DeLonghi Food Processor with Integrated Blender
The DeLonghi Food Processor with Integrated Blender is a low-power two-in-one appliance which is destined to struggle to meet the needs of most home chefs. With that being said, there will still be a select few people for whom this machine may be the ideal purchase.
In this article, I will look at the positives and the negatives of this DeLonghi hybrid appliance. As I am sure you have already surmised, I was not very impressed with this machine and do not see it having very many useful applications. However, I also believe that there is at least one good application for almost everything in the world and that this hybrid appliance is no different.
Therefore, while I will most definitely defend my position that this isn’t the best food processor/blender combination on the market, I will also work diligently to define the customer for whom this may actually be the right choice.
Basically A Three-In-One
This DeLonghi duo is both a food processor and a blender. However, as you will see, it is also part electric mixer. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though. Allow me to explain how the dual functions of food processor and blender work first.
As a food processor, this machine has a nine-cup capacity and two multifunction processing discs. The food processing bowl is made of clear BPA-free plastic which has been printed with both metric and imperial measurements. Each of the two processing discs is divided in half. One disc includes a thick slicer and a thick shredder, whereas the other includes a thin slicer and a fine grater so that you may vary your final product according to your goals.
As a blender, this machine has a 40-ounce capacity. Of course I have seen many blenders with a much larger capacity, but this compact size is great for people who generally work in small quantities. The blending pitcher and the food processing bowl are interchangeable. This means that in order to blend, you must first remove the processing bowl from the power base and replace it with the blending pitcher, or vice versa.
The blending blades are attached to a rod which extends from the bottom of the pitcher to the top, much like the blades in an immersion blender’s chopping cup. Although this may slow down the blending process substantially, it appears to be the only way to create a blender/food processor combination machine. I have yet to see one which was created any differently.
Also included with this machine is a dough blade which allows you to mix pizza dough, pasta dough, cookie dough, and the like without breaking down the ingredients into a liquid mess the way the metal blade would. This is not as useful as an actual electric mixer, as it is not capable of some of the other tasks to which you can assign an electric mixer. Still, it does increase the usefulness and value of this machine.
Here is where we really begin to run into some problems with this blender/food processor combo. Unlike many other hybrid machines, and even many blenders, this machine features a very low-powered motor. Where many other machines feature motors upwards of 900 watts (some even reaching as high as 1500 watts), this particular motor is only 400 watts.
I always have concerns with weak motors, such as this one, in machines which are meant to handle difficult tasks. A 400-watt motor wouldn’t be considered a bad thing in a small beverage blender, but it can be a problem in a blender meant to slice, dice, crush ice, and mix dough. I worry that, if you do not take your time and allow this blender to cool for certain periods during the mixing process, you may overheat it and burn it out completely.
Unfortunately, this DeLonghi appliance does not appear to feature an overload protection system. Some other blenders and food processors incorporate a system whereby a sensor tracks the heat of the motor and turns off the unit if it is in danger of overheating. Such a feature would be incredibly helpful in this case, since the 400-watt motor is almost destined to overheat at some point in time.
On the upside, this hybrid does include one very helpful safety feature. It will not run if the processing bowl or blending pitcher is not properly secured to the base or if the lid is not properly secured to the bowl or pitcher.
I believe that the processing bowl and pitcher are each large enough to accommodate most regular kitchen needs, and are especially helpful for those looking for a compact appliance. The slow speed of blending may be considered a downside in many respects, but is a small payoff for the convenience of a three-in-one machine.
The motor is what really makes me hesitant to recommend this blender/food processor combination appliance. I am concerned that most users of this machine would quickly push it past its limits, without even realizing they are doing so. Unless you are able to monitor your use of this appliance and are prepared to take breaks to allow the motor to cool, I would suggest selecting a similar product with a more powerful motor. Of course, as is often the case, you get what you pay for in this instance. Many other similar machines cost two to four times more money than this one. The low price of this machine can be credited to the inconvenience of its low-power motor.
Before purchasing this piece, you must ask yourself: Am I willing to trade quality and assurance in order to save money?