For dedicated home chefs, a food processor is a must—it allows you to chop vegetables with ease and make delicate sauces and flavourful salad dressings effortlessly. But how about folks who simply don’t have the counter space? Size is one of many factors that might have you on the fence about buying a full-sized food processor, as these choppers don’t come cheap.
If you’re short on counter space, try a mini food processor. They’re typically lightweight and compact, making them easy to store, clean, and transport. We put eight top-rated mini food processors on the market to test and found the Philips Multi-Chopper(available at Amazon) to be the best overall, as it excelled at all the food prep tasks we threw at it—from chopping to pureeing—as well as being storage-friendly. We also recommend the KitchenAid 5-cup Mini Cordless Food Processor (available at Amazon) as the best cordless model we’ve tested.
Here are the best mini food processors we’ve tested, ranked in order:
Philips Multi-Chopper with Chop Drop
Ninja 400-Watt Food Blender, Chopper with 16-ounce Chopper Bowl
This Philips mini food processor is simple yet functional—it consistently produced mostly even and exceptionally quick results across the board during our testing. We particularly like the Chop Drop basket, which is a plastic, colander-like bowl that helps pieces of chopped onions to filter through, promoting uniformity.
Though the user manual is helpful, we had no problem setting it up without it. Every piece came together seamlessly and the twist-on lock seems to be a sufficient safety measure. The chopping chamber has measurement markings, which are helpful when following a recipe. It comes with two blades, one being compatible with the Chop Drop basket as it chops from above, and the other blade doing its chopping closer to the bottom of the chamber.
A minor inconvenience is that there are no ON or OFF buttons—users need to press down on the top of the multi-chopper to begin food processing, which means you can’t walk away while it’s working. However, this model is speedy and efficient when it comes to chopping, so this wasn’t a real issue for us during testing.
This cordless mini chopper took about two hours to fully charge, which is enough to chop 40 onions. Within seconds, it turned an onion into evenly chopped pieces, ready for sauteing or adding to salads. When it comes to firm ingredients like roasted nuts and hard cheese, it didn’t have any issues grinding them super finely.
This high-quality food processor requires no assembly and its safety measures can effectively prevent young children from turning on the device by accident. Its 5-cup capacity allows for one medium-sized onion or one tomato at a time, which is sufficient for most kitchen tasks, though you might need to work in batches if you’re preparing food for a large crowd.
Though we liked how convenient it was to use, this food processor isn’t without flaws. There’s no chute on the lid that allows you to add ingredients while in use. Instead, you’ll have to load everything before running a processing cycle.
I'm Valerie Li Stack, Reviewed's senior staff writer on the kitchen team. I've tested a range of kitchen appliances from espresso machines to pro-style blenders since joining Reviewed. As an avid home cook in my late 20s, I’ve grown tired of chopping and dicing ingredients on my cutting board and am dying to find an easier solution to make home cooking more stress-free.
To find the best mini food processors, we put eight top-rated models through rigorous testing over the course of a few weeks. We evaluated each gadget on how it chopped onions, minced garlic and cilantro, coarsely chopped peanuts, ground shrimp paste, and made guacamole dip.
What To Know About Buying Mini Food Processors
Mini food processors are significantly smaller than standard food processors, usually with a capacity between 2 to 4 cups versus the 14-cup capacity of a typical full-sized model. These minis won’t replace their larger counterparts if you already own one, but could be a great option if you’re looking for an easy and convenient way to make things like baby food and quick sauces.
In terms of size, a mini food processor is comparable to a mortar and pestle, but more efficient and less labour intensive. If you aren’t a big fan of hauling a piece of heavy stoneware across the kitchen on a regular basis, you may benefit from owning a relatively lightweight mini food processor.
In our tests, we noticed that most mini food processors may provide uneven results unless you use the pulse function, as their chopping chambers are significantly smaller than those of full-sized food processors. Without pulsing, ingredients could clog the small chamber, so we recommend looking for a mini food processor that lets you pulse.
