If you happen to love to cook, you will know just how important it is to have a handy and trust-worthy food processor in your kitchen. For those who are newbies in the cooking scene, you might not know how important it is but you will just have to trust our words. After reading this article I am sure that you will not only know the best food processor but also the real importance of having them in your life.
To make this more worthwhile I will give you a few spoilers. A food processor may just be one of the greatest things in life. It will make things easier for you and it will save you a considerable amount of time as well. Being as we live in a world where every second counts (credits to that game show) everything that will help us save time is valuable.
So yes, whether you are just trying out things or you already have an idea but want to buy a great food processor, this will help. You do not want to go to the battlefield unarmed, do you? Knowing the best food processor in the market will be nice to have under your sleeve!
5 Best Food Processors 2017
The first in our list is the Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef Food Processor. This is definitely one of the best food processors that you will find in the market if you are looking for something that is big and versatile. This is ideal if you love cooking in big batches and hates the cycle of emptying and reloading that you will have to do if you have a small food processor.
Since we are in the topic of size, let us start enumerating the praises for this food processor in that regards. The Breville BFP800XL comes with BPA-free processing bowls with a staggering capacity of 16 cups for the large bowl. As I have pointed out a bowl that big will allow you to make bigger batches of food. On the other hand, mini processing bowl has a capacity of 2.5 cups.
The big size does not end there. This food processor also features a 5.5 inch super-wide feed chute. This will reduce the need to cut some fruits and vegetables before dropping then through the feed chute. But the big size will be wasted if the power of the equipment is not at par.
Fortunately the Breville BFP800XL will not disappoint you there. It has a 1200 watt motor that makes this food processor capable of easily slicing firmer fruits and vegetables. With that great power you could expect a very versatile equipment. This food processor also comes with 5 multi-function discs and 3 blades.
It also has and LCD display that displays count-up and count-down auto-timer. As if that is not enough for the Breville BFP800XL to make it into a top rated food processor it is also easy to store. Aside from that the manufacturer offers a 1 year limited warranty and a 25 years warranty for the motor.
- Comes with 2.5 cup mini processing bowl
- Very versatile with 5 multiple function discs and 3 blades
- 5.5 inch super-wide feed chute
- Very powerful motor at 1200 watts
- Some parts are not durable
- Flimsy lid
2. Braun FP3020 12 Cup Food Processor Ultra Quiet Powerful motor, includes 7 Attachment Blades + Chopper and Citrus Juicer, Made in Europe with German Engineering
The next in our food processor reviews is the Braun FP3020 12 Cup Food Processor Ultra Quiet Powerful motor. It is not as big nor as powerful as the Breville BFP800XL but it will definitely suit the needs of other people. Not all of us will need something as big as the first food processor so it might be an overkill to buy something like that, for example, if you are going to use it just for yourself.
Now, of course that is the only thing where this food processor cannot compete with the first one. Anyways it is close enough with a capacity of 12 cups for dry ingredients. For the wet ingredients even if you are using the same bowl the capacity will always be different. The Braun FP3020 can fit 9 cups of wet ingredients.
The motor has a power rating of 600 watts but this food processor is very efficient. And again, a food processor with a motor with high power will be a waste if you are not going to use it for big batches. Because it is smaller, this food processor will not take that much space in the storage. It is also made to function quietly so you will not produce banging sounds when using this food processor.
You do not have to worry though because the size and power did not compromise the capabilities of the Braun FP3020 and that is why it is still considered the best food processor. It comes with 7 different attachment blades and chopper plus citrus juices. It also features a Dual Control system with variable pre-set speeds.
The processing will start directly at any of the 11 pre-set speeds that you can choose from. It will not have to ramp through all the speeds lower than your desired speed. The Braun FP3020 also comes with a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer.
- Motor has 600 watt power and 900 watt peak power
- 12 cups capacity for dry ingredients
- 9 cups capacity for wet ingredients
- Very easy to put together
- Easy to store due to compact design
- Pre-set speed functions
- Energy efficient
- Easy to clean
- Additional parts are not cheap
- Limited slicing capacity
Now we have what is, arguably, the best Cuisinart food processor. Of course that is up for debate depending on what your requirements are for a food processor. Anyways the food processor in question right now is the Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY 14-Cup Food Processor.
If you are looking for a food processor that is somewhere in between of the first two food processors we have mentioned, then this is the perfect product for you. The Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY has a capacity of 14 cups. Directly in between the 16 and 12, right? The work bowl is Lexan and this food processor also features an extra-large feed tube with small and large pushers.
