Best of food processors

The best of food processors listed in this article are strong enough for any domestic kitchen, efficient, user-friendly and reliable.

To come up with this selection, I referred to Reviews.com , user’s reviews on Amazon.com and an independent reviewer of household goods Choice.com.au.
In the end, I found three machines you can rely on, whether you’re on the budget or ready to upscale your old food processor.

What to look for when buying the best of food processor


The best food processor can give us high-quality results in seconds. It saves us time by chopping, kneading, shredding, slicing, or blending. The first step to deciding which food processor to buy is to know what to look for.  All 3 food processors listed in this article have all the below criteria checked.

Oh, and before we start, a lot of people try to use benchtop blender as a food processor. Food processor and blender are two different kitchen appliances made for different tasks. Blenders are designed for more liquid ingredients, like smoothies,  while food processors are meant to save you time and knifes and fingers preparing food.

You can read more about benchtop blender here and stick blender here.

Back to food processors and things to pay attention to when buying the best of food processors.

 

Bowl size


According to food processor mastermind, Norene Gilletz, author of The New Food Processor Bible, who has been cooking with and writing about food processors for about as long as they’ve been on the market, an 11- or 12-cup food processor should be your best bet to ensure that you have enough capacity for the food you’re making.

A mini food processor is usually enough if you cook just for yourself, fresh and as you go – without prepping a bit of extra, to freeze for later. In my opinion, with a mini food processor you may become frustrated, having to cut ingredients over and over again, as soon as you want to prepare a larger batch.
However mini food processors can be handy, if you live in a shared house where storage space, fridge, freezer and kitchen in general is shared with others.

 

Power and design built to last


The wattage of your food processor is important. It determines the overall performance. If the food processor slows down or stops entirely, when, for example, kneading dough, it’s probably too weak to handle other dense foods.
Food processor’s motor should be strong enough to handle the bulky weight of kneading pizza doughchopping up fruits like carrots or apples effortlessly. Food processor that can work this without a struggle could be trusted to handle tough ingredients. In other words, you’re looking for a food processor with 400 Watts at least.

This being said, a powerful motor should come with a strong, sturdy design. There’s nothing worse than a food processor made of cheap plastic that jumps around the kitchen counter and eventually breaks down. The base should be heavy, wide and stable with rubber feet to keep it in place while spinning at high speed.

 

Blades and attachments


Food processors usually come with a range of blades and discs designed to slice and grate food. Think about what sort of food you’ll be preparing and ensure that the food processor you purchase comes with the right blades.

Another thing to consider is the quality of blades and discs. The quality of blades and discs makes a huge difference in performance of a food processor. Blades should be made from high quality material so they remain sharp and don’t bend under pressure. If the blades/discs bends, you’ll have hard time slicing a carrot or tomato evenly. The same applies for sharpness. Will you have an even chop of tough ingredient such as carrots and soft ingredient such as tomato, or will you end up with large carrot chunks mixed with pureed tomato? Will you need to use spatula half a million times because ingredients keep sticking to the bowl’s wall?

 

Food processor blades
Blades and discs should be strong enough not to bend or slow down under pressure, for example, when you want to chop a carrot.

Dynamic capabilities of blades

Beside the quality in performance, blades and discs determine how versatile food processor can be.
Reversible blade has a slicing blade on one side and a grating blade on the other.

Double feed chute is a standard chute with a smaller chute insert. This smaller chute allows for smaller or thinner foods to be guided into the food processor with much better control.

Another thing to mention with chute – a larger chute means faster, more user-friendly design. Having a large chute, you can drop in halved onion, while with a smaller chute you’ll have to cut more to fit and feed it in.

Larger chute is also easier to clean.

Chipping blade is an optional blade with which you can make chips or vegetable strips.

Beater and whisk disc attachment is another optional addition to whip or beat ingredients.

Motor control


Food processors control are basic and easy. On, off and pulse are most common controls in food processors. While On/Off is very self-explanatory, a pulse function gives short bursts of power. These short bursts helps to distribute the mixture evenly around the bowl and give an even consistency, especially when working with smaller batches.

Food processor motor control
Left: Breville’s flat buttons will be much easier to clean compared to, Right: Hamilton Beach protruding buttons.

 

Easy to clean


Unfortunately, while food processors make prep work quick and effortless, they’re not praised for being easy to clean. The simpler bowl the better – ridges makes it harder to clean. As mentioned above, larger chute is easier to clean than smaller chute. When handling blades, take extra care not to cut yourself.

On the bright side, if you have a dishwasher, you can chuck the processor’s bowl in. All three picks in this article are dishwasher safe.
And lastly, for the easy clean of the base of a food processor you should look for flat buttons. Protruded, raised buttons are harder to clean as the food gets in between the buttons and stick to them. Having flat buttons, you simply wipe the base and it’s done.

 

Best of food processors


Now you know what make the best food processor the best. Below are the top 3 recommendations I came to conclusion are reliable, well made and would recommend them to my friends and family.

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I hope you found the information that is useful to you. If you have any questions, want to share your experience or just chat on this topic, write a comment below. I’d love to hear your point of view!

Till next time,

Katya

8 thoughts on “Best of food processors”

  1. Hi Katya

    Great post! You really took time to do some research.

    I have been looking for a good food processor. Especially one which is easy to clean. Because, the one I had was impossible to clean. So, I was always having some food stuck in the processor, not hygienic at all.

    Now after reading your post, I think I should go with the Cuisinart one, Right?

    Thanks

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    • Hi Adyns68, 

      yeah, I’d go with Cuisinart as well. It doesn’t look as chick as Breville but it’s made well, has a clean design of a jar so your food won’t get stuck anymore and it costs less then a Breville. Plus, Cuisinart is a well established brand and they have a good costumer service.

      I know I’ll buy myself a Cuisinart food processor once I settle down 🙂

      Go for it and enjoy it!

      Katya

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  2. Best deal for your money, guys. Whether you will be using these for meat or vegetables, excellent processors! I just want to caution you guys about the sharpness of the blades, especially with the Hamilton Beach Stack, they are too sharp! At first, I thought it won’t pass through my towel, but then it did! It cut through the clot and pierced my hand. So, be careful guys. But all in all, great value for your money. 

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    • Hey Gomer, I hope your hand’s ok! Yeah, blades can be dangerously sharp..but sharpness is good for slicing, dicing and everything else 🙂 Not so much for fingers though, so I agree with you, be extra careful when you clean it. 

      Also! Always, always unplug it for a power source before sticking your fingers anywhere close to blades.

      Best,

      Katya

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  3. This is a great review of these three food processors. You precisely point out that each is comparable and affordable; describing bowl size, power, and design, blades, and attachment. motors, to ease of cleaning. I thought you would be picking one as the best of the three. Do you have a favorite?

    I use a food processor at home. Hamilton Beach, it does the job. It’s good to know there are viable options in the same price range.

    Nice review.

    God bless you.

    Reply
    • Hi Ronald, Great to hear you’re happy with the Hamilton Beach food processor. Many people are surprised over it’s performance because it really doesn’t cost much and works well for the money. The same goes for their immersion blender– cheap but great.

      At the moment, I’d choose Hamilton Beach because I travel and don’t have the luxury to take it on plane and where ever I go next. But once I have my home sweet home, I’ll get a Cuisinart’s food processor.

      Happy food processing,

      Katya 

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  4. Hi Katya!

    Great review, with all the information needed before buying a food processor. I haven’t taken into account any of this details before when buying a food processor, but I guess I should do it when I have to replace my food processor. In my opinion, one of the things that I would consider the most is the ease to clean it. I don’t really like washing and cleaning things, but it’s worse when it is more complicated to reach some parts of the device. I think if I get one, I will buy one with a simple bowl. Do you think any of these characteristics that you mention is the most important to consider?

    I can assure you that you help me learn more about food processors, and probably someone who read your post has mader their minds about which type of food processor to purchase. 

    Best, 

    Mariana 

    Reply
    • Hi Mariana, I don’t like cleaning either and try to reach a far corner with a tip of my finger 🙂

      Huh, I guess the most important characteristic would be motor. Yeah, cleaning sucks and the attachments are all great but if the motor (wattage) isn’t powerful enough to do it’s job, then you end up with a useless machine laying around your kitchen and taking up space.

      So I’d say, motor would be my top priority..and warranty, just in case.

      I’m glad I could help!

      Katya  

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