Wednesday December 28th, 2016:
I'm going to write a review in stages as time progresses.
To start, I just opened the box and I can't believe this processor is $21. The last time I looked, I think it was $29. It was packed alright (not the best) but I immediately put it together. I was looking for something smaller, maybe a 3-4 cups but since this one was so cheap with so many great reviews, I thought why not? You do get what you pay for sometimes so I am hopeful it will work well for a long time. It does feel a little bit light and cheap.
I decided right away to make pie dough. I threw in 1 1/4 cup flour, some salt, sugar and butter. I'm floored at how easy it was to make! I've been making pie dough with a handheld cutter and slicing/chopping vegetables with a knife for decades. I could just kick myself for waiting to buy one of these processors to assist me in the kitchen. Wow, who knew these contraptions could make your prep so much easier?
I will continue to update this review as time moves forward. I hope for the best...stay tuned.
January 18th, 2017:
I'm a little enamored with this food processor right now. I'm not sure how to put it into words to show how ebullient I am that I took a risk and bought this little multi-use tool. Thus far, I've used this unit about 20 times to make mostly pie dough and cut up vegetables. It has done perfectly every time. I make all kinds of cuisine from French, Korean, Mexican, Indian and much, much more. This food processor has literally decimated the amount of time I spend in the kitchen chopping scallions, potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, garlic, onions, cilantro and much more. I've made several small pies for friends while testing this thing and it is so, so much better pulsing the butter & shortening into pea-sized bits using this machine. I love it.
For reference I've attached two photos for this entry. I wanted to make a homemade breakfast with pancakes, sausage, eggs and hashbrowns. I sliced the potato in half and pushed it down the chute for potential shredded potato pieces. You can see the result in in my first photo. The second photo is a pulverized mix of onions, garlic, ginger and jalapeño for a chicken Karahi dish. I think I pulsed the machine 4-6 times. Done. If not for this thing, I'd be mincing away at the garlic forever not to mention the onions, japan and ginger.
I'm in love and hopefully this thing will not give out on me like how some of these other posters are attesting to but I'm hopeful. I also take care of my things and do not abuse them.
If you've never had a food processor before, or know someone who is old fashioned and chops things by hand, this is a very inexpensive gift that will pack a BIG practical punch :)
With the Hamilton Beach Bowl Scraper Food Processor, there's no need to stop and remove the lid to dislodge food from the side of the bowl. The built-in scraper does the work for you, even while the processor is on for continuous processing.