Best Food Processor
Food processors are kitchen appliances which simplify repetitive tasks when preparing food. Most of these units offer innovative features which enhance their ability to do multiple tasks, using only one machine, with various blades. Most machines have wide yet short bowls that are created to keep the processed food within the dish.
Unlike blenders, which are similar to food processors, you can cut, chop, grate, or puree various foods without adding any type of liquid. Food processors like many of today's appliances are advancing all the time. Knowing what features make a machine exceptional, is vital when purchasing such an essential machine for your home. All of the machines on our lists boast the latest features and are dedicated to being easy to use and maintain.
Best Food Processor Overall:
Food processors take the drudgery out of chopping, slicing and grating, to name some of the most common food preparation tasks. First invented in 1946 Germany, they’re essentially an extension of the tried and true blender. This concept was eventually realized as a valuable kitchen appliance in the U.S., and the first commercially made consumer food processor was released here in 1973. Although their roots are still in the blender category, modern food processors have become the do-it-all counter top appliance in many kitchens everywhere.
All of the best food processors we’ve chosen for this list will have at least five cups of capacity. For most tasks, between five and seven cups should do the job for an average family meal, but if you routinely entertain for large parties or have many guests, look for those with a larger capacity. These picks will each have large feeding tubes so that you'll have to do minimal initial cutting to feed the food products in. That saves time, especially if you are adding many different ingredients. All of them will also come with a bevy of accessories such as chopping/shredding discs and graters for unmatched versatility in the kitchen.
None of these food processors will be particularly quiet, and some will have multiple speeds, but you may only need to use a couple of them regardless of what you are processing. Although motor wattage size will be listed, just remember that technically, the larger the motor, the less it will strain when processing food and the longer it will last. That ‘s especially true if you have a dough attachment and are kneading bread dough or heavy weight cookie dough on a regular basis.
The Cuisinart DLC-2009CH Prep 9 9-Cup Food Processor comes with a 600 watt motor and a bread blade for kneading bread dough, along with the other standard accessories. The solid 10 year warranty on the motor is coupled with a 3 year warranty on the rest of the product. The Lexan bowl is virtually shatterproof, and the feed tube mouth is one of the widest available. Read Full Review
The Braun FP3020 Kitchen Machine Food Processor has a 600 watt rated motor, and it is the smallest unit here. The 12 cup capacity is big for its size. The feeding tube is the smallest here, but there are 15 speeds available. Read Full Review
The Nutri Ninja 2-in-1 is a basic food processor and a terrific smoothie and other drink maker. The standard accessories include three stacked blades for chopping and kneading dough, and there are blending cups and covers too. The bowl top acts as the feeder so once the 700 watt motorized power pod is attached and running, you won't be able to add ingredients. Read Full Review
The VREMI Food Processor & Blender Combo - Professional-Grade Die Cast Aluminum Body has the second most powerful motor here at a whopping 800 watts. This is competent cup food processor as well as a 54 ounce blender. It’s versatile and powerful with two speeds to choose from and a pulse function. Read Full Review
The Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef Food Processor is the most expensive unit here by far but you do get a powerful 1200 watt motor and an amazing 25 year motor warranty. The unit comes with eight discs and blades, a 16 cup bowl, and a 2.5 cup mini chopper bowl. Read Full Review
Best Budget Food Processor:
Higher grade food processors generally have a wattage rating above 700, allowing them to easily chop whole vegetables, grate hard cheeses, or kneading bread dough. Conversely, a budget model will have a much lower wattage so you’ll have to process food items much more slowly or risk bogging the machine down. Higher wattages also means the unit motor won't have to work as hard and will last longer, especially if you’re using it every day. However, a budget model is perfect for occasional lightweight food processing tasks than one you need to use several times per day.
With this in mind, these budget food processors will have a minimum of a 200 watt motor which will be adequate for basic food processing tasks. However, don’t count on these picks to run as quietly during operation as higher end options. Every processor comes equipped with basic cutting discs or blades but for the most versatility, consider the ones capable of multiple cutting/chopping functions. These picks all feature a minimum three cup chopping bowl, but for larger cooking tasks (such as preparing a meal for a large family gathering), look for units with the largest bowl sizes.
Also, a higher price generally reflects higher quality components, so if you’re concerned about durability, consider those with longer or optional extended warranties. Fortunately, every model here is priced less than 50 dollars, meaning each will provide a good value along with quality performance. Lastly, each processor will come with a minimum, limited one year warranty unless stated otherwise in our reviews.
The Hamilton Beach 70730 Bowl Scraper Food Processor is designed with a built-in spatula so you'll never have to scrape the inside of the bowl again. This food processor serves up 450 watts of power and a cutting disc and a slicer/shredder disc while the two speed dial selector lets you easily select the perfect speed. Read Full Review
The Brentwood 3-Cup Food Processor is the lowest priced food processor on this list. At only 200 watts of power, don't expect it to grind cheese, but for fruits and vegetables, it will do a credible job. Read Full Review
The Black & Decker FP1700B Food Processor, 8-Cup has a 450 watt motor and comes with one speed and a pulse function. It is easy to use for slicing and shredding tasks, and has one of the largest feeder chutes on this list. Read Full Review
The Cuisinart DLC-4CHB Mini-Prep Plus 4-Cup Food Processor has a unique automatic reversible chopping blade which maximizes chopping and grinding. It is a two speed unit in addition to being the quietest machine on this list. Read Full Review
The Oster FPSTFP1355 2-Speed 10-Cup Food Processor is the most versatile processor here. The automatic reversing blade technology means you'll get maximum grinding and chopping. It comes with a slicer/shredding disc, a chopping blade and a kneading blade for bread or cookie dough. Read Full Review