Maybe due to laziness, or maybe due to ingenuity, I have been known to use my food processor as a blender. I have always had a blender, but it’s harder to clean than my food processor, so a lot of times I go with the easier to clean machine. Granted, it isn’t always the easiest thing to do because there is a limit to the amount of liquid I can use without making a total mess. This dilema has led me to wonder if there was a way to do a better job of getting it all in one, but I have never been able to find a unit that did it well.
The DeLonghi 9-Cup Capacity Food Processor with Integrated Blender doesn’t do it all in a single bowl, but it does include both units in one box. It’s not exactly what I had in mind, but it’s a lot closer. The same base and same motor are used to get things processed or blended, and you get all the tools you need whether you’re making a smoothie or pico de gallo.
You don’t lose any space with this combo machine. Some of them come in much smaller sizes, maybe because they have more functionality, if that makes sense. Anyway, these two appliances are basically normal size. It’s a 9-cup food processor and a full-size blender bowl. You can get as much of almost anything you want without losing functionality.
If the pieces aren’t in place, this thing is not moving. At all. Ever. It has a built in failsafe to make sure no one gets hurt by moving blades which should be in one place but actually start moving when you hit the wrong button. That shouldn’t happen, and this machine makes sure it won’t.
Auto-Adjusts For What You Need
Another great automated feature is found in the machine’s ability to stop in its tracks when you want to change what is working inside it. Whether you’re blending or processing, your machine knows what you’re doing to a certain extent, and it automatically adjusts the motor’s power to make sure you’re getting the right amount.
Will Process. Blending? Limited.
We’re not here to talk about blenders, but this machine has one on board, so we have to talk about it anyway. If you’re only looking to make the occasional milkshake, you’ll find it’s more than enough. There’s nothing particularly wrong with the blender, but if you want blending power comparable to what a dedicated blender offers, that’s what you’ll want to get.
Cleaning When It’s Easy
I always use my mother’s food processor as an example because it’s the one I used growing up, and until I started shopping around for my own it was my only point of reference. Anyway, her food processor has this nook in the processing bowl that collects crumbs and dirt and grime. I hate it. I spend so much time trying to get the stuff out of the small corners I dread using the machine altogether. This DeLonghi model is supposed to be pretty easy to clean, which means I won’t have to worry about the corners that make me so crazy. Bonus points!
Not Really Nine
It’s kind of weird, but the bowl on this machine doesn’t hit the level it promises. It’s supposed to be 9 cups, and it’s priced accordingly, but what you can actually get out of it is significantly less. You can probably put 9 cups of food in the bowl, but you aren’t going to be able to actually process that much in it.
Right In The Middle
For two tools in one, the price is not bad. At $100, it has a lot to offer, but it’s not so full of options that it should cost much more. I would hope the blender had more to offer than it does, but you’d probably end up spending about the same amount for a 9-cup food processor somewhere else, so you really can’t be too upset over it.
Two Options Don’t Have As Much Going For Them.
This is a common problem with combination appliances. Instead of getting two really great appliances, you get two okay ones in the same box. You could easily spend the same amount on either a blender or a food processor, so getting both for the price isn’t a bad deal. If you’re not looking for super high end, you can probably get along just fine with these.