If there is one single tool that can turn the chore of cooking into pleasure, it has to be the food processor. Once you have it set up, it can chop, slice and grate food at least ten times as quickly as you can by hand, with little clean up needed afterward and no risk of cutting your finger open.
Once you’ve made the decision to buy one, though, you’ll probably be overwhelmed by just how many different options are available to you. From basic food choppers to full-featured machines that can do everything short of washing and peeling vegetables by themselves, there’s a whole galaxy of high-quality food processors to choose from – let us make that task a little easier.
Good: Powerful, reliable and stylish, this 14-cup food processor may well be a step up from what you currently have. Despite the large total capacity, it works well with smaller amounts too.
Not so good: To reach this machine’s full potential, you’ll have to spend extra on optional accessories.
Bottom Line: Has a good power rating and runs fairly quietly (by food processor standards). It’s also reassuringly sturdy and the safety features allow anyone from the family to use it near-simultaneously.
Good: The Braun is very durable, offers fine speed control, and it’s probably the quietest of the bunch. It’s capable of nearly anything, especially with some additional accessories.
Not so good: Most people don’t really need the level of control this appliance provides, or geegaws like the included citrus juicer.
Bottom Line: This 12-cup food processor is much more powerful and versatile than its size and weight would suggest. It offers good value for money and is perfect for families where quiet operation is important.
Good: Powerful enough to handle anything you can throw at it, this food processor is full-featured and would even look good in a professional kitchen.
Not so good: As the saying goes, you get what you pay for, and this Breville Sous Chef is neither cheap nor lightweight.
Bottom Line: If you need the best food processor that can do almost everything, this is a strong contender. Experienced cooks will love it.
Good: Everything a food processing novice really needs in an affordable package. An easy to use and economical option.
Not so good: There’s a possibility of spills (if overfilled) and it’s underpowered for tasks like kneading dough.
Bottom Line: Relatively inexpensive and from a respectable mid-range brand, this is good value as long as you don’t use it for bread dough.
Good: This appliance can be used as either a food processor or blender, saving you space and money.
Not so good: You’ll need to purchase an additional upgrade kit to turn it into a true food processor.
Bottom Line: If you don’t already own either a blender or food processor, you could really do worse than getting something that does both. It’s surprisingly good at both tasks, too.
Good: Compact and fast, this gadget will make several kitchen chores a joy. It can handle both soft and hard ingredients.
Not so good: Between the tiny bowl capacity and the lack of shredding and slicing functions, you may soon be wishing for more.
Bottom Line: Many people will be perfectly satisfied with this mini food chopper, but budgeting a little bit extra will increase your options considerably.
Good: Excellent at processing raw meat, this is the only product we’ve selected with a hygienic glass bowl.
Not so good: Though it can chop and puree vegetables, it’s very limited in what it can do compared to other options we’ve covered.
Bottom Line: The Mosaic is pretty inexpensive, so you may want to get it in addition to some other food processor.
Good: This 8-cup food processor is a dream to set up, works well with dough, and offers multiple processing options.
Not so good: Though its feature set is impressive enough on paper, users should take care not to overload it.
Bottom Line: The “Stack & Snap” assembly concept by itself almost makes this worth buying, while the adjustable slicing disc and dough blade are nice extras.
Good: This 11-cup food processor offers many of the pros of the larger Cuisinart DFP-14.
Not so good: Though it’s not bad as a food processor, there aren’t many additional accessories currently available for it.
Bottom Line: If you can afford and store it, the DFP-14 will please you much more.
Good: A simple, inexpensive workhorse of a food processor, this Black & Decker performs well at the few tasks it’s designed for.
Not so good: Though not too much of a burden, using and cleaning it is noticeably more work than with comparable appliances.
Bottom Line: Its low price is certainly attractive, but a couple of individually minor design flaws combine to make this food processor a little wonky.
Good: You can actually dice food into cubes with this food processor, as well as adjust the slicing thickness without removing the disc.
Not so good: As you would expect, a machine this capable costs quite a bit, yet its motor isn’t exceptionally powerful.
Bottom Line: While serious users will soon wonder how they ever got along without this appliance, others will get just as much joy out of a basic processor.
Good: Does well at whisking liquids, chopping small amounts of vegetables and making tiny batches of puree.
Not so good: It’s really not capable of much apart from the functions mentioned above and holds only a little food at a time.
Bottom Line: Overall, this mini chopper is very similar to the KitchenAid KFC0516BM – which you’ll choose will probably come down to price.