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Food Processor Reviews

Food Processor Reviews

For busy families, a great food processor can be the most used appliance in the kitchen. For years now, families have relied on their trusty food processors to prepare and make delicious smoothies, milkshakes and sauces. Our food processor reviews will help you to siphon through the good and the bad – and find a processor that’s perfect for you.

Whether you’re looking to make a delicious fruit smoothie, or finely grind down gravy granules, our independent, honest and unbiased reviews will help you to make an educated decision. From 600-Watt portable models, to 1200-Watt powerhouses, we’re here to help – that’s the Kitchen Reviews Direct promise. So, go ahead and get started today!

⇢ THE BEST FOOD PROCESSORS: BEST PICKS OF 2015


Breville BFP800XL Review

Breville BFP800XL 1200-Watt Food Processor

4.9 out of 5

The Breville BFP800XL has been our favorite food processor throughout 2014. With a powerful 1200-watt commercial grade motor, the BFP800XL is more than capable of chopping and slicing through absolutely any vegetables or fruit you throw at it. With a lengthy warranty period too, you can rest assured knowing that you’ve got a food processor for life. A firm favorite with both us and consumers.


Cuisinart DLC-2007N Review

Cuisinart DLC-2007N 600-Watt Food Processor

4.6 out of 5

The Cuisinart DLC-2007N food processor is cheap and cheerful – two things we absolutely love. It is one of the most affordable processors available on the market today. However, quality isn’t compromised as Cuisinart have fitted it with a powerful 600-watt motor; capable of slicing, dicing and chopping through the majority of day-to-day foods, including vegetables and stubborn fruits. A must have processor for households.


Cuisinart DLC-10S Review

Cuisinart DLC-10S Portable Food Processor

4.6 out of 5

The Cuisinart DLC-10S is small and portable – making it great for small families. It’s the type of food processor that you would take on holiday with you, knowing that it won’t take up much space and it will get the job done. While it isn’t as powerful as other models, the portability aspect of the model more than makes up for it. If you’re looking for a small, portable yet semi-powerful model, the DLC-10S is probably your best choice.


Cuisinart FP-14DC Review

Cuisinart FP-14DC Food Processor

4.6 out of 5

The Cuisinart FP-14DC is a modern and sleek food processor that boasts a powerful motor system. With plenty of power on tap, you’ll find it easy to grind through even the toughest of fruits and vegetables. In our tests, the Cuisinart FP-14DC firmly established itself as an industry leader – making quick work of meat stock to deliver a beautifully creamy gravy, as well as handling tough fruits like Kiwis with ease.


Cuisinart DLC-4CHB Review

Cuisinart DLC-8S Food Processor

4.6 out of 5

The Cuisinart DLC-8S is a small and compact food processor from an industry leading brand. Due to its size, it does lack processing power when compared to some other models. However, the price tag is very attractive and makes it accessible to almost every household. We have found that the Cuisinart DLC-8S can easily process most fruits and vegetables without any noticeable problems.


⇢ BUYING A FOOD PROCESSOR?: WHAT TO CONSIDER

The below is a short summary of what you should be looking for in a food processor. As mentioned above, for a more detailed and in-depth guide, consider reading our buying guide before heading on as you’ll explore processors in detail. The core features to look for in the best food processor are:

  • Capacity; The capacity will decide how much of something you can make. For many, this is the single most important feature of the appliance. If you’re going to be making milkshakes and smoothies for the family – consider a model with a high capacity.
  • Power; Your new food processor will have a motor – and that motor needs to be powerful enough to process a variety of different foods. If you want to be able to process absolutely any type of food, then the power of the motor will be a #1 priority for you.
  • Speed; Many people mistake power with speed, and this is incorrect. You’ll need a model that has a remarkably quick motor speed – to allow you to grind through tougher foods, such as hard vegetables and fruits.
  • Maintenance; Much like a car, you’ll need to service your processor regularly. Whether that’s just simply cleaning out the blades, or performing a full self-clean maintenance – you’ll need to be prepared to keep your appliance in top notch condition. Models with self-cleaning features are often preferred here as the processor will clean itself.
  • Food Processor Brand; There are dozens of brands out there – but only a few of them make it to the top of our personal list. Some brands simply lack the build quality and processing power that you would expect – so it’s important to conduct brand and product research prior to making a buying decision.