It is quite large at 14 cups but not as large as the first food processor. With that you can already tell that the motor will have quite the power rating. Exactly it lies at 720 watts. That is quite far off the 1200 watts of the Braun but this Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY will definitely still deliver.
The package includes stainless-steel slicing disc, shredding disc, and new chopping blade so it is already capable of the basic functions of a food processor. It also makes up with its intuitive ‘on’ and ‘off/pules’ buttons features. The parts are also very easy to clean because they are safe to clean in a dishwasher. As for the exterior, it is wipe clean. This food processor also has a warranty of three years from the manufacturer.
- Motor has power rating of 720 watts
- Intuitive on and off/pulse buttons
- Has a capacity of 14 cups
- Feed chute is extra large
- Includes stainless steel slicing, shredding and chopping blades
- Wipe clean exterior
- Dishwasher safe parts
- Detachable disc stem
- 3 years limited manufacturer’s warranty
- Brushed steel
- Instructions for this model are not very good
- Plastic is nowhere near as robust
Here is another one of the best Cuisinart food processors. Again, you are already sure of its quality because it is made by Cuisinart, the only thing you will have to consider is whether it sill fit your needs. I present you the Cuisinart DLC-8SY Pro Custom 11-Cup Food Processor.
This food processor will definitely not be able to compete with the others in terms of size and capacity. The good thing is, not everyone will look for a huge food processor. You will have to put in to consideration your needs, the space it will require and of course the power consumption. That is why we may argue a bit when it comes to the best food processor.
Now back to the Cuisinart DLC-8SY. The work bowl of this food processor has a capacity of 11 cups. Maybe it is not as big as the other ones but it will be enough for one family. Again, do not buy a huge food processor if you do not necessarily need it.
This is, of course, still a food processor so it can do the normal functions of a food processor. It includes three slicing/shredding discs, new chopping blade, and spatula. This food processor is also ideal for making dough, slicing vegetables, shredding cheese, mincing garlic and herbs, mixing batters, emulsifying.
You do not have to worry either if you are going to put a bigger piece of food in the Cuisinart DLC-8SY. It features an extra-large feed tube so you do not have to cut the food before dropping them in the tube. The motor has a 5 year warranty and 3 year warranty for the unit.
- Work bowl with a capacity of 11 cups
- Large feed chute with small and large pushers
- Stainless steel shredding disc
- Chopping and mixing blade
- Compact flat work bowl cover
- 2 stainless steel slicing discs in different thickness (2 mm and 4 mm)
- 5 year limited warranty for the motor
- 3 year limited warranty for the unit
- The warranty will not cover professional use, only household use
- Pusher sleeve
If you think that the previous food processor is small, then wait until I introduce you to the best small food processor. When I say ‘small’ I really mean ‘small’ as in just a little over half of the capacity of the Cuisinart DLC-8SY. Yes, this food processor only has the capacity of 6 cups!
So really, this is more of a ‘personal’ food processor, as in good for just one person. Nah, that is a bit of a stretch there. The Oster Pro 1200 Blender 2-in-1 with Food Processor Attachment and XL Personal Blending Cup may be small but it is definitely packed with power. It is like the Isaiah Thomas of the food processor world.
As we have established the Boroclass glass jar of this food processor can only fit 6 cups. It is dishwasher safe and can withstand thermal shock. But even though this food processor is small, its power is at 1200 watts and 900 watts when crushing ice! You see the analogy now?
The Oster Pro 1200 features Smart Settings Technology and has 7 speed options including 3 pre-programmed settings that can be used for the most common blender creations. If all of that is not enough to make this the best food processor, it also features Dual Direction Blade Technology for extra blending power. The result is chopping and grinding with great precision.
The extra wide 3.5” blade system allows ingredients to flow down into the blade easier for faster and smoother results. It also comes with a 24 oz smoothie cup and a 5 cup BPA-free food processing bowl and stainless steel slicing disk and chopping blade (it is, after all, not just for smoothies).
- 7 speed settings including 3 pre-programmed functions
- 1200 watts of blending power
- 900 watts for crushing ice
- Boroclass glass jar with 6 cups capacity
- Dishwasher safe
- Comes with 24 ounce smoothie cup
- All metal drive system
- 3 year satisfaction guarantee warranty
- 10 year warranty on the metal drive
- 5” wide 6 blade system
- Pretty loud at high speed
- Cleaning the blade will be a chore without special brush
Can You Use Food Processors for…
It is, of course, very common that our minds are always clouded with questions. You will want to take good care of your cooking equipment or for that matter anything that you have. Wasting money on things is just so not practical. What better way to take care of said equipment than by only using it in the way it is supposed to be used?
