|Submited By: J. S. Carr on 06/08/2010|
First let me say this is not a $200 processors. When I say 4 stars, I don t mean compared to a $200 processor. I m comparing it to the handful of other food processors I ve worn through near this price point. This machine, in my mind, sets the gold standard for this let s say class of food processors.
That said, this thing is a real workhorse. We use it primarily for shredding cheese, usually full pounds of mozzarella at a time but sometimes harder cheeses, and it does so beautifully. We ve used it to shred some other things and it s done fine, but I think it s safe to say that the real test of any processor is cheese and I can tell you unequivocally this processor shreds cheese with no problem. If anybody has an issue with parts breaking I can only guess maybe they re forcing it? Any time you re using a power tool, whether it s a food processor, table saw, or weed whacker, you have to let it do the work. If you force it, it will break. If you want to shred a pound of cheese in 10 seconds go look at $200 processors. If you just don t want to have to do it all by hand, this thing is great.
This processor s lid, chute, etc all fit together much more easily than similar processors by other brands I ve used. I don t have to slam anything into place to disarm the safety shut-offs. It just works as it ought to.
I also like the extra large chute, and ability to safely/easily add things to the chute and (gently) tamp them down without creating a mess by opening the top.
The slicing disks are extremely effective too. My wife dumped a bunch of strawberries in the other day and reported that "this thing practically liquefied them in less time than the old one could mostly chop them"
My only complaint is there s a crevice that s difficult to clean right between the rim of the lid and the rim where the chute meets the main section of lid. I have to grab a bristle brush to get a few shred of cheese out of there. Not a big deal, I mainly mention it for the benefit of anybody else who runs into this and hasn t tried a bristle brush to get in there yet. The important stuff all works like a charm.