- The best food processors you can buy today
- How I tested each food processor
- Other food processors tested
- What to look for when buying a food processor
- Top food processors compared
- 7 Best Food Processors 2020 – Top Food Processor and Chopper Reviews
- What makes a great food processor?
- Breville Sous Chef
- Hamilton Beach Stack & Snap
- Cuisinart Elemental Food Processor
- KitchenAid Mini Chopper
- KitchenAid Food Processor
- Cuisinart Prep 9
- Oster Total Prep
- 5 surprising things your food processor can do
- 5 food processor mistakes to avoid
- The 11 Best Food Processors For All Your Chopping Needs
- Best Food Processors of 2020
The best food processors you can buy today
You might be wondering which food processor will suit your kitchen and your specific chopping, dicing, grinding and food preparation needs as well as how much to spend. From motor power to capacity, attachments and overall value, we're here to help find the best option on the market. Turns out, the best food processors aren't necessarily the most expensive food processors.
When it comes to kitchen countertop appliances, a high-quality food processor is one of the most versatile, designed to accomplish specialized tasks quickly in the kitchen.
A high-performance food processor can feel your own personal sous chef, saving you on effort and time spent laboring over a given recipe.
And it doesn't even have to be big: Small and even mini food processors can get the job done.
Depending on the attachment, a good processor with a powerful motor can easily shred hard or soft cheeses, grind nuts into powder, knead bread dough, dice and slice fruits and vegetables or make butter and spreads.
You can even make emulsions and soups with the help of a quality food processor in your kitchen.
As with anything, there are stark differences in motor performance, the overall durability and, of course, the cost of a machine.
You also want to keep in mind how easy to clean the food processor is. Some or all of its components may be dishwasher safe. Even if you have to hand-wash the blade, being able to toss the food chute or main container in the dishwasher may be a boon.
I tested seven, representing major brands and best sellers according to Amazon, Target and Walmart food processor reviews. You can pick a food processor up for as little as $25 or splurge big on an expensive pro model for upward of $600.
The food processors I tested fall squarely in the middle, in the $100 to $200 range made for general home use. There are also mini models and extra-large food processors but these are all average in size — between 10- and 14-cup capacities.
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How I tested each food processor
While food processors can perform many different tasks, I chose tests that represented the core functions of a food processor. Most people use these kitchen appliances to blend, chop, puree and shred.
Narrowed down to these key functions, I chose hummus, pico de gallo, almond butter and shredding parmesan for the test kitchen tasks. Those recipes offer a mix of blending, chopping, shredding and pureeing to give me a feel for the performance of each model.
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Hummus is a good indicator of how powerful the food processor's motor is and thus how well the appliance can blend ingredients together into one smooth dish. Pico illustrated how easy it is to get a uniformly chopped dish made up of ingredients in varying textures and hardnesses.
Almond butter allows me to test the food processor's ability to puree something a hard almond into a nut butter consistency. It also allows me to run the processor for an extended period of time to see if there are overheating issues or noise and vibration complaints. I used 16 ounces of almonds in each test.
A shredding test calls for a nice big block of parmesan, one of the hardest cheeses. This tests the grating disc performance as well as the usability of the mouth's width and the food processor's food pusher.
I tried my hand at performing each of these in each of these food processors. Each recipe was repeated twice in each machine using the same ingredients in the same amounts across all brands. Here's how it all shook out and my recommendation for the three best food processors available in 2020.
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It isn't pretty (not even a little), but this $180 German food processor from Braun's Tribute Collection had the best results by far when it came to blending and chopping.
The hummus from the Braun processor was the smoothest of any I made in my testing.
Pico de gallo pulsed in the Braun FP3020 was uniform and finely chopped without leaving too much juice pooled in the bottom of the bowl.
The 12-cup bowl is large enough for families, and with 15 speeds you'll have plenty of control over your processing.
The ability to fine-tune the speed came in extra handy when I grated a hard block of parmesan.
On high, it was uncontrollable in most food processors, but with the speed at, say, a 6 or 8 15 in the Braun, I could steady the cheese and guide it better through the feed tube while still getting a good grate.
You'll also get seven attachments to help make being a home chef easy. The attachments are perfect for slicing vegetables, kneading dough, shredding, whipping, juicing and mixing.