I know we have established that food processors are very useful and can be used in a lot of ways in the kitchen. It will make your cooking very easy. But that is if you use it properly. Like us humans, gadgets and appliances have their limitations as well. I mean, if you are trained to be a math teacher and you are told to teach music with no proper training (or at the very least, passion) then sooner or later you will burn out.
Food processors are definitely not that far off either. Not to mention that, of course, you will not be able to impart the necessary knowledge. In that regards, a food processor will not deliver satisfactorily if you use it in a way that it is not meant to be used. So it is just either you break the food processor or you do not get the result you want- more likely it will be both.
So here are the things where you can use your food processor for:
This is the most basic and probably the more useful function of a food processor. It will save you a huge amount of time and it is great for people like me who finds chopping up things quite tiresome. I must admit that chopping things up when you are stressed out may be therapeutic but other than that it is quite the chore!
Also, if you happen to be chopping up smelly things you will avoid having your hands smelling like them for a whole day by using a food processor. Awesome, right? Very useful as well if you have to chop a ton of things! You can chop up vegetables, herbs and it can also cut up meats!
So how will you do it and what are the things that you should remember? The most important thing is what size are you looking for in your chopped food. The longer you let the food processor chop up your food the smaller the pieces will become. If you are not confident in the increments in sizes when using a food processor then check it out once in a while.
Slicing is another bothersome chore that you can leave up to food processors. Remember the time when you are so frustrated because you will have to slice a ton of apples for the apple pie you are making? How about slicing up vegetables and you have to slice them in relatively equal sizes!
I know that you know that feeling, do not worry, it is not a crime. As I have mentioned you can just leave all that to the trusty food processor. It will probably slice the veggies better than I could ever hope to do so, anyway. It will also do the task quicker. You know what they say, do the things you can do and give the things you can not do to those who (or that) can.
The food processor will slice the food as you drop them in the chute. Unlike in chopping, you can’t vary the thickness of the slice by letting the food processor do its work longer. It goes through the chute, the food processor slices it and that is it. You can, however, use blades that can vary the thickness of the slice. Some food processors have them, some do not. So if you want to use the food processor for slicing that way then choose one that can do it.
This one is for those who love cheesy pastas but hate the task of grating cheese. I am with you there as well. Pasta is better with lots and lots of cheese but grating a block of cheese? Most definitely not fun! I can still feel my arms complaining from all the work out. I know it is worth it, trust me, but why do it when you can use a food processor?
The grating disk of a food processor will make your life quite easier. Yep, just drop that lovely block of cheese and it will do all the work. It will also save you from making a bloody (yes, pun intended) mess and hurting yourself. But it is not just for grating cheese! You can grate vegetables with it as well. Oh, carrots!
Do you love pureed food? No, not the ones you feed babies with! Who says purees are just for kids? Pureed chick peas, pureed tomatoes- sound appealing yet? So yes, if you are not aware yet let us enlighten you that pureeing food is a thing. And it will be more convenient to just let the food processor do all the work.
There are a lot of tasty dishes that will require pureeing an ingredient or two. There are also dishes that will have you pureeing them for the final step (hint: soups). You can easily do all that through the power of a food processor! Remember that time when you had lumpy soup? The food processor could have made things a lot easier.
So if you happen to love making soups, making your own tomato sauce and maybe hummus, a food processor will make your life less hassle! Just be mindful of how much liquid you put in your food processor. You can normally fill them halfway, otherwise you will have to deal with leaks. Some food processors are leak-proof though, you will just have to check.
Here is another amazing thing you can do with your food processor. If you love making pies, this will be a blessing for you. Incorporating butter in to the flour can be a bothersome task. You can just leave that all up to the food processor! Just a few pulse and voila! You have yourself a great pie crust!
Basically you can just grab your food processor and let it do all the work for your apple pie! It will do the work of a pastry blender and then cut the apples as well. Yup, totally awesome. Some food processors also comes with a dough blade that you can use to knead dough. Kneading is a great work out but not all of us are cut for that, right?
Now, that is important but so are the things that food processors can’t do, right? Sometimes, you just have to know. So here are the things that you must really avoid using your food processors for:
- Mashes potatoes
How Food Processors Work
To understand and care for the food processor, you must know how they work. It is actually more important than you might think. Understanding the way things work will allow you to get the most out of them. It will also help you take care of them, therefore making them usable for a longer period of time.
