For easier comparision, our Hamilton Beach 10 Cup Food Processor Reviews covers all three of the top selling Hamilton models pictured above. They are: (Click each of these links to see the lowest price I’ve found at Amazon.)
- Hamilton Beach 10 Cup Food Processor 70760
- Hamilton Beach 70730 Bowl Scraper Food Processor
- Hamilton Beach 70670 Chef Prep 525-Watt Food Processor
Why not write a separate review of each? First, all three are 10 cup capacity food processors with only basic features, so there aren’t a lot of complex details to cover, and there is only about $5 difference in price among them. Second, all three are very similar in function. In fact, two of them come with the same owners manual (the 70760 and the 70730 Bowl Scraper). There isn’t even much variation in consumer opinions, likes, and dislikes of each model.
If you’re trying to decide which might be right for you, it should be easier to get all the details in one place rather than have to jump from page to page. As you’ll see, the overall capabilities and performance are about equal, but there a few differences that might sway you to a particular model.
- 10 Cup Work Bowl
- Dishwasher safe parts
- Lightweight, easy to move around
- Suction cup feet on base
- Fairly compact for storage (lid flips upside down)
- 1 Year Limited Warranty
Overview of Similarities
These models are designed more for the occasional user and do well on light to medium tasks. As noted under Differences below, the wattage does vary slightly, yet in practical use this doesn’t seem to affect the processing ability.
There are some specific limitations that apply to all three, and you’ll find this info in the user manuals. The manufacturer clearly says do not use these models to:
- Grind grain, coffee beans, or spices
- Slice frozen meats
- Knead dough
- Crush ice
If you want your food processor to last, it’s a good idea to follow the rules. When you push any processor beyond its limits you risk damaging the blade, discs, or bowl, or burning up the motor.
Otherwise, all three of these units perform fairly well on the tasks they are designed to do.
Chopping, Mixing, and Grating
With the chopping/mixing S Blade you’ll have good results chopping almonds and other nuts, but depending on your quality standards, you may find that it falls a bit short on making very smooth nut butters.
Though none of these models will knead bread dough, all three can handle cookie or pastry dough, pizza crust, and quick breads. You can also mix all kinds of cake and pancake batters.
Lots of other foods do well such as sauces, salsa, dips, spreads, and guacamole. Many people love it for making hummus, but some consider the texture not quite smooth enough for their taste.
For the most part, chopping and grating a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, meats, and cheeses works well if you follow instructions and don’t overload the work bowl. Naturally, you have more control over the size of your chopped foods if you process smaller amounts at a time, rather than fill the bowl full to begin with. Also, only the high end models have a liquid tight lid seal. For these Hamilton Beach 10 Cup food processors, as with a lot of other brands and models, the maximum capacity for processing liquids is only about half the total bowl capacity.
Where these models don’t get the highest marks is on slicing. The size of the feed chute varies a little on each model, but even the biggest one isn’t what you’d call “large”. That means you have to spend more time cutting food into smaller chunks before processing. Whether that matters to you will depend on how you cook. It does slow you down, so it can be a drawback if you tend to process in large batches.
Another problem is that there is a bit too much space between the disc and lid, so chunks of food can get caught on top of the disc and never get sliced or grated. However, it’s worth noting that you’ll have the same problem with a few of the much pricier food processors on the market.
Despite those issues, quite a big majority of those who own these units are satisfied with the slicing capability. You should get acceptable results when slicing or grating cheeses and vegetables such as onions, celery, carrots, zucchini, and squash.(Back to Top)
Differences in These Models
Here’s a little reference chart to show you the main differences at a glance:(Back to Top)
Size & Capacity
Dimensions and weight are very similar. Height is usually the main consideration because if you have overhanging cabinets you’ll need enough clearance on your countertop. The 70730 Bowl Scraper model is the tallest of the three, but only by a fraction of an inch.
Even the heaviest of the three is still light enough that moving in and out of storage is easy. The only one with internal cord storage is the 70670 Chef Prep, which isn’t a really big deal but does make for a little less clutter whether you put it away or leave it on your counter top.
