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KitchenAid KFP750PK

*Est. $160
Reviewed
October 2012
by ConsumerSearch
KitchenAid KFP750PK

Pros
  • Performs well at all kitchen tasks
  • Simple controls
  • Quiet
  • Excellent customer service
Cons
  • Some problems with leakage
  • A few durability complaints

Performance

Handles most tasks with ease. All professional sources say it's great for chopping, slicing and grating, and it also does a good job with piecrust. One cooking magazine concludes that the dough blade is not particularly useful, but decent dough can still be made with the regular metal blade. Although one professional test finds its puréeing performance mediocre, another source specifically praises it, saying it purées completely with no need for scraping. Users find it equally satisfactory praising its ability to handle everything from making dough to pulverizing nuts.

Ease of use

The simple controls appreciated. Its 12-cup capacity is more than adequate for most home kitchens, and it also includes a 4-cup mini bowl (with its own blade) that one cooking magazine calls an essential for small jobs like mincing herbs.

The biggest problem most users seem to have with this machine is leakage. Like the budget-priced Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 70575 (*Est. $60), this processor has a center shaft that isn't nearly as deep as the bowl itself, meaning any liquid above the 2-inch line will spill out of the bowl into the blade compartment. Also, a few owners say the lid doesn't seal well, while others complain that liquid from the mini bowl spills out into the larger container.

As far as cleanup goes, the bowl and blades are dishwasher-safe, but the lid and feed tube are not. One owner at Amazon.com complains that the lid is full of "crevices and cracks that are virtually impossible to reach." This machine's bulk and weight can make storage a bit awkward, but it does come with an accompanying accessory case for stashing extra blades.

Durability

A few durability complaints after the warranty expired. The most common problems include cracked handles, safety switches that don't engage reliably and lids that won't lock properly. However, given the sheer volume of reviews we found for this food processor, the number of durability complaints is not unreasonable. The KFP750PK's warranty is fairly short -- only 12 months -- but users who had to deal with KitchenAid's customer service department are often pleasantly surprised by the experience. Owners generally describe polite reps and a hassle-free return process that appears to be a rarity.

Noise

Among the quietest full-sized food processors. We also found praise from users for its quietness, and no complaints at all about noise.

Bottom line

In terms of performance and noise level, the KitchenAid KFP750PK rivals the top-rated Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus DLC-2011CHB (*Est. $200). Although it went off the market briefly in 2011, it is now back in a special "Cook for the Cure" edition, which includes a $25 donation to support breast cancer research with every purchase. It doesn't have the Cuisinart's heavy-duty construction or extra-long warranty, but these concerns are partly offset by KitchenAid's far superior customer service. Ease of use is the real drawback of the KFP750PK. Nonetheless, its larger capacity, included mini bowl and lower price tag may make it a more desirable choice for some users.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org provides ratings on the KitchenAid KFP750PK and 33 other food processors. Each one is evaluated on noise level and five essential tasks: chopping, slicing, shredding, puréeing and grating. The site also features a few user reviews.

Review: Food Processors and Choppers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, January 2012

2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine

Review Credibility: Excellent The KitchenAid KFP750PK 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

3. Food & Wine Magazine

Review Credibility: Very Good In this roundup of 76 small appliances, the editors of Food & Wine magazine name four food processors as top picks. However, it's not clear how these models were tested or how many others didn't make the cut. The KitchenAid KFP750PK earns an honorable mention, with praise for its well-designed touchpad and no-fuss puréeing performance.

Review: The Best Food Processors (Eight-Cup Plus), Kristin Donnelly, March 2008

4. Amazon.com

Review Credibility: Very Good More than 550 users contribute to the KitchenAid KFP750PK's overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 at Amazon.com. Owners praise its power, performance, quietness and construction. However, we saw some complaints about leakage, durability and problems with cleanup. Unlike most manufacturers, KitchenAid receives lavish praise for the quality of its customer service.

Review: KitchenAid 700-Watt 12-Cup Food Processors, Contributors to Amazon.com

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