Food Processor Reviews Sitemap: Breville BFP800XL | Cuisinart DLC-2007N | Cuisinart DLC-10S | Cuisinart FP-14DC | Cuisinart DLC-8S | KitchenAid KFP0722ER | Cuisinart DFP-14BCNKitchenAid KFP1322ERCuisinart FP-8SVCuisinart DLC-2011CHB | Cuisinart DLC-4CHB | Cuisinart DLC-2ABC | Hamilton Beach 70670

Last Updated: 29th August 2016

⇢ FOOD PROCESSOR BUYING GUIDE: WHAT TO LOOK FOR


Food Processor Buying Guide

There are many things to look into when you purchase a food processor. However the first thing to consider is your own requirements. Are you buying a food processor to reduce workload in the kitchen or to act as a makeshift dough maker, blender, slicer, dicer?

Once you understand your own requirements, you can look at models that cater to your needs. Usually, you must look for a food processor that offers a full bowl capacity of over 9 cups or more and a feed chute that is wide. The blades and bowl should sit perfectly atop the motor instead of being on the sides.

Moreover, the food processor should provide attachments and mini working bowls for maximum versatility and containers with 5 cup or less capacity to help in making small servings. If you’ve already read through our food processor reviews, then this buying guide is a great chance to help you explore what features to look out for.

How You Intend To Use It

Most food processors can grate cheese, make mayonnaise, puree and slice as well as chop. The time it would have taken to do these tasks manually by hand is what a food processor aims at saving. Moreover, these are versatile tools that can even knead dough when required. Almost all food processors feature a plastic working bowl that locks comfortably on the base, within which is the motor. Then a feed chute sits pretty atop the bowl with an opening to add ingredients into the bowl even while the machine is operating. You get a selection of discs, attachments for slicing, dicing and doing all the tasks.

You must remember that while food processors can mix dough and chop onions in seconds they can never achieve the consistency of a blender when it comes to pureeing soup or shredding ingredients. Moreover, chopped ingredients won’t be of a uniform size.

Food Processor Capacity

Choosing The Right Capacity

Capacity of a food processor is measured based on the total amount of dry ingredients the bowl can hold. It can be anywhere from one to twenty cups. Liquid capacity usually is half of the dry capacity because filling the bowl to the top with liquids tends to leak ingredients from the sides and top onto the blade housing causing the motor to burn or short circuit. This is usually the case with pureeing ingredients.

Most fuller sized models feature a bowl of 9 cups or more. Having a 11 or 14 cup bowl is always great while midsized cups of 6 to 8 help in average preparations. For mini-processors a cup size of 5 is handy for chopping parsley, garlic or ginger. For those who manage huge preparations a 20 cup professional grade food processor is necessary.

Processing Power

The power output of a food processor is dependent on the motor’s rating. However, more power is not always great. The power must transfer to the blades or discs in the most efficient manner so as to properly slice, dice, mince and shred. Most expensive food processors are amply powered and tend to have a strong coupling to ensure maximum efficiency. The best way to ensure that you get ample power is to go by the brand name or reputation of the maker.

Speeds

Majority of midsized and full sized food processors provide at least one speed and a pulse operation. Having the pulse switch is a good advantage as it lets you suddenly power up the machine and switch it off for specific tasks like pie dough blending.

Cleaning And Maintenance

Having a touch pad control panel makes it easier to clean the exterior and with dishwasher safe components you never have to worry about cleaning the bowl, accessories and discs.

Attachments Or Accessories

Food Processor Attachments

The most popular food processor attachments and accessories.

Even though a large working bowl can handle a few ingredients, the efficiency of working with small bowls for small servings is never the same. Hence, models with miniblades and minibowls are an excellent addition to the kitchen. Moreover, having additional attachments such as a kneading blade for dough, either made from metal or plastic, helps in mixing yeast dough. Variable thickness shredding and slicing discs help in achieving a varying degree of thickness in the diced ingredients.

Attachments for whipping help with egg whites and cream but are not as great as handheld or stand mixers. Additionally, you may get attachments for blending and juicing too. The point to note here is that you should be getting sufficient attachments with the food processor itself so that you don’t have to purchase too many afterwards.

The image to the left shows some of the more popular food processor attachments and accessories.

Some of these will come included with your processor, while others may need to be purchased separately.

