KitchenAid KFP1318 13-Cup is a medium-priced food processor with a typical for this price range functionality. As any other KitchenAid small appliance, it has a great design and comes in many color options.
It is a recently upgraded very popular KitchenAid KFP1333 13-Cup Food Processor model. The new model keeps unchanged the old model’s main parameters but has a new exterior design and new storage system.
Read our honest review here to decide if this machine is worth adding to your kitchen counter.
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Motor Power and Base Unit
KitchenAid KFP1333 13-Cup Food Processor comes with a 500 watts, 120 V, 60 Hz motor. However, it has plenty of power to perform a high-quality job.
Although the food processor base unit looks cast metal, it is made mainly from plastic. Moreover, the plastic is of high quality and will last many years.
Container and Capacity Size
Work Bowl: This machine comes with 13 cups / 3.1 L round shape work bowl made from BPA-free polycarbonate. The bowl is 7″ in diameter and 5 3/5″ tall outside the bowl (and 4 3/4″ inside of the bowl). So, it is a significant work bowl that allows for bigger batches while still working well with small recipes.
It is equipped with an easy-grip handle, measurement marks, and MAX line.
Bowl Cover: This food processor comes with a clear plastic removable lid with an inbuilt feeding chute. The bowl cover is attached to the work bowl with a lid hinge and has a lid latch for a firm closing. The work bowl cover is also equipped with a slicing knob that regulates the thickness of the slicing.
Feed Tube and Food Pushers
The Food processor comes with a clever 3‑in‑1 nested feeding tube design that makes one peace with the work bowl cover. Such an innovative 3‑in‑1 design allows easy processing of a large variety of food ingredients.
The largest feed tube has an oval shape and is 2 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ in size; it is excellent for such food items as cheese. The largest tube is equipped with a spring, so it does not allow food to pop up or down during the processing. Besides, the large food tube comes with the custom food pusher, which is designed with is medium round shaped food tube of 1 1/4″ in diameter.
So, the large food pusher acts as a large food pusher and a medium food tube. The medium food pusher also comes with a small mouth opening for drizzling liquids such as oil, etc., into the food bowl and acts as a medium food pusher and small food tube. In fact, the feed tubes are pretty small and require feeding the food more often in smaller quantities.
The 3 in 1 food tube is also equipped with a safety system, so the food processor will not operate if food is loaded in the large Feed Tube above the max fill line.
KitchenAid KFP1318 13-Cup Food Processor comes with the following accessories:
Multi-Purpose blade or S‑blade: this is the most common blade that comes with almost all food processors. This blade is worked for chopping, mixing, mincing, grinding, and pureeing ingredients. They are designed to operate on the LOW SPEED or PULSE function.
Adjustable Slicing Disc: It lets you slice various food such as potatoes, carrots, beets, cucumber, zucchini, and even cheese. This blade is designed to adjust six different thickness slices from thinner to thicker with the unique knob located on the work bowl cover. The adjustable disc is very convenient, and you do not need to reverse or change it for different thicknesses.
Reversible Shredding Disc: It will shred or grate carrot, cabbage, other vegetables, or cheese. The reversible disc is designed for two different shredding sizes such as fine and medium.
Dough Blade: this blade has very similar to S‑blade but made from plastic and has dull edges. However, it is will easily make all types of dough, including bread, pizza, cookies, pastry crust, or even pasta.
Drive Adapter: it comes in two parts the Lower Drive Adapter and the Upper Drive Adapter. This is the part that connects all the Food Processor accessories to the motor drive.
Storage Caddy: it can fit two blades, three discs, and a drive adapter—the storage caddy is compactly stored inside the working bowl, saving you a lot of storage space.
This model does not have the dicing disc; however, another model comes with the dicing disc, which is more expensive.
The KitchenAid KFP1318 13-Cup has a typical food processor straightforward control panel equipped with only three buttons – LOW SPEED, HIGH SPEED, and OFF/PULSE. However, it is usually enough for all the functions it is designed to perform.
The machine is turned on by pressing the Low or High-speed buttons, and the Food Processor will continuously run with the glowing light indicator. To stop the device, you have to press the Low or High speed again or the Off/Pulse button.
The PULSE function is activated by pressing the Off/Pulse button. The Pulse function operates only at HIGH speed. You have to press and release for short bursts or press and hold for long bursts. The machine will stop (when using the PULSE function) once the OFF/PULSE button is released.
Chop: Multipurpose or S‑blade on LOW SPEED or PULSE is designed for chopping vegetables, fresh herbs, onion, cheese, tofu, nuts, chocolate, or fruits for a dessert recipe. It is also suitable for chopping meat or chopping and mixing meat with other ingredients.
Mince or Purée: Multipurpose/s‑blade on HIGH SPEED or PULSE can mince or puree veggies, cheese, herbs, nuts, beans, and others, it will puree perfectly all necessary ingredients for pesto, dip, sauce, hummus, or other recipes. It will also help mincemeat for making burgers or meatballs.
Mix: Besides, Multipurpose/S‑blade on LOW speed will do pasta sauce, salsa, sauces, salad dressings, relish, and dip.
Grinding: This machine has more than enough power for grinding perfect nut butter. For this purpose, you have to use Multipurpose/S‑blade on HIGH SPEED.
Slice (thin to thick): Externally Adjustable Slicing Disc on LOW SPEED can slice and soft (tomatoes, cucumber) vegetables and fruits. The same adjustable Slicing disc will slice cheese, firm vegetables (carrots, beets, potatoes), and fruits (apples) using the HIGH SPEED. The slice thickness is regulated externally with the knob located on the top of the working bowl cover.
