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There are certain brands I just don’t think about when it comes to kitchen appliances. I know a lot of general appliance companies make products that are great for the kitchen, but that doesn’t make it easier for me to wrap my brain around the idea of using them in my kitchen space. When I saw Black and Decker makes a food processor, for instance, I immediately saw an image of my husband bringing in the scraps from the yard waste that our Black and Decker lawn edger creates. The two have nothing to do with each other, clearly, but that’s where my brain went.
Anyway, the Black & Decker FP1600B 8-Cup Food Processor makes an effort to impact the food processor market just like the rest of the more well-known kitchen appliance brands. Its position as an entry level option doesn’t hold it back from trying its best, and it has quite a few bells and whistles included.
Just because it’s not a company that specializes in kitchen products, that doesn’t mean they don’t put the power where it belongs. You get just as big a motor on this food processor as on other comparable machines on the market. With 450 watts, you can process a heck of a lot of food into fairly small pieces before you’re ready to move on to the next stage of your cooking game.
Somewhere In The Middle
The bowl on the FP1600N is not as large as some found on similar machines, but it costs less, so I didn’t expect a 10 or 12 cup capacity bowl. If you’re looking to make enough for a few people to indulge in, the 8 cups should be more than enough. It’s probably also more than enough for more food than that, but I don’t like to push it or make promises a machine may not be able to keep.
Sleek And Fancy
A lot of food processors are blocky and sharp looking, so they aren’t exactly aesthetically pleasing. They do the job they’re designed for, but they certainly aren’t gorgeous. This one has some smooth lines and a pretty nice exterior, so if you had to keep it out on the counter, it would be far from an eyesore.
Where’s The Warranty
Sometimes you take a bigger gamble with inexpensive products than you do when you splurge on something high end. Black & Decker is known for their fabulous warranty on hand tools, but from what I have seen, they don’t seem to really go above and beyond to fix problems with their food processor. Granted, it’s not like these machines fall apart every day, but it does appear that Black & Decker doesn’t offer a lot of assistance when problems do occur. Then again, for the price, it’s not that big a gamble and Black & Decker does have a pretty darn good reputation overall, so it’s probably not a big deal but I did want to mention it.
You Might Need To Yell
In general, appliances with motors, and especially ones that chop and crush, tend to be pretty loud. In fact, they can be really loud. Many newer models, however, seem to have reduced the noise level for the most part. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. Even with all the good intentions, the Black & Decker is still noisy enough to be too noisy if there is anyone else in the house who has to, you know, think.
Eh. Not Quite There And Decker
It’s not that this isn’t a valiant effort, it’s just that it isn’t enough. There are plenty of ways to improve on an entry level machine, and this one does leave a bit to be desired. Both the 8-cup 70740 and the 10-cup 70730 from Hamilton Beach do a much better job and are well worth the slightly higher price tag, I would pay the extra $5 to $15 without hesitation.
That said, the Black & Decker FP1600B is one of the cheapest food processors you can find, and if you want to save some money and get a fairly reliable kitchen appliance, this one will probably do the trick.