Best food processors on the market:

Best Food Processor for a Small Kitchen
#5

KitchenAid KFC3516 Classic Mini Food Processor

WHY CUSTOMERS LOVE IT

The KitchenAid Mini Food Processors are proof that good things come in small packages. This miniature marvel packs a punch for such a diminutive kitchen appliance. Like bigger models, it can be used to chop foods, even hard things like nuts. It can also be used to blend or puree foods, too. The main attraction of the KitchenAid is obviously its small size, as it takes up so little space. This is great for anyone who lives on their own or who has very little kitchen space, but may be frustrating for anyone who uses a food processor regularly for big meals.


PROS

Compact and amazing for saving space; Comes in various colours, great for fitting in with an existing décor scheme; “Drizzle Basin” helps with salad dressings and similar.

CONS

No good if you need to process large volumes of food- bowl limit is 830ml; Fairly expensive for such a tiny device

Quality

The KitchenAid is sturdy and well made. There aren’t loads of extra parts, which means that there’s less to go wrong. Once the lid is on and sealed, it feels secure and watertight. On occasion, it can feel tricky to get the lid on though, which is less of a quality issue and more that it’s so secure you have to get just the right angle to make sure the lid is on correctly. Like most food processors, it won’t work unless the lid is on securely, so the safety features work well.

87%
Design

Design wise, the KitchenAid is very clever. They’ve managed to fit the best bits of a conventional, larger size food processor into a much smaller model, and barely lost any of the efficiency. As well as this, it looks neat and tidy, with a subtle spout and a compact handle. The range of colours from yellow to red and many more makes this the perfect choice for anyone who is determined to get their kitchen aesthetic right

94%
Value

The consistent good reviews for this device speak for themselves. If you need something compact to chop, blend and more, then this is definitely a price worth paying.

90%
Best Easy to Use Food Processor
#4

Cuisinart FP-8SV Food Processor

WHY CUSTOMERS LOVE IT

The Easy Prep is a stand-alone system that almost defines the phrase “simple yet effective”. The base of this food processor can be fitted with one of two containers. The system can cope with chopping, slicing and liquidising, which make it a great choice for soup fans. There are just four buttons, so no need to learn a ton of modes.


PROS

Good safety features, Elegant design, High quality.

CONS

Lack of different modes may disappoint more adventurous cooks; No smoothie jug, just bowls.

Quality

Even when blending to a very thin consistency, the bowl was completely watertight with no leaks or drips. Everything about this processor seems sturdy and built to last, including the chunky buttons. There are no fiddly little parts to snap off or damage. Excellent quality.

90%
Design

Design wise, we love how compact the Cuisinart is. The metallic base is curvy and ergonomic if you have to move it about. The bowls fit centrally so it doesn’t take up much room. And with just two bowls, there aren’t a ton of extra bits to find storage for.

93%
Value

Starting from $75, the Cusinart is in the cheaper range of versatile food processors. This price definitely reflects the excellent build of this appliance. If you want high quality, no frills food processing, this is a good value appliance that fits the bill.

96%
The Best Food Processor that Does Everything
#3

Ninja BL770

WHY CUSTOMERS LOVE IT

Ninja are famous for all-in-one systems where everything you could possibly need comes in one box. This updated model with a built in “Smart Screen” is no exception. This is a combined blender and food processor, with a dough blade for making bread. There’s a range of modes which are all chosen via the high tech screen. For smoothies, this system boasts a “vacuum blending pump” which is supposed to remove oxygen whilst blending. This sounds a little sci-fi to us, but the smoothies were tasty and smooth, which is what we want!

PROS

· Easy to use and program · Does everything, you won’t need to buy a separate blender · All modes work efficiently

CONS

· So many modes and parts it may be intimidating for the beginner cook · Four-way blades can be fiddly to pick up to clean · Takes up a lot of space

Quality

All the parts of the Ninja seem well made and robust. The Smart Screen means there are very few buttons which means less parts to fail. All the jugs are BPA free, which will set many people’s minds at rest, particularly parents.

95%
Design

In terms of design Ninja haven’t changed a whole lot in the past couple of years. Sleek, black electronics and lids and clear jugs are both basic and elegant, and the Smart Screen makes your kitchen look pretty high tech. There’s a lot of it to store though, with all the different attachments.

85%
Value

At around $260, it could seem like this is a large layout for a food processor. But when you realise it’s actually three appliances in one, that’s actually pretty good value. For someone that will use all the functions, it’s a steal. If you’re just going to use it to make smoothies, this might not be the device for you.

90%
Best Value for Money Food Processor
#2

Hamilton Beach 70725A

WHY CUSTOMERS LOVE IT

If you simply don’t have upwards of $100 to spend on a food processor but you really want one with all the bells and whistles, the Hamilton Beach is a versatile and affordable choice. For less than $50 currently, this sleek, compact food processor boasts a 12 cup capacity, which is ideal for smoothies or soups, plus at least six additional attachments for grating, slicing and more.


PROS

Compact when accessories stored away, Good safety features, Great value

CONS

Not as powerful as some more expensive models, works more slowly and may struggle with really tough foods; Some attachments seem flimsy compared to more premium options

Quality

As suggested above, the quality is not quite as good as you would get from some of the more expensive food processing systems. Some of the materials seems slightly flimsy for those of us that are used to high-end systems, but this is only going to affect home-cooks who use their food processor endlessly. It feels like it could struggle to withstand the wear and tear of being used multiple times a day, every day, but for normal use, it’s more than adequate.

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Design

We love that the base of this device fits into a small area, meaning it can be easily stored on a shelf or in the corner of the kitchen worktop, ready to use. The black base is smoothly angled and very contemporary looking. There are several accessories to deal with, so make sure you’ve got some cupboard or draw space to stow them away safely.

89%
Value

This is one of the best value food processors on our list. Despite the less robust quality compared to really high-end appliances, the Hamilton Beach is ideal for regular use as long as it’s not being tested too heavily, and less than $50 for a food processor of this calibre is a steal.

95%
Best Large Food Processor
#1

Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef Food Processor

WHY CUSTOMERS LOVE IT

If you have a large family, or love entertaining groups of friends when you can, or simply like to bulk cook and freeze some for later, this Breville offering could be the one for you. This simple to use yet versatile processor has a 3.8 litre bowl, much larger than many other processors of the same power. It also has a big litre jug for blending milkshakes and smoothies, ideal for making one for now and one for later.


PROS

Very large containers for chopping or blending bigger volumes of food or drink; Innovative features; Excellent quality

CONS

Large base takes up quite a bit of room

Quality

It was hard to find things we didn’t like about this appliance. Every part of it is made to a very high standard. All the accessories seem robust, and the containers are tough and damage resistant.

98%
Design

The design is sleek and modern overall. The handles are big and chunky, which is useful for acessbility as well as looking great.

95%
Value

At over $300, this is still a great value device. This fairly high price reflects the larger containers, allowing you to process much more food at once. Plus, the high quality of the Breville and the range of features makes it more than worth the price tag.

93%

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