Although the Kalorik Baby Gourmet seems promising and is recommended as a budget option by a couple of experts, owner reviews suggest that it isn't very reliable. There are numerous reports of units or parts breaking, and users say it isn't very easy to clean. However, it does get some positive reviews and offers handy extras if you're willing to hold onto your receipt.
Not the best reviewed. There are few evaluations of the Kalorik Baby Gourmet's performance. A handful of owners praise the unit, saying it steams and processes well, but there's far more negative feedback for the Baby Gourmet than for most other baby food processors. Several users complain that steaming takes a very long time and the steamer cup is too small. The Baby Gourmet sanitizes pacifiers and reheats and defrosts food, according to Kalorik, but we find no reviews that specifically mention these features. It has a standard 2-cup capacity.
Not the simplest design. While the Kalorik Baby Gourmet is simple to use and the parts are easy to clean, owners say the base of the unit -- particularly the water reservoir -- is exceptionally difficult to clean and fill due to its small hole. A few don't like that this unit comes with separate steaming and pureeing bowls, which they say is inconvenient. Another user points out that the steamer basket cooks less food than the food processor blends, so you have to steam twice for each processing.
Poor performance, mediocre customer service. Owners of the Kalorik Baby Gourmet report a number of broken units and parts. One says it didn't steam right out of the box and others say it stopped working within months. A parent who tried to file a warranty claim says Kalorik requires a receipt, and isn't understanding of a new mom's circumstances: The Baby Gourmet was a shower gift and wasn't even used until six months into the one-year warranty. Another says a piece of the food processor broke off into her child's food without her noticing it.
Review Credibility: Good About 15 Amazon.com customers review the Kalorik Baby Gourmet and comments are hugely disparate. A handful of owners love it and say it works wonderfully; a few others say it functions okay but lacks features they consider musts. Several other users say the Baby Gourmet simply doesn't work. Minor flaws noted include the size of the unit, the inability to easily wash out the water tank and customer service that's difficult to deal with.
Review: Kalorik Chopper/Baby Food Maker, 2-Cup, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2013
Review Credibility: Good White names several baby food makers and lists their pros and cons. She says the Kalorik Baby Gourmet is slightly less expensive and also sanitizes pacifiers, but has a smaller capacity. Reviews for the Baby Gourmet aren't nearly as positive as for other baby food makers, she notes.
Review: Finding a Baby Food Maker That Is Right for You, Jennifer White, Not dated