Best Food Processor Reviews and Helpful Tips

// Food Processor Reviews Written by Jenny.

Most people probably know what a food processor machine does in the kitchen. It is definitely more than the food chopper, mixer and grinder that your mother or grandmother used. Our reviews on this site will help you understand that the additional technological advanced features that are now added to that humble machine. These features include kneading, whipping, mincing, chopping, slicing, and blending.  These are what makes the new food prep machine different from the olden days ones.

New Features

However, we still need to know whether there are some features that are unique to any of the food making machines out there, which are required for your regular cooking. This is especially true if you never owned one or your food processor that did not have many features of today’s cookware was given away.

Food Processor Reviews

Perhaps, we might be considering getting a new food making machine, but wouldn’t know where to start. After all, there are so many of them out there. Some catch our attention because of brand name, while others look attractive enough because of the price. Yet others seem good because of cleaning convenience or characteristics. But before we go spend our hard earned money on something that doesn’t give us everything that we want, we might want to read something about the top ones and best sellers in the market.

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What Do Our Reviews Offer?

Usually, the best food processor reviews are based on the experiences of people that have used the particular products. It may be customers expressing their delight or disgruntled customers venting their frustration. Both types of information are what made good reviews because they shed some light on quality as well as features of the product. In addition, there may be professional reviews as well, such as those on cooking websites, and cooking illustrated magazines.

It may be confusing to make a purchase based on  many diverse opinions. But it is always good to read as many reviews before buying your preferred kitchenware. The customer who is unhappy with the machine he or she had used in the past may only not have outgrown his or her old food processor, but may be doing something out of habit. Instead of following instructions on how to use old food prep machines, or buy a new one, he or she may become dissatisfied and would hesitate in buying a new processor.

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In any event, it would be wise to consult friends, relatives and other acquaintances before dismissing such negative reviews as something irrelevant. Professional food processor reviews provide people with the opportunity to identify the desirable features in any processor. Since these often assesses a product in comparison with other products. They also indicate whether the product is expensive or not.

Where Do You Find the Best Reviews?

The best  reviews are usually available on the websites of online marketing businesses such as Amazon and eBay. Even, Huffington Post did a piece on food processor recipes. CNN  also did one on top food processor review. However, Amazon and eBay offer these opinions under a product customer reviews. It is not the same thing as looking exclusively at a processor and reading relevant reviews before deciding.

Sites such as Amazon do try to list comparable food processor products with several models, but such lists are not always complete. This is the reason many people who wish to buy any kitchen appliances turn towards particular buyer’s guide such as Food Buyer’s Guide. This guide provides a comprehensive list of the food processing products available in the market with their features, and prices. In addition, one can find ratings for each food making machine listed on such guide.

Top Food Processors

It is not easy for us to come up with the top food processor reviews. However, we have narrowed it down to just six brands at the start of this blog. But now we have expanded on the brands we will be reviewing. This is because these brands are the most versatile and powerful, and their processing go smooth in the kitchen. Those that will be first compared and reviewed are Kitchenaid, Cuisinart, Hamilton Beach, Black & Decker, Breville and Delonghi food processors because of their capacity.

However, if time permits, and all things are fine, we might dabble into Braun, Ninja, and Oster. These nine are the top and the most sought after best food makers and blenders brands in the kitchen tools market.

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We are also  tempted to include Blendtec blender in these reviews of the most used and highly rated food processing appliances. We believe it is a master prep and a very good food chopper. After speaking to our friends, they argued that electric smokers and grills are food processors in their own right.

This is something that we are not really sure about – though gills are for making food and not prepping. So, our minds are not completely made on this argument. Our writings about smokers grill or barbecue will depend on what we will find out when we do research this subject, and our willingness to undertake such journey.

10 Best Food Processors

For buying any food processors, it is necessary to have criteria based on which the appliance could be compared and selected. Following is a list of 10 best food processors compared to make selection easier.

1. Cuisinart FP 8 GM Elemental 8 Cups

Cuisinart FP 8GM Elemental 8 Cup Food Processor

Dimensions and Weight: This processor is 7.6 inches by 9.6 inches by 15.2 inches in dimensions. Cuisinart 8 GM weighs about 6 pounds.

