If you chop, slice, shred, grate, or puree often when cooking, then a food processor is a valuable appliance for you. These versatile machines make these repetitive time-consuming tasks much easier and faster, but finding the best food processor for your needs can be tricky. There are dozens of different models from several manufacturers ranging in price from around $40 to over $400.
Some of the important things to look for when purchasing a food processor include the size of the feed chute, the capacity of the unit, how well it performs each task like chopping and grating, how loud the machine is, the size of space it will take on your counter, and additional attachments like a dough blade.
Below you will find our reviews of the top 10 best food processors. If you need more help or info see our Food Processor Buying Guide.
Overall we highly recommend this Breville model for all users, but for occasional users or more budget conscious consumers there are cheaper options available. Buyers should also be aware that the Breville BFP800XL is a large appliance and will take up a lot of space compared to some of the more compact models on our list.
The one thing buyers should pay attention to is the size of this appliance to make sure you have room for it. Weighing 20 pounds and with dimensions of 7.8 x 10.2 x 17 inches it is one of the largest food processors on our list and takes up a lot of space. As long as you have space for it, we are sure you won’t be disappointed in the Cuisinart FP-14DCN’s performance.
We would recommend the Breville Sous Chef BFP660SIL to all users except those who want the absolute best or who do not want to spend almost $300 on a food processor.
There are few minor complaints about the Cuisinart FP-12N from users. The machine can be turned on despite the lid not being locked down, so you can make a mess if you don’t absolutely get it locked down all around. It also is hard to clean the gasket in the top and food can get stuck there. However, these inconveniences don’t really detract too much from an otherwise excellent appliance.
Overall the Cuisinart DLC-8SY is very simple to use and the wide feed tube is a nice feature. The performance does not match more expensive models, but for occasional users it will still perform well enough for you.
Overall we would recommend the Cuisinart Prep Plus DLC-2009CHB for all users except those who want a larger or more powerful model.
The accessories are a bit lacking on the Pro Classic DLC-10S, but for basic chopping and shredding it gets the job done.
One downside is that the Elemental FP-8SV is a bit harder to clean than some other models because the center post does not come apart, but you still need to clean that part of the machine.
Overall the Hamilton Beach 70740 works surprisingly well for the price, but does not compare in overall performance or versatility of some of the top-tier models. Therefore we recommend the 70740 for those users who are on a budget and cost is their biggest concern.
For small food prep or chopping jobs we really like this model, especially if you already have a larger model but don’t want to set it up just to chop onion. However, the capacity and power of the DLC-2A Mini Prep Plus really limits its applications.
Food Processor Buying Guide
If you make a lot of homemade dips or salsas and do a lot of chopping, slicing, shredding, mincing, or grating then we highly recommend getting a food processor. A lot of people ask if they really need one or can they just use a blender. The answer in the vast majority of situations is no, with the biggest difference being that blenders need some liquid to work properly and food processors are designed to work on solid or liquid ingredients.
Here are some items to look for when shopping for a new food processor:
- Capacity – Listed dry capacities range greatly from less than 5 cups up to and over 20 cups. For the most versatility we recommend a large capacity of at least 9 cups with 11-14 cups being preferred. Remember that if you are processing liquid food products then the capacity is about one half of the listed dry capacity. If you know you will only be processing small quantities then you can get away with a smaller capacity unit. Some models also have a smaller bowl that fits inside of the main container.
- Feed Chute – Look for a wide feed tube to handle larger foods like potatoes or cucumbers.
- Power & Speeds – Power is measured in watts, but that combined with the motor efficiency determine overall power of the machine. In general the higher wattage the better. Most models come with 1 or 2 speeds and a pulse button which pauses the machine for a brief moment to handle certain tasks better.
- Uses & Attachments – Most models come with different blades to handle each task – chopping, slicing, shredding, mixing, and kneading. You want to make sure the appliance you are looking at can handle each task you will use it for since some do not have a kneading blade for making dough. We recommend looking at user reviews of each product to see how they perform in each area.
- Cleaning – You want a model that is easy to take apart and clean and that has dishwasher safe parts.
- Noise – Many machines are really noisy, so a quieter model usually will cost more, but they are available.
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