$180 is on the upper end of our price range, but the Amazon price at the time of this posting put it at a reasonable $164 — not too shabby for a kitchen appliance that helps in all kinds of cooking and food prep.
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We tested multiple Cuisinart models, and this one wins for its balance of performance, value and features. The $130 price (currently $108 on Amazon) make it a reasonably priced, midrange processor that performed well in our tests.
Hummus with the Cuisinart FP-11SV was smooth and well-blended. Four pulses worked for chopping up my pico de gallo ingredients well, and though getting almonds to a butter consistency took significantly longer in this model (about 10 minutes on average compared to other models), the result was a smooth and well-mixed.
Shredding cheese was a bit tricky since the mouth of this processor's food chute is small compared to other models. I had to trim down my wedge of parmesan quite a bit to fit in the chute. However, you do get thoughtful extras a disc with two shredding size options (fine or medium) and suction cups on the bottom of the processors to help it stay steady on your countertop.
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KitchenAid is a classic brand, and while its stand mixers are beloved, I can't say the same for the company's food processor options.
This 11-cup KitchenAid food processor model worked well, but it wasn't the best performer in blending and chopping.
However, you will get a lot of attachments, and it's a good food processor for shredding and slicing since it comes with multiple discs for different shred and slice sizes.
Hummus in this model was a smooth, well-blended consistency with even flavor.
Five pulses did the trick as a food chopper for my pico de gallo vegetables, and almond butter was easily processed, though the machine did heat up in the 18 minutes it took to process the almonds into nut butter, leaving me with questions about the motor. This KitchenAid model does have an automatic shut-off to prevent motor burnout, but that heat still made me nervous.
Shredding and slicing is where KitchenAid really shines. There's a reversible shredding disc option and an externally adjustable slicing disc that corresponds with a slider on the front of the base, so you can get really specific slice sizes.
There's also a nice storage case included, so you don't end up throwing all those blades into your bowl when it's not in use. It has a classic style, and any good KitchenAid appliance, it comes in multiple finishes. The price varies depending on which finish you choose. The silver model I tested has a suggested retail of $250 but is currently on sale at Amazon for $199.
Other food processors tested
In addition to the three recommended above, we tested four other food processors in the $100 to $200 range.
Worth considering, but not as good as the top picks above:
- Hamilton Beach Professional Dicing Food Processor: I was impressed by the design of this food processor, but it wasn't the winner in performance, and I found the button labels and noise level to be a bit bothersome. At $200, I can't recommend it over better-performing models.
- Cuisinart DFP-14BKSY Custom 14-Cup Food Processor: This Cuisinart model performed well enough, but you'll only get one speed option and just one sized shredding disc. The food processors recommended above offer more for your money.
- Ninja Smart Screen Blender and Processor: This kit comes with a blending bowl, processing bowl and a travel cup. With a smaller (five-cup) bowl capacity, inconsistent and underperforming results. The Ninja Smart Screen is a unit I would avoid if your priority is food processing.
- Oster Designed for Life 14-Cup Food Processor: This food processor just didn't perform well. Hummus had multiple unchopped chickpeas in it, and the gusty airflow the front of the machine was enough to blow around items on my countertop. Another food processor I would avoid.
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What to look for when buying a food processor
Picking the best food processor for you means considering all the features you'll need for your favorite recipes and common home chef kitchen tasks.
Food processors come in many different sizes and volumes. The size of the food processor is the size of the work bowl.
I tested models ranging from 11- to 14-cup capacity, but you can get food processors that come with mini bowl and mini chopper options and as small as three cups.
For a household with two or more people, I'd recommend at least an 8-cup model and if you have the storage space, spring for a large food processor, just in case.
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Most recipes involving food processors specify mixing or chopping at either a high or low speed, and for that reason, you'll want a processor with at least two speeds and a powerful motor.
The most common configuration is a low, high and pulse option.
There are some food processors with just one speed, but that's extremely limiting when it comes to having control over your meals so look for a food processor with at least some range of speeds.
My top food processor pick, the Braun FP3020 has 15 individual speeds on one dial. That's much more than most people will ever need, but the option to really zero into a specific speed adds the option for precision.
