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A really good food processor is like having your very own sous chef and some of the newer models on the market offer features and design quirks our parents and grandparents would never have dared dream of.
These days, the best food processors can open up whole new cuisines to you, chop hours off your prep time and bring a bit of fun to the kitchen too. A food processor may still be something you only get out of the cupboard on special occasions but many people now use them as more of an everyday item. Those that look neat, don’t take up too much space, and have attachments you can simply sling in the dishwasher lend themselves well to this, but there are all sorts of specialist tools and attachments to consider.
There are hundreds of great products on the market but we’ve taken a look at the best and rounded up the ones that made the final, ahem, cut.
Here are the best food processors to buy in 2021.
1. Best overall food processor: KitchenAid Food Processor 3.1L
Price: £199 | Buy now from Amazon
“I have a KitchenAid food processor that I love. It has a small bowl in addition to the larger one, which works well for smaller volumes (I think this might be common on food processors now though, but I'm not sure). The slicing blade is adjustable, so it covers a lot of thicknesses and there's only need for one blade in the kit.” - AnneBronte
KitchenAid is a brand beloved of Mumsnetters for its excellent quality and stylish, slightly retro good looks. You’d be very happy to have this sturdy food processor sitting proudly on your work surface and it does an excellent job.
A pulse button and two speeds give you all the control you want, and the machine is really easy and intuitive to use. While it’s heavy duty enough to deal with whole, hard veg, it’s actually pretty quiet in use too, so no shouting at your dinner guests over the whirr of the processor.
Features which particularly impressed include the ultra-wide feeding tube, which is big enough to let you throw veg in whole but can be adjusted to stop thinner things like carrots falling in too quickly. The adjustable slicing blade which allows you to choose the exact thickness of the slices you want via an easy-to-use dial on the front of the machine is a brilliant idea too. We also liked the shredding disc, which is good for achieving a grated texture.
- Quiet in use
- Chops whole veg
- Sturdy and stylish
- Not a particularly high level or power
- Capacity: 3.1L
- Power: 380W
- Attachments: Plastic bowls, 3-piece feed tube, multipurpose stainless-steel blade, adjustable slicing disc, reversible shredding disc
2. Best budget food processor: Russell Hobbs Desire Food Processor
Price: £51 | Buy now from Amazon
“I got this one for my sister for Christmas last year (she asked for a food processor) and she has always been quite complimentary about it.” - Blondie1984
This is a bit of a no-frills model in that it’s not quite as swish and whizzy as some, but you won’t find many food processors for around the £50 mark that do as good a job - and it has a blender jug too.
It does feel a little less ‘expensive’ than some of the pricier models but it still comes with lots of useful attachments to make quick work of a multitude of chopping and blending jobs. It has two speeds as well as a pulse setting, which gives you a bit more control when working, and the creamer disc is good for making smooth soups and sauces like mayonnaise. All the attachments can simply be thrown in the dishwasher too, making the clean-up job a lot less hassle.
It might be a budget model, but a lot of thoughtful design has gone into making this matte black, budget beauty look pretty cool. It would be welcome on our worktop.
- Budget price
- Comes with blender jug
- Feels less robust than some
- A little noisy in use
Need to know
- Capacity: 2.5L bowl, 1.5L blender
- Power: 600W
- Attachments: Blender jug, processor jug, chopper, mixer, creamer, dough hook, pusher, slicing/shredding disc
3. Best compact food processor: Cuisinart FP8U Easy Prep Pro Blender
Price: £112.50 | Buy now from Amazon
“I have a Cuisinart and it’s excellent. It’s also considerably cheaper and smaller than a Magimix, although I have owned a Magimix before, but now they’re far too expensive which is a shame.” - AlternativePerspective
If you’re short on cupboard space or want a blender that can stay out and in use at all times, this model from Cuisinart is a clever buy. It’s great at really basic jobs like grating carrots, making pesto etc. so is handy to have out on the counter, and its nice small footprint means it won’t be in the way.
The two bowl sizes are useful, so you don’t have to wash up a huge item when you only want to chop a handful of herbs quickly, and the various attachments do a range of different chopping jobs - we’d quite like to have had a dedicated box to keep them in to stop them blunting though. All in all, it’s a good purchase as a first food processor or as a basic machine for chopping and dicing and other everyday kitchen jobs.
