Top 6 Food Processors: from high-end to budget options

Best Overall
Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef 16 Pro Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel

If you’re looking to buy the best of the best, then you can’t go far wrong with the Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef 16-Cup Food Processor. Yes, it is exceedingly expensive and has an enormous footprint, but Breville has ensured it's worth every dime.

It has a truly massive capacity, all the features you'll ever need, and a has the reliability to keep you safe in the knowledge that you'll be making light work of cooking tasks for years to come.

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Best Value
Ninja BN601 Professional Plus Food Processor 1000-Peak-Watts with Auto-iQ Preset Programs Chop Puree Dough Slice Shred with a 9-Cup Capacity and a Silver Stainless Finish

Ninja are relative newcomers to the household appliances market, but they have quickly built a name for themselves with high-quality, affordable appliances. One of the latest is the BN601 Professional Plus 9-Cup Food Processor.

With a powerful motor, Auto IQ technology, and a good selection of blades/discs, you’ll be hard pushed to find an appliance that is better value for money than the BN601.

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1. Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef

Best Food Processor
Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef 16 Pro Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Comes with 5 multi function discs and 3 blades out of the box
  • 5.5 inch super wide feed chute reduces the need to pre cut most fruits and vegetables
  • Includes 2 BPA free processing bowls: 16 cup (3.8 L) large bowl; 2.5 cup (600 milliliter) small processing bowl

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Specifications

 

  • Dimensions: 12.2 x 12.9 x 6.5 inches
  • Work Bowl Material: ABS Plastic
  • Appliance Weight: 26lbs
  • Capacity:  16-Cup
  • Available Colors: Silver – Black – Red
  • Dishwasher Safe: No
  • Wattage: 1200W

Things To Love

 
  • First-Class Performance: There are many reasons why the Breville is our favorite food processor. The most important of which is that it performs the tasks it was designed to do quickly, efficiently, and to the highest quality.
  • Substantial Capacity: The massive 16-Cup capacity is almost industrial and will be more than enough to meet all your food processing needs.
  • Attachments: With eight different blades and discs, the Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef 16-Cup Food Processor has more blades and attachments than any other processor on the market. Blades include a variable slicing disc (with 24 thicknesses) julienne disc, French fry cutting disc, whisk reversible shredding disc, micro-serrated S-blade, dough blade, and a mini S-blade.
  • Beautiful Appearance: This is one of the most visually stunning food processors we have ever seen. It oozes quality and will look great in any kitchen.
  • Extra Wide Feed Tube: With a massive appliance comes a very wide feed tube, ensuring you can add most whole fruits and vegetables to this processor without needing to chop them down to size first.
  • Storage Case: Even the storage box that comes with the Breville BFP800XL is a joy to behold. Each attachment has its own specific, named slot.

What’s Not To Like?

 
  • It’s Expensive. Very Expensive: Make no mistake, this small kitchen appliance will cost you a lot of money. It is easily the most expensive food processor on our list.
  • Big & Heavy: As the Breville BFP800XL has such a substantial work bowl and a ton of attachments, this device is massive. You’ll need kitchen space to store it. It’s heavy, too, so you won’t want to keep moving it around.

Final Remarks

 

If you have the disposable income and kitchen space to make the Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef 16-Cup Food Processor a viable purchase, we can’t recommend this appliance highly enough. It’s top of the range and can easily cater to all your needs in the kitchen with minimal fuss and with the highest quality.

Overall Score: 18/20

2. Ninja BN601 Professional Plus

BEST VALUE Food Processor
Ninja BN601 Professional Plus Food Processor 1000-Peak-Watts with Auto-iQ Preset Programs Chop Puree Dough Slice Shred with a 9-Cup Capacity and a Silver Stainless Finish
  • 1000 Peak Watts: The most powerful kitchen food processor (under $200) can process the toughest ingredients with ease. (based on average selling price and rated wattage)
  • Professional Versatility & Performance: Dedicated blades and discs deliver restaurant-worthy results. Precisely chop, consistently slice, and evenly mix all in one appliance
  • 4 Auto-iQ Intelligent Preset Programs: Make food prep easier with our dedicated preset programs. Chop veggies, shred cheese, and make smooth sauces and quick pizza dough or cookie dough from scratch—all at the touch of a button

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Specifications

 

  • Dimensions: 18.3 x 11.7 x 10.5 inches
  • Work Bowl Material: Plastic
  • Appliance Weight: 10.69lbs
  • Capacity:  9-Cup
  • Available Colors: Silver
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts
  • Wattage: 1000W

Things To Love

  • Affordable Quality: It’s not the cheapest appliance on our list, but certainly offers the best bang for your buck. The Ninja brand name is synonymous with quality, and the Ninja BN601 Professional Plus 9-Cup Food Processor is a first-rate machine for a reasonable price point.
  • Auto IQ Technology: Auto IQ removes the guesswork from food processing with specific settings for specific jobs. These one-touch settings are Chop, Dough, Puree, and Disc (for slicing and shredding).
  • Dough Mixer: The Ninja food processor comes with a dough blade as standard (many companies sell these as extras), and working with the 9-Cup work bowl can produce up to 2lbs of dough.
  • Easy To Clean: All parts are BPA-free and dishwasher safe. However, if you don’t have a dishwasher, simply pulse some warm water and dish soap, and the Ninja BN601 will take care of the rest.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Food Build-Up: Because of a slight gap between the lid and the shredding/slicing disc, ingredients can build up when using this function, which leaves you with some unprocessed food when you’re finished.
  • Narrow Feed Tube: While any feeding tube is better than non, the tube that comes with the Ninja BN601 Professional Plus 9-Cup Food Processor is a little narrow, so you’ll still need to chop down your ingredients a little.