Also, if you at least know the basics, you will never be conned when you take it for repairs. Especially if you do not know who you are dealing with, it is important to have a few things up your sleeve or in this case, up your mind. There are, of course, some guidelines and whatnot that will come with the food processor, but we will make things easier for you.
As you already know, food processors are quite versatile and will make cooking so much easier. But how do food processors pack that much uses in one thing? Well, that is what we will tackle now.
So yes, food processor is an electric equipment that you use in the kitchen for slicing, grating, pureeing, chopping, mixing and kneading. You can do all that through the different blades and attachments that food processors come with. It is like an upgraded version of blender, right? For some, it might be, but for others they are very different.
Of course they are of different design. Since you will be attaching and detaching blades and all in food processors, they are designed such that you can easily do that. The outcome is a shorter and wider bowl. Food processors also require less fluid compared to blenders to work.
So what are the basic things in a food processor? As we know, food processors come in different sizes. But basically they are, of course, made with the same components: a bowl with a lead and a feed tube or chute, a motor and a set of attachments. The attachments vary in all the models and will dictate how much you can do with your food processors.
I am sure that you can guess where the motor is located. It does not take much to do so. It is located at the base of the food processor. Also, the motor is the heaviest part of the food processor. Differently sized food processors have differently sized motors. The bigger the motor the more powerful the food processor is- that is the only thing that is affected by the size of the food processor.
Why does the motor have to be heavy for it to be powerful? Imagine a paper being blown by the wind. If that paper is heavy, then it will take a stronger gust of wind for it to move. If the motor is not heavy but it is powerful, the food processor will not be stable.
The motor is then connected to a shaft. This shaft extends upwards and it is the one that powers the attachments. The shaft is where you attach the bowl. Once the bowl is placed correctly it locks into position. You have to make sure that they are locked together otherwise it will be a disaster.
Another thing that you will have to make sure is locked in place is the accompanying lid of the bowl. It also locks when placed properly so it is not that hard but it is nonetheless very important. The lid then has a feed tube where you insert the food with a plunger. Some food processors come with varying sizes of feed tube for different sizes of food.
Next are the attachments. As you know they all have their own important function so they are equally important depending on what you need the food processor for. They are changeable and fit over the shaft inside the bowl. There are standard attachments that will come with your food processor- the S-shaped blade and slicing and shredding discs.
S-shaped blade- this attachment may also be referred to as a sabatier blade. It sits at the bottom of the bowl and consists of two small, curved blades on opposite sides (shape like a letter S). It is used for chopping and comes in either plastic or metal material. You might want to use metal, though, because they stay sharp for a longer period of time.
Slicing discs- this attachment, unlike the sabatier blade, sits at the top of the bowl. You push the food down the feed tube and it makes contact with the slicing disc. The slicing disc comes in different sizes that will slice the food in different thickness.
Shredding disc- the shredding disc is much like the slicing disc, just that it shreds the food. It sits at the same place and shreds the food the way a slicing disc slices the food.
Some food processors may also come with other attachments. If they do not come with the food processor then you can buy them separately. The additional attachments will allow you to do more things with your food processors. Here are some of the common additional attachments:
Dough blade- this attachment is like a sabatier blade but with less curved paddles. It is used for making, of course, dough for bread and pizza.
Egg whip- this attachment consists of two straight arms with large open paddles at the end. As the name suggests it is used for whipping eggs but it can also be used for whipping cream.
Julienne disc- this attachment has a row of protruding short, sharp teeth that cuts the food into thin, long matchsticks.
French fry disc- this is like a julienne disc but produces thicker pieces.
Citrus juicer- this attachment is shaped like a dome (just like a regular juicer) and fits on top of the shaft. It turns to squeeze the juice out of fruits like oranges, limes, you get the drift.
Non-citrus juicer- this attachment purees fruits and vegetables to get the juices out of them. You insert the food into the feed tube and the pulp is strained in the middle as the juice goes straight into the bottom of the bowl.
I hope that you got more acquainted with the food processor because of this article. If you happen to not use it, I think you will be convinced of how useful it is right now. If you are already using it, did you gather any additional information? I hope I have done the best food processor enough justice!
As you have gathered here, food processors are very versatile and will be very useful in almost every recipe! Do savory or sweet dishes with this equipment and you will definitely not be disappointed? You will surely get your money’s worth when you purchase the right food processor and that is why we are here to guide you and give your ideas.
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