Capacity and Work Bowl Description: This is an 8 cup food processor. There are measurements on this work bowl. The work bowl is made from acrylic. The lid of this bowl has an opening projecting above as the feed tube. There is a tube pusher as well, which has been provided with teeth-like projections at the bottom so that the fruits or vegetables being pushed down the feed tube can be pushed better. This glass shaped feed tube pusher also has a small hole at its center, which can be used to let any oil or other fluids flow in while the food processing is in progress. The lid locks perfectly with the bowl and is easy to remove and replace as well.

The Motor: Cuisinart 8 GM food processor has a motor of 350 watts.

Operation: There are four touchpad buttons on the top of the food processor’s base towards the front. These are for running the food processor at high and low speed, or to switch it off.

Blades and Disks: Two different stainless steel discs can be reversed for different types of shredding, and slicing jobs. In addition to these two discs is the S-shaped stainless steel blade which, rests closer to the bottom of the bowl. It is useful for chopping, mixing, pureeing as well as kneading.

Functions: Cuisinart 8 GM food processor can be used for all food processing needs such as pureeing, mixing, emulsifying, grinding, slicing, kneading, chopping, shredding, etc.

Pros
a. Compactly designed heavy duty food processor.
b. Fewer discs and blades giving the desired flexibility.
c. Work bowl, blades, discs, lid, and feed pusher can be easily washed in the dishwasher.

Cons
a. The center post cannot be removed and washed easily.
b. The chances of flour or other food or liquid spilling out are more because the lid does not fit tightly.
c. There are limitations to functions such as it can’t be used for making pastry and may take longer for chopping cabbage or carrots because feed tube is smaller.

2. Hamilton Beach 70730 Bowl Scraper

Hamilton Beach 70730 Bowl Scraper Food Processor

Dimensions and Weight: The dimensions of this product are 24.5 cm x 25.9 cm x 37.2 cm. Hamilton Beach 70730 Bowl Scraper weighs about 2.8 kg.

Capacity and Work Bowl Description: This is a 10 cup food processor. There are measurements on this work bowl. The work bowl is made from acrylic. The lid of this bowl has an opening projecting above as the feed tube. There is a tube pusher as well, which has been provided. The bowl includes a scraper inside. Therefore, there is no need to use a spatula in this food processor. The lid locks perfectly with the bowl and is easy to remove and replace as well.

The Motor: Hamilton Beach 70730 Bowl Scraper has a motor of 450 watts.

Operation: The circular base has a knob which includes the option of low speed and high speed apart from off and pulse.

Blades and Disks: There are the regular S blade and a reversible disc that facilitates different types of slicing, shredding, chopping, etc. Both are made from stainless steel.

Functions: Hamilton Beach 70730 Bowl Scraper can be used for all food processing needs such as pureeing, mixing, chopping, shredding, slicing, kneading, mincing, liquefying, emulsifying, etc.

Pros
a. The bowl and parts can be washed in the dishwasher.
b. One of the few food processors with larger feed chute so that food that needs to be processed does not have to be chopped into many smaller pieces.
c. The food processor has a very powerful motor.
d. Dimensions are right for moving smoothly and yet keeping the processor sturdy.

Cons
a. There is the possibility of leakage from the work bowl.
b. The work bowl may break because of the light plastic that is used to make it.
c. The powerful motor does make a lot of sounds which is not easily dispersed.

3. Black & Decker FP1600B 8 Cup

Black & Decker FP1600B 8 Cup Food Processor

Dimensions and Weight: The dimensions of Black & Decker FP1600B are 28.6 cm x 19.8 cm x 39.8 cm. It weighs about 2.5 kg.

Capacity and Work Bowl Description: This is an 8 cup processor. There are measurements on this work bowl and the bowl has slope because of which the food does not spill out easily while being processed. The work bowl is made from acrylic. The handle is strong. The lid of this bowl has an opening projecting above as the feed tube. There is a tube pusher as well. The lid locks perfectly with the bowl and there is safety interlocking system. The parts are easy to remove for washing.

The Motor: Black & Decker’s FP1600B food processor has a motor of 450 watts.

Operation: The base has two touchpad buttons. These are “On” and “Off /Pulse”.

Blades and Disks: There is the regular S blade apart from the reversible disc that facilitates different types of slicing, shredding, chopping, etc. The disc and blade are made from stainless steel.

Functions: Black & Decker’s FP1600B food prep can be used for all food processing needs such as pureeing, powdering, mixing, shredding, chopping, kneading, slicing, liquefying, mincing, emulsifying, etc.

Pros
a. Suction cups at the base hold the appliance firmly in place.
b. Most of the parts can be removed and washed in the dishwasher.
c. It has the safety interlocking system, i.e., it does not start without being perfectly interlocked.