While your food processor is primarily two spinning blades, there are a host of other attachments that can expand your processor's abilities. Some come with multiple attachments discs for grating, shredding and slicing, blades for kneading bread dough, whipping cream and attachments for chopping nuts, juicing fruits or dicing vegetables.
If you know the tasks you'll do most often, be sure to check that your processor includes the right attachments. Some food processor models, the Braun, come with a lot of these attachments while others must be purchased separately so depending on your food processing needs this may be something to consider.
Remember, attachments shouldn't be difficult to clean, and you should definitely check if they can go in the dishwasher.
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You may also want to consider the materials from which the food processor is made.
If you plan to use it often and are perhaps not the most careful chef in the kitchen consider a sturdy stainless steel food processor versus one with a plastic base which may be less expensive but more prone to breakage.
Most food processor bowls are made from a hard plastic that is easy to clean and dishwasher safe but some are more sturdy than others. If you have the opportunity to touch and hold the food processor make sure the plastic bowl and its lid are tough enough to handle being knocked around without cracking.
Top food processors compared
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7 Best Food Processors 2020 – Top Food Processor and Chopper Reviews
Using a food processor is having your own personal sous chef — owning one will save you from having to do tons of tedious and tiring prep work.
One question we get asked a lot: What's the difference between a food processor and a blender? If you want a coarse texture, a food processor will get the job done.
Blenders are better for fine grinding and pureeing smooth concoctions.
The Good Housekeeping Institute’s Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab tested how evenly food processors were able to dice onions, mince parsley, grind parmesan cheese, slice tomatoes, shred carrots and mozzarella, and knead dough.
We also took note of how quickly each model performed these tasks and how much food was left unprocessed.
Then we checked ease of use, looking at how helpful the owner’s manual was, how easy the blades, chute, and lid were to assemble, the ease of use of controls, the variety of setting offered, and cleanability.
Our top Lab pick is the Breville Sous Chef.
It's top-of-the-line when it comes to performance, featuring a super powerful motor, a micro-serrated S-blade, an adjustable slicer with 24 settings (ranging from paper-thin to thick-cut), a reversible shredder, a dough blade, and more. It aced every test, dicing onions, mincing parsley, and uniformly sliced tomatoes in seconds.
Overall, the best food processors to buy in 2019 are:
Best Overall Food Processor: Breville Sous Chef
Best Value Food Processor: Hamilton Beach Stack & Snap
Most Versatile Food Processor: Cuisinart Elemental Food Processor
Best Small Food Processor: KitchenAid Mini Food Chopper
Best Large Food Processor: KitchenAid Food Processor
Best Timeless Food Processor: Cuisinart Prep 9
Easiest to Use Food Processor: Oster Total Prep
What makes a great food processor?
A top-performing food processor should be able to take on whole or large pieces of fresh produce, onions, carrots, herbs, or potatoes and blitz them into uniform pieces (dices or shreds) in very little time. They should also be able to take on tasks grinding hard cheeses, pureeing soups or sauces, making emulsions mayo, and even kneading dough for bread.
When shopping, look for a model that has blades for slicing foods tomatoes or cheese, too. We also recommend getting one with a large-sized feed tube in front and making sure it has a pulse setting — both of these features will make using your chopper more intuitive. Below, you'll find more info on our top-tested chopper plus six other food processors we think you’ll love.
Breville Sous Chef
Thanks to a super powerful motor, Breville’s Sous Chef is the MVP when it comes to performance. It’s stacked with bells and whistles to give you ultimate versatility, including a micro-serrated S-blade, an adjustable slicer with 24 settings (ranging from paper-thin to thick-cut), a reversible shredder, a dough blade, and more.
This model earned perfect scores in nearly all of our tests, turning out evenly diced onions, minced (read: not bruised) parsley, perfectly ground Parmesan, and uniformly sliced tomatoes in seconds. The sleek silver Sous Chef has multiple feeding tubes, one of which is large enough to hold an entire tomato or one-pound block of mozzarella.
Hamilton Beach Stack & Snap
Hamilton Beach's Stack & Snap proves that you don't need to spend a fortune to get a top-performing food processor.
In our testing, it was able to evenly grind parmesan cheese, mince parsley, and slice tomatoes paper thin.
The black and stainless steel base features grey push-button controls for slicing/shredding, pureeing/mixing, and pulsing, and three blades have you covered for slicing, shredding, and chopping.
We found assembling the Stack & Snap to be easier than most food processors: Because the lid locks on with two latches, you don't have to fuss with the typical lining-up-and-twisting-the-lid-into-place routine.
Cuisinart Elemental Food Processor
Cuisinart's food processor includes interchangeable 13-cup and 4.5-cup work bowls — so you can use it to prep salsa or coleslaw for a large party or just for two.
It also comes with an adjustable slicing disc, a reversible shredding disc (for medium or fine consistency), a dough blade, a dicing disc, a versatile chopping blade, a cleaning tool, and a storage case to hold your accessories.
In our tests, this machine earned high scores at nearly every task, including kneading bread dough and shredding mozzarella cheese.
KitchenAid Mini Chopper
Looking for a food processor but don’t have the storage space to donate to a full-sized model? This compact model is a smart pick for little kitchens, dorm rooms, or those who tend to make small portions.
Because it only comes with one multipurpose chopping blade, you won’t be able to slice tomatoes in it, but we found the lack of attachments made it a breeze to use.
It pulses at two speeds (chop or puree), all parts included are dishwasher safe, and with 16 shades to choose from you can match it to your kitchen.
KitchenAid Food Processor
KitchenAid's 14-cup food processor is pricey, but you'll get your money's worth from this large, heavy-duty model — plus it's pretty enough to park permanently on the countertop.
It comes stacked with blades and attachments to give you ultimate versatility, including an additional four-cup work bowl, two lids (one with and one without a feed tube), an adjustable slicing disc, reversible shredding disc, two multipurpose blades, a dough blade, dicing kit, cleaning tool, and a storage case to neatly hold it all.
Cuisinart Prep 9
The Cuisinart Prep 9 excelled at everything in our tests, even tricky jobs slicing tomatoes and shredding carrots. It's a classic food processor with very basic, easy-to-use controls — just three buttons (for on, off, and pulse) are included — which makes this the ideal model for those who are new to food processing.
The nine-cup capacity should be ample for most home cooks, but Cuisinart's 11-cup sister model (the Prep 11 Plus) is ideal if you entertain often and are making larger batches. This Cuisinart includes a slicer disc, shredding disc, new chopping blade, detachable stem, spatula, and recipe book.
Oster Total Prep
The Oster Total Prep was one of the easiest-to-use food processors we evaluated. This no-frills black model comes with an S-shaped blade for chopping, a dough blade, a reversible shredding and slicing disc, and has a lid and feed tube that are both super easy to assemble.
And for quick cleanup,all parts and accessories are dishwasher-safe. In our tests, it evenly processed diced onions and shredded carrots, though it did leave parsley slightly bruised when mincing. But at this price, who could care?
5 surprising things your food processor can do
- Grate Parmesan cheese. We love the microplane fine zester/grater for a quick shower of Parm to top a bowl of pasta but when the lasagna recipe calls for a ½ cup or maybe more, hand grating can be tedious… trust us, we know.
If you cut your wedge of cheese into chunks about 1-inch in size, and whiz them in the processor fitted with the blade, not the grating attachment, you'll be amazed at the results.
- Knead dough. No more excuses left for not making your own pie crust.
Yes, you still have to measure out the ingredients, but the processor combines them quickly and expertly!
- Mince parsley. While generally there's a limit to how much you can process, when it comes to curly parsley leaves, you can pack them in to the top of the bowl. Try this the next time you make a healthy salad.
- Whip up dressings and dips. Since their beginnings, food processors have been hailed for their ability to make mayonnaise. In the cap of the feed tube, there's a little tiny hole. If you add the oil through the hole, it flows into the eggs at just the right pace to be absorbed and turn into mayo.
But let's be honest, who among us makes their own these days? But, this technique works a charm when you're making a mustardy or creamy salad dressing.
- Mix cookies. Simple cookie recipes that aren't weighed down with a ton of butter and flour, can be whizzed in the processor.