- Small footprint
- Good price
- Power not as high as some
- No storage for the blade and discs
- Capacity: 1.9L
- Power: 350W
- Attachments: 0.7l bowl, 1.9l bowl, small chopping blade, large chopping blade, fine grating/slicing disc, medium grating/slicing disc
4. Best luxury food processor: Magimix 5200XL Premium
Price: £469 | Buy now from Amazon
“I have that Magimix. I love it; it’s been used three or four times a week for two years and works as well as the day I got it.” - Lastqueenofscotland
If you’re looking for the food processor of your dreams, look no further than this rather swanky premium model from Magimix.
It’s a bit of a beast and feels quite heavy, so you might not want to be lifting it in and out of the cupboards all the time, but we think it deserves a place to call its own on the worktop anyway.
It comes with three bowls, which stack neatly inside each other - the only downside to this is that the small ones only work inside the biggest one, so if you aren’t careful with spills you can end up washing all three. But it’s great to have those differently sized bowls, so you can as easily whip up a massive batch of bread dough as you can whisk a single egg. The largest bowl is 3.6L so it’s great when you’re cooking for a crowd. It has a plethora of attachments to play with too - 23 in total - so there aren’t many jobs it can’t do.
With 1,100W of power, it speeds through heavy-duty work like kneading dough with no problem at all and is lightning fast when it comes to chopping veg. Its sturdiness means it won’t judder all over the counter as you work yet it’s also surprisingly quiet given its power.
- Large capacity, great for bulk cooking
- Powerful motor
- Quite heavy
- Small bowls can only be used stacked
- Capacity: 3.6L; 2.6L; 1.2L
- Power: 1,100W
- Attachments: Two grating discs, two slicing discs, two stainless steel Sabatier blades, dough blade, egg whisk, three ABS and BPA-free bowls, three disc creative kit, BlenderMix ring, citrus press with two cones, extra press XL kit
5. Best food processor for a large family: Bosch MultiTalent 8
Price: £149.99 | Buy now from Amazon
If you’re cooking for large numbers power and size are your watchwords, and both are delivered in spades by the Bosch MultiTalent. Its 3.9L bowl is one of the biggest we’ve seen and it has a thwacking 1,200W to help it power through whatever you care to throw at it.
Paired with the dough hook, the large bowl will take care of up to 1.5kg of dough, but it also has lots of attachments including a disc for cutting chips, a whisk to do the job of a stand mixer, and a citrus press, as well as a virtually unbreakable Tritan blender attachment for soups and smoothies. Best of all, it comes with an accessories bag to keep everything together.
In total, this machine has around 50 functions, so whether you’re chopping, kneading, pureeing, grating or mixing, it’s more than up to the job. You can buy additional attachments too if you want to extend its use.
Thankfully, all those attachments go in the dishwasher and it’s very easy to wash, too, with no silly nooks and crannies to get clogged up with cake mix.
Completely variable speed settings and an easy-to-use dial let you speed up or down as you need and there’s a pulse function too, as well as an auto-pulse. Meanwhile Smart Tool Detection means the machine automatically works out the ideal speed for each task. Very clever.
- Large capacity
- Excellent power output
- Requires a lot of storage space
- Capacity: 3.9L
- Power: 1,200W
- Attachments: 3.9L bowl, plastic kneading hook, plastic mixing bowl, plastic blender attachment, chips cutting disc, reversible shredding disc, stirrer, reversible slicing disc, stuffer, universal knife, citrus press, accessory bag
6. Best compact food processor: Bosch Compact MCM3501MGB
Price: £79.99 | Buy now from Amazon
For a small machine this is pretty multi-functional and, despite having fewer attachments than most, it still has 20 functions and won’t crowd out your kitchen cupboards either. We loved the fact that the discs and blades all stack neatly inside the bowl when not in use too.
The machine is nice and light so it is easy to get in and out of the cupboard, and it has a nice small footprint and isn’t too tall, so it tucks neatly into a corner on your worktop, fitting easily under kitchen wall units too.
There are two speed settings and a pulse function and it’s really easy to put together and intuitive to use. Suction cups underneath prevent it moving around when in use.
All parts of the processor are dishwasher proof, so once you’ve finished chopping, blending and mixing, you can chuck it all in the dishwasher without another thought.