Cons
a. It is noisy and there can be leakage from the limit line.
b. The assembly is a bit tricky.

4. KitchenAid KFPO722ER 7 Cup

KitchenAid KFPO722ER 7 Cup Food Processor

Dimensions and Weight: The dimensions of KitchenAid KFPO722ER are 10.6 inches x 15 inches x 10.4 inches. It weighs about 8.1 pounds.

Capacity and Work Bowl Description: This is a 7-cup food processor. There are measurements on this work bowl. The work bowl is made from acrylic. The handle is sturdy. The lid of this bowl has double feed tubes for food of different sizes. There is a tube pusher as well. The lid locks perfectly with the bowl and there is safety interlocking system. The parts are easy to remove for washing in the dishwasher. There is an inbuilt system for changing the thickness of slicing in this food processor. This system is operated by a lever outside.

The Motor: KitchenAid KFPO722ER has a high powered motor that uses 2.6 amps current.

Operation: The base has four touch-pad buttons. These are “high”, “low”, “off”, and “pulse”.

Blades and Disks: Three attachments come with this food processor. The first one of these is the S blade, which is for chopping, mixing, pureeing, etc. Another blade is for slicing. The disc is reversible, and it is for all other types of works such as shredding. All the three attachments are made from stainless steel.

Functions: KitchenAid KFPO722ER can be used for all food processing needs such as pureeing, powdering, slicing, emulsifying, mixing, shredding, dicing, chopping, etc. There is an optional accessory for ice crushing. It can be used to make the batter for cookies.

Pros
1. Comes with one year warranty and is energy efficient.
2. Does not leak because of leak resistant ring which functions as an ultra-tight seal.
3. Noiseless when compared to many other food processors from the same category.

Cons
a. There is no dough blade.
b. The consistency is not exactly perfect.
c. Motor power is inadequate for some food processing tasks.

5. Cuisinart DLC-2ABC Mini-Prep Plus

Cuisinart DLC 2ABC Mini Prep Plus Food Processor

Dimensions and Weight: The dimensions of this product are 24.9 cms x 20.8 cms x 14.2 cms. It weighs about 1.4 kg.

Capacity and Work Bowl Description: Cuisinart DLC-2ABC is a 3 cup food processor. Therefore, it is a mini-chopper rather than a full-scale food processor. There are no measurements on this work bowl. The work bowl is made from Lexan plastic and so is its lid. The base is made from polycarbonate plastic. There is no feed chute like in the larger appliances. However, there is a hole in the top from which some liquid can be poured in. The handle is firm. The lid locks perfectly with the bowl. The parts are easy to remove for washing. There is a spatula provided for stirring the content in the work bowl.

The Motor: Cuisinart DLC-2ABC food machine has a motor of 250 watts.

Operation: The base has two touch-pad buttons. These are essentially for “chop” and “grind”. When Grind is pressed, the blade moves in opposite direction to “Chop” direction.

Blades and Disks: There is a single regular S blade made from stainless Steel. This blade is reversible, which makes different types of slicing and chopping possible with this mini food processor. Cuisinart DLC-2ABC comes with a handle that rises to the top of the work bowl, making it easier to remove it without pushing the hand into the food.

Functions: This food processor can be used for chopping, grinding and mixing.

Pros
a. The size is perfect for regular usage in small families. It does not occupy a lot of room on the kitchen countertop. It can be primary food processor for daily usage.
b. The blade has a handle that allows easy removing.
c. Rinsing is all that is needed instead of putting many parts into the dishwasher though dishwasher can also be used for cleaning it.

Cons
a. This is not exactly a noiseless machine.
b. Chopping can become too fine, especially nuts can become powder, and some larger foods may not be chopped at all.
c. The plastic bowl ceases to be clear, and can break.

6. Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef

Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef Food Processor

Dimensions and Weight: The dimensions of this product are 10.2 inches x 8 inches x 17.8 inches. It weighs about 26 pounds.

Capacity and Work Bowl Description: If ever there was a comprehensive food processor, this is it. Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef processor has two work bowls. The larger work bowl has a capacity of 16 cups, and the smaller work bowl is 2.5 cups bowl. The feed chute of the larger bowl is 5.5 inches wide. There are measurements on the larger work bowl. The bowls are made from BPA free plastics. There are pushers for the bowls. The handles of the bowls are strong. The lid locks perfectly with the bowl. The parts are easy to remove for washing. There is a spatula provided for stirring the content in the work bowl.