In fact Susan Westmoreland's Chocolate-Hazelnut Macaroons calls for first grinding the nuts and chocolate and then mixing them in the processor bowl, reducing the number of steps and pieces of equipment you have to wash up. —Sharon Franke
5 food processor mistakes to avoid
- Throwing in a whole onion. Before chopping, cut food into even size chunks for more even processing. It also helps to drop chopped pieces through the feed tube while the food processor's in operation instead of loading them all in the bowl before you start.
- Ignoring the pulse button. By pressing pulse to run the processor intermittently, you'll get more even results. If your food processor doesn't have an automatic pulse feature, simply press it on and off intermittently.
- Not applying pressure. When shredding or slicing, try to exert even pressure on food as you push it down to keep it steady in the tube and get uniform results.
- Using it instead of a blender. Not sure when to use your food processor and when to use the blender? If you want a coarse texture, a food processor will get the job done. Blenders are better for fine grinding and pureeing smooth concoctions.
- Walking away. Be sure not to do something else while the food processor's operating, particularly if you're preparing a heavy load yeast dough as the processor can “walk” on, or even fall off of, the countertop. —Sharon Franke
The 11 Best Food Processors For All Your Chopping Needs
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Sometimes, the kitchen can become more of a stressor than a safe space, especially when you’re more of a take-out person than a sous chef. But, if you’re not good at hand-held slicing and dicing, there’s one handy item that you absolutely need on your countertop: a food processor.
By now, all of us are very aware of what a food processor does. But in case you’re in need of a refresher, people basically save you a ton of precious time you’d usually waste chopping, cutting, mincing, grinding, and even a few help with blending and pureeing. It’s a simple device that’s essential for even the most novice chef to have for an easier life in the kitchen.
However, not all food processors are created equal. Here’s some food for thought: if you’re on the lookout for a new food processor, make sure you keep your eye on the important specs including the setting variety, amount of food it can hold, and assembling ease (and de-assemble for cleaning, of course).
Here, the best food processors.
This top of the line food processor deserves the top spot on our list for one main reason: it has an impressive performance, but it’s easy enough for everyone in the kitchen to use. This pick from Cuisinart includes a standard dicing blade, medium shredding disc, and stainless steel chopping/mixing blade to meet all of your cooking and prepping needs, without major hassle.
Plus, if you’re dicing and chopping a hefty amount of giant veggies, no need to fret.
This food processor has an extra-large 14-Cup Lexan work bowl, an extra-large Feed tube for even the biggest of potatoes, and small and large pushers to get everything in with ease.
It also features seven food prep settings and single-touch operation to make every recipe you tackle just a little bit easier.
If you live in a more metropolitan area, then chances are you have a smaller living situation, which of course includes your kitchen being a tad smaller.
So, if your cooking area is already cramped as-is, then lighten the load with this compact food processor.
It’s great for the chef who cooks in small batches thanks to its 5-cup food bowl (enough for two servings!), and it’s a 3-in-1 design that will transform even the tiniest of areas into a master Michelin-star kitchen.
This food processor can create eight different cuts of food, thanks to its four different cutting cones, so now you can make extra-long zoodles and crinkle-cut veggie chips with the ease of a switch. Plus, this design is teeny enough to fit in the smallest corners of your cupboards, so you won’t ever have to play Tetris with your kitchen gadgets ever again.
If you’re on the hunt for the best bang for your buck, look no further. This pick from Hamilton Beach is a favorite not only for its budget price tag but also for its grade-A performance. This processor can chop and dice food with two different speeds to choose from, plus it has a pulse control setting to save you some extra time and money.
The stack and snap design makes setting this processor up a breeze, so no need for twisting and wrestling your machine.
And if you’re not into pre-cutting your veggies and fruits (because why would you be?), you’re in luck: this food processor has an extra-wide chute to fit the biggest eggplants, yams, and more with little to no fuss. The results: perfectly sliced and shredded ingredients, every time.
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If you have a few extra dimes to spare, then you need to invest in this best-selling food processor. It’s been deemed the Holy Grail of food processors for a reason: it handles most tasks in seconds and comes with a plethora of eight professional-grade slicing discs and blades to choose from, including a precision-adjustable slicer to slice veggies to your preference of thickness.
It also comes with two BPA-free bowls to switch between tasks: one small option for all of your mincing and sauce-blending needs, and a larger bowl for slicing and grating, or even kneading dough.
