Looking for the perfect mini food processor for your kitchen needs? The Hamilton Beach 70730 and the Cuisinart DLC-2ABC may be what you are looking for. Featuring cutting edge technology (no pun intended), the two food processors perform various food prepping tasks, such as blending, grinding, chopping, emulsifying and pureeing. They boast of super-sharp edge blades that dissect through herbs, spices, veggies and other ingredients to ensure that they have the right texture and consistence to prepare the perfect dish. Both Hamilton and Cuisinart have built a good reputation for creating excellent kitchen appliances, the Hamilton Beach 70730 and the Cuisinart DLC-2ABC are no exception.
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Hamilton Beach 70730
The essence of a food processor is to take away most of the prior prep work. The Beach 70730 does exactly that. Utilizing a feed chute, this food processor takes away the need to precut the ingredients before loading them in. No need to worry about chopping up those large ingredients also, as the 70730 has you covered. The chute is large enough to comfortable accommodate a whole block of cheese. If that is not enough, it also includes a food pusher that pushes the ingredients down the chute to ensure that they do not get stuck.
With this processor, you will have to get your hands dirty, as it requires the ingredients to be chopped up into tiny manageable sizes. Failure to slice the ingredients into small and uniform sizes may result in uneven chop. However, this is not much of a hassle if you love being part of the cooking process. It also does not include a chute and a food pusher, which means that you will have to remove the lid to feed the ingredients directly into the bowl. In addition, it includes two receptacles on the lid where you can add oil, water or flavorings while the appliance is functioning.
Conclusion: With the Cuisinart DLC-2ABC, you will have to go the extra mile to ensure that the ingredients are uniform in size. The Hamilton Beach 70730 is more convenient, as it does not require much from you apart from just loading the chute and shoving it down with the pusher, which saves time.
Performance and processing speeds
Hamilton Beach 70730
The performance of food processors is heavily reliant on the motor power- the higher the motor power, the more powerful the processor. Driven by a 450 watt motor, the Beach 70730 is very powerful and fast. It does not matter what your processing needs are, this processor will get the job done. It features two processing speeds, low speed and high speed plus the pulse function, which are activated by a knob. The pulse function allows the machine to process for as long as you dial the knob to the pulse setting. This will allow you to prepare foods that require short bursts of time to process, such as cheeses, cooked veggies and mixing salad dressing.
The best feature of this processor is its ability to complete small tasks quickly and efficiently thanks to its powerful 250 watt motor. It features a touch pad control system that activates two powerful processing modes, Chop and Grind. You can use the pulse function with either modes, but it works better with the chop mode as it is used to process delicate foods and ingredients. If you love processing dry and hard foods, then you will need to take advantage of the Grind function since it is more powerful and well suited for tougher tasks.
Conclusion: The DLC-2ABC features a slightly less powerful motor mostly because it is a small unit designed to deal with small tasks. Other than that, the two machines include two processing modes, chop/low speed for the delicate tasks and grind/high speed for the tough tasks. In addition, they have the special pulse setting that gives you total control of the chopping process.
Hamilton Beach 70730
One of the things that people complain about is that most food processors are quite small and cannot meet their daily needs. This processor tackles this issue by including a 10-cup work bowl that is large enough to meet all your needs. The work bowl (plus the chute and the pusher) are constructed from durable polycarbonate plastic, which is quite resistant to wear and tear. The work bowl is also transparent to allow you catch all the action as it is happening.
This appliance is relatively small with a 3-cup bowl, which makes it the ideal processor for small processing needs. Due to its small capacity, you may be tempted to fill it with a lot of food/ingredients. However, this processor requires no more than 2/3 of the work bowl to be filled for it to work effectively. Getting the right measurements can be very tricky. As a result, this processor comes with an instruction and recipe manual to guide you.
Conclusion: The Beach 70730 has more capacity, which is very convenient for larger families. On the other hand, the Cuisinart compensates for its relatively small capacity with an instruction manual that comes in handy when you have a hard time getting the right measurements. They both include a maximum level indicator for a stress free process.
Hamilton Beach 70730
This processor utilizes a dual chopping system. There is the S-shaped stainless steel blade that handles all the chopping, mixing, mincing and pureeing functions. In addition, it includes a reversible slicing/shredding disc that is used to either slice or shred food depending on which side is up. If you want to use the slicing disc, then install the disc with the slicing side facing up. For shredding, just install with the shredding side facing up.
This processor features one reversible stainless steel blade with sharp and blunt edges. When you press chop button, the sharp edge of the blade is activated to chop fragile ingredients such as onions, herbs and cooked vegetables. When you activate the grind function, the blade switches and whirls in the blunt side to handle tougher ingredients, such as nuts, seeds, coffee beans and cheese.
Conclusion: They both feature stainless steel blades that effectively handle both fragile and tough ingredients. However, the Hamilton Beach 70730 also includes a reversible slicing/shredding disc that takes the food processing to a whole new level.
Ease of use and cleaning
Hamilton Beach 70730
This processor is very easy to use. The processing modes are activated by a dial knob. You only need to muster using the pulse mode and you are good to go. It also has easy to assemble/disassemble parts, which makes it very convenient when it comes to cleaning and setting it up for use. The highlight of this processor is the bowl scraper feature. The scraper is conveniently placed to scrap the sides of the bowl. This takes away the need to stop the device to scrap the food manually, which is very convenient and speeds up the prep time. All parts are dishwasher safe, but you can still wash them manually with hot soapy water.
Operating this device is also a breeze. Utilizing a touchpad control and an easy to assemble/disassemble design, you will easily get acquainted with this processor. It comes with a spatula that you can use to scrap food on the sides to the center of the bowl to be processed well. Aside from the motor part, all the other parts are dishwasher safe, including the spatula. If you don’t own a dishwasher, you can still wash them over the sink with hot and soapy water.
Conclusion: Both processors are very easy to use and maintain. The fact that they are both dishwasher safe takes away all the hassle of having to clean them manually. The Beach 70730 also includes a bowl scraper that scrapes away food on the walls of the bowl.
Both processors are great and will perform beyond your expectations. However, the Hamilton Beach 70730 has a slight edge over the Cuisinart DLC-2ABC thanks to the bowl scraper. The Cuisinart is also a great processor and will suit you perfectly, if you love getting in the game and getting your hands dirty.