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BLACK+DECKER 8-Cup Review

A small model that is the least expensive and lowest scoring of the group
BLACK+DECKER 8-Cup
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Price:   $40 List | $32.49 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, better than average at mixing
Cons:  Shreds and slices poorly, loud
Manufacturer:   BLACK+DECKER
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Aug 30, 2021
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RANKED
#10 of 10
  • Chopping - 20% 5
  • Mixing - 20% 6
  • Pureeing - 20% 4
  • Shredding - 15% 3
  • Slicing - 15% 4
  • Cleaning - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The BLACK+DECKER 8-Cup is one of the smaller, least expensive models that we tested. Unfortunately, it did not stack up very well against the competition and scored the lowest of the group. It did average in chopping and slightly above in mixing, but there are other models that scored substantially better for a small increase in cost.

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Pros Inexpensive, better than average at mixingGreat at pureeing and slicingGreat for shredding, slicing, good at choppingGreat at pureeing, good at chopping, inexpensiveExcellent price, good for slicing tomatoes
Cons Shreds and slices poorly, loudNo adjustability of shredding or slicingLittle more difficult to cleanLeaky, not the best at mixing, loudGenerally inconsistent performance, leaves un-chopped pieces, subpar mixing capabilities
Bottom Line A small model that is the least expensive and lowest scoring of the groupOne of the best food processors you can get on a budget without sacrificing too much performanceOffering all-around excellent performance given its price tag, this is one of our favorites to anyone shopping for a bargain buyFor those trying to save some dough, this inexpensive model will get the job done, especially when it comes to pureeing and choppingA well-priced 10 cup model with a lower-powered motor that yields varied results
Rating Categories BLACK+DECKER 8-Cup Cuisinart Custom 14 Professional Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Oster Total Prep 10...
Chopping (20%)
5.0
6.0
6.0
7.0
4.0
Mixing (20%)
6.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
3.0
Pureeing (20%)
4.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
Shredding (15%)
3.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Slicing (15%)
4.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
5.0
Cleaning (10%)
5.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
6.0
Specs BLACK+DECKER 8-Cup Cuisinart Custom 14 Professional Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Oster Total Prep 10...
Model # FP1600B DFP-14BCNY BN600/BN601 70730 FPSTFP1355-NP
Bowl Size 8 cup 14 cup 9 cup 10 cup 10 cup
Dimensions W: 7.5"
H: 15.3"
D: 10.7"
W: 7.75"
H: 15"
D: 10.75"
W: 9.9"
H: 15.6"
D: 7.3"
W: 10.5"
H: 15.5"
D: 8.5"
W: 8.2"
H: 16.1"
D: 9.3"
Measured Weight of Base 3 pounds, 2 ounces 12 pounds, 6 ounces 4 pounds, 8 ounces 3 pounds, 1 ounce 3 pounds, 6 ounces
BPA Free No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Motor 450 Watt 720 Watt 850 Watt 450 Watt 500 Watt
Speed Control On/(Pulse/Off) On/(Pulse/Off) Chop/Puree/Dough/Disc/Low/High/Pulse High/Low/Pulse/Off (Slice/Shred)/(Mix/Knead)/(Chop/Pulse)/Off
Cord Storage Underside Cord Wrap None External Cord Wrap Internal Internal
Feet Suction Cups Smooth Rubber Suction Cups Suction Cups Suction Cups
Decibels at 3ft 95 61.5 80 96 92.3
Mini Bowl Blade N/A Yes N/A N/A N/A
Accessory Storage Case No No No No No
Slicing Disc Non adjustable Non adjustable Non adjustable Non adjustable Non adjustable
Shredding Disc Medium Medium Non adjustable Medium Non adjustable
Dough Blade No No Yes No Yes
Whipping Attatchment No No No No No
Citrus Juicer No No No No No
Dicing Kit No No No No No
Build in Bowl Scraper No No No Yes No
French Fry Disc No No No No No
Julienne Disc No No No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The BLACK+DECKER scored the lowest but was the least expensive.
The BLACK+DECKER scored the lowest but was the least expensive.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Chopping


We chopped onions, carrots, and almonds with this model and evaluated the finished product on quality and consistency, as well as comparing the stopping time of the "Pulse" button between different models. The BLACK+DECKER scores average, which put it close to the back of the pack. It only had a slight pause between the release of the pulse button.

The extremely inconsistent onions produced by the BLACK+DECKER.
The extremely inconsistent onions produced by the BLACK+DECKER.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The BLACK+DECKER produced some of the worse onions of the group, with a huge range of sizes varying from practically minced to huge chunks. Its performance did substantially improve in our carrot test. The chop was a little on the larger side, but it was relatively even. It just took a few more pulses than some of the other models to reach a quality end result.

The evenly chopped carrots produced by the BLACK+DECKER.
The evenly chopped carrots produced by the BLACK+DECKER.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Quality dropped down again in our almond test, with the BLACK+DECKER tying with a handful of other models for the dubious honor of having the second-worst chopped nuts. It left a non-trivial amount of whole almonds and larger chunks while simultaneously producing a decent amount of pulverized almond dust. This is a direct contrast to the desired result of small, even pieces.

