Excelled at almost every task, chopping and slicing as well as a razor sharp knife, as well as kneading dough into a smooth elastic ball. Shredding mozzarella was the only chore at which it faltered.
In addition to top notch performance it offers every imaginable bell and whistle and then some. If you cook often in large quantities and have the change, this 16-cup machine is worth the money.
When you’re cooking up a storm, a large capacity, high-quality food processor is a must-have. In mere moments, it can chop vegetables or blitz a bunch of parsley into dust, and some can even knead bread dough for you.
With the best food processors, you’ll have no trouble slicing spuds thinly for scalloped potatoes, shredding carrots for salads, or grinding peanuts and almonds to make your own nut butters.
We've recently retested the best food processors and added new products to this guide, confirming the Cuisinart "Custom 14" DFP-14BCNY (available at Amazon for $229.99) is still the top food chopper on the market. It gives top-notch performance without hogging too much kitchen counter space. With 14 cups of capacity, it's perfect for home cooks. However, if you’re looking for a more stripped-down experience, we've got plenty of other great options.
Capacity: 14 cups
Power: 720 watts
Size: 11 x 7.9 x 14.8 inches
Weight: 17 pounds
The Cuisinart “Custom 14” food processor excelled at almost every task, chopping onions and slicing tomatoes as well as a razor-sharp chef's knife and kneading pizza dough into a smooth elastic ball.
Shredding mozzarella was the only chore at which it faltered. Although it shredded without stalling, like every model we tested it failed to produce shreds evenly.
The operation is simple: There are two large levers to press, one to run the processor continuously and then shut it off and one for pulse. In addition to the basic chopping, mixing and dough blade, it comes with shredding and slicing discs. To use the discs, you attach them to a stem that sits in the bowl. Be aware that it’s a little tricky to click them into place.
The food feeding chute locks into place at the rear of the bowl, which is slightly inconvenient when you’re feeding in food, but makes it easier to see what’s happening in the bowl during processing. As the tube is large, there’s no need to cut a block of mozzarella or a beefsteak tomato in half before processing them. While it’s running, the Cuisinart is so quiet it won’t shut down conversation in the kitchen.
The Custom 14 is easy to clean: Cuisinart is the only manufacturer that goes beyond just "dishwasher safe" and actually encourages you to wash the parts in the dishwasher. It’s available in white or black with stainless accents or all brushed stainless steel. A disc storage unit, a flat lid, other size shredding and slicing discs, and whisk attachments can be purchased separately.
The Black and Decker 3-in-1 Easy Assembly 8-Cup Food Processor is a great value—and it wowed us with its ability to mince, chop, and slice.
During our testing, large ripe tomatoes needed to be cut in quarters to fit into the processor's feed tube, but they still came out in perfectly uniform slices, ready to be arranged around a salad bowl or tucked between slices of mozzarella.
This Black and Decker was even able to knead dough quickly and efficiently without the machine "walking" on the countertop.
The working bowl is particularly easy to position on its base. With this machine, you get only one attachment besides the chopping blade: a reversible slicing and shredding disc that can be stored within the machine. Also, you can pop the parts in the top rack of the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
The Cuisinart Stainless Steel 13-Cup Food Processor is another good choice for people looking for a large chopper to perform a variety of cooking prep chores.
Whether you’re slicing potatoes for an au gratin, mincing herbs, or kneading pizza dough, this processor delivers reliable results. To operate this machine, you must be sure to align all the parts, but it’s easy to quickly get the hang of it and they turn and lock into place smoothly.
The feed tube is large enough to hold a block of mozzarella but can be adjusted to be thin enough to accommodate a pepperoni. It’s also located in the front, making it easier to add food.
This processor comes with a 13-cup bowl and a smaller 4½-cup one, chopping and kneading blades, a slicing disc that adjusts for 7 different thicknesses, a shredding disc that reverses for thin or thick shreds, and a plastic spatula. A case to corral all the accessories is also included, but that means you have to find storage space to keep it.
Dicing and spiralizer accessories are available and they work well but they do have lots of small parts that you also have to assemble and store when you’re not using them.
As long as you find room in the top rack, all of the parts are dishwasher safe.
When it came to the food processing component, it produced thinly sliced potatoes with its adjustable slicing blade, and it had no problem finely chopping parsley and almonds.
The Complete Chef, however, did struggle a bit with larger chopping tasks when the bowl was filled to the max line. When we reduced the amount of food inserted, the results were much more uniform.
We were impressed by the sleek stainless-steel design, which is more attractive than most of Cuisinart’s food processors. We also loved the way the bowl clips into place, removing the need to twist it around until it locks.
This model also resolves a complaint about chopping blades we’ve long had with food processors. After this chopping blade is clicked into place it stays put, instead of falling out of the bowl when removing the contents like with other models we tested.
With this model, you’ll get the 18-cup bowl, a lid for prepping (with removable chutes) and another one for cooking, a steamer basket insert, chopping, kneading, and mixing blades, a slicing disc that adjusts for 22 different levels of thickness, a reversible shredding disc for thin or thick shreds, a whisk, and a plastic spatula. The kit also comes with two storage containers to hold the many accessories.
