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.
Back to food processors and things to pay attention to when buying the best of food processors.
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 dough, chopping 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?
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.
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.
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,