And don’t worry about slippery hands, because this food processor has a special safety interlock system that features a nonslip feed and overload protection.
It may be a bit of a splurge, but it’s worth every shiny penny.
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Whether you already have a food processor or just the feel of a hand-held gadget, this is the perfect kitchen pal for swift chopping.
This mini food slicer may be tiny, but it’s mighty enough to shoot out perfectly sliced fruits, veggies, and more in mere seconds.
The magic is in this handheld device’s powerful motor, which allows you to just point and shoot, so no need to clean extra bowls.
This nifty gizmo comes with four different cones to choose from, so you can easily prep food any way you’d , and it’s extra-large food chamber lets you chop up even the largest of ingredients without any hassle. Once you’re done, just wipe the device clean and throw the cones in the dishwasher—seriously, it’s that easy.
If you’re new to this whole “cooking” thing (don’t worry, a lot of us are), then try out this beginner’s option. Since you’re probably not going to julienne-cut many carrots, this eight-cup food processor will make food prepping a little bit easier on you. It features a stainless steel s-blade for chopping and pureeing and a reversible disc for slicing and shredding.
Plus, it also has a large feed chute, two speeds to choose from, and pulse control for power and control over your concoctions. Also, the bowl, lid, and blades are all dishwasher safe, so you won’t have to sweat any after-meal messes. It’s the simplest device for the modest chef, making cooking much less intimidating.
Whether you’re officially a professional chef or not, this food processor is definitely for the cooks looking to take on more intense jobs. This insanely large food processor has a bowl that can take on 3.5 quarts of food at a time, and it also features a 1-horsepower motor that can cut through any food almost too easily.
The machine has a Liquilock seal system to secure everything you feed into it in place, plus an extra-large chute for all of your prepping needs. In terms of blades, this food processor has a secure S-blade that locks in place for easier, safer pouring after chopping up your veggies, and the whipping disc whips up any heavy cream, egg whites and more swiftly for an airy, light feel.
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If you’re prepping a large batch for a family get-together, then it’s time to break out the heavy artillery. Spend even less time prepping food with this ultra-wide 14-up bowl, ready to hold massive amounts of servings in a matter of minutes.
If you’re trying to dice or puree any large roots or fruits, no need to worry because this food processor features an extra-wide chute.
It also features two speeds, pulse control, a touchpad that’s extremely easy to clean, and LED indicator lights to keep you alerted.
Also, it includes five attachments to slice, knead, chop, and more just the way you it. Plus, clean up is a breeze thanks to its dishwasher-safe attachments and bowl.
Goldilocks, you need something just right, so no need for compact styles or ultra-wide bowls. That’s where this food process from Hamilton Beach comes in. It has a 10-cup food processor that can fit in most kitchens and includes three different attachments to choose from: an S-blade, a shredding disc, and a slicing disc.
It also features a continuous feed, a pulse function, and an easy-lock lid to keep things simple. All of the removable parts are dishwasher safe, making the post-meal cleaning session a little less intense. If you live an easy-breezy cooking lifestyle, then this simple food processor is exactly what you need to just get the job done.
Cooking for one? Then you don’t need the crazy specs or the 14+ cup bowls. All you need is a mini food processor that will prep your favorite foods with the perfect portion, each and every time. That’s why we suggest grabbing this 3.
5-cup food processor, which has the power to chop, dice, and even puree to your liking without all the bells and whistles. It features one blade that truly does it all for you, plus a handle and pouring nozzle to keep things streamlined.
This option has two-speed options plus pulse control, and the bowl is BPA-free, so your food is fresh and free of harmful toxins. And if you’re a dressing or sauce connoisseur, get excited: this pick features a drizzle basin that easily incorporates liquid ingredients while processing, so you can master tasty dressings and sauces with ease.
Let’s be real for a second: fancy specs are nice, but you’re all about staying on theme with your kitchen, If you have an aesthetic to uphold, then this food processor is your answer. It features three attachments to choose from, seven food prep options, a 14-cup Lexan work bowl, an extra-large feeding tube, small and large pushers, and a spatula to easily scoop out your creations.
But, we know why you’re really here: this food processor comes in an impressive seven colors to choose from, so you don’t have to worry about sacrificing style for functionality. Who says you can’t have it all?
