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Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Review

For those trying to save some dough, this inexpensive model will get the job done, especially when it comes to pureeing and chopping
Hamilton Beach 10-Cup
Credit: Hamilton Beach
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Price:   $45 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Great at pureeing, good at chopping, inexpensive
Cons:  Leaky, not the best at mixing, loud
Manufacturer:   Hamilton Beach
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Aug 27, 2021
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#8 of 10
  • Chopping - 20% 7
  • Mixing - 20% 5
  • Pureeing - 20% 8
  • Shredding - 15% 6
  • Slicing - 15% 5
  • Cleaning - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The Hamilton Beach 10-Cup blew us away by how well it scored, especially with how low its retail price is. This model scored average or above in every single one of our rating metrics, and did especially well in our pureeing and chopping tests. It's one of the best choices to get if you are shopping for a food processor on a tight budget.

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Pros Great at pureeing, good at chopping, inexpensiveGreat at pureeing and slicingGreat for shredding, slicing, good at choppingExcellent price, good for slicing tomatoesInexpensive, better than average at mixing
Cons Leaky, not the best at mixing, loudNo adjustability of shredding or slicingLittle more difficult to cleanGenerally inconsistent performance, leaves un-chopped pieces, subpar mixing capabilitiesShreds and slices poorly, loud
Bottom Line For those trying to save some dough, this inexpensive model will get the job done, especially when it comes to pureeing and choppingOne 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 buyA well-priced 10 cup model with a lower-powered motor that yields varied resultsA small model that is the least expensive and lowest scoring of the group
Rating Categories Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Cuisinart Custom 14 Ninja Professional Oster Total Prep 10... Black+Decker 8-Cup
Chopping (20%)
7.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
5.0
Mixing (20%)
5.0
6.0
6.0
3.0
6.0
Pureeing (20%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
4.0
Shredding (15%)
6.0
6.0
7.0
5.0
3.0
Slicing (15%)
5.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
4.0
Cleaning (10%)
5.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
5.0
Specs Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Cuisinart Custom 14 Ninja Professional Oster Total Prep 10... Black+Decker 8-Cup
Model # 70730 DFP-14BCNY BN600/BN601 FPSTFP1355-NP FP1600B
Bowl Size 10 cup 14 cup 9 cup 10 cup 8 cup
Dimensions W: 10.5"
H: 15.5"
D: 8.5"
W: 7.75"
H: 15"
D: 10.75"
W: 9.9"
H: 15.6"
D: 7.3"
W: 8.2"
H: 16.1"
D: 9.3"
W: 7.5"
H: 15.3"
D: 10.7"
Measured Weight of Base 3 pounds, 1 ounce 12 pounds, 6 ounces 4 pounds, 8 ounces 3 pounds, 6 ounces 3 pounds, 2 ounces
BPA Free Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Motor 450 Watt 720 Watt 850 Watt 500 Watt 450 Watt
Speed Control High/Low/Pulse/Off On/(Pulse/Off) Chop/Puree/Dough/Disc/Low/High/Pulse (Slice/Shred)/(Mix/Knead)/(Chop/Pulse)/Off On/(Pulse/Off)
Cord Storage Internal None External Cord Wrap Internal Underside Cord Wrap
Feet Suction Cups Smooth Rubber Suction Cups Suction Cups Suction Cups
Decibels at 3ft 96 61.5 80 92.3 95
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 Non adjustable Medium
Dough Blade No No Yes Yes No
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 Yes No No No No
French Fry Disc No No No No No
Julienne Disc No No No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Hamilton Beach is one of the best food processors if you are on...
The Hamilton Beach is one of the best food processors if you are on a budget.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Chopping


The Hamilton Beach 10-Cup did very well in our chopping metric, earning a high score for its solid performance at chopping onions, carrots, and almonds. It performed on par with some of our higher scoring models, which is notable.


In addition to the food chopping tests, we timed how long the blade would remain spinning when the "Pulse" button was released to see how much control you had over the amount of chopping. This model earned extra points by stopping immediately. The Hamilton Beach did an alright job chopping onions.

These  onions weren't quite as consistent as we would have hoped.
These onions weren't quite as consistent as we would have hoped.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

It did much better at chopping carrots, doing an excellent job, and creating a uniform mixture of carrots with only a few larger pieces remaining. This model did average chopping almonds, requiring about 10 more pulses than the top model to get a workable product. Unfortunately, it did pulverize a decent amount of almonds, creating quite a bit of almond dust.

Mixing


This model did about average in our mixing metric. We mixed up a batch of pizza dough, pie crust dough, and mayonnaise in this food processor and compared the results to its peers to come up with scores.


