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Small Kitchen Appliances

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.

Hamilton Beach 70730 Bowl Scraper Food Processor

The uniquely designed Hamilton Beach 70730 Bowl Scraper Food Processor tops our list for the value, and performance it offers. This is a 450 watt unit so the power is adequate for virtually every processing job. It comes with a chopping disc, shredding/slicing disc, and the generous 10 cup bowl will help you process enough food to feed a large family.

This food processors unique design incorporates a built-in spatula that automatically scrapes the side of the bowl so you'll never have to open the top to remove stuck food particles from the inside of the bowl during operation. Additional features include a two speed dial selector and a pulse function. Rarely will a top rated unit be considered a best bang for the buck, but this Hamilton Beach 70730 Bowl Scraper Food Processor qualifies with the best design and a budget price.

Brentwood Appliances Three Cup Food Processor - FP-546

The Brentwood 3-Cup Food Processor is the least expensive unit here, and for beginners in need of basic functionality, it doesn't get any easier than this. Don't expect to be grating cheese or other advanced techniques with this unit as the 200 watt motor will bog down. But, if all you need is just something to chop up veggies and fruits, this food processor has all the bases covered. There’s nothing terribly fancy here in terms of controls, just a simple high/low speed control. However, this pick is available in several colors to match your kitchen décor.

Black & Decker 8-Cup Food Processor FP1700B

With 450 watts of power, the Black & Decker FP1700B Food Processor, 8-Cup, will zip through processing tasks. With only one processing speed and a pulse button, that’s all there really is to this unit. It comes with a slicer/shredder disc for basic tasks like shredding and slicing, as well as featuring one of the larger feeder chutes. With a big 8-cup bowl to work with, the Black & Decker FP1700B Food Processor is a great option for efficient bulk food processing.

Cuisinart DLC-4CHB MiniPrep Plus Food Processor

For basic chopping and grinding functions in a small, space-friendly package consider the Cuisinart DLC-4CHB Mini-Prep Plus 4-Cup Food Processor. While this isn’t a not a heavy duty unit considering its 250 watt motor, you'd be hard pressed to beat this unit if you just need something compact for occasional, light tasks. One of the quietest models here, the unique reversing blade function cuts one way then automatically reverses and cuts the other way.  This food processor only offers two speeds (chop and grind) and it has the smallest feeder chute on this list so you may need to take off the cover to add bulkier ingredients. Covered by an 18 month limited warranty, this food processor is perfect for a couple or a small family.

Oster 2-Speed 10-Cup Food Processor - FPSTFP1355

The Oster FPSTFP1355 2-Speed 10-Cup Food Processor may be the most expensive unit here, but it also gives you a lot of value. The 500 watt motor is the highest rated motor on this list and you’re also getting a full 10 cup bowl. The feeder chute is a respectable five inches wide, which is almost twice as wide as the next largest chute. It comes with a slicing/shredding disc, a chopping blade, kneading blade, and it uses an automatic reversing function for maximum chopping and cutting efficiency. The Oster FPSTFP1355 2-Speed 10-Cup Food Processor would be another candidate for best bang for the buck unit, regardless of its price.

Cuisinart DLC-2009CHB Prep 9 9-Cup Food Processor

With a 3 year product warranty and a 10 year motor warranty, the Cuisinart DLC-2009CH Prep 9 9-Cup Food Processor takes top honors. This food processor is incredibly easy to use, with just one speed and a pulse function powered by a powerful 600 watt motor which can even knead bread dough. The wide mouth feed tube is one of the largest ever, so there will be minimal cutting of anything you want to put inside, and the bowl is made of Lexan for durability and break resistance, even if it is dropped. It also comes with all the standard accessories along with a dough blade. For the best food processor there is in terms of form and functionality, the Cuisinart DLC-2009CH Prep 9 9-Cup Food Processor is what you want.

Braun FP3020 Kitchen Machine Food Processor

The Braun FP3020 is the quietest machine here, with the German made motor putting out a strong 600 watts of power. Besides the usual cutting and grating accessories, it also comes with a mini chopper bowl and a citrus juicer. The unit features 15 speeds and even though this is a big 12 cup unit, it’s still relatively compact. However, it has one of the smaller feed tubes here on this list so you'll have to do more cutting to make your veggies get to the processor, but it does comes with accessories like a citrus juicer, mini chopper blade, and a bowl. If the manufacturer’s warranty would have extended beyond one year and the feeding tube a bit wider, the Braun FP3020 Kitchen Machine Food Processor would have made it to the top of this list.

Ninja QB3000 Nutri Ninja 2-in-1

If you have an active lifestyle and you need the most uniquely versatile food processor here, than the Nutri Ninja 2-in-1 is a good bet as you can process food and make smoothies with the power of just one unit. It has a 700 watt power pod unit that acts like a blender base for making smoothies and other drinks, and it also attaches to the top of the processor bowl for chopping and grating veggies.

This food processor comes with different standard accessories than our other picks and they’re all based on the stacked blade type in use on all the Ninjas, with a five cup capacity bowl. Certainly, they will knead dough, chop and cut with the best of them, but you won't get a grater or a shredder. The top of the bowl comes off as the feeder, so you can't add ingredients while it’s chopping but remember  this unit is intended as a minimalist food processor and frozen drink maker.

VREMI Professional Grade Food Processor & Blender Combo

This might be the best food processor that you’ve never heard of, but if you want a lovely looking unit, the VREMI Food Processor & Blender Combo - Professional-Grade Die Cast Aluminum Body may just be the ticket. As far as food processors go, the VREMI Food Processor & Blender Combo comes with the most accessories.

There are five slicing, grating, and cutting blades, a dough kneading blade, and a 54 ounce blender jar attachment with corresponding blender blade. The units motor is a respectable 800 watts, so it’s plenty powerful for everything you need it to be capable of in the kitchen. This food processor also features two speeds, a pulse mode, and the eight cup bowl is more than adequate for most food prep/cooking tasks.

A couple of things to note is that the manual isn’t particularly informative about warranties and customer service, the processor bowl is somewhat flimsy, and the manufacturer warns the unit shouldn't be operated for more than a minute at a time or you risk damaging the motor. But these may all be minor things to most cooks and if you’re looking for the most versatile food processor available, than the VREMI Food Processor & Blender Combo is one to consider.

Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef Food Processor

If you want the best cost no object food processor, and bragging rights around the neighborhood, than the Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef Food Processor is a must have. Although you'll get a dynamite processor with a massive 1200 watt motor and a 25 year motor warranty, it also costs almost four times as much as any other processor here.

Regardless of the price, you get a 16 cup bowl which will allow you to slice and dice enough product to feed a small army, it has one speed and a pulse function, there are eight cutting discs and blades, and the base features an LCD timer that can be set for any processing time required. There is even a mini chopping bowl included too.This is no doubt an extremely good food processor that will do anyone proud. However, the price range puts it far and away out of most consumers budgets, so you'll be need to start saving your pennies if you want this esteemed unit in your kitchen.

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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