- Good functionality
- Small footprint
- Stores easily
- Fewer attachments than some
- Capacity: 2.3L
- Power: 800W
- Attachments: Mixing bowl, beating disc, reversible shredding and slicing disc, stuffer, accessory carrier, plastic dough tool, universal knife
7. Best food processor for bread: Sage The Kitchen Wizz 15 Pro 3.7L
Price: £399 | Buy now from Amazon
“I now have a Sage food processor which cost Father Christmas an arm and a leg a few years ago but it is glorious.” - Elphabathegreen
Bakers and general foodies will love the Sage Kitchen Wizz. More a hobby than a simple kitchen appliance, this clever machine uses precision blades to chop, slice, puree and grate exactly how you want.
Its dough blade, combined with a powerful motor, is just brilliant at creating elastic dough, whether you're making breads, bakes or pizzas. But it’s fabulous for achieving a professional look for a raft of kitchen jobs, such as julienned vegetables and chips.
The slicing disc has 24 settings so you can adjust it to get exactly the thickness you want, and the feeder tube is good and wide so you can chuck whole potatoes in and get chips out. For smooth things like soup there’s a quad blade which can pulverise things to a velvet consistency twice as fast as normal.
There’s some smart tech in there, too: an LCD display shows you how long is left to go on your job, and there’s also a multi-directional timer, which counts both up and down - you won’t understand how useful this is until you’ve tried it.
And, like all Sage appliances, it has understated good looks and will sit well in any kitchen.
- Excellent power capability
- Lots of blades and discs
- Pretty expensive
- Not all parts are dishwasher safe
- Capacity: 3.7L and 1L
- Power: 2000W
- Attachments: Stacked 4-blade chopping knife, large and mini bowls, variable slicing disc, storage box with micro-serrated disc, julienne disc, French fry disc, whisking disc, mini blade, dough blade, cleaning brush, plastic spatula
8. Best food processor for soups and smoothies: Kenwood FDP301WH Multi-Pro Compact Food Processor
Price: £94.97 | Buy now from Amazon
“Love mine for baking. I use the sharp blade for 'all-in-one' cakes and the plastic blade for dough/rubbing fat into flour for scones etc. I have also used the slicing functions to make soups occasionally and it works well.” - Dotoallasyouwouldbedoneby
We’ll be honest, you can probably find a cheaper food processor but we think this one is excellent value because for its relatively modest price tag it is excellent quality and has loads of great features and extras.
Firstly, it comes with a blender jug, so you don’t have to choose between blender and food processor. If you make soups or smoothies regularly, this is a real bonus. There’s also a dough hook, whisk, slicing and grating discs and a mill for grinding spices, so it does a fair amount of jobs.
The machine has rubberised feet to keep it steady on the work surface when in use and generally has a robust, sturdy feel to it. The glass blender jug particularly feels really well-made.
If you want to spend a little more, Kenwood does a slightly more expensive model of the Multi-Pro which has a built-in scale, useful for baking. But as a family-friendly, well-priced food processor, we think this one is hard to beat.
- Good price
- Lots of attachments
- Blender included
- You need to pay more for the model with inbuilt scales
- Capacity: 2.1L (working capacity 1.2L
- Power: 800W
- Attachments: 2.1 litre bowl, 1.2 litre liquidiser, stainless steel knife blade, thick slicing/coarse grating disc, thin slicing/fine grating disc, extra fine grating disc, dough tool, whisk tool, multi mill
9. Best food processor and blender: Tefal Double Force Pro DO824H
Price: £99 | Buy now from Amazon
Lots of food processors come with a blender attachment these days, and vice versa, but this one offers something a little different. It has two motors - one designed for speed and one for power, which allows it to truly be both a blender and a processor without compromise. It also has six speed options for lots of control.
The Double Force also has an array of attachments to help you knead dough, whisk, emulsify, grate, chop herbs and more.
The generous 3L capacity means you can prep food in bulk and the powerful motors make chopping and whizzing through virtually anything a doddle. And serious consideration has been given to ease of use, with the bowl locking in from either the left or right side, which is handy if you’re left-handed, and the chopper bowl dropping straight onto the middle. Powelix blades are 30% faster and last twice as long, so this powerful little number should be with you and going strong for many years.
- Two powerful motors
- Excellent blender attachment
- Instructions aren’t terribly comprehensive
- Capacity: 3L
- Power: 1000W
- Attachments: 3L bowl, 2L blending jug, dough tool, whisk, emulsifying tool, chopper, 2 grating discs
10. Best multifunctional food processor: Ninja 3-in-1 Food Processor with Auto IQ BN800UK
Price: £149.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“I have a pretty old Braun food processor but it never comes out of the cupboard since I bought a small Ninja one that came with two jug type bases, one smaller than the other. It’s quick to get out and use, and a doddle to clean.” - Darklane
Ninja is a fairly new kid on the block in terms of food processors but it’s taken the market by storm in recent years. We think this 3-in-1 model with Auto IQ is a really smart piece of kitchen kit.
In case you’re wondering, the ‘Auto IQ’ bit refers to the smart programmes that were originally developed for the blender market to allow a machine to pulse, blend and pause at all the right times to give the perfect consistency, and the Ninja 3-in-1 has several inbuilt programmes for various foodstuffs using Auto IQ. It has blend, chop, mix and puree settings as well as three speeds and a pulse button.
And the 3-in-1 bit means that for your money you get a food processor, blender and a personal blender (a cup), which makes it a pretty good value purchase, we think.
The instructions and controls are very easy to work out and the machine comes with a recipe book to get you started too.
The only place this model lets itself down is on the noise. Not so ‘ninja’ there sadly. But if you want a really versatile processor with a great blender thrown in, this is a brilliant buy.
- Extremely versatile
- Attachments all dishwasher safe on top shelf
- Larger than some
- On the noisier side
- Capacity: 1.8L bowl, 2.1L jug, 700ml cup
- Power: 1200W
- Attachments: 1.8L food processor bowl, 2.1L jug, 700ml cup with lid, pro extractor blade, stacked blade, chopping blade, dough tool, slicing/grating disc
What's the difference between a food processor and a blender?
While they do similar jobs, generally speaking, food processors are used for making things that end up solid, such as meatballs, breadcrumbs, pastry etc. and blenders are for things that end up liquid, like soups, sauces and smoothies. Obviously both liquid and solid ingredients can go into both to an extent but it’s about what you want to make.
Having said that, both food processors and blenders now come with so many attachments, you'll find you can almost get everything you need out of one or the other if you pick carefully, so you need to think about what you want to use it for most.
It’s also worth remembering that food processors tend to have bigger bowls so are better for blitzing larger amounts of food.
What can a food processor do?
Lots of things! The more attachments yours comes with, the more jobs it will do essentially. As well as chopping things very small with a blade (for example, turning stale bread into breadcrumbs or chopping an onion in double quick time), if you have the right attachments they can also whip, knead, whisk, slice, grate and mix, allowing you to make everything from cold desserts to fresh bread.
What should I look for when buying a food processor?
Here are a few considerations to think about before putting your hand in your pocket.
- Size. Think about where you will store it and how much space the attachments and bowls will take up, as well as the machine itself.
- Weight. Will it be easy to get in and out of the cupboard, or can you leave it in a corner of the work surface?
- Does it come with storage for accessories or do they all pack neatly into the bowl when not in use?
- Are the attachments and bowls dishwasher proof? If not, are they easy to wash by hand, with no awkward corners?
- What jobs do you want to use it for and does it come with the right attachments to do that?
- What functions does it have? E.g. is there a pulse function to give you plenty of control? How many speed settings are there?
- Does it have any automatic programmes so you don’t have to stand over it resetting the buttons?
- Is there a large feeding tube so you don’t have to chop things too small and can feed them in while the processor is still running to save time?
- Look for models that feel stable and have non-slip or suction bottoms to reduce movement on the work surface when in use.
What is the best size food processor to buy?
It depends on what you need it for. If you’re a small household a mini chopper might do you as well as a food processor and these can do really tiny amounts of food. But if you’re regularly bulk cooking you’ll want to look at something with a large capacity such as the Sage one, which comes with a 3.7L capacity.
For the average family, however, a 2L model should be fine.
What is the best food processor for home use?
We think the KitchenAid 3.1L is a really solid buy that does everything you’ll need and a little bit more, and looks very stylish on any work surface.
How we chose our recommendations
We consulted various consumer associations to look at which brands they rated highly for food processors and which they felt were a little lacking. We also looked at which models were currently winning awards and accolades, and put all that information together to draw up a long list of the best products on the market.
Next, we headed to the Mumsnet Talk boards to ask our trusted users which of those brands they had bought and rated highly and which they thought were good value for money too.
Using that information we whittled our list down to a shortlist of 20, before selecting the 10 products that we thought represented value for money and great design, and would offer something for everyone.
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