Final Remarks

 

Ninja has once again hit the sweet spot between quality and affordability with the Ninja BN601 Professional Plus 9-Cup Food Processor. It’s about the perfect size for large families and accomplishes the basic tasks you’d expect from a food processor with no problems.

Overall Score: 16.5/20

3. KitchenAid KFP1466CU 14-Cup Food Processor

KitchenAid KFP1466CU 14-Cup Food Processor with Exact Slice System and Dicing Kit - Contour Silver
  • Industry's First hands-free commercial-style dicing kit slices then dices for effortless processing;Feed Tube Type : Medium
  • The externally adjustable ExactSlice System features optimized speeds, and an external lever that allows you to go from thick to thin with one slide of the lever.
  • High, Low & Pulse speed options allow you to precisely and properly handle soft or hard ingredients with the touch of a button.

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Specifications

 

  • Dimensions: 12 x 10.93 x 17 inches
  • Work Bowl Material: Plastic
  • Appliance Weight: 8.2lbs
  • Capacity: 14-Cup
  • Available Colors: Contour Silver – Empire Red – Onyx Black 
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts

Things To Love

  • ‘ExactSlice’ System: The ExactSlice function gives you the ability to choose the thickness for slicing your fruits and vegetables, using the handy slider to select how thick you want your slices.
  • Dicing Kit: The KitchenAid Food Processor is the only appliance on our list with a dicing function. This simple blade assembly allows you to dice ingredients in less than a second.
  • Accessories: KitchenAid has included a whole mess of toys and gadgets with the KitchenAid KFP1466CU 14-Cup Food Processor. This appliance comes with a smaller work bowl, six different blade systems, a cleaning tool, two lids (one without the feeding tube), and mercifully, a storage case for all the different blades.
  • Superb Appearance: Sometimes, an appliance can look like it’s trying too hard; the KitchenAid KFP1466CU has a classy appearance that screams quality and is available in three colors. The Empire Red, in particular, is stunning.

What’s Not To Like?

 

  • It’s Not Cheap: While not quite as expensive as the Breville Food Processor, the KitchenAid KFP1466CU 14 is still pretty pricey. But the adage ‘you get for you pay for’ is prevalent here.
  • Vibrations: And not the good kind. This food processor has a powerful motor, and as such, the whole thing vibrates like crazy when used at full speed.

Final Remarks

 

The KitchenAid KFP1466CU 14-Cup Food Processor comes with a vast array of blades and accessories to assist you with any food processing task imaginable. Having a dicing feature sets it apart from all other food processors. However, the whole bundle will put a decent hole in your bank balance.

Overall Score: 17/20

4. Cuisinart DFP-14BCWNY 14-Cup Food Processor

Cuisinart DFP-14BCWNY 14-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel, White
  • Includes stainless-steel slicing disc, shredding disc, and new chopping blade
  • 720-watt large-capacity food processor with intuitive "on" and "off/pulse" buttons
  • 14-cup Lexan work bowl; extra-large feed tube; small and large pushers.Everything except the base is dishwasher safe

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Specifications

 

  • Dimensions: 11 x 7.9 x 14.8 inches
  • Work Bowl Material: Plastic
  • Appliance Weight: 17.8lbs
  • Capacity:  14 Cups
  • Available Colors: White – Red – Silver – Sky Blue – White/Gold
  • Dishwasher Safe: All Removable Parts
  • Wattage: 720W

Things To Love

 
  • Simple Operation: The Cuisinart Food Processor is easy to use thanks to its dual ‘One Touch’ paddles. There are no confusing settings or features: just press, and process.
  • Substantial Capacity, Small Footprint: It’s not the smallest appliance available; however, when you consider the mammoth 14-Cup capacity, the Cuisinart DFP-14BCWNY has a relatively small footprint.
  • Processes Small Portions Well: Sometimes, large capacity processors struggle with smaller/single portions. However, Cuisinart has produced an appliance that can process large and less substantial quantities equally well.
  • It’s Quiet: Processors are noisy beasts by nature, yet the Cuisinart DFP-14BCWNY 14-Cup Food Processor is relatively quiet.

What’s Not To Like?

 

  • Blades Scratch The Work Bowl: The S-Blade assembly is almost equal width to the work bowl, so it’s all too easy to scratch the container’s sides with the blade tips when fitting the assembly.
  • Only One Speed: The Cuisinart DFP-14BCWNY comes equipped with only one speed, which leaves a little versatility on the table.
  • Can Be Tricky To Clean: If you don’t have a dishwasher, it can be a challenge to remove all the pesky leftovers from the bowl’s intricate interior.

