton Beach struggled a little bit with shredding the block of cheddar. We had to trim it down to fit in the chute and plenty of cheese got caught between the lid and the disc. We got almost as many cheese crumbles as shreds and the motor noticeably bogged down while shredding.

We got plenty of cheese crumbles in addition to the shredded cheese with the Stack & Snap.
We got plenty of cheese crumbles in addition to the shredded cheese with the Stack & Snap.

This model did much better at shredding potatoes. We did have to trim the potatoes slightly to fit but there was only a small amount of leftover potato between the lid and the blade. The shreds were fairly uniform in size and were cleanly cut.

The 70725 did an excellent job of shredding carrots.
The 70725 did an excellent job of shredding carrots.

The Stack & Snap did even better with the carrots, creating a ton of high-quality shreds with only a few small fragments. Only a small chunk and one slice of carrot didn't make it through the blade and the motor didn't complain too much while cutting.

This Hamilton Beach model did a fairly good job of slicing tomatoes.
This Hamilton Beach model did a fairly good job of slicing tomatoes.

Slicing


The Stack & Snap also did very well in our slicing metric, which accounts for 15% of its final score. To score performance, we sliced up tomatoes, potatoes, and zucchini, looking for consistent and cleanly cut discs.


The Stack & Snap got off to a good start with the tomatoes. The slices are a little tapered but were cut fairly cleanly and weren't totally mutilated. The potatoes came out even better, with this product reducing them to flat slices without struggling. The cut is a little jagged but still would be more than acceptable for Potatoes Au Gratin or scalloped potatoes.

The zucchini slices were all of very uniform thickness.
The zucchini slices were all of very uniform thickness.

The Stack & Snap finished out these tests with a solid performance with the zucchini, cleanly cutting a series of consistent slices and only leaving a tiny bit of zucchini unsliced.

The blade and bowl of this product aren't too bad to clean by hand.
The blade and bowl of this product aren't too bad to clean by hand.

Cleaning


Our last series of tests dealt with the amount of work it takes to clean out each product once you are done slicing and dicing. This accounts for the remaining 10% of the total score for the Stack & Snap, which did scored slightly above average. We based this on the difficulty of cleaning the blade, bowl, and lid by hand, as well as awarding some bonus points if they can also be cleaned in the dishwasher.


The blade is so-so to clean by hand. It can be a little hard to hold and can be difficult to get food out of the interior but stuff hardly ever makes it up there. The bowl is similar, lacking any tight areas that are prone to trap food and the bowl is large enough to reach the bottom with a sponge fairly easily.

There can be a few trouble spots that are hard to clean on the lid.
There can be a few trouble spots that are hard to clean on the lid.

The lid only has one problem area to clean, with food occasionally getting trapped in the area around the tube on the larger lid piece. It is an infrequent occurrence as well. The lid, bowl, and blade of the Stack & Snap are also dishwasher-safe according to the manual, though it does caution against running the dishwasher on "Sani" settings. This can permanently damage the Stack & Snap's components due to high temperatures.

Value


This food processor is a great budget buy, holding its own against the top-tier models in many of our tests while costing way less.

Conclusion


If you are looking for a new food processor that isn't going to slice and dice your budget, the Stack & Snap is a great option, especially if you want something that can slice and shred. It does have some flaws but nothing that is a major deal breaker and we think it more than makes up for these with its massive cost savings compared to some of the top-tier products.


Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman