Best Food Processors

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 20, 2017
Have you ever noticed how much time you spend on cooking? But you can make it a lot faster and easier with the help of food processors that can mix, shred, slice, and so on. We have gathered for you the best food processors on our shortlist!  ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Auto Cook Options
Attachments
Work-bowl capacity
Convenience
Usability
 
PROS
The powerful electric motor of this best food processor allows to knead even stiff dough.
CONS
Breville food processor is only suitable for manual washing in hot soapy water, no abrasive detergents can be used.
OUR VERDICT
A powerful, highly-efficient food processor allows you to cope with any task easily. Pastry lovers will enjoy kneading dough and try new recipes thanks to a special dough attachment.
detailed parameters
Power
1200 Watt
Auto Cook Options
Salads, French fries, Purees, Sauces, Creams, Julienne, Pastry
Attachments
Micro-serrated S blade, Adjustable slicing disc, Julienne disk, French fry cutting disc, Reversible shredding disc, Whisking disc, Mini blade, Dough blade
Work-bowl capacity
Large bowl (16 cups), Small bowl (2.5 cups)
Convenience
LCD display, Fixed speed ranges for different work modes, Pulse mode, Count-up and count-down timer
Usability
Safety system, Non-skid rubber feet
PROS
The 2-in-1 feed tube allows using both openings for shredding or slicing, depending on the size of the ingredients.
CONS
The control buttons might fail to respond to slight pressing.
OUR VERDICT
It is a lightweight, small food processor designed with a customer in mind. Available in white, red and steel colors, it will revitalize your kitchen and let more recipes come to your life.
detailed parameters
Power
300 Watt
Auto Cook Options
Salads, Purees, Sauces, Creams
Attachments
Internal adjustable slicing disc, Reversible shredding disc, Multipurpose blade
Work-bowl capacity
7 cups
Convenience
2 speed ranges, Pulse mode
Usability
Locking system with a leak-resistant ring prevents the leakage of ingredients when the bowl is filled up, Dishwasher-safe
PROS
Extra-large feed tube allows to place the whole fruits and vegetable without a need to cut them in advance.
CONS
You should carefully control the chopping process in a Pulse mode; it tends to overdone chopping and turn the ingredients into puree.
OUR VERDICT
Owing to the powerful motor, this food processor can chop or puree the ingredients in a matter of seconds. It is small and portable.
detailed parameters
Power
720 Watt
Auto Cook Options
Salads, Purees, Sauces, Creams
Attachments
Standard slicing disc, Medium shredding disc, Stainless steel chopping / mixing blade
Work-bowl capacity
14 cups
Convenience
Fixed speed ranges for different work modes, Pulse mode
Usability
Blade locking system, Safety system, Dishwasher-safe
PROS
Stainless steel S-Blade is made for sufficient and quick chopping. Has a large feed chute.
CONS
The lid has a small deepening, so the food can get stuck in it easily. It might cause some discomfort.
OUR VERDICT
Compact and user-friendly, this food processor is also easy to store and clean. This great unit performs all the necessary functions, and is available at a very attractive price.
detailed parameters
Power
450 Watt
Auto Cook Options
Salads, Purees, Sauces, Creams, Grated cheese
Attachments
Reversible slicing and shredding disc, S-Blade for chopping, Mixing and pureeing
Work-bowl capacity
8 cups
Convenience
2 speed ranges, Pulse mode
Usability
The lid flips over for compact storage, Dishwasher-safe
PROS
The wind-up power cord is stored in a special area in the bottom of the food processor, so you can never lose it.
CONS
This fantastic food processor might seem a bit noisy though it's OK for most owners.
OUR VERDICT
This is a helpful kitchen appliance that is particularly useful for making mince, but it can also slice, dice, chop, and even grate.
detailed parameters
Power
450 Watt
Auto Cook Options
Mince, Salads, Purees, Sauces, Creams
Attachments
Chopping blade, Reversible slicing / shredding disc
Work-bowl capacity
8 cups
Convenience
Single speed setting, Pulse mode
Usability
Safety interlock system prevents switching the appliance on if attachments aren't in a proper order, Skid-proof blades, Dishwasher-safe

What is a Food Processor

A food processor is a multi-functional device which is really irreplaceable among kitchen appliances. It can cut, chop, whisk, grate and even knead.

These kitchen appliances have become really popular with housewives due to the wide variety of cooking options they provide and their relatively compact size. A good food processor will do the most difficult food preparing tasks for you, so you can save a lot of time.

For the exquisite food lovers we have made a review on the best slow cookers - these multi-functional appliances can cook a great deal of tasty dishes too.

What Features to Compare

Performance

The performance of food processors depends on their power and ease of speed control. The power varies from 80 to 1600 Watts. Thus, the power of 400-600 Watts is enough for the usual cutting of vegetables. However, if you are likely to knead the dough, the power should be no less than 1000 Watts.

Generally, food processors provide a number of speed ranges for different operation modes (juicer, blender, kneading machine, etc.). Some models have fixed speed settings (4-15 modes). And others have smooth, manually controlled speed switch. The more speed modes a food processor has, the more types of meals you can prepare. Also when choosing a food processor, you should pay attention to a pulse mode. It is a temporary acceleration which is switched on at the end of the work for better and faster preparation of food.

Design

Choose the design of the food processor carefully. It may vary depending on models and price, but all of them have common components - the bowl and the blades (discs). Normally, the bowl is made of transparent plastic, but sometimes it's made of glass or metal. Customers generally prefer to use plastic bowls since they don't break and it's easy to track the whole process.

Depending on the size of the bowl, the portions will vary. If you're going to cook for a big family, calculate a portion for each. Bowls that can hold up to 10-15 cups should be enough for a family of 4-5 people.

Some models have two bowls of different sizes. The process becomes much easier since you can chop everything in a small bowl, move the ingredients into a big one and continue the process.

The number and type of blades (or discs) determine the capabilities of food processors. Apart from basic blades for chopping the ingredients (different blades and graters), you might have an extra set of attachments that will turn a food processor into a juicer, kneading machine, ice crusher or blender.

Most kitchen food processors are quite large but they make up for it by offering a variety of features and levels of performance. However, despite their dimensions, kitchen food processors are compact and they perfectly fit most mid-sized kitchens. The casing can be either metal or plastic. Metal casing is considered to be more reliable and long-lasting , however plastic is also rather impact-resistant.

Usability

Usability is the main option when choosing the right processor. The major benefits in using food processors is a number of different features which make the prosess of cooking easier and quicker. The best food processors usually have such add-ons as a safety lock, a blade locking system, non-slip feet and a cord storage area.

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Review of Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef Food Processor

Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef Food Processor

Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef Food Processor

Performance

Breville Sous Chef is a high-performing food processor that has a powerful motor which allows you to knead even the stiffest dough. Due to the high performance of the motor, it takes much less time to chop the ingredients. The speed switches automatically depending on the chosen auto cook option, so the process of preparing the ingredients becomes completely automated.

Design

It comes with two processing bowls - 16 cup large bowl and 2.5 cup mini bowl. The work becomes faster and easier, since you can simply change the bowls instead of washing one of them constantly. The bowls are made of impact-resistant plastic and the casing is made of superior stainless steel. This food processor will look naturally and fit into your kitchen interior.

Attachments and Convenience

Breville Sous Chef includes 8 blades for chopping and cutting. Moreover, there are also discs for slicing and shredding. This appliance can serve as a mixer and kneading machine. An easy-to-use LCD display, a pulse mode, and a count-up / count-down timer make using this food processor literally effortless. It has non-skid rubber feet and a safety lock for comfortable use. However, keep in mind that you can't wash the appliance in a dishwasher - hand wash only.

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Review of KitchenAid KFP0711CU 7 Cup Food Processor, Contour Silver

KitchenAid KFP0711CU 7 Cup Food Processor, Contour Silver

KitchenAid KFP0711CU 7 Cup Food Processor, Contour Silver

Performance

The KitchenAid 7-Cup Food Processor isn’t based on the most powerful motor yet it’s good enough to cope with most cooking jobs. Just like most other products on our shortlist, it’s capable of milling the chunks of food to the desired sizes. The device has 2 speeds so that you’ve got an option to adjust accuracy of the milling. The high speed is commonly used to ground hard pieces of food such as fruit, vegetables, cheese and chocolate while the low setting is preferably used for making sauces, mousses and processing soft ingredients. The KitchenAid 7-Cup Food Processor is good for many works.

Design

The food processor is designed for use of the family of 3-4 people. The bowl can hold up to 7 cups so that preparing a dinner is not a problem. Made of plastic, the KitchenAid Food Processor is very lightweight and portable. You can move it from one place to another and never have a hitch. A compact design also ensures convenient storage, so even if your kitchen’s small, it’ll fit. The large 2-in-1 feed chute allows for accurate processing of both pre-cut and whole foods, enabling user-friendly and quick operation.

Attachments and Convenience

The KitchenAid food processor comes with a number of disks and blades right out-of-the-box. Used for different purposes, all these tools greatly expand functionality of the device, making it a good fit for doing salsas, purees, sauces, etc. Whenever necessary, you can switch from regular speed settings to the pulse control and shorten long work by times. Even on the highest speed, the processor won’t let the mess occur. Due to the locking system with the tight seal, you’ll never trace the leakage of the ingredients all over your place.

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Review of Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY 14-Cup Food Processor

Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY 14-Cup Food Processor

Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY 14-Cup Food Processor

Performance

It will be a piece of cake for this Cuisinart food processor to cope with any assigned tasks. A powerful 720-Watt motor allows you to quickly prepare the ingredients and save plenty of time. You just need to choose the right attachment and press 'On' or 'Pulse' button, and the ingredients will be prepared immediately. This food processor can do any type of work, so feel free to experiment with it.

Design

A plastic bowl is meant for up to 14 cups of sliced ingredients and has an approximate capacity of 3 liters. A long-lasting and impact-resistant casing of the appliance is made of stainless steel. Cuisinart food processor has compact dimentions and it won't take much space in your kitchen. You can also take out the detachable stem to save space in a cupboard.

Attachments and Convenience

The wide range of blades (discs) can help you cut, slice, mix or puree the ingredients without any difficulties. You can also boost the process with a pulse mode. Both a blade lock system and a safety lock will protect you from any injuries or dangerous accidents. All the blades (discs) are dishwasher-safe. The bowl can be wiped with a wet napkin.

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Review of Hamilton Beach 70740 8-Cup Food Processor, Black

Hamilton Beach 70740 8-Cup Food Processor, Black

Hamilton Beach 70740 8-Cup Food Processor, Black

Performance

Hamilton Beach 70740 is a versatile, high-performing appliance to assist you in the kitchen. Owing to a powerful motor and overall multifunctionality, it’s a perfect device for processing the food in a number of ways that include mixing, slicing, grating, chopping, etc., eliminating the need in use of any additional kitchen appliances like mixers and blenders. Hamilton Beach has 2 speeds for easy control of food processing so you can always set one that meets your needs.

Design

The bowl has a capacity of 8 cups, allowing for preparing food for a small family. Due to a compact design, the food processor is a perfect fit for small kitchens too. It doesn’t take a lot of space on the countertop and the storage is also easy. Plastic, lightweight construction makes this processor simple to operate and even simpler to clean. If you look for something affordable yet versatile, powerful and pretty, Hamilton Beach food processor can be the right option.

Attachments and Convenience

Hamilton Beach food processor comes with the full kit for all cooking needs. The stainless steel disks and blades are extremely sharp and capable of milling most ingredients in no time. When switching to the pulse control, making creams and doing salsa is a minute effort too. With Hamilton Beach, you’d totally forget about long food preparation as no pre-cutting is required. The wide feed chute fits whole foods so that you don’t spend your time on any extra work but get down to business right away. Dishwasher safe parts add up to enhanced convenience during use.

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Review of Black & Decker FP1600B 8-Cup Food Processor

Black & Decker FP1600B 8-Cup Food Processor

Black & Decker FP1600B 8-Cup Food Processor

Performance

Black & Decker food processor is a rather powerful kitchen appliance with a motor yielding 450 Watts. That's enough for mincing, shredding, slicing and so on. All the blades and discs this food processor has are made of durable stainless steel and you don't need to worry if this unit will cope with it. Black & Decker FP1600B has a single speed setting and a Pulse mode for some gradual and efficient processing of ingredients. Thanks to this kitchen appliance, you can easily make some purees, sauces, mince, salads, and so on.

Design

The work bowl of this food processor has the capacity of 8 cups, which is more than enough for a family of 4 people. The housing of the appliance is made of black plastic. A work bowl is also plastic but it's transparent, so you can see what's happening to food ingredients when they are processed. In general, the appliance is quite compact and you can easily use and store it. There's a special pusher, which propels food ingredients through a chute of the work bowl. Also, designers of this unit have thought about users' convenience and designed a special cavity for cord in the bottom of the housing. Finally, the unit stands firm on the surface thanks to suction-cup feet.

Attachments and Convenience

This Black & Decker food processor has a couple of attachments - a chopping blade and a shredding / slicing disc. Both are made of stainless steel, which means they are durable, they don't get rusty and remain sharp for years. These attachments allow you to chop vegetables for salads, slice meat, shred nuts, and so on. Don't forget to wash the attachments after every use. Black & Decker food processor has another major advantage - the parts of the appliance are dishwasher-safe, so you can leave all the clean-up to a machine.

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2. Yvette Fletcher How to buy the best food processor, Which?

3. How to Select a Food Processor, wikiHow

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