It lacks a dough blade but still did a speedy job at mixing the pizza dough. The motor did sound like it was having a tough time while it was mixing. It did a little worse with the pie crust dough, shaking violently while mixing and shooting flour out of the top. There was also a copious amount of flour that would become stuck on the lip of the lid, creating a huge mess when the lid was removed. However, this machine still made pie crust dough that was acceptable despite its shortcomings. Unfortunately, it leaked everywhere when we tried to make mayonnaise, severely dropping its score.

Pureeing


The Hamilton Beach earns a high score for its superior pureeing performance, tying for one of the top scores. We made hummus, tomato sauce, nut butter, and applesauce in each machine and had a panel compare the quality of the final product. We also conducted a leak test to see if any water leaked when the food processor was filled to the maximum fill line and the motor engaged.

This leak test did not go well for this model, as it leaked water everywhere.

When filled to the maximum fill line with water, the Hamilton Beach...
When filled to the maximum fill line with water, the Hamilton Beach leaked profusely.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

In direct contrast to that terrible performance, the Hamilton Beach made some of the best hummus of any food processor we tested, with a unanimous decision by our panel of tasters. It also made excellent nut butter, on par with the Breville, though the top did wobble like crazy while it was grinding. This food processor continued its stellar performance in our tomato sauce test, creating the ideal consistency sauce after 30 seconds of pureeing, the exact amount called for in the recipe. Its performance dropped a little with the applesauce, but it was still great.

Shredding


Our shredding test consisted of grading the quality of shredded cheese, potatoes, and carrots produced by each machine and comparing the level of shredding adjustability present on the blade of each machine.


We did need to trim our peeled potatoes to fit in the feed tube, but the quality of the shredded potatoes was very high. Two smaller chunks became trapped above the blade, dropping this model's score slightly.

The shredded potatoes were very uniform, perfect for hashbrowns.
The shredded potatoes were very uniform, perfect for hashbrowns.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The shredded carrots were a little on the wet side, not nearly as crisp as the Cuisinart Custom, but the shred size was decently even. Once again, two small pieces remained un-shredded.

These carrots were a little to wet to be desirable for a salad...
These carrots were a little to wet to be desirable for a salad, though the size was constant.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The two pound block of cheese did require trimming to fit in the feed tube, but the shredded cheese produced was slightly above average, with nice-looking cheese strands and a good cheese strand to crumble ratio. This model only had a medium shred setting.

The combination slicing and shredding blade, set up to test.
The combination slicing and shredding blade, set up to test.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Slicing


We sliced potatoes, tomatoes, and zucchini to determine scores for this metric, looking for slices of even thickness and a consistent performance by each machine.


This model offers no adjustability on slice thickness, so you get what you get. This model did not do well at slicing tomatoes, basically destroying them. The entire inside of the tomato was flung against the bowl, leaving only a shell behind. We had to cut the tomatoes to fit them into the feed tube, and it appeared this severely impacted slice quality.

The Hamilton Beach partially destroyed the tomatoes when slicing them.
The Hamilton Beach partially destroyed the tomatoes when slicing them.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

It did a bit better with potatoes, slicing them effectively. However, the slices were a bit rough and had lots of taper.

The results of our zucchini slicing test.
The results of our zucchini slicing test.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

This food processor did substantially better with zucchini, creating slices on par with the Elemental. The cuts weren't quite as clean as we would have hoped.

The components of the Hamilton Beach drying after our cleaning test.
The components of the Hamilton Beach drying after our cleaning test.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Cleaning


The final aspect of our testing echoed that of actually cooking: dishes and cleanup. We rated these products on how much of a pain they were to clean after being used, something we had lots of experience with after all of the previous tests. The Hamilton Beach was about average, not the easiest but not giving us any grief either.


The bowl, blades, discs, and lid are all safe to clean in the dishwasher, though suitable for the top shelf only. The blade was in the middle in terms of length, but it was much slipperier to hold with its smooth plastic finish. The bowl didn't have any problematic places to clean, but its small size made it a little harder than many other models. All in all, the lid wasn't too bad to clean, with only a tiny gap around the feed tube that would catch food.

The included accessories with the Hamilton Beach.
The included accessories with the Hamilton Beach.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


This model is a fantastic value, offering great performance at a fraction of the cost of other models. It even outscored models that were close to ten times its price.

One of our favorite models for the price - the Hamilton Beach.
One of our favorite models for the price - the Hamilton Beach.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


The Hamilton Beach 10-Cup is one of the best food processors you can get for its price, while costing less than a hundred bucks. While it did have some major drawbacks, it should do a great job for most food prep tasks — just as long as it's not something that can leak out.

The chopping blade installed and ready to test.
The chopping blade installed and ready to test.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

David Wise and Austin Palmer