The Complete Chef certainly wasn’t perfect—it struggled to shred all the mozzarella without leaving a few chunks in the mix, and the lid was sometimes tricky to secure—but we were pleasantly surprised at how delicious all the cooked food turned out.
The Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro is a real beauty, but you certainly pay for the privilege. In addition to top-notch performance, it offers every imaginable bell and whistle and then some.
If you invest in the Breville, you’ll want to give it a dedicated space in your kitchen. It has a big footprint—it’s too tall to fit under a kitchen cabinet—and heavy enough that lugging it in and out of a closet or cabinet. But there’s much to love.
The Breville screams quality with parts that glide into place. It comes with a 2½-cup bowl that turns it into a mini chopper and a storage box that holds five discs, two blades, spatula, and a cleaning brush. It has three lighted control buttons: on/off, run, and pulse. There’s also an LCD timer that counts up or down—handy for example when a recipe specifies to knead for two minutes.
The food chute is big enough that you can slice a small pepper without cutting it in half. Also, adjustable slicing is possible from very thin to about a third-of-an-inch thick using the reversible shredding disc. Among the accessories are julienne and french fry blades so you don’t have to slice potatoes twice to get strips.
When your machine is running it practically purrs. When it’s not running, the cord, which is particularly easy to pull out of a socket, stores in a compartment in the back.
For those who like to throw everything in the dishwasher, they should be aware that it’s recommended you wash parts by hand.
If you cook often in large quantities and have the budget, this 16-cup machine is worth the money. However, if you don’t, the Breville may be more food processor than you need.
The GE 12-Cup Food Processor is moderately priced, easy to operate, and performs great. It blitzed a whole bunch of parsley into green confetti in mere seconds.
When it came to slicing, it cut exceptionally cleanly and left no wayward pieces unsliced. Tomatoes didn’t turn to mush and pepperoni didn’t get mangled. Using the chopping blade, the GE kneaded pizza dough without overheating it or rocking or moving on the countertop.
Our only complaint is that the feed tube is small, so it can’t accommodate a whole tomato or ball of mozzarella cheese.
The processor comes with a slicing and shredding disc, each of which can be reversed to make thin or thick slices and fine or thick shreds. All of the parts can be popped in the dishwasher.
Unlike many food processors, this one is intuitive to set up and operate. The large lettering makes it easy to select your setting.
Minces, slices, and kneads dough exceptionally well
The KitchenAid 5-Cup Cordless Food Chopper comes with a multipurpose blade and whipping attachments, compared to standard-sized food processors that typically also come with shredding and slicing discs. That said, this mini processor can chop, grind, puree, and whip ingredients, but it can’t knead dough or shred cheese.
It took about two hours to fully charge, which is enough to chop 40 onions. Within seconds, it turned an onion into evenly chopped bits, ready for sauteing or adding to salads. When it comes to firm ingredients like toasted almonds and hard cheese, it didn’t have any issues grinding them super-finely either.
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.
Though we liked how convenient it was to use, this food chopper isn’t without flaws. It lacks the features that other food processors we’ve tested have, like kneading dough and processing ingredients in large quantities. Additionally, there’s no chute on the lid that allows you to add ingredients while in use. You’ll have to load everything before running a processing cycle.
The KitchenAid 7-Cup Food Processor chopped onions cleanly and evenly, minced parsley into dust, and ground almonds into a fluffy powder. It created clean slices of pepperoni and long beautiful shreds of cheese. However, it didn’t slice tomatoes perfectly evenly. Worse though, when it came to kneading yeast dough, it stalled and couldn’t finish the task.
The working bowl is easy to position on the base and the controls are easy to depress.
Unlike most food processors, which require that you turn the lid to lock it into place, it has a lid that attaches to the bowl on a hinge and is then latched into place on the other side.
It was designed like this to be easier to close and to avoid having to remove the lid entirely when you stop to stir or add ingredients and then leaving a mess on the countertop. Some might find that slightly annoying, especially if they are accustomed to turning the lid to lock it.
All of the parts fit neatly inside the bowl for storage and can be washed in the top rack of the dishwasher. Also, the KitchenAid is a beautifully finished product and is available in two shades of black, white, silver, and red.
The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Duo Plus Food Processor can mince parsley and grind almonds with the best of them. However, it was weak on some tasks, leaving a big percentage of pepperoni unsliced and cutting ripe tomatoes so thinly they fell apart. It’s also not designed to knead heavy yeast doughs.
Considering its price and lightweight build, it would be a decent choice for family meal preparation if the cook isn’t looking for precision results.
It comes with a smaller 4-cup bowl that you could use to turn an avocado into guacamole or mince a few cloves of garlic.
The Hamilton Beach is definitely not a statement piece for your countertop and gunk can collect around the control buttons making it nitpicky to clean. Also, don’t be surprised if the kids cover their ears when they hear it whirring. This machine is loud.
Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap Food Processor with Bowl Scraper
Capacity: 8 cups
Power: 450 watts
Size: 16 x 10.5 x 14.5 inches
Weight: 5.5 pounds
While the Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap Food Processor with Bowl Scraper is proficient at chopping, mincing, shredding, and slicing evenly, it doesn’t cut as cleanly as our more highly-rated models. The edges of pepperoni came out slightly ragged and parsley a bit wet and mashed.
It did a fine job of kneading dough, once we stopped and stirred the ingredients, but the machine rocked quite a bit as it worked.
However, what really made this model fall to the bottom of our list is its ease of use. The lid was difficult to put in place and before using the model, you have to bring a large locking arm up over the lid and snap it on. In addition, the lever controls are a little tricky to use.
This food processor comes with both a reversible shredding disc and a slicing disc that can be adjusted to six different thicknesses and a dough blade. It also comes with a bowl scraper attachment but as it doesn’t reach down into the edge, where food is most likely to accumulate, the scraper didn't provide much help.
You also get a storage box to hold the discs and dough blade, which can sit under the food processor when it’s not being used. All of the parts are safe for dishwasher cleaning.
Hi, I'm Sharon Franke, and I’ve been reviewing kitchen equipment for upwards of 30 years. Before that, I worked as a professional chef in New York City restaurants for seven years. Now, most of my cooking is done on weekends in my small apartment kitchen. While I’m a whiz with a knife, I wouldn’t want to live without my food processor for tasks like finely chopping veggies for a tabbouleh or preparing pastry dough for tarts and quiches.
And I’m Lindsay Mattison, a trained professional chef and dinner party enthusiast. I’m the type of person that uses every single pot and pan in the house when I’m cooking dinner (and, I’ll probably dirty up all the tasting spoons and mise en place bowls, too).
To find the best food processors, we first tested a handful over the course of a few weeks. More than a year later, we reevaluated the products and added more to test. Each appliance was rated on how well it chopped onions, minced parsley, ground almonds, sliced potatoes, tomatoes, and pepperoni, shredded mozzarella cheese, and cut potatoes into julienne strips. In those that were designed to knead dough, we made pizza dough, too.
Since these machines can be complicated at times—especially if this is your first time food processing—we spent a lot of time poring over each of its manuals. Did it explain how to use the processor thoroughly, or did we still have to experiment to determine how to assemble the parts, use the attachments, and process specific foods?
We also considered whether it was easy to lock the lid onto the work bowl and use the controls and how much of a racket it created when running.
While we didn’t include size in our ratings, we took it into consideration as once you see what it can do, you may want to give your food processor a permanent place on your countertop. We also checked whether or not these food choppers include a storage case.
What is a Food Processor?
A food processor is a kitchen appliance that's known for quickly chopping all your large foods into mini bits. But it can do more than chop—it mixes, purees, emulsifies, grates, and shreds all your ingredients.
Should You Get a Food Processor or a Blender?
Blender or food processor? Or both? The answer comes down to what you need out of your appliances.
Food processors are a go-to tool when doing meal prep. They chop, pulse, and puree ingredients, and they're great for making pesto, pasta sauce, pastry and cookie dough.
Need to slice and grate? Then grab your processor. The same is true for chopping vegetables.
Sure, blenders are great for smoothies, but there are a lot of other reasons to own one. If your dishes or drinks are heavily liquid-based and don’t require different consistencies, then a blender should be your choice. In addition to making crushed ice, they're great for soups, frozen drinks and pureeing fruits.
How to Find the Best Food Processor for You
Food processors are a versatile kitchen tool that can drastically cut your meal prep time by doing the hard work for you. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for a food processor.
Price: Some food processors cost hundreds of dollars, but those high-end models may also come with more advanced options. For instance, the Cuisinart Complete Chef Cooking Food Processor (available at Amazon for $229.99) not only chops and purees, it also works as a multicooker. But you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to get a good processor. Our Best Value pick, the Black and Decker 3-in-1 Easy Assembly 8-Cup Food Processor, outperformed some of the pricier models we tested.
Power: There’s a reason that we took power into account when we tested food processors. You want your machine to be able to chop vegetables and mince herbs, while also being able to shred a block of cheese. Processors designed to knead bread doughs shouldn’t jump around while you’re working your ingredients together.
Capacity: The working bowls of food processors can range, but there’s a perfect size for any cook. Mini choppers are great for smaller jobs. Large-capacity processors might be a better fit for people who do more cooking. Some processors we reviewed—like our top pick, the Cuisinart “Custom 14”—come with a big bowl and a smaller one, so they can be right for whatever chopping job you need.
How Do I Clean a Food Processor?
Food processors can take some work to clean. There are a lot of pieces to remove and soak. All the pieces are removable, and many can go in the dishwasher. However, some units have nooks and crannies that are difficult to fully clean.There are a few easy-to-clean models available if you're not one for careful scrubbing.
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