Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 14-Cup Food Processor Review

Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 14-Cup Food ProcessorThis food processor seems to have everything going for it – large capacity, easy of use, a powerful motor, but most of all a great price. But what is the one thing that irked users the most? My Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 14-Cup food processor review gives you the inside scoop.

If you’ve been window shopping for a food processor, the Big Mouth’s budget friendly price and features will certainly get your attention.

Note: This review is for Model #70575

Capacity

A generous 14-Cup BPA-free work bowl is included with this model. This bow can handle large amounts of ingredients, so you won’t find yourself stopping midway through to empty the bowl to start another batch. It’s perfect for shredding lots of cabbage for coleslaw and holding lots of sliced potatoes for your favorite scalloped potatoes recipe.

Ok, the sticking point for some users is that it is a 14-cup bowl, so how come the liquid maximum is only about 4-5 cups? The thing is, all food processors (not just this model), the stated cup capacity is for dry ingredients and not liquids.

The reason for this is that liquid ingredients are extremely light and the food processor pushes that liquid up the sides of the bowl.  What you end up with if you add too much liquid is a big, leaky mess coming out of the top of the bowl.

Remember that that capacity is the liquid-only capacity.  If you’re mixing both dry and wet ingredients then you have more room to work with so if you’re making your favorite pureed soup and adding potatoes and broccoli to a soup base then just adjust your recipe to meet the liquid maximum capacity.

An alternative is to mix smaller batches or just get a blender.

Size of Feed Tube

The “Big Mouth” feed tube is integrated into the bowl lid and it too has its own lid with a latch on it. The

feed tube lid itself is divided into two parts that the large food pusher fits into. The Large food pusher is used to force large items in the feed tube into the work bowl for processing.

If you want to slice or chop skinny items like a single carrot or celery, then you would use the small feed pusher.

Knead Dough

No dough blade comes with the Big Mouth Deluxe, which is not unusual for food processors in this price range.

Controls/Speed

Rotary style control with three speeds plus pulse control and off, which is good for any type of processing you want to do.

Pulse – Is the highest speed. Pulsing on and off gives the best results especially when using the chopping blade

#1 – Is low speed. Use for slicing or shredding hard cheeses

#2 – Is medium speed. Use for slicing fruits and veggies

#3 – Is high speed. Can be used while chopping, mixing or pueering

Power

Surprisingly, the motor on this model is 525 watts. Which is a plus since most low end food processors usually have a 400-450 watt motor. Even the KitchenAid KFP0711cu which costs more than the Big Mouth Deluxe, only has a 300-watt motor.

The motor is powerful enough to handle all of your slicing, dicing and chopping, even hard foods like cheese and meat.

Blades

The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe food processor has multiple blades to help you get dinner on the table faster.

Stainless Steel Chopping/Mixing Blade – The most versatile food processing attachment. You can do so much more with it than just chopping. You can make healthy recipes of food you normally would buy at the store.

I love ice cream, but lately I’ve been passing up on it. Why? Because I’m paying more attention to the reading labels on everything I buy. Just one look at the ingredient list on my favorite brand and I hurriedly put the container back into the freezer.

No need to buy an ice cream maker to make your own homemade preservative free ice cream and avoid all that sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Just freeze some bananas, throw them in the food processor and voilà:  5 minutes later your soft serve ice cream is ready. Top with healthy ingredients for a real treat.

You can also use this blade to make cauliflower rice (mashed cauliflower) as a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes. The cauliflower is only 27 calories per cup while the potatoes have 116 calories per cup.

Stainless Steel Reversible Slicing/Shredding Disc – One blade does double duty, however it is not adjustable. Ditch the pre-shredded bagged cheese and make your own. While bagged cheese may be convenient, it has added additives like Cellulose Powder and Calcium Sulfate.

With this disc you can have freshly shredded cheese for your omelets or pasta dishes.

Stainless Steel French Fry Blade – An added blade not usually included even in food processors costing a lot more. For instance, if you wanted to buy the Cuisinart DLC-10S, cost $100 and needed a french fry cutter, it is going to cost you $30.

Users were impressed with the french fry blade. Using it is much quicker than cutting the potatoes by hand to make your own fresh and healthy homemade sweet potato fries, just bake instead of fry to cut the fat. You may have to experiment with it a bit though, until you get the potatoes to come out the way you want them and not end up as hash brown.

Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe Dimensions

Height: 19 inches

Width: 10.9 inches

Depth: 10.9 inches

Weight: 12 lbs

Additional Features

There are some other features worth mentioning here.

  • The cutting blades are easy to change, they slide in and out. They are clearly marked so you know which side is for slicing or shredding, no more guessing.
  • Both the chopping blade and the reversible slicing/shredding disc fit inside the work bowl for easy storage.
  • Suction cups on the bottom of the machine keeps it from moving around on the counter while it is in use.
  • The power cord is stored in the base of the machine, keeping it from hanging down on your countertop.
  • The built-in safety mechanism means the processor would not operate unless the bowl is connected firmly to the base, the lid is locked to the bowl and finally the latch on the feed tube is locked as well.

Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe Included Accessories

14-Cup BPA-free work bowl
Food Chute Lid
Large Food Pusher
Small Food Pusher
Chopping/Mixing Blade
Reversible Slicing/Shredding Disc
French Fry Blade

Pros

  • Large 14-cup capacity
  • Easy to setup and take down
  • Easy to use
  • Powerful
  • Easy to clean
  • Built in cord storage
  • Suction cups on base
  • Very fast
  • Dishwasher safe parts

Cons

  • Loud
  • Large, bulky and tall – may not fit under cabinets
  • Difficult to remove food from the bowl without making a mess on the counter

Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe Reviews and Ratings

Lots of positive, happy customers. Many users said it was better than they thought it would be. They

were satisfied with the quality and with the performance of the machine. It gets the job done. Users liked the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 14-Cup food processor for its:

  • price
  • power
  • large capacity
  • ease of use

Almost all of the negative reviews centered on liquids leaking out of the bowl. They said the motor shaft is too short (only 1 ½ inches tall), which means if you fill the bowl too high, it’s going to leak out all over your counter.

Quite a few users were disappointed that the machine can only process about 4 cups of liquid. They couldn’t understand why it says 14-cup capacity but yet only hold such a small amount of liquids.

However a food processors primary function is to process dry ingredients and not a lot of liquids. So if you anticipate doing lots of soups and sauces, you can either process your recipe in small batches or buy a blender.

Also, some users said that if you take the chopping blade out first before emptying the bowl, but when you take the bowl off the base, foods fall through the hole in the bottom of the bowl where the blade was fitted.

As a workaround, you can leave the blade in the bowl or just place another bowl beneath the work bowl to catch the food that is escaping through that hole.

A couple of reviews said the “big mouth” is not that big because it is divided into two parts, which means you cannot put a whole large potato or tomato in. You have to cut it up first. Yes, the feed tube lid is divided into two to accommodate both the large and the small feed pushers.

I watched a video demonstration of it in action and the tube was able to take a big chunk of cheese. What you do is put your food in the tube itself, then force it down with the large food pusher part. So yes, it can take a whole potato or tomato.

Despite its drawbacks, the majority of users said this is a solid food processor that they would gladly recommend to their friends and family.

Price

You can pick up the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 14-Cup Food Processor for about $50. This is a bargain for such a large capacity, a 525 watt motor plus the french-fry disc.

 

Summary

The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 14-Cup food processor is a solid machine with features that are normally found in machines costing twice as much. Users like the french-fry disc that comes standard with this model.

The machine seems capable of doing what it is supposed to do. Users give it high marks for shredding cheese, a process that most food processors in this price range cannot handle very well. It’s also good at chopping vegetables and will undoubtedly cut your meal prep time in half.

If you don’t need to make dough and want a machine that works for a budget-friendly price, then you should add the Big Mouth Deluxe to your list.

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One thought on “Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 14-Cup Food Processor Review

  1. Another reviewer reports: “A couple of reviews said the “big mouth” is not that big because it is divided into two parts, which means you cannot put a whole large potato or tomato in. You have to cut it up first. Yes, the feed tube lid is divided into two to accommodate both the large and the small feed pushers.”

    I wonder if any of those reviewers actually have this product. Why? Because they would have seen that the wide mouth opening is under the two-hole lid, which can be unsnapped to reveal the wide-mouth opening. This is covered in the manual and includes pictures. The criticism is totally worthless.

    As far as the “leakage” issue goes, I place then problem with the user 9 out of 10 times. As has been said, this is a food processor, not a blender. Clearly those folks don’t understand the difference and are misusing the processor.

    I love my 70575 food processor!

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