7 Best Food Processors
If chopping, slicing, mixing and whisking are the bane of your life, it is time to invest in a food processor. But while most of them promise to make light and fast work of food preparation tasks like this, leaving you of finely sliced carrots, creamy carrot or absolutely whisked egg-whites, that the reality is often quite different. So we’ve worked our way through system after machine, changing attachment after sausage, making everything from curries to cakes and sauces to salads. These are the two that made the cut. While buying your own food processor, do not be directed purely by cost. It may be that a budget version fulfills your needs, especially if you don’t cook in massive quantities and/or only require occasional usage. Also make sure you think carefully about what attachments you require. Also consider if you would like to have an extra blender attachment, not all them have it. Make sure that the machine is easy to keep clean as the time you save in food preparation may be made up for in washing up. And decide if you would like to keep it out on the worktop (great if you will use it regularly) or store it away (for more occasional use). For the former, you will want to check you have enough space for your machine (including straight — food chips can be a tight squeeze beneath overhead cabinets) and for the latter, so make sure it is not too large and heavy — and that it’s a box for those attachments. Other things to consider would be the dimensions of the feeding tube; capacity and number of bowls (many come with a mini bowl also); how powerful the system is; the noise levels; general quality of the components; and lastly, the customer service of the producer in case something does go wrong.
It’s tough to think this compact and relatively affordable machine can pack more than 50 functions such as slicing, grating, chopping and blending — and it’s pretty quiet too. A excellent all-rounder for smaller kitchens, it’s accessories which can be stored away neatly and are easy to slot in — but be careful of the blades, which can be razor-sharp and it isn’t quite as fast as the more expensive machines in our round-up.
This swanky-looking machine, with its glass touchscreen panel and five automatic programs, can look right at home in almost any hi-tech kitchen. A fantastic job, really, as it’s so large and heavy you’ll most likely have to leave it on the worktop. It’s exceptional at whisking, whipping and grating, though slicing and pureeing are slightly less impressive. Be ready to keep schtum if it’s on as it appears to be a freight train.
3-Andrew James Food Processor with Blender
You get a great deal of bang for your dollar with this versatile piece of kit that contains a blender, mini chopper, juicer and grinder, together with oodles of blades, whisks and more, all of which take the elbow grease out of planning smaller batches of foods. On the downside, many customers complain that the plastic can be more prone to splitting, even though if anything goes wrong, the customer service is second-to-none.
4-Sage Kitchen Whizz Pro
This elaborate machine promises you the world and actually, it pretty much provides it at the culinary sense anyway. The mixing, chopping, grating and slicing functions are particularly great and the extra-wide food chute comes in handy, as does the fact that the bowl and parts are dishwasher-friendly. However, it weighs a tonne and is ever so slightly less fast and comprehensive than the Magimix and KitchenAid.
5-Vonshef 2.5L Food Processor
We love this little 10-speed machine, whose force is so mighty that you feel there is nothing it couldn’t blitz through, even on the middle configurations. Our evaluations in chopping, mixing, slicing and shredding all produced top results, even though it can take the patience of a saint to lock the bowl and lid into place properly and the quality of the plastic is not the best, but it is as you’d expect as such a low cost.
6-KitchenAid Artisan 4L Food Processor
The father of food processors, this is as good as with your private sous chef. Blending, mincing, mashing, dicing, kneading and grating are merely a few of the jobs this huge capacity machine embraces with ease and finesse. We especially love the capacity to modify the cutting depth as well as also the different-sized feeding tubes. Faults? Well, none really, but for the eye watering price-tag.
Jamie Oliver uses the word Magimix synonymously with the word food processor — a reminder that this new was responsible for the UK’s first ever versions. This one has been made with cooks in your mind, working quickly and quietly through large amounts and excelling at each endeavor, as a result of its 13 accessories (such as three different-size bowls, an egg whisk and a citrus press). It’s ridiculously heavy, however, and it’d be better if it’d variable rates.