Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 14-Cup Food Processor Review

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Bottom Line

For most cooking tasks, the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 14-Cup Food Processor can't match the performance of pricier, top-rated machines. However, it delivers decent performance and ease of use at a hard-to-beat price. If you're willing to deal with the hassle of handling it extra carefully to avoid spills, this basic model is a good budget pick.

ProsVersatile, Accepts whole foods, Large capacity, Dishwasher safe partsConsTricky latch, Leakage issues

Breaking it down

Performance

Not as quick as some, but users don't care. At most kitchen tasks -- grating, slicing, chopping, grinding and making pizza dough -- the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe's performance is perfectly adequate. A few users mention that it can take a bit longer to process foods, but most don't mind. Owners at Amazon.com say it handles a variety of tasks well, including shredding cheese, grating cabbage, slicing veggies and mixing dough for banana bread. They also like the French fry disc, a feature most models don't include. The vast majority are thrilled, saying that they feel like they got a great value, especially considering the 14-cup capacity. It seems most popular with those who need a food processor for more basic uses, or don't use it every day.

Ease of use

Assembly is a snap, but might not be sealed. One professional source specifically praises the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth's well-labeled blades and lock/unlock markings. Owners at Amazon.com appreciate the wide feed tube and suction-cup feet, which help hold it securely in place during use. They also say it's very easy to assemble. The biggest problem most reviewers have with the Big Mouth Deluxe is that the center hole is not much deeper than the processing bowl, leaving a gap from which liquids can escape. Many others note that, with careful handling, you can work around that. The one other issue we saw was that the latch that locks the "mouth" into place can be fiddly and you have to get it just right before the machine will engage.

Durability/noise

Solid and stable. The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe gets great reviews for durability, with reviewers saying it's sturdy, stable and seems well-made. The included parts fit into place well, without any wobbling. We saw several reviews from people with large households or who have had this food processor for a few years, and they say it holds up very well. The suction cup feet, which keep the food processor from "walking" across the counter, are particularly popular because reviewers say they seem to add stability. Some reviewers say that the plastic of the latch seems flimsy and they're afraid to use too much force to get it in place. Some also complain that the food processor is loud on its higher speed settings, but most say it's not bad. It comes with a one-year warranty.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Duo Plus 70580 food processor, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

ConsumerReports.org provides ratings on the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Duo Plus 70580 food processor, which is identical to the Deluxe except with a second bowl, along with a number of other food processors. All are evaluated for performance in chopping, slicing, shredding, puréeing and grating. Noise is also measured and rated.

2. Cook's Illustrated

Food Processors, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, January 2013

The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 14-Cup Food Processor is one of nine food processors tested by Cook's Illustrated magazine. Each model is rated on its ability to chop, grate, slice vegetables, grind dry ingredients, make pizza dough, whip up mayonnaise and cut butter into flour for piecrust.

3. Good Housekeeping

Best Food Processors, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not Dated

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute makes the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Duo its pick as the best "Budget Buy." Editors say the Big Mouth Duo -- which is identical to the Deluxe except that it comes with a second bowl -- is excellent in overall performance. They note it doesn't knead dough well and is noisy.

4. Amazon.com

Hamilton Beach 14-Cup Food Processor Big Mouth with French Fry Blade (70575), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2015

The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 14-Cup Food Processor earns an overall rating of 3.9 stars out of 5 from about 400 users at Amazon.com. Owners like its large capacity and say it's easy to assemble and use, but we saw a few complaints about liquids leaking from the center tube due to its short height.

5. Walmart.com

Food Processors, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2015

In more than 220 reviews, the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe gets an overall rating of 4.1 stars out of 5. Users say it's a great value, with great capacity and that it works well for most tasks. There are some complaints of leaks from the bowl, and that the French fry cutter mangles potatoes.