Braun TributeCollection Review
Pros: Great at mixing, chopping, and shredding
Cons: Fails at slicing
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|Pros||Great at mixing, chopping, and shredding||Great for pizza dough, pureeing perfection, easy to clean, mostly even slicing, little to no leakage||Great at pureeing and slicing||Great for shredding, slicing, good at chopping||Great at pureeing, good at chopping, inexpensive|
|Cons||Fails at slicing||Not great for applesauce, average chopping and shredding||No adjustability of shredding or slicing||Little more difficult to clean||Leaky, not the best at mixing, loud|
|Bottom Line||A great food processor with an excellent price, though we wouldn't recommend it for extensive slicing||A food processor especially great for pizza, that gets most jobs done at a reasonable price||One of the best food processors you can get on a budget without sacrificing too much performance||Offering all-around excellent performance given its price tag, this is one of our favorites to anyone shopping for a bargain buy||For those trying to save some dough, this inexpensive model will get the job done, especially when it comes to pureeing and chopping|
|Rating Categories||Braun TributeCollec...||Vitamix 12-Cup Atta...||Cuisinart Custom 14||Professional||Hamilton Beach 10-Cup|
|Specs||Braun TributeCollec...||Vitamix 12-Cup Atta...||Cuisinart Custom 14||Professional||Hamilton Beach 10-Cup|
|Model #||FP 3020||VM0215||DFP-14BCNY||BN600/BN601||70730|
|Bowl Size||8 cup and 1 cup mini bowl||12 cup||14 cup||9 cup||10 cup|
H: 12.8" (no base)
H: 19.6" (on tested base)
|Measured Weight of Base||4 pounds, 10 ounces||8 pounds, 12 ounces. Varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base||12 pounds, 6 ounces||4 pounds, 8 ounces||3 pounds, 1 ounce|
|Motor||600 Watt||Varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base||720 Watt||850 Watt||450 Watt|
|Speed Control||Speed Selection/On/Off/Pulse||Pulse/(On/Off), varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base||On/(Pulse/Off)||Chop/Puree/Dough/Disc/Low/High/Pulse||High/Low/Pulse/Off|
|Cord Storage||External Cord Wrap||Underside cord wrap; varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base||None||External Cord Wrap||Internal|
|Feet||Textured Rubber||Varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base||Smooth Rubber||Suction Cups||Suction Cups|
|Decibels at 3ft||79||80.5, varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base||61.5||80||96|
|Mini Bowl Blade||N/A||N/A||Yes||N/A||N/A|
|Accessory Storage Case||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|Slicing Disc||Non adjustable||2 discs large and small; Non adjustable||Non adjustable||Non adjustable||Non adjustable|
|Shredding Disc||Fine, Medium, and Grating||2 discs large and small; Non adjustable||Medium||Non adjustable||Medium|
|Build in Bowl Scraper||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|French Fry Disc||Select Models||No||No||No||No|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The task that comes to mind first and foremost when talking about food processors is chopping. We chopped onions, carrots, and nuts and then scored each model based on the results, directly comparing them to one another. We also assessed how much control the "Pulse" button afforded us — whether it stopped immediately or kept spinning when the button was disengaged. It does spin for a bit after the button is released, but it delivers an acceptable performance when chopping onions, with the majority being of uniform size with only a few outlying, larger chunks.
However, this model did substantially better when chopping carrots and nuts. The chopped carrots were of impeccable quality, and it only took about five pulses to achieve the desired result, with little to none aberrant pieces. It is excellent for chopping almonds; practically all of the almonds were chopped, with only the occasional straggler escaping.
The Braun delivered another stellar performance in our mixing metric. We compared the quality of pizza dough, pie crust dough, and mayonnaise, and created identical recipes to determine the scores for each machine. It successfully got the ball of dough to form rapidly but vibrated around like crazy once the second cup of flour was added, per the recipe instructions. This was the only sign of struggle from this model, with the motor seemingly content and not issuing sounds of protests. It mixed mayonnaise without incident and made solid pie crust, displaying no visible inconsistencies when rolled out.
The Braun's performance dropped in our pureeing tests. We compared the quality of hummus, applesauce, nut butter, and tomato sauce produced by each machine and conducted a leak test with water to determine scores. We weren't the biggest fan of the hummus, as it is the second coarsest of the entire group. It improved when it came to making applesauce and tomato sauce, with both being well-mixed but slightly chunky. However, it did the best in our nut butter test; it only took a single spatula scrape in the beginning and produced high-quality nut butter after 15 minutes.
This model lacks a max fill line on the bowl, but the manual states that the maximum capacity is two cups of liquid. This fills the bowl about halfway, and there were no discernible leaks when we ran the food processor.
We evaluated the shredded cheese, potatoes, and carrots created by each machine to determine scores, as well as comparing if there was any adjustability allowed on the shredding settings. The Braun did very well. It has two shredding options: fine and medium. A two pound block of cheese would not fit down the feed tube, necessitating that we slice it in half longways. The shreds were nice and large, with only a few crumbled bits interspersed throughout and very little stuck above the shredding disc.
It did the best job of the entire group at shredding potatoes, rivaling those of the Breville and the Cuisinart Elemental.
Quality did drop when we shredded carrots, with the shreds being on the flimsier side and a single small piece left un-shredded.
While the Braun did well at shredding, it delivered an abysmal performance in our slicing tests. We evaluated how it did at slicing tomatoes, potatoes, and zucchini and how adjustable the slicing attachment was. It did a subpar job in every aspect of this test, with the exception of potatoes. There was no adjusting the slicing thickness, and this model completely and totally obliterated the tomatoes rather than slicing them.
It did a little better with zucchini, but not by much. The slices were very thin and uneven, with a prominent taper. The edges were also rough.
Rounding out the end of our tests, this metric assessed how easy it was to clean each food processor. Every part is dishwasher safe, except the small chopper bowl. The blade is decently easy to clean but has plenty of small nooks and crannies to trap food. The bowl also has small plastic details that are prone to trapping food pieces and require extra attention to ensure they are actually clean. The lid was easiest to clean, with all parts easily accessible.
This model is a great value and definitely would be a model to consider for the budget-oriented shopper. It performs well, and the possibility of finding it at a discounted price is something to bear in mind when considering if this is a good pick for you.
The Braun is a great, second-tier food processor that can handle most tasks competently. However, this is not the model you want to get if you plan on slicing, as it performed exceptionally poorly on that set of tests. It did redeem itself by stellar chopping and mixing performances, so this might be a good pick if that matches your food preparation needs. It does an outstanding job at mixing and chopping and can usually be found at a price that won't break the bank.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer