If you’re ready to change the way you prepare meals in your home, the Black & Decker FP1600B 8-Cup food processor will certainly do that and more for you. This countertop appliance will bring functionality and a truly sleek aesthetic into your kitchen. This unit is a versatile device, that is perfect for chopping, slicing, and shredding. It’s also fairly inconspicuous in size, and it has cord storage in the back, so it’s actually a really nice accent to your kitchen counter if you want it to be. For a mid-level capacity food processor that simply goes in and gets the job done, you can look no further. Here’s the rundown of some of the great features of the Black & Decker FP1600B and why it just might be the next kitchen preparation staple in your home.
The 8 cup bowl on this food processor is a really great size for the average user. I’ve tried to use the smaller food processors, with less than five cup capacity, and they’re great for specific jobs, but completely useless for other tasks. The larger and more industrial food processors that are in the 12-15 cup range are also potentially useless to you depending on your specific purposes, and frankly, they can sometimes take up too much space for the amount of times you might actually need them. The 8 cup work bowl is a nice midpoint, and I only so often find a need for more than 8 cups.. The handle is also easy to hang on to and is fairly large in size.
Something else I’m a big fan of with this unit is the continuous feeding tube and pusher. It makes it really easy to efficiently add food. The feeding tube on this unit isn’t very tall, so to get the pusher in, you have to cut longer vegetables into shorter pieces, but that’s often the case with most food processors I’ve encountered. I also really like that the pusher and many of the pieces on this food processor are black plastic. Other colors of food processors can be a mess, and if you’re grinding carrots, the white pushers will stain really easily. You get to avoid that eyesore and pain to clean with this unit. Might just really be an aesthetic thing, but if it’s a lasting device you’re going to have out on your counter, it doesn’t hurt for it to look nice.
The Black & Decker FP1600B comes with two blades which give you all the basic functionality you need out of an average food processor. Whether you want to mix, mince, shred, or slice, this unit comes with the blade for the job. The slicing and shredding disc is really two types of cutting worked into one, which means less parts to clean and store. Speaking of cleaning, the blades on this food processor are made of stainless steel and are completely dishwasher safe. It’s basically a necessity these days when considering a food processor, as too long of a cleanup process can basically void any efficiency you’ve gained by using the processor. Not the case with this Black & Decker though. Just through the bowl and blades in the dishwasher, and give the base a wipe down, and your done. I have noticed there is one place that food will get stuck in sometimes, but you may not encounter the same issue. I can always dislodge it with a knife too.
This food processor came with a two year limited warranty which bests some of the other common food processor brands of a similar quality. It’s nice to know that it’s a dependable unit, and they back up their products for a full two years. A couple of other nice features that I’ve found to contribute to this machine are the non-skid suction feet, so the unit doesn’t move around too much, unless you want it to, and the safety interlock system, which basically just causes the top and food chute to lock together before the blade will engage. No need to worry about your fingers with this one.
The 450 watt Black & Decker motor is powerful. Really powerful. The brand itself makes power tools, so you can somewhat imagine what goes into their food processors. This has it’s upside and it’s downside. The motor is going to handle any job you put to it. Grinding up nuts, hard candies, or hard cheeses, can all be accomplished with little extra effort. But there’s a downside to all of that functionality too: this food processor is very loud. I don’t want to scare anyone away from this piece for a fairly negligible reason that goes outside of it’s actual function, but the volume of this food processor is somewhat intense. I looked online to see if I was being a baby, but it’s been confirmed by a lot of other consumers that the motor on this unit is incredibly loud. It’s just something to keep in mind. If you don’t mind it, or you’re only going to be using it for short periods of time (like me) it’s really not an issue, but to be fully honest, some people have claimed they wear earplugs to use it. Just a heads up.
What Else Are They Saying?
When I was seeing whether or not people agreed with me about the volume, I decided to check out how other people were liking their Black & Decker too. The volume thing is the only really agreed upon downside to this unit. The consensus seems to be pretty well agreed upon, that this unit is heavy duty convenience, packed into a pretty sleek package, and adds great functionality to your kitchen, which I thoroughly agree with. If you haven’t ever had a midrange heavy duty food processor in your home, it really will change the way you cook and prepare food. This one certainly has for me.