For easier comparision, this Hamilton Beach 10 Cup Food Processor Reviews covers both of the top selling Hamilton models pictured below: (Click any either image to see the food processor on Amazon.)
Why not write a separate review of each? Both are 10 cup capacity food processors with only basic features, so there aren’t a lot of complex details to cover. They are also very similar in function. 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 both, 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, both 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 neither of these models will knead bread dough, both 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:
|Model||Hamilton Beach 70730 Bowl Scraper Food Processor||Hamilton Beach 70670 Chef Prep 525-Watt Food Processor|
|Speed Options||2 Speeds plus Pulse||2 Speeds plus Pulse|
|Controls||Dial Knob||Dial Knob||Discs Included||1 Reversible Slicing/Shredding Disc, Chopping Blade||2 Reversible Slicing/Shredding Discs, Chopping Blade||Optional Accessories||None||None (Crinkle Cut/Fine Shred Disc is included)|
|Bowl Scraper Feature||Yes||No|
|Dimensions (inches)||15.47H x 10.25W x 8.43D||15.12H x 7.84W x 9.72D|
|Weight||6.2 pounds||7 pounds|
|Internal Cord Storage||No||Yes|
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 two, but only by a fraction of an inch.
Even the heavier model is still light enough that moving in and out of storage is easy. Only the 70670 Chef Prep has internal cord storage, 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.
Both models do have two speeds and a pulse option. Having that second, higher speed means you can process something like nut butters a bit faster, which could prove useful depending on what kind of processing you do.
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. Again, there is no difference here.
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 disc 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 70730 Bowl Scraper?
This is the only model with the bowl scraper feature. The drawback, though, 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?
This one includes the crinkle cut/fine grating disc. That’s definitely a plus, but it also costs about $15 more, and you sacrifice the bowl scraper feature. 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.
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The 70730 Bowl Scraper is the hands down favorite of Amazon shoppers. As of November, 2022 it has earned over 30,000 customer reviews on Amazon alone, and over 90% 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!
Hamilton Beach 10 Cup Food Processors Review: Summary
Both of these models, the Hamilton Beach 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, an overwhelming majority of owners who have written an online review have given these models a 5 star rating. The budget conscious will love the price on either, and the majority of owners feel that they got good value for the money. Basically it boils down to which you want most, the bowl scraper or the crinkle cut/fine grating disc.
Need more help? If you don’t think either of the above will work for you, see my quick reference charts where you can compare details and also find links to other food processor reviews.