The Motor: Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef food processor has a motor of 1200 watts. It has a break safety system.

Operation: The metallic base has three buttons on top. The one on left extreme is for power, followed by start and pause, and finally the pulse. Effectively, start is the only speed possible on this food processor. To the extreme left is an LCD display which can be programmed for the number of minutes or seconds the food processor has to run.

Blades and Disks: In all there are 3 stainless steel blades provided with this food processor. It includes a dough blade. Apart from blades, there are 5 versatile discs which are also made from stainless steel.

Functions: Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef can be used for chopping, grinding, kneading the dough, mixing, blending for pastries, making pizza dough, making purees, etc., but it may not be suitable for making smoothies.

Pros

a. There is a 1 year “limited” warranty;
b. There is safety mechanism which ensures that the motor does not start unless work bowl, its lid, and, in turn, the work bowl and motor base are locked correctly;
c. The auto timer mechanism is built into it.

Cons

a. It is rather heavy for regular usage unless the family is large;
b. It cannot be used to make juices or smoothies
c. The work bowls are either too small or large.

7. Cuisinart DLC-10S Pro Classic 7 Cup

Cuisinart DLC 10S Pro Classic 7 Cup Food Processor

Dimensions and Weight: The dimensions of Cuisinart DLC-10S “Pro Classic are 28.6 cm x 17.8 cm x 34.9 cm. It weighs about 6 kg.

Capacity and Work Bowl Description: The size of work bowl in Cuisinart DLC-10S Pro Classic is 7 cups. It has a large feed chute. It is made from Lexan plastic that is BPA free.
The handle of the bowl is ergonomically designed to ensure that stress is not there on the bowl, and it does not break free from the bowl. The lid is flat and locks perfectly with the work bowl, all parts are easily removable for washing, including the disc stem. A spatula is provided as well as a pusher.

The Motor: This food robot has a motor of 600 watts.

Operation: There is a switch that shifts between On, Off, and Pulse.

Blades and Disks: There are two blades provided with this food prepping machine. One of them is the dough blade, and the other blade is for regular chopping and or mixing. This second blade is an S blade. Both blades are made from stainless steel. There are two discs as well, one of them is for shredding or grating, and the other one is for slicing. These discs are also stainless steel discs.

Functions: Cuisinart DLC-10S Pro Classic can be used for chopping, grinding, slicing, shredding, kneading bread dough, mincing, mixing, making purees, making pizza dough, making pastry dough, etc., but it may not be suitable for making smoothies. It is not as if it can’t slice ice. But the work bowl will get damaged if it is done in it. Chopping or shredding cheese is often a better option in this food processor when compared to slicing.

Pros
a. It comes with 5 years warranty for the motor, and 3 years warranty for the rest of the appliance.
b. Powerful motor because of which the appliance is more versatile.
c. The feed tube is large.

Cons
a. The appliance can get hot if used continuously for processes such as kneading.
b. The plastic parts do not inspire much confidence and are likely to break.
c. There is an only one-speed option, because of which it’s hard to get different types of chopping or grinding done in this food processor.

8. Hamilton Beach 70740 8-Cup

Hamilton Beach 70740 8 Cup Food Processor

Dimensions and Weight: The dimensions of this product are 35.6 cm x 25.7 cm x 25.7 cm. It weighs about 2.3 kg.

Capacity and Work Bowl Description: The capacity of work bowl in Hamilton Beach’s 70740 is 8 cups. It has a relatively large feed chute. It is made from plastic. The handle of the bowl is ergonomically designed to ensure that stress is not there on the bowl, and it does not break free from the bowl. The lid locks perfectly with the work bowl. All parts are easily removable for washing in the dishwasher. A spatula is provided as well as a pusher.

The Motor: This food processor has a motor of 450 watts.

Operation: The controlling knob moves from 2, 1, 0, and pulse.

Blades and Disks: This Hamilton Beach 70740 comes with one stainless steel S blade, which is for chopping. Also, there is a disc made from stainless steel for shredding and slicing.

Functions: Hamilton Beach 70740 can be used for chopping, pulverizing, slicing, shredding, mixing, making purees, kneading bread dough, mincing, making pizza dough, making pastry dough, blending jobs, etc., but it may not be suitable for making smoothies. It is not as if it can’t slice ice. But the work bowl will get damaged if it is done in it. Similarly chopping cheese may be easier than shredding it.

