Does a good job, but not a great one. At most kitchen tasks -- grating, slicing, chopping, grinding and making pizza dough -- its performance is merely average. It does excel at making piecrust, however. Users 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. Laura Moser of The Wall Street Journal is less impressed with the attachment, saying it "produced some fairly ragged specimens."
Assembly is a snap, but might not be sealed. One professional source specifically praises its well-labeled blades and lock/unlock markings. Moser likes that the slicing/shredding disc is reversible, leaving fewer parts floating around. Owners at Amazon.com appreciate the wide feed tube and suction-cup feet, which help hold it securely in place during use. The biggest problem most reviewers have with the Big Mouth Deluxe is that spills and leakage are common. Many complain that the center hole is not nearly as deep as the processing bowl itself, leaving a gap from which liquids can escape. Reviews are split on the subject of cleanup; Amazon.com owners say it's easy, but one professional source complains that because the elaborate feed tube is not dishwasher-safe it is difficult to clean.
No complaints, but not many weighed in. However, there were only 40 reviews to analyze, so it's possible that problems may show up in a larger sample. Hamilton Beach does offer a warranty on this food processor, but it's only for 12 months.
Can be loud on its higher speed settings. Most say it's not loud enough to be a problem, and one even notes that her noise-averse preschooler isn't bothered by it. However, another user calls it the "biggest and loudest food processor I've ever seen."
For most cooking tasks, the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 70575 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 could be a good budget pick.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Review Credibility: Excellent The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 70575 is one of eight 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.
Review: Food Processors, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, January 2012
2. The Wall Street Journal
Review Credibility: Very Good Laura Moser of The Wall Street Journal names the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 70575 the best budget food processor in this test. She calls it "a basic, decent, full-size food processor," easy to assemble but prone to spillage and dripping. She also finds the French fry disc, though "cool in theory," not very effective in practice.
Review: WSJ Test Kitchen: Food Processors, Laura Moser, July 23, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 70575 earns an overall rating of 3.7 stars out of 5 from more than 45 users at Amazon.com. Owners like its large capacity and say it's easy to assemble and use, but we saw quite a few complaints about liquids leaking out of the center hole.
Review: Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 14-Cup Food Processor, Contributors to Amazon.com