Mixing


Our mixing test was the only metric where the BLACK+DECKER scored above average. We made pie crust, pizza dough, and mayonnaise from scratch. This model doesn't have a dough blade but still managed to make fine pizza dough. The motor sounded like it struggled a little bit, and when the ball of dough actually formed, it pressed on the lid very hard, actually bending it while it was rotating around. However, there appeared to be no negative repercussions.

The performance was similar when making pie crust, though it did take a little longer with this machine. The pie crust dough had a few dry spots when rolled out, lacking slightly behind higher scoring models. The BLACK&DECKER did fail at making mayonnaise in our test. The blade spins too high in the bowl to make the amount prescribed in our test recipe, so while this model could effectively make mayonnaise, you would need to make a very large batch at a time.

This model made the coarsest and grainiest hummus of the fleet.
This model made the coarsest and grainiest hummus of the fleet.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Pureeing


Its score dropped back down for this series of tests; this was based on the quality of hummus, applesauce, nut butter, and tomato sauce, as judged by our panel of tasters. We also did a leak test with the bowl filled to the maximum line with water. It produced the worst hummus of the group, creating hummus that was by far the coarsest in texture after two and a half minutes of pureeing. It took close to an additional five minutes of pureeing time before the hummus was even close to being as smooth of some of the other models. This model also did a subpar job at grinding nut butter, requiring periodic scrapes of a spatula to help it on its way. We did note that this model is exceptionally loud, measuring in at 92.5 dBA about 3' away. In addition, it took about 25 minutes to complete, so making nut butter is not a task to be undertaken lightly with this model.

Both applesauce and tomato sauce were slightly below average, leaving a decent number of chunky bits of tomato and an entire apple slice un-pureed. This model did leak, with water slowly dripping out and water splashing out through the lid seam occasionally.

The shredding blade installed on the BLACK+DECKER.
The shredding blade installed on the BLACK+DECKER.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Shredding


Continuing its downward trend, the BLACK+DECKER performed worse at shredding than pureeing. We evaluated its shredding capabilities with cheese, potatoes, and carrots and compared the adjustability of shredding settings to the other models. It only offers a medium shred setting, and the feed tube was too small to fit a 2lb block of cheese, requiring us to slice it in half lengthwise. A large portion of the cheese crumbled rather than shredded, and there were copious amounts stuck in the space between the lid and the shredding disc. However, the 50% of the cheese that shredded properly was of acceptable quality, though the machine sounded like it might break throughout this.

The BLACK+DECKER had some large chunks remaining un-shredded.
The BLACK+DECKER had some large chunks remaining un-shredded.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The quality of shredded potatoes and carrots dropped significantly, with extremely inconsistently sized, flimsy shreds being produced. There were also large chunks of both foodstuffs remaining in the gap between lid and shredding disc.

This model neglected to shred these chunks of carrots and made...
This model neglected to shred these chunks of carrots and made flimsy shreds with the parts it did process.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Slicing


The BLACK+DECKER did marginally better at slicing than shredding. The tests were practically identical to shredding, with the substitution of tomatoes and zucchini for cheese and carrots. It again has no adjustability for size, and the feed tube fit most of our tomatoes, though it was too small for the largest one. The sliced tomatoes weren't bad, ranking about average, and weren't completely mutilated or mangled.

Though not exceptional, the BLACK+DECKER didn't totally destroy the...
Though not exceptional, the BLACK+DECKER didn't totally destroy the tomatoes when slicing.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Performance fell when it came to slicing potatoes or zucchini, creating slices that had a wide range in thickness with tapered cuts.

The BLACK+DECKER was about average to clean.
The BLACK+DECKER was about average to clean.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Cleaning


The bowl, lid, blades, and discs are all dishwasher safe, though for the top shelf only. The blade was relatively easy to clean by hand, though the smooth texture made it a little hard to hold onto when it was all soaped up. The bowl didn't have any particularly troublesome spots to clean, but its smaller size added a little difficulty to the process. The lid wasn't bad, though there is a small gap between the edge of the lid and where the feed tube intersects that can be quite difficult to get a sponge or brush, allowing some food scraps to be overlooked.

Value


There are better value options out there, but this is the least expensive model that made the cut for our review, making it something to look at if you are on the tightest of budgets for your kitchen appliances.

This model is the cheapest of the group, but you can spend a little...
This model is the cheapest of the group, but you can spend a little more to get a much better model.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


All in all, the BLACK+DECKER is an inexpensive model that doesn't overly impress. It faltered at many tests, but it did shred, slice, and chop food — even if the quality was lacking. It might be an acceptable option for infrequent use, or if you know you are only going to be doing one of the tasks that this model didn't struggle with.

The chopping blade installed on the BLACK+DECKER.
The chopping blade installed on the BLACK+DECKER.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

David Wise and Austin Palmer