Pros
a. It has a gripping arrangement so it does not move much.
b. Compact design
c. Dishwasher safe parts
d. Easy assembly

Cons
a. Shredding variety is limited because there is only one disc that comes with this food processor.
b. Uniformity is missing in slicing.
c. The appliance tends to be noisy.

9. Cuisinart DFP-14BCN 14-Cup

Cuisinart DFP 14BCN 14 Cup Food Processor

Dimensions and Weight: The dimensions of Cuisinart DFP-14BCN are 42.2 cm x 32 cm x 23.6 cm. It weighs about 9 kg.

Capacity and Work Bowl Description: The size of work bowl in this food processor is 14 cups. It has a relatively large feed chute. The work bowl is made of Lexan plastic. The handle of the bowl is ergonomically designed to ensure that stress is not there on the bowl, and it does not break free from the bowl. The lid locks perfectly with the work bowl. All parts are easily removable for washing in the dishwasher. The appliance comes with a pusher and a spatula. The stems of this machine are detachable too.

The Motor: This food processor has a motor of 720 watts.

Operation: There are only two lever switches in this, i.e., on the left is the On switch, and on the right is the off or pulse switch.

Blades and Disks: Cuisinart’s DFP-14BCN comes with two stainless steel blades, one of which is an S blade or the chopping blade, and the other is the dough blade. Also, there is a disc made from stainless steel for shredding and slicing.

Functions: The Cuisinart’s DFP-14BCN can be used for chopping, pulverizing, slicing, shredding, mixing, making purees, kneading bread dough, mincing, making pizza dough, making pastry dough, blending jobs, etc. It can’t be used for whipping, making juliennes or French fries. Nor can this be used to make juices.

Pros
a. There is a safety mechanism for locking the lid, work bowl, pusher, and the motor of the machine.
b. It is a powerful machine and no job is too large for it within the overall limit of its capacity.
c. The feed tube is large so it reduces the work of chopping food down to the size of the feed tube.
d. Almost all the main parts can be washed in the dishwasher.

Cons
a. The limitation of disc limits its usage
b. Cleaning it is a bit difficult.
c. The plastic bowl is vulnerable to cracks.
d. Assembling it is difficult.

10. DeLonghi 9 Cup with Integrated Blender

DeLonghi 9 Cup Food Processor with Blender

Dimensions and Weight: The dimensions of DeLonghi’s 9 Cup are 9.2 inches x 14 inches x 12.5 inches. It weighs about 10.2 pounds.

Capacity and Work Bowl Description: The size of work bowl in this food processor is 9 cups. It has a narrow feed chute. The assembly is made of high-grade plastic. The handle of the bowl is ergonomically designed to ensure that stress is not there on the bowl, and it does not break free from the bowl. The lid locks perfectly with the work bowl, which in turn closes with the motor because of the safety lock arrangement. All parts can, however, be easily removed by washing in the dishwasher. A spatula is provided as well as a pusher.
In addition to the work bowl, there is a blender jar of 40 ounces.

The Motor: DeLonghi’s 9 Cup food processor has a motor of 400watts.

Operation: The control is only for switching on or off the appliance.

Blades and Disks: This processor comes with one stainless steel S blade, which is for chopping. Also, there is a dough blade. There are two discs made from stainless steel for shredding and slicing. One of them is for thicker slicing, and the other is for thinner slicing. The blender comes with its own blade.

Functions: DeLonghi’s 9 Cup can be used for pulverizing, chopping, shredding, slicing, mincing, mixing, making purees, kneading bread dough, blending jobs, making pizza dough, making pastry dough, etc. Also, it is good enough for making smoothies because of blender unit.

Pros
a. Has automatic dual drive management system, which adjusts rotation and power supply based on the content.
b. Interlocking safety system.
c. Includes blender.
d. Parts can be washed in the dishwasher.

Cons
a. Interlocking safety system does pose a problem at times.
b. The patented drive management system does not allow for coarse grinding if needed. The only way to stop pulverization or powdering is to switch off the appliance. In such case, the food may not have been processed evenly.
c. Parts are hard to obtain.

Conclusion:

Cooking is an unavoidable time consuming routine of each day. We obviously do not want to leave our family members at the mercy of unhealthy fast foods. Moreover, family members, especially children, should have healthy food on their plates. These processors come to our rescue by reducing the number of hours we end up spending in the kitchen and giving us that much needed respite.