The Best Food Processors On The Market

Any self-assured home cook would agree a food processor is one of the most indispensable appliances in any kitchen. They may well last decades, which makes them worth the money, but that doesn’t override the fact they can be quite the investment. If you’re in the market for one, here are some of the top-rated models out there.
The Best Food Processors On The Market

ALL ROUNDER: Cuisinart Expert Prep Pro, £234

Power: 550 watts

Capacity: 3L

Guarantee: 5 years

This stylish, powerful and versatile food processor allows you to chop, mince, dice, grate, slice, blend, spiralize, mix and knead to take your food prep to the next level. The powerful motor and high-grade stainless-steel blades effortlessly process foods for even results every time, and it also features two fully sealed bowls to process different ingredients with less cleaning. It also includes small and large chopping blades, a dough blade, a variable six-position slicing blade, a fine-to-medium grating disc, a dicing kit, a spiralizing kit, a storage box and a recipe book.

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QUIETEST MACHINE: KitchenAid Food Processor, £199

Power: 250 watts

Capacity: 1.7L

Guarantee: Up to 6 years

Not only is this machine hailed as simple to use and easy to store, it’s also been voted by the likes of Good Housekeeping as one of the quietest machines on the market – making it ideal for anyone living in shared accommodation or flats. One of the most reliable kitchen appliance brands around, this one also comes with a host of different accessories, including a dough blade and medium and thick slice discs. 

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BEST FOR BAKING: Magimix 5200XL Premium Food Processor, £399.99

Power: 1,100 watts

Capacity: 3.6L

Guarantee: 30-year motor guarantee

Thanks to a string of successive lockdowns, many of us have used the extra time at home to perfect our baking skills. This innovative food processor is renowned for its exceptionally quiet operation and impressively high output. Featuring a one-touch pulse for perfect control and precise mixing or chopping, it also comes with stainless steel Sabatier blade, dough blade, geared egg whisk, spatula, blade storage box, three shatterproof, high-density bowls, a parmesan disc and citrus press. It even features a 'BlenderMix' attachment which deflects liquids onto the main blade, improving overall performance. Pricey – but worth it if you love being in the kitchen.

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COMPACT OPTION: Cuisinart Mini Prep Pro Mini Chopper & Food Processor, £49

Power: 250 watts

Capacity: 0.9L

Guarantee: 5 years

If you’re looking for decent power at a compact size, then this mini chopper is for you. Giving you all the power and performance of a serious food processor, but in a user-friendly size, it’s the ideal choice if your kitchen is small or already bursting at the seams. Keep it on your worktop to use it daily without cluttering up the space and stick the bowl and blade in the dishwasher once you’re done. Accessories are limited, but it does feature chop and grind buttons, while reversing the blade also helps to dislodge ingredients which get stuck. Finally, drizzle holes in the top are great for adding a steady stream of liquids when mixing.

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PREMIUM TECH: VITAMIX A2300i A2300 Ascent Series Smart Blender, £449

Power: 1,400 watts

Capacity: 2L

Guarantee: 10 years

Okay, so Vitamix is better known for high-powered blenders rather than food processors, but the technology applies to their switch-in, switch-out processing attachments, too. In short, it’s the motor we’re interested in here. Used in restaurant kitchens around the world, these are a serious investment, but worth it if you plan on putting yours through its paces. Use it to make smoothies and juices, hot soups, flours and dough, nut butter, frozen desserts, batters, dressings and sauces, non-dairy milks and more.

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AESTHETICALLY PLEASING: Bosch OptiMUM MUM9A66N00 Food Processor, £644

Power: 1,600 watts

Capacity: 5.5L

Guarantee: 2 years

Sometimes you don’t just want a reliable name, you want something that looks good, too. The Bosch OptiMUM in pastel rose is just the ticket – whether for pizza, cakes or homemade bread, the powerful motor processes even very heavy doughs and also large quantities, effortlessly. Meanwhile, the planetary mixing system mixes the ingredients optimally and ensures perfect results every time, and the included, high-quality professional patisserie set is ideal for fine stirring, heavy yeast dough, airy cream or egg whites. With the wide range of optional accessories, rely on the smart colour coding to know exactly which accessories must be connected to the device – and when. 

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BEST ON A BUDGET: Ninja Food Processor with Auto-iQ, £99

Power: 850 watts

Capacity: 2.1L

Guarantee: 1 year

Create anything from burgers to salads, sauces to salsas, doughs to desserts with this next-generation food processor. The automatic one-touch food preparation programs do the hard work for you – the brand calls it Auto-IQ Technology – whether it’s chopping, mixing, slicing or grating. The interchangeable food prep attachments and stainless-steel blades take care of even the toughest ingredients, while buyers will find plenty of foodie inspiration in the included recipe guide.

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FAMILY MULTI-TASKER: Kenwood MultiPro Sense Food Processor, £312

Power: 1,000 watts

Capacity: 3.5L

Guarantee: 1 year

Find yourself cooking for a larger family and need something that’s going to do the job and more? This Kenwood model’s simple, ergonomic design and comprehensive set of equipment makes it a good choice. With a 1,000w motor, it benefits from a patented tri-drive system which means the same drive is used whether you’re blending, chopping or processing. Meanwhile, the variable speed setting offers eight speeds plus pulse, and the auto speed function can be used when you’re unsure which speed is best – making it ideal for novices. Elsewhere, built-in weighing scales with a digital display allow you to measure ingredients straight into one of two bowls, while an extra-wide chute with pusher allows you to easily add whole items instead of prepping them first. 

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VERSATILE & HANDHELD: Dualit Hand Blender Chrome, £89.95

Power: 700 watts

Capacity: 0.6L

Guarantee: 1 year

If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, plus you’re tight on space and don’t want a clunky machine taking up counter space, this versatile, handheld set is for you. A handheld blender at its core, the set also comes complete with a food processing attachment, as well as a whisk and measuring jug – all of which are dishwasher safe. As well as stainless-steel, long-life blades, it also comes with a recipe book full of ideas for those lacking a bit of imagination in the kitchen.

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THE PROS’ CHOICE: Sage BFP800UK the Kitchen Wizz Pro Food Processor, £345

Power: 2,000 watts

Capacity: 3.7L

Guarantee: 2 years

Loved by super chef Heston Blumenthal, this is the model that comes recommended by the culinary pros. Whether you’re turning nuts into nut butter, perfectly slicing carrots or undertaking other chopping, dicing, shredding or kneading tasks, this workhorse delivers perfection every time – something professionals claim is crucial for achieving the ideal texture and ratios in certain dishes. With three feed chute options and eight precision tools, prepare to bring some professional prep to your kitchen.

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