Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Review
Pros: Great at pureeing, good at chopping, inexpensive
Cons: Leaky, not the best at mixing, loud
Manufacturer: Hamilton Beach
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Hamilton Beach 10-Cup
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$249.99 at Amazon
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$32.49 at Amazon
|Pros||Great at pureeing, good at chopping, inexpensive||Great at pureeing and slicing||Great for shredding, slicing, good at chopping||Excellent price, good for slicing tomatoes||Inexpensive, better than average at mixing|
|Cons||Leaky, not the best at mixing, loud||No adjustability of shredding or slicing||Little more difficult to clean||Generally inconsistent performance, leaves un-chopped pieces, subpar mixing capabilities||Shreds 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 chopping||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||A well-priced 10 cup model with a lower-powered motor that yields varied results||A 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|
|Specs||Hamilton Beach 10-Cup||Cuisinart Custom 14||Ninja Professional||Oster Total Prep 10...||Black+Decker 8-Cup|
|Bowl Size||10 cup||14 cup||9 cup||10 cup||8 cup|
|Measured Weight of Base||3 pounds, 1 ounce||12 pounds, 6 ounces||4 pounds, 8 ounces||3 pounds, 6 ounces||3 pounds, 2 ounces|
|Motor||450 Watt||720 Watt||850 Watt||500 Watt||450 Watt|
|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|
|Build in Bowl Scraper||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|French Fry Disc||No||No||No||No||No|
Our Analysis and Test Results
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
It did a bit better with potatoes, slicing them effectively. However, the slices were a bit rough and had lots of taper.
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 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.
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.
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.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer