There are so many food processors to choose from on the market today that it can be hard to choose which one is right for you. They come in a range of sizes and have a variety of features including chopping, pureeing, shredding, dicing and even juicing. Plus, they are available at every price point. The good news is that there's perfect model for you out there, once you know what to look for.
There are a few common design features in most models—the standard hook shaped blades, the slicing... disks, and large and small feed tubes to make adding foods to your chopper easier. Many food processor parts are also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. However, some manufacturers recommend hand-washing the bowls as the heat can weaken the plastic.
With that in mind, these are the best food processors on the market today.
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This food processor has several options that cooks will love, including an external adjustment for slicing thickness. The dicing kit slices and then dices with ease. There’s also a reversible shredding disk so you can make small or large shreds by simply flipping the disk over.
There are three speed options—high, low, and pulse, and the machine comes with two bowls—the large 14-cup bowl as well as a 4-cup bowl for smaller jobs like making pesto or sauces. There are blades for each bowl, plus a... dough blade. A storage box for the attachments is included.
Along with the standard lid with the feed tube, there’s also a flat lid for times when you don’t need to add ingredients while the machine is running and for more compact storage. The bowl’s lids have a special tight seal so you can fill the bowl to capacity without having liquids or dry ingredients splashing out of the machine.
This is a workhorse with a lot of options, but it’s also a large one that might not fit under all kitchen cabinets, especially when the lid with the feed tube is attached.
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Cuisinart popularized the food processor in the United States, and it’s still a very well-loved brand. The Pro Classic hearkens back to the early models, when they had a more limited functionality. It comes with a medium slicing disk, a shredding disk, and a stainless steel blade for the most common tasks. A simple push lever controls on, off, and pulsing modes.
This model includes a flat cover, for times when you don’t need to add ingredients while processing and for more compact storage. While... it doesn’t include a dough blade, the stainless steel blade is designed for use as a dough blade as well as for chopping and mixing tasks.
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This food processor comes in at a low price point and is perfect for people who don’t need a workhorse food processor. But budget doesn’t mean that it isn’t fully functional. It comes with a reversible slicing and shredding disk, a chopping blade, and even a French fry disk.
It has three speeds plus a pulse option that make it ideal for slicing, shredding, chopping, mixing, and pureeing. While the large bowl and large feed tube accommodate large batches of food. The only drawbacks are that... there’s no dough hook for kneading dough, and the motor isn’t as powerful as other processors that are designed for kneading.
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Magimix isn’t a household name in the States, but the mother company, Robot Coupe might be slightly more familiar—it’s the French company that developed the very first food processor.
This 16-cup food processor includes some interesting additions, as well as optional accessories that make it a master multitasker in the kitchen.
This processor comes with three bowls—a 16-cup, a 12-cup, and a 6-cup—along with two grating disks and two slicing disks. There are two stainless steel blades, one for the... large bowl and one for the small, as well as a dough blade. The motor is built for heavy-duty tasks, including kneading stiff doughs for pasta and for crushing ice.
Innovative accessories include a BlenderMix adapter that doesn’t look like much, but it allows the processor to behave more like a blender for making shakes and smoothies. A citrus press makes juicing oranges, lemons, and limes easier, and an egg whisk lets you whip up airy meringues in minutes.
Optional accessories include a bread bowl for both kneading and baking bread, and a centrifugal juicer that fits in the bowl so you can juice fruits and vegetables. The storage box holds all of the included accessories.
While the speeds are limited to auto, pulse, and stop, it does have plenty of options you can’t find in other processors.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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This food processor delivers bang for the buck with a dicing option, adjustable slicing, and easy-to-clean digital controls at a price that’s much less than the high-end models.
The work bowl has an 11-cup capacity, and there is a small 4-cup bowl included for smaller tasks. It includes a slicing disk, a shredding disk, a dicing disk, a steel chopping blade, a small blade for the small bowl, and a dough blade.
While the motor is only 800 watts, compared to stronger motors in higher end models, it... can slice, dice, mix, and knead well enough for most users.
This model also comes with a storage box for the included accessories.
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The Breville Sous Chef handles large volumes in its 16-cup bowl and has an extra-large feed tube for veggies of all sizes. It also includes a mini 2 1/2 cup bowl for dicing or pureeing small amounts. Disks include a variable slicing disk that can be set to 24 different thicknesses from 0.3 milimeters to 8 milimeters. There is also a julienne disk, a French fry disk, a whisking disk, and a reversible shredding disk. It comes with three blades—a stainless steel chopping blade, a dough blade, and a... mini blade for the small bowl.
The processor features an LCD timer that you can set for a specific processing time, and it stops the machine when that time it up. Besides the timer, there is a power-off button, a start/pause button, and a pulse button.
The lid has a silicone seal to keep liquids from splashing out and to contain flour and other fine, powdery ingredients. The storage box for the accessories can be stored flat or on its side to fit your available space, and if you’re storing the processor in a cabinet or on a shelf, the cord is retractable.
At 26 pounds, it’s unlikely to dance around the countertop while working, but that weight also makes it less convenient to move around the kitchen.
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If your food processing needs are modest and you don’t envision a need to make pie crust in a machine, this little food processor might be the perfect thing in your kitchen. It’s great for making salsas and salad dressings, chopping herbs and vegetables, and other small tasks. It even has a “drizzle basin” for slowly adding oil to your dressings so they emulsify properly.
This processor is compact and lightweight for easy storage, and has a locking blade and a pour spout for transferring your... food to another bowl or container. It has two speeds and can be pulsed for better control of your chopping, mixing, blending, and pureeing.
The work bowl, lid, and blade are dishwasher safe, so cleanup is easy. This is available in a variety of colors to complement your kitchen décor. While it’s great for small tasks, it’s limited by its container size.