Power, Speed & Controls
As mentioned above, there is not enough difference in wattage to noticeably affect performance. These units are powerful enough to handle the common tasks that they were designed to do, and they’re built for “average” use. That means they are not intended for constant, heavy duty use, or for tough jobs that require running non-stop for long periods of time.
Keeping that in mind, you can see why choosing one of the two-speed models could be an advantage. Having the second, higher speed means you can process something like nut butters a bit faster, so depending on what kind of processing you do, that second speed might prove very useful. Besides that, when you consider that the price difference in these models is less than $5, I just can’t see not choosing one of the two that have the two-speed option.
Controls may be a matter of personal preference, though some feel the knobs offer more precision when it comes to quickly stopping a job in progress. The toggle switch on the 70760 model can be a bit less user friendly than the dial knobs on the other two.
What’s Included and Optional Accessories
Each machine includes the chopping/mixing blade, plus a reversible slicing/shredding disc that produces thin slices and coarse grating. The 70670 Chef Prep also includes a reversible Crinkle Cut/Fine Shred Disc. This crinkle/fine-shred disc can be purchased separately for the 70760 model, but it is not designed to be compatible with the 70730 Bowl Scraper model.
The bowl scraper feature is only available on the 70730 model. This scraper is not automated in any way. It is operated manually via a lever on top of the unit. What it does is enable you to scrape the work bowl sides without having to remove the lid. You don’t have to stop the machine either. You can use the lever to scrape the bowl during processing. The scraper can also be removed when you want to process without it.(Back to Top)
Pros and Cons
What’s special about the 70760?
Of the three models, I would have to call this one the “bottom of the line” because it doesn’t have any unique features or advantages over the other two. In fact, the only stand-out difference is that the toggle switch can be a little more difficult to use. Since “Off” is in the middle position, it’s too easy to go from the “On” speed to Pulse. That might sound trivial, but food processors run so fast that sometimes there is only a second or two between finely chopped and completely pulverized.
What’s special about the 70730 Bowl Scraper?
This is the only model with the bowl scraper feature. Other pluses are the second processing speed and the dial knob that a lot of folks prefer. The biggest drawback is that it has only one slicing/shredding disc, and Hamilton Beach does not make any other optional discs for this model.
What’s special about the 70670 Chef Prep?
In my opinion, this one would be the “top of the line” of the three. It has the second speed and the dial knob control, and it includes the crinkle cut/fine grating disc. You might disagree because you do sacrifice the bowl scraper feature on this one. It’s a matter of which you want most, that or the second slicing/grating disc.
For the record, I also like the internal cord storage. Not that it’s a big deal, but it does make for a little less clutter on the counter or inside a cabinet.
The 70730 Bowl Scraper is the hands down favorite of Amazon shoppers. As of July, 2018 it has earned over 2,900 customer reviews on Amazon alone, and 81% of them rate it 4 or 5 stars. Obviously, plenty of owners love the bowl scraper and don’t care about the extras on the 70670 model!
One Last Thing – Color Choices
Finally, there is color. What is no big deal to some is huge to others, especially for those who plan to leave the food processor sitting out on the counter all the time. Each of these models is available only in the color shown in the table above. (The Chef Prep is black, and the color of the other two is stainless steel.) Obviously, if you have a strong preference for either stainless or black, then that quickly narrows your choices.(Back to Top)
Hamilton Beach 10 Cup Food Processors Review: Summary
All three of these models, the Hamilton Beach 70760, the 70730 Bowl Scraper, and the 70670 Chef Prep, are good medium-capacity units that perform adequately on most common tasks and hold up well for light to moderate use. You won’t get a lot of bells and whistles, but that may suit you just fine. Why pay for fancy extras you’ll never use?
As for power, these units don’t fit into the “workhorse” class, and they do have limitations. However, almost 70% of owners who have written an online review have given these models a 5 star rating. The budget conscious will love the price, and the majority of owners feel that they got good value for the money.
Chef Prep 525-Watt
Need more help? If you don’t think any of the above will work for you, see our quick reference charts where you can compare details and also find links to other food processor reviews.