Best Food Processors of 2020
If you need to slice, shred, grate‚ or chop vegetables—or pulse butter and flour into pea-sized perfection to form dough—the best tool for the task is a food processor.
And whether you’re chopping a pile of fresh veggies for weekly meal prep or making batches of coleslaw for a crowd, the appliance is a real time-saver. “Even experienced home cooks who prefer to slice and dice by hand find plenty of uses for their food processor,” says Cindy Fisher, a CR test engineer who oversees our food processor tests.
You'll find nearly 40 models in our food processor ratings, ranging from $40 to $600. They come in a variety of sizes and capacities; the biggest will hold an impressive 16 cups. Features vary widely, too. Some come with a special hook for kneading dough or one for spiralizing veggies into long, thin “noodles.”
In our food processor lab, we test a blade's ability to chop almonds and onions uniformly, grate Parmesan cheese, and purée peas and carrots into a smooth mixture.
If the model comes with slicing attachments, we test the slicing blade using mushrooms and celery, and the shredding blade with cheddar.
We also measure noise, because while all food processors are noisy, some are much worse than others.
Read on for reviews of five top food processors from Consumer Reports' tests, listed alphabetically.
Check out our food processor buying guide as you shop, and for more details and options, see our food processor ratings.
CR's take: The Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL is one of the few models tested that earns a rating of Very Good for puréeing, so you can be confident that veggies will turn out with a smooth consistency. It runs on 960 watts and is loaded with accessories.
Touch buttons are easy to wipe clean. This food processor is 18 inches high and weighs 19 pounds, factors to consider if you plan to lift it a cupboard or cabinet with each use. It's one of the heaviest food processors we've tested.
Add in the accessory storage case, which is included, and you can see how this model will eat up storage space in addition to a chunk of your savings. The warranty is for one year, but the motor is covered for 25 years, the longest in our ratings.
Available in brushed aluminum, red, and black.
CR's take: Cuisinart introduced the food processor to Americans in the early 1970s, and it has been a recognized brand in the category ever since. The Cuisinart Custom 14 DFP-14BCNY garners an Excellent rating in chopping, meaning it consistently chopped onions and nuts into medium-sized pieces.
And it's one of the quietest models we've tested. It operates on 720 watts, has a 14-cup capacity, and stands almost 16 inches high. Many of the food processors we've tested have touch buttons, but this one has levers—one for on, the other for pulsing and off. The warranty lasts three years; five for the motor.
Available in brushed stainless, copper, and stainless mixed with black or white.
CR's take: The Cuisinart Prep 9 DLC-2009CHB earns a rating of Excellent in slicing, turning out veggies that are evenly sliced, but it's not so great at grating.
It has a 9-cup capacity and touch buttons, and is the most compact of its brandmates highlighted here (weighing in at around 12 pounds and measuring 15 inches tall). It's usually the least expensive of these Cuisinart models, and it has the lowest power, running on 600 watts.
There's a three-year warranty, and the motor is covered for 10 years. Available in aluminum.
CR's take: The 9-cup KitchenAid KFP0918CU doesn't come with any special blades or attachments, but it delivers solid performance in several key tasks and is among the best at chopping, rating Excellent in this test.
It operates on 250 watts, weighs just over 6 pounds, and is a little over 17 inches tall. That's pretty tall, but it should still fit under your upper cabinets if you want to leave it out on the counter. It also has cord storage to keep the power cord tucked away and sight when not in use.
The warranty covers one year. Available in silver and matte black.
CR's take: Robot-Coupe, the French company that developed the first food processor, took the technology of its commercial models and applied it to the high-performing Magimix 4200 XL for home cooks. The 12-cup food processor garners Very Good ratings in the chopping, slicing, shredding, and grating tests. The only test it doesn't excel at is puréeing.
(It wasn't able to get peas perfectly smooth.) The hefty 950-watt machine weighs 17.5 pounds and comes with all the extras: mini chopping bowls, a dough blade, a shredding disc, a grating disc, blending attachment for liquids, whipping attachment, and a case to keep them organized. The warranty lasts three years for parts and 30 years for the motor.
Available in chrome, black, white, cream, and red.