UPDATE 11/11/15: The overall average customer rating on this product has dropped from 4.2 to 4.0. For more details, see below.
4.0 Reviewed by SusanRating:
The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 14-Cup Food Processor is a bestseller online, and many people feel that it does a good job on lots of tasks. This is a large capacity food processor that includes a bonus French Fry Disc and sells for less than $100. That makes it one of the least expensive models of this size (capacity) on the market.
It does have one drawback, which I’ll cover below (see The “Bad” News), but that may not be a deal breaker for you. It depends on your expectations and your intended uses.
Read our complete Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 14-Cup Food Processor Review below.
NOTE: This review applies only to the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Model #70575. This particular model includes the bonus French Fry Disc, and it comes with only one work bowl. It does NOT include an additional smaller work bowl.
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- 525 Watt Motor
- 3 Speeds plus Pulse feature
- 14 Cup Work Bowl
- All Stainless Steel Blades
- Includes Chopping/Mixing S Blade, Reversible Slicing/Shredding Disc, and French Fry Disc
- Dishwasher Safe Bowl, Lid, Blade & Discs
- 1 Year Limited Warranty
The “Bad” News
Let’s get straight to the downside in case you want to rule out this model and move on. The main complaint about this model is leakage. The problem is in the design of the work bowl and the center shaft that holds the chopping/mixing blade. That center shaft is very short, only about 1 1/2 inches tall, which means you have very limited capacity for liquids and semi-liquids. That is, if your liquid level rises higher than the center shaft, it will spill over the shaft and leak down through the bottom of the bowl onto the processor base and the counter. Leakage can even be a problem with dry ingredients if the bowl is too full. That’s because the chopping/mixing blade itself has a hole in the top of it.
Emptying the work bowl can be problematic as well. If you remove the blade first, then when you lift the work bowl from the machine base, your ingredients will leak out onto the counter through the hole where the blade was seated. One solution is to have another bowl handy to catch the leakage while you’re emptying your work bowl into your intended container.
However, the real solution is to understand exactly what capacity means with this machine. Like most other food processors, its main purpose is to process solids, not liquids. The 14 cup work bowl can be filled to capacity when you are shredding or slicing foods. That’s what it is designed for – to allow you to slice or shred a large amount of food before having to stop and empty the bowl.
When you process liquids, your usable bowl capacity is severely reduced. This is true with every food processor, though some brands aren’t nearly as limited as this model. For example, the high end Breville Sous Chef has a 16 cup work bowl, and the maximum liquid capacity is 10 to 12 cups.
You will always get better results if you go by the manufacturer’s guidelines. For more details, see below under Size and Capacity
The Good News
Despite the above, there is still lots of positive to say about this model. The large capacity is great if you like to make big batches of coleslaw or quickly slice up potatoes for a big family. It works well for slicing all kinds of vegetables, and it also does a good job shredding cheese. Of course, you’ll get the best results with firmer cheeses. If you’ve ever tried to grate something soft like Mozzarella with a hand held grater, you know that just doesn’t turn out too well. With most food processors, it helps to put soft cheeses in the freezer for about 30 minutes before processing.
The “big mouth” feed chute speeds up your job because you don’t have to spend a lot of time cutting foods into small chunks before processing. Assembling the feed chute might be a little tricky at first, but that’s because everything must lock securely in place before the unit will run. It’s a safety feature, a little annoying maybe, but it makes sure you keep all your fingers. You know how it is when you’re really watching what you’re doing until suddenly, from the back of the house, one of your kids lets out a blood curdling scream. Of course it’s nothing, as usual, but all it takes is that one second of distraction.
This model does not include a dough blade, and the manufacturer clearly states that the unit is not designed to knead bread dough. Doing so will void your warranty.
But then, there is more than one kind of dough. The chopping/mixing blade can be used for making cookie dough, pie crust, and other pastry doughs.
Parts clean up easily, but you need to at least rinse pretty soon after use. The lid especially does have a few little crevices where food can get caught. That isn’t a problem if you don’t let it dry hard. Otherwise, running it through the dishwasher works fine.
The 525 Watt motor is powerful enough to handle what this food processor was designed to do. That probably accounts for why a number of users mention that it’s pretty noisy when running, much louder than you would expect. The controls are another nice feature because you have three speeds plus the pulse option. That gives you a lot more control and helps prevent overprocessing.
If you’re brand new to food processors, you’ll quickly discover that there can be a fine line between chopped and pulverized. A good idea is to start slow, or just using the pulse option, so you can stop before it’s too late.(Back to Top)
Size & Capacity
Dimensions of this machine are 10.9 x 10.9 x 19 inches, and it weighs 12.2 pounds. For those who prefer to leave it sitting out, it does have internal cord storage to make for a neater look on the counter.
The total capacity of the work bowl is 14 cups. You can use the full capacity when slicing or grating foods, and even when processing crackers for cracker crumbs.
For other foods you’ll need to adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Here are a few of the Hamilton Beach recommendations for this model:
Maximum Amounts for using Chopping/Mixing Blade to Chop, Mince, or Pureé Food Maximum Amount Fruits, Vegetables 3 to 4 cups Nuts 4 cups Parmesan Cheese 15 ounces
The above is taken from page 11 of the user manual, and you can read the entire guide online here: HamiltonBeach.com – Big Mouth Food Processor
NOTE: As you will see, that user manual applies to more than one model of the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth. Just to be clear, I’ll repeat myself here. Despite what you may see in that user manual, this model, the 70575, does not come with an additional smaller work bowl.
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- 14 Cup Work Bowl
- Chopping/Mixing Blade
- Reversible Slicing/Shredding Disc
- French Fry Disc
There are no optional accessories available for this model.(Back to Top)
Quite a number of owners do not consider the leakage issue a drawback because they knew when they bought the unit that it is not designed to process large amounts of liquids.
On the contrary, they feel that it is well made for the price. Favorite features mentioned most often are the extra large feed chute and the multiple speed options. Experienced users are very pleased with the French Fry Disc, as well as with how the machine chops and slices a variety of foods.
It’s light weight, so that makes it easy to move around, and it has suction cups on the bottom that do a good job keeping it from jumping around on the counter while in use.
The few who received defective units or had a unit break during warranty reported that their experience with customer service was excellent.
UPDATE NOVEMBER, 2015: With more customer feedback now available on this model, its average rating has dropped from 4.2 to 4.0. Among newer reviews, complaints remain the same and there are no unique new issues to report. Also note that some of the negative reviews are from people who were disappointed in the machine’s performance, but their comments make it fairly clear that their expectations were too high. Well, let’s face it. This model sells for under $100. It just isn’t realistic to think it will have all the power and capability of a food processor that sells for 3 or 4 times that much. Please check several reviews before you buy, to be sure you know what you’re getting.(Back to Top)
- Affordable (very low price for a 14 cup model)
- Versatile (includes specialty disc)
- Large Capacity
- Extra large feed chute
- Easy to use and to clean
- Very noisy
- Quite large (for both use and storage)
- Leaks due to work bowl/blade shaft design
- Can not knead bread dough
- Maximum liquid capacity is very small (more limited than other models)
Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 14-Cup Food Processor Review: Summary
Your satisfaction with the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe will very much depend on how you use it. If you’re a big salsa fan or plan to make lots of sauces and liquid soups, this model may not be the best choice for you. Yet for most other food prep tasks it does a good job, and almost 50% of owners are very happy with their purchase. It works well for the kind of processing they need it to do at considerable savings over many of its competitors.