KitchenAid KFP0722ER Review

KitchenAid KFP0722ER Review 

KitchenAid KFP0722ER Summary

4.6 out of 5

A typical homeowner does not aim for making it as a MasterChef. This KitchenAid KFP0722ER neither holds any lofty ambitions. It simply wants to achieve its task and rest thereafter. A 7 cup work bowl, safety first locking latches and few speed buttons are all it boasts. Simple yet effective that is what you can expect from this KitchenAid food processor.


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KitchenAid KFP0722ER Introduction

Time to slice and dice up, prepare your ingredients, fire up the oven and get cooking! If you are like us, who hate the preparation part (especially the dicing), then you need a food processor. The KitchenAid KFP0722ER food processor has just four buttons and can do all the slicing and dicing you will ever need.

The 7 cup capacity is suitable for an average home and thanks to the exact slice system you get to choose the accuracy and precision of slice based on the food type and whether you need short or large cuts. Just pick a speed of low or high and get started. Alternatively, you could simply pulse if you are dealing with harder ingredients. A key feature on the KFP0722ER is the dual purpose feed tube with a narrow as well as larger opening. Plus, you get a food pusher so basically you can add most ingredients directly from the freezer to the food processor without cutting them up into manageable pieces. Oh! And for safety, this processor will refuse to start if either the base or the lid is not properly locked into position. The folks at KitchenAid call it the UltraTight Seal feature. This has an added advantage of ensuring that nothing leaks out of the work bowl even when it is filled to capacity.

Your basic KFP0722ER food processor 7 cup kit comes with adjustable slicing disc, shredding disc, multi-purpose blade and a 7-cup bowl.

KitchenAid KFP0722ER 7-Cup Food Processor with Exact Slice System - Empire Red
KitchenAid KFP0722ER 7-Cup Food Processor with Exact Slice System - Empire Red
  • The externally adjustable ExactSlice System features optimized speeds, and an external lever that allows you to go from thick to thin with one slide of the lever.
  • High, Low & Pulse speed options allow you to precisely and properly handle soft or hard ingredients with the touch of a button.
  • The 2-in-1 Feed Tube lets you use either the large or narrower opening during continuous slicing or shredding, depending on the size of the ingredients.

Our KitchenAid KFP0722ER Review

A food processor is only as good as the things it can achieve and in this regards, our firm belief is that the KitchenAid KFP0722ER is a decent acquisition though not as capable or impressive as its Breville counterpart. On the other hand, we do feel this trumps most Cuisinart machines, so if you are in the market for something economical, easy-to-use and hassle-free the KFP0722ER is your savior. But, please do not keep high ambitions for this model. Great but only if you can bring your expectations a bit down!

Now, as far as the accessories go, you have to remember that these are dishwasher safe but only in the first rack. KitchenAid gets a point extra for this since Breville food processors tend to be hand-wash only. Moreover, the work bowl does not collect condensation even after a few washes, a nagging complaint against other manufacturers. As far as the looks go, this food processor comes in four colors and our cherry red unit looks splendid. It ought to auger well with most modern kitchens and if you have a more traditional design then make sure this sits to some corner.

Let’s get started with the performance. Shredding disc and reversible chopping blade that can be adjusted from the outside with a short lever is an ingenious addition – why can’t other manufacturers put this in their machines? Then there is the 2-in-1 feed chute. We loved the fact that the large pusher has a smaller one inside it to use with the smaller chute. It even features a hole if you wish to drip oil or some other ingredient while chopping. Unfortunately, we can’t really comment much on the exact motor’s performance since there is no information on the power output but we did feel it shuddered a bit and gave way if pushed to the limits. For instance, kneading dough takes longer and it feels as if the motor is straining under the load. The same goes for shredding cheese though, it handles all these tasks well enough – just that it isn’t as capable as a Breville.

One major thing to keep in mind though, is getting used to the way the lid and work bowl lock as well as the firm buttons. Unlike most top locking designs, KFP0722ER employs a side latch system to lock both the lid and bowl into position. This takes a couple of tries but you should get it soon enough. The buttons on the other hand, are bit too firm for our liking. They have a resistance that requires you to wrestle a bit and this isn’t nice when you realize that you can’t do short bursts because the high and low speed buttons stay depressed the moment you engage them. A stop button is what you need to press (again pretty firmly) to stop! Yes, it has the pulse option but with such firm buttons, it isn’t exactly inviting to keep pressed.

Also keep in mind that this model boasts a one-year warranty that is hassle-free so it should cover everything. Unfortunately, it does not cover the motor beyond a year unlike the other brands who offer 25 years on the motor alone.

KitchenAid KFP0722ER Specifications & Pros/Cons

Pros

Cons

Key Features

  • Simplicity – Lock the unit, check the latches, choose the chopping size and let it rip. This food processor has the shortest learning curve among all we have reviewed thus far.
  • Dishwasher Safe – We hate having to hand wash our appliances and KitchenAid thankfully makes all its accessories first-rack dishwasher safe.
  • External Lever Control – Choose the accuracy of your slicing or shredding from the outside with the short lever. This lets you change things up without dismantling the entire ensemble.
  • Inexpensive – At under $130, the KFP0722ER is a steal. Not to forget it does come with a good set of accessories and a reliable work bowl.
  • Safety First – The makers put safety as their first priority and the outcome is a machine that will not start unless all latches are in their locked position.
  • Though a 7-cup machine by definition, it can do 4 to 5 cups at best unless you aim at straining the motor to breaking point.
  • Yes, it has a slightly underpowered motor, which is our personal experience since the manual or KitchenAid website mentions nothing on the same.
  • The instructions could have been clearer and a guide would definitely have helped for first time users.
  • Firm buttons that are really a pain to use in the long run.
  • ExactSlice Technology – With an external lever select the precision of slicing, going from thick to thin
  • Speed Options – Choose between high, low or pulse depending on the ingredients you dice.
  • Wider Feed Tube – Use the narrower opening or the larger one based on the size of your ingredients. Comes with a food pusher.
  • UltraTight Seal – Designed exclusively for food processors, KitchenAid ensures leak-resistance and complete safety by preventing the machine from operating if the lid and bowl are not locked in place.
  • Complete Starter Kit – Comes with reversible, multipurpose blade, shredding disc, slicing disc and a 7 cup bowl.
  • 1 Year Hassle Free Replacement Warranty

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Our Final Conclusion For The KitchenAid KFP0722ER

If you asked us, what is the best food processor that won’t burn my pockets deep and yet give me the experience of a chef-level food processor – our answer would be the KitchenAid KFP0722ER 7 cup version. Now this is not perfect or ideal in all regards but it is simple, safe and easy to use. Don’t forget that this processor comes with an external lever to change the blade size, most don’t.