Shred (fine to medium): The shred disc is reversible. One side is designed for fine shredding, and the other is for medium-sized shredding; using LOW SPEED, you can shred potatoes or soft vegetables. You can shred cabbage, cheese, chocolate, firm fruits, and vegetables using a HIGH SPEED.
Knead: Dough blade on the LOW SPEED is designed to knead all types of dough, from yeast bread dough to cake batters.
Assembling and Cleaning
Assembling: The KitchenAid 13-Cup Food Processor comes with 18 parts and accessories and seems cumbersome to assemble and use. It requires a learning curve. However, once you become familiar with the machine, assembling, cleaning, and restoring all the parts, it will not be a complicated task.
First, the user has to attach the work to the base by aligning the handle with the button on the right side of the food processor base. You will hear a click once it is aligned in the proper position. Next, place the Upper Drive Adapter onto the Drive Pin inside of the Work Bowl. If you intend to use Multipurpose/S‑blade or Dough Blade, hand down the Lower Drive Adapter on the top of the Upper Drive Adapter, then place the multipurpose or dough blade over the lower drive adapter.
If you plan to use the Slicing disc and Shredding disc, you do not need to attach the lower drive adapter, and you place the required disc on the top of the upper drive adapter.
Finally, close the work bowl cover, and your Food processor is ready to use.
If you plan to use the adjustable slicing disc, you can regulate the desired thickness of slices by moving the unique Knob on the top of the work bowl cover to the left for thinner slices and the right for thicker slices. The excellent knob will work with the slicing disk only.
Storage: This machine comes with a very clever space-saving storage caddy that nests all the attachments (Multi-Purpose blade, Adjustable Slicing Disc, Reversible Shredding Disc, Dough Blade, Low, and Upper Drive Adapters) inside the work bowl. The unit also comes with a plastic disc that shows exactly how everything fits together.
Cleaning: The cleaning food processor part after use is not complicated. All parts are dishwasher safe on a top rack and gentle, low-temperature dishwashing cycles (such as Normal).
However, cleaning your food processor manually is preferable because it will prolong your machine’s life expectancy.
Surprisingly, the KitchenAid KFP1318 13-Cup Food Processor is equipped with ONLY a 1‑year Full Warranty from the date of purchase. In addition, the manufacturers guarantee hassle-Free replacement parts, free repair, and free replacement if it is not repairable.
1–year Full warranty is applicable via an Authorized KitchenAid Service Center for 50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Canada.
- Heavy-Duty Base
- 13-Cup (3.1 L) Work Bowl
- Work Bowl Cover with slicing knob and 3‑in‑1 Feed Tube
- 3‑in‑1 Food Pusher
- Drive Adapter (upper and low)
- Multi-purpose blade
- Adjustable slicing disc
- Reversible shredding disc
- Dough blade
- Storage caddy
KitchenAid KFP1333 13-Cup Food Processor is a large machine with a base measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter and tall. While the footprint of this machine is not large, the 17 1/2 ” height will not allow to fit it under the standard kitchen cabinets unless you remove the lid with the 3‑in‑1 feeding tube. However, a clever storage system that allows all the blades and attachments to fit inside the bowl makes the storage more accessible.
Besides, this machine has a net weight of 10 lbs and a gross weight of 12 kg.
There is no extra attachment available to buy for this Food Processor yet. However, most KitchenAid will offer the Dicing Kit and French Fry Disc soon.
Color: KitchenAid KFP1333 13-Cup Food Processor is available in 5 colors — Contour Silver, Empire Red, Onyx Black, and White.
Voltage System: The machine traded in the USA and Canada comes with a standard 110–120 Voltage system. Customers from other parts of the world with 220–240 voltage systems are recommended to buy this machine from local retailers. Because using this machine via the voltage transformer will compromise your warranty
Fortunately, this food processor is a quiet machine and generally releases no more than 70 decibels. So you still can carry on a conversation while the unit is operating even at high speed. It also will not disturb your neighbor or children in the next room.
Pros and Cons
- KitchenAid KFP1333 13-Cup Food Processor is well designed and constructed and brilliantly performs all the tasks;
- The machine comes with an adjustable slicing disc;
- I have a 3‑in11feeding tube that allows the processing of a variety of ingredients;
- The device comes with a very clever storage system that will not require much storage space and will keep all parts in one place;
- KitchenAid KFP1333 13-Cup Food Processor is quite a machine;
- This Food Processor is made in China even though The KitchenAid is presented as an American Company;
- It does not fit under the standard kitchen cabinet;
- The base unit is made of plastic;
- It comes with many parts and requires a learning curve to become familiar with the machine;
- It comes with rather a small feeding chute;
KitchenAid KFP1318 13-Cup Food Processor is a powerful and versatile machine from the most popular food processor price category. No doubt, it is a good value-for-money KitchenAid food processor.
Overall, KitchenAid KFP1318 13-Cup Food Processor is a very well-designed machine with a powerful motor that does all the tasks quickly and effectively. It has many attachments, excellent capabilities, and a large work bowl. The adjustable slicing blade is an outstanding feature that allows several thicknesses out of one blade without changing or flipping the attachment. The nesting storage system is another valuable feature. It is a quiet machine, and you can even keep a conversation while the unit runs the icing on the cake.
So, if you are looking for a mid-priced quality Food processor with a large work bowl and do not mind that it may not fit under the kitchen cabinet, then this machine is a machine to consider.