Other Mini Food Processors We Tested
Ninja 400-Watt Food Blender
The Ninja is one of the most powerful food choppers we’ve tested—so much so that there was definitely had a learning curve as we adjusted. We started testing by chopping onions and the initial result was mushy, potentially due to over-chopping. As we adapted to its chopping style, we redid the onion test and achieved better results.
In terms of setup, the overall experience was straightforward and fairly effortless, but sliding in the lid took us some time to get used to. Though the rubber-lined lid helps seal the blending chamber to prevent leaking, we had to apply some force to open and close the lid.
It’s the only mini food processor in the pack that comes with multiple attachments that can effectively turn it into a blender for crushing ice and making soup.
This is the other cordless food processor we’ve tested, which impressed us with its ability to blend, grind, and chop ingredients with consistency and ease.
Featuring a durable glass chamber, this mini chopper can be easily stored in the cabinet or drawer. Though its 2.5-cup capacity may seem small, we had no trouble smashing two avocados in one go. It takes about three to four hours for the device to fully charge (the manual didn’t specify how many chopping cycles it can run when fully charged).
The only major issue we had during testing was charging—it didn’t come with a charging port, which would allow us to plug it into an electric outlet to charge the gadget. Instead, we had to look for a USB adapter to get it to work.
This is a sturdy and attractive mini food processor. In our testing, it produced consistent results through the various tasks we threw at it. It offers two speeds and the Pulse mode gives users control over how they want to process their ingredients—whether it’s coarsely grinding nuts or pureeing a dip or marinade.
It’s compact and lightweight, meaning you can move it around the kitchen with ease. It also has a smart cord wrap design that allows you to easily store it when not in use. We like the drizzle basin on the lid of this food processor because it allows you to incorporate liquid ingredients while blending.
However, the assembly and lock mechanism could use some improvements. We struggled to unlock the chamber and the lid several times during testing, as it was too stiff. It became less of an issue as we got used to it but could be annoying for first-timers.
At our first glance, this Hamilton Beach has all the features of a full-sized food processor: a lid chute that allows users to plunge down larger cuts of ingredients and two-blade options.
To get it to work, the lid requires users to manually snap the two locks on, which is a less convenient locking mechanism compared to some other products we tested. During the assembly process, we took note of how easily the blades could come in contact with hands—some safety guards would be helpful.
In terms of performance, though it delivered satisfying results in some tests, it struggled to chop up herbs—such as scallions—evenly.
Despite the seemingly helpful chute, we didn’t find much use for it in reality. In theory, the chute is supposed to help users load more ingredients into the chamber without opening the lid. However, in practice, the chute isn’t wide enough to let ingredients pass through conveniently.
This mini food chopper is simple and powerful. Instead of a traditional design, the blades were inserted into the glass chopping bowl from above, generally creating a more thoroughly processed result. The set-up was straightforward and every part locks in easily.
Our biggest complaint is its noise level. It may be the loudest food chopper in this round of testing when blending on High. It also failed at producing evenly chopped pieces, especially when it came to the onion and herb tests.
This compact food processor is generally attractive. However, we weren’t impressed with its performance during testing. Though it’s powerful and its bowl is spacious enough to grind 0.7-pound of meat at one time, it was one of the loudest mini food processors we tested.
Additionally, the machine defaults to pulsing—therefore users have to keep pressing the desired option on the control panel (either Chop or Grind) to continuously process. Granted, it was a minor inconvenience in our testing, but the inclusion of a chopping cycle would be greatly appreciated. Another major issue was that it kept on shaking when we tried the Grind mode, which turns the blunt side of the blade in reverse to perform more intense tasks, such as grinding nut butter and coffee beans.
Valerie Li Stack is a senior staff writer for Kitchen & Cooking. She is an experienced home cook with a passion for experimenting with the cuisines of countries she's visited. Driven by an interest in food science, Valerie approaches the culinary scene with a firm grasp of cooking processes and extensive knowledge of ingredients. She believes food speaks to all people regardless of language and cultural background.
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