The 7 Best Food Processors to Buy in 2017

Shop for the best food processors available from KitchenAid, Cuisinart, and more

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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...MORE 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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    Cuisinart made food processors a standard kitchen appliance, and they continue to update and innovate. This 11-cup model is a sleeker design than the original, with a few updates, like the touchscreen controls for on, off, pulse and dough.

    This processor includes a 4mm stainless steel slicing disc, a shredding disc, and a blade for chopping, mixing, and kneading, which will handle kitchen tasks you require, without cluttering up your storage with sharp discs and blades that you’ll seldom need.

    The...MORE dough speed automatically adjusts, so you always get the right consistency. The wide feed tube can handle whole fruits and vegetables while the small tube will keep your carrots upright. The brushed stainless finish looks modern and attractive ​and is easy to keep clean.

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    If you liked the original no-frills Cuisinart food processor, you’ll love this updated version. It still has the same paddle buttons for “on” and “off/pulse” that made the original so intuitive to operate. The brushed stainless steel body is the same shape as the original, but with a more modern finish.

    This includes a slicing disc, and shredding disc, and an updated chopping blade. The 14-cup Lexan work bowl is large enough for a picnic’s worth of cole slaw, yet it can mince a single clove of...MORE garlic. The extra large feed tube and the small and large pushers can handle whole fruits and vegetables, or keep your celery and carrots upright for pretty slices.

  • 03 of 07

    Food processors are handy to have, but some can break your budget while offering features you might never use. This wallet-friendly model can chop, puree, shred and mix just like the higher-end machines, and it has one extra feature that makes it unique — a scraper attachment that lets you clean the sides of the bowl without needing to open the lid to use a spatula. The scraper works whether the machine is on or off, and makes it easy to get a consistent mix or blend.

    The bowl holds 10 cups, so...MORE it can handle most kitchen jobs without emptying, while also being small enough to store easily. This includes a stainless steel blade and a reversible slicing/shredding disc, so you don’t need to find storage space for a lot of extra pieces.

    This has a large feed tube, so you don’t need to cut everything before processing, and the bowl, lid, and blade are dishwasher safe. This has low speed, high speed, and a pulse option, for extra versatility.

  • 04 of 07

    If you’re looking at your counter space and wondering how many appliances you really need, this combination food processor and blender can free up some extra space for you.

    It includes a 72-ounce pitcher for mixing and blending, an 8-cup food processor bowl for chopping foods or kneading dough, and two 16-ounce travel cups with lids for drinks on the go.

    The food processor bowl has high-quality stainless steel blades for even chopping, while the dough blade can handle up to two pounds of dough and...MORE knead it thoroughly in just 30 seconds. This does not include a shredding 

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  • 05 of 07

    If you like the idea of a food processor, but you don’t have extra counter space to dedicate to another appliance, this food processor attachment might be the perfect option, if you already own a KitchenAid stand mixer.

    This attachment fits the front hub of any KitchenAid stand mixer, and uses the mixer’s power to slice, dice, shred and julienne fruits, vegetables and cheeses. The ExactSlice system is an external lever that lets you change the slicing thickness easily, while the wide feed tube...MORE lets you work with large or small vegetables.

    This includes a storage case that holds the dicing kit as well as the discs for slicing, shredding, and julienning, so it’s easy to keep all the parts safely together in storage. 

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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...MORE 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.

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    When a mini chopper is too small, but you don’t need a full-sized food processor, this 9-cup model will fit nicely on your counter, and it stores easily, too. The 3-in-1 feed tube adjusts to three different widths for different sized foods, while the high, low and pulse options give you versatility for processing hard or soft foods. The adjustable slicing disc lets you choose a thickness with just a single disc to keep track of.

    This has a proprietary sealing system that locks the lid and keeps...MORE it leakproof, with a ring that prevents flour from wafting out in a cloud, and keeps liquids from splashing and leaking, even when the bowl is filled to capacity.

    When you have small batches of salsas or you just need to chop a few garlic cloves, there’s a 3-cup work bowl. This includes a reversible shredding disc, a multipurpose blade, a dough blade and a multipurpose blade for the 3-cup bowl.

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