Final Remarks

 

This mid-range food processor has a little bit of everything. You get a quality appliance that performs remarkably well and stacks up against the high-end devices for your intermediate outlay. The Cuisinart DFP-14BCWNY 14-Cup Food Processor might not have a vast array of attachments, speeds, and features, but if you’re looking for a dependable machine, this one is worth your consideration.

Overall Score: 16.5/20

5. Hamilton Beach 70725A 12-Cup Food Processor

Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Stack & Snap Food Processor & Vegetable Chopper, Black (70725A)
  • Prep the freshest ingredients: A powerful 450 watt motor and 2 speeds plus pulse control save you time and money
  • Simple to assemble and use: Stack and snap design requires no difficult twisting or locking; A simple function guide is printed on the food processor for ease of use
  • 12 cup capacity: Sealed bowl helps prevent leaks when mixing liquids; Dimensions (inches) 16.25 H X 9.55 W X 8.76 D; BPA free in all food zones

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Specifications

 

  • Dimensions: 9.55 x 8.76 x 16.25 inches
  • Work Bowl Material: Plastic
  • Appliance Weight: 6.57lbs
  • Capacity: 12-Cup
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts
  • Wattage: 450W

Things To Love

 
  • Super Affordable: The Hamilton Beach 70725A 12-Cup Food Processor is the most affordable appliance on our list by some distance, making it widely available to those on a tighter budget or looking for a gateway to food processing.
  • ‘Stack & Snap’ Assembly: No more difficult twisting and locking work bowls into place. The 12-Cup container just clicks into position when you pop it on the motor-base.
  • Three Blades & Three Speeds: With three different speed options (Slice, Puree, and Pulse), this Hamilton Beach food processor is relatively efficient. Three blades complement the motor, an S-blade for chopping, and a reversible disc for shredding and slicing.
  • Suction Cup Feet: Simple yet effective. These suction cup feet stop the Hamilton Beach 70725A 12-Cup Food Processor from walking around your workspaces when you’re using it.

What’s Not To Like?

 

  • Lid Latches Are Difficult To Close: While the work bowl is easy to snap into place, the safety catches on the lid most certainly aren’t. Maybe they will loosen up over time, but it can initially be challenging to get them connected.
  • Build-Up of Ingredients Between Disc & Lid: Much like the Ninja BN601, the Hamilton Beach 70725A can also have an issue with a build-up of food between disc and lid over prolonged use.
  • Short Power Cord: Make sure you have conveniently placed plug sockets before buying this appliance as the power cord is ludicrously short.

Final Remarks

 

Hamilton Beach has produced an inclusive food processor with the 70725A which is so affordable that anyone can give food processing a try. It has a substantial capacity that will be sufficient for large families and a decent amount of versatility when you consider the very low price point.

Overall Score: 15/20

 

6. KitchenAid KFP0718ER 7-Cup Food Processor

KitchenAid KFP0718ER 7-Cup Food Processor Chop, Puree, Shred and Slice - Empire Red
  • Easy to Use with a one-click, twist-free bowl assembly with a latched lid for easy set up
  • Easy to clean, sealed, leak-resistant work bowl; dishwasher-safe bowl, lid & accessories
  • Easy to Store with a compact design, in-bowl accessory storage and convenient cord wrap

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Specifications

 

  • Dimensions: 7.87 x 9.65 x 15.35 inches
  • Work Bowl Material: Plastic
  • Appliance Weight: 6.6lbs
  • Capacity:  7-Cup
  • Available Colors: Empire Red – Onyx Black – Matte Black – Contour Silver
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes

Things To Love

 
  • One-Click Bowl Assembly: This feature is just like the ‘Stack and Snap’ function from Hamilton Beach but without the fancy name. Just pop the work bowl into place, and it automatically locks with no awkward twisting necessary.
  • In-Bowl Storage: All the blades and attachments fit conveniently into the work bowl when you’ve finished using them for ease of storage.
  • Compact & Convenient: Despite having a healthy 7-Cup capacity, the KitchenAid KFP0718ER 7-Cup Food Processor still has a relatively small footprint, so it easily fits into cupboards or can be left on countertops.
  • KitchenAid Quality For Low Cost: There are cheaper appliances on the market, but few brand names can boast KitchenAid’s quality and heritage.

What’s Not To Like?

 
  • Moister Retention: There is a section of the work bowl assembly between the hinge on the lid that retains moister and can be challenging to reach to dry it out.
  • Ingredient Build-Up: It seems to be a regular occurrence with food processors that using the slicing/shredding disc can cause a build-up after prolonged use. Unfortunately, the KitchenAid KFP0718ER is one such food processor.

Final Remarks

The KitchenAid KFP0718ER 7-Cup Food Processor is not a stand-out food processor, but it is a very good quality appliance for an affordable price point. The innovative design and simplicity mean this compact and attractive food processor is definitely worth your consideration.

Overall Score: 16/20

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