General Tips To Help In Purchasing A Reliable Food Processor

The below bullet points summarises this food processor buying guide, and can be considered a “TL:DR” version:

  • Always choose a bowl size based on your requirements. Many people actually own two food processors, one of a compact size and another of a larger professional size so that they need not dirty large units for 1 or 2 cups of preparations.
  • Having a few extra attachments never hurts. Yes, it may not be of any use for months but there will always come times when having them helps. The features and functions do influence the price and this may be a reason for you to forego some extra features but remember that you are trying to buy the most suitable food processor that will last you a lifetime.
  • The design of the food processor determines all that it can do. Some are capable of not just slicing and dicing but also grinding nuts. Jars that are long and slender in shape are great to chop with. Similarly for preparing smoothies you need a food processor that is great at chopping or blending (actually blenders are better at this).
  • If you are not experienced with food processors and have a limited budget start small. Go with a compact unit like the Mini Prep from Cuisinart so that you can get used to all the things a food processor can do. Moreover, once you get accustomed to food processors, you can always procure a larger unit with lots of attachments.
  • Before purchasing a food processor, call up the customer care and cask for replacement blades, extra parts and replacement components for the unit. Find out about the availability so that later on you aren’t left with a useless piece of equipment.
  • Take the warranty cover and maintenance cost into account while purchasing a food processor.
  • Different brands are great at different functions. Select something that does it all but excels at what you mostly plan on using the food processor for.

⇢ FOOD PROCESSOR COMPARISON CHART: COMPARE THE MODELS


The below Food Processor Comparison Chart will help you to determine which food processor will be the most suitable for you and your needs. We have categorized each food processor based on two factors – price and our overall review score. However, it’s important to note that this comparison chart is completely based off our own opinions, and reviews collated from around the web.

⇢ FOOD PROCESSOR BENEFITS: WHY YOU NEED ONE


The Benefits of Food Processors

Not many people like having a food processor around. To most it’s the same thing as a blender but there are differences between the two that make a food processor much more useful. In our opinion, having a blender and a food processor in the kitchen is a good choice since the two are actually designed for different applications.A blender, for example, is mostly meant to mince and dice or blend ingredients, be it liquid or solid. On the other hand a food processor, as the name suggests, can process food in a variety of ways depending on its capabilities and power output. The newest food processors in fact do much more than what a blender can manage. They can slice, dice, mince, grind, blend, knead, emulsify and even process baby food. Can you do all this in a blender? Quite frankly speaking, people aren’t really aware of the benefits of having a food processor. We hope through this article you can change your mind towards a food processor and learn to appreciate all that it has to offer. Once you’ve finished, be sure to read our food processor reviews.

Processing Large Quantity Of Food

Got a lot of ingredients to shred, chop or slice? A blender can blend and mince but it can’t slice or chop ingredients to a uniform size. On the other hand with the right blade attachment, a food processor can help you get a consistent result time after time. Moreover, most food processors come with a large working bowl. This helps in churning through a large amount of food at a time.

Makes Thick Mixtures Better

Sauce, purées, dips and spreads are harder to prepare in a blender because the entire mixing force is exerted at the bottom with the help of a tiny blade. On the other hand, with a food processor the attachment is larger with wider faces that help in moving ingredients around and mixing them thoroughly. Best of all, you will never have to use a tamper to push ingredients down since the bowl shape and attachment design make sure that everything gets mixed and puréed perfectly.

Nut Butter And Dough Kneading

A food processor helps in making home made peanut butter. First slice and dice all ingredients and then use the kneading paddle to thicken the mixture. You could say this is similar to emulsification and it is not wrong. With a food processor, the speeds are lower and this helps in properly mixing ingredients together. The same applies to dough kneading. If you love pizzas, cookies and cake then you need a food processor that can efficiently manage large quantities of dough.

Shredding And Grinding

Be it shredding cheese for pizza or pasta, grinding stale bread to make bread crumbs or grinding coffee, a food processor has got the right size, power and attachment for the job. Besides, food processors can make excellent pesto too. One of the best processors we’ve tried for making pesto is actually the Cuisinart DLC-10S.

Those who plan on using a food processor in the above said manner will find it hard to live without a food processor but for others who seldom do these activities, a food processor will be a frivolous expenditure. Instead you can opt for a stick blender to help in making mayonnaise, salad dressings, chopping, grinding small quantities of nut and coffee etc.

For those who love baking, a stand mixer is what you need. However, if you also plan on chopping, slicing, dicing and doing more than just mixing batter and kneading dough then a food processor makes better sense.

The idea is to short list reasons why you need a food processor in the kitchen. For some it is the multitasking feature of a food processor that makes it worthwhile. For others it is specific activities that they plan on using it for. Remember that what is an essential tool for one person might be a complete waste of space for another. Not everyone likes having a microwave around and many don’t even miss it but there are people who swear by the benefits of a microwave. Basically, if you can make use of a food processor then you need it in your kitchen because there aren’t many other kitchen appliances around that can multitask like a food processor can.

⇢ FOOD PROCESSORS EXPLAINED: WHAT THEY ARE


When you are considering buying a food processor, it is important to understand how they work, and what they can be used for when you are preparing a meal. There are several things that you should know about the types of food processor available to you, including different ways in which the models can help you to prepare food and meals to your satisfaction, Once you understand what type of processor you need, then you can feel more confident about selecting the right model, and buying accessories that will really help you with preparing and chopping foods.

Common types of food processor

There are several different types of food processor, including the well known ‘blender’. Although all are classed under the same name, and are all able to process food, they function in different ways and can be used for different purposes:

  • The blender. This is the most familiar to most domestic cooks, and is also one of the cheapest versions of the food processor. it is generally used to blend soft foods and to mix liquids together. There are often attachments which allow you to chop food, but these are usually not very effective. More expensive blenders will also come with accessories which can be used to create crushed ice, and to chop fruits prior to blending.
  • Mini processors. These are an alternative to the full-sized food processor which means that it can be used in small kitchens and galley areas. These mini processors perform fewer tasks, and they will have a smaller bowl area, meaning that they can chop only small amounts at a time. However, for a couple, or for those with small families, the mini processor can be the most convenient way to chop and mix foods. If you will only need basic utilities, and don’t need large amounts of food, then the mini processor can be the perfect choice.
  • The hand-operated processor. If you don’t have room for a full-sized processor, then you might want to consider an alternative such as the hand-operated processor. These are perfect for chopping small amounts of vegetables such as onions and garlic. They are often constructed with a bowl, a single chopping blade, and a lid. The blade is held in position by large dimples in the bowl and lid, and then the lid is twisted in one direction while holding the bowl still, allowing you to chop up the vegetables. Most hand-operated processors need to have the food pre-cut in order to fit it into the small bowl.
  • Full-sized processors. If you watch cookery programs, you will have seen the full-sized food processor in use. They can hold as much as 12 cups of chopped vegetables, and also feature a number of different cutting accessories. The largest may even allow you to mix dough in the bowl using a dough hook attachment, but this version can be very expensive. The full-sized processor will have a bowl, which fits into a particular slot in the base of the processor, and a lid which has a feeding slot. This is a raised area in the lid which has a separate, removable insert. This allows you to add vegetables, oils or other ingredients to the mixture gradually. These larger processors will also have several different speeds, so you can blend slowly while chopping to avoid mashing vegetables, or fast speed, allowing you to turn even harder vegetables into a soup-like liquid.

Basic processor designs

The majority of food processors come in a standard format, regardless of their particular model. For example, the food processor will have a motor, a bowl and lid, and a range of different chopping accessories. The larger food processors will be fitted into a stand, so that the motor is housed within plastic casing, and the bowl sits in a hole moulded into the base, keeping everything secure when you are blending large amounts of food at once. The bowl will usually have the blade locked inside, and then will connect to the motor. New models will have a button to control power, while older models are turned on once the bowl is locked into position.

Modern bowls will also usually have a connecting feed tube, with an insert known as a plunger. The cook puts food into the feed tube, and then pushes it into the bowl using the plunger. Liquids can be poured directly into bowl using this access tube.

Food processor chopping attachments

There are several different types of food processor, but they all work in one particular way, which allows you to turn food from a solid state into a chopped state, a mashed state, or a liquid state. There are several different attachments to the main body of the processor which will alter the way that food is converted.

These attachments, known as ‘blades’ can be swapped around in order to allow you to get thinner slices or a finer blend of foods. The types of blades available allow you to control the processor in order to get exactly what you want. The blender will also have other accessories designed to help the cook to prepare meals when following recipes.

There are a number of different attachments, including:

  • S-shaped blade. Sometimes known as the Sabatier blade, this is a round blade featuring two curved, sharpened incisions on parallel sides of the attachment pillar. The blades are usually made of metal, since these remain sharper for longer. This blade sits at the base of the food processor bowl, and cuts food as it comes around.
  • Shredding disk. This features a number of sharpened blades fitted into a small incision and placed at a slant to the rest of the round attachment. The blade shreds food as it passes over the sharpened area.
  • Slicing disk. This is similar to the shredding disk, but features a single blade which takes a very thin slice from the food coming in through the feeding tube. This and the shredding disk are placed near the bowl top, so that food is pressed down onto it through the feeding tube, and is ideal for tougher or coarser foods.