The Best Food Processors, According to Our Test Kitchen
We tested the most popular brands to find the best food processor out there—so you can slice, dice and chop food just like the pros.
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Food processors are kitchen all-stars—they make quick work of laborious jobs like shredding potatoes, slicing vegetables and chopping nuts. But with so many models on the market, it can be hard to know what the best food processor really is.
Unless you buy several food processors and try them out in your own kitchen, how can know which one will help your favorite recipes shine? That’s where our Test Kitchen comes in. Our culinary experts tried the most popular food processors and found three top favorites.
How We Found the Best Food Processor
Over the course of several months, our cooks and food stylists used the most popular food processors in their daily work of testing all of the recipes that readers send in. Our team also put each food processor through a series of standardized tests to see how they performed side by side. We evaluated the food processors based on these factors:
- Chopping capability: How uniformly could the processors chop an onion into 1/4-inch pieces? How well could they blitz up hard peppermint candies?
- Slicing strength: How well could the processors slice a potato and then a tomato? Did these foods have to be trimmed in order to fit into the feed tubes?
- Blade: Did the blades reach small amounts of ingredients? How well could they process three rehydrated chiles?
- Price: Are the food processors affordable? Was their performance reflected in their price?
Our Test Kitchen-Preferred Food Processors
After months of testing and regularly using multiple different food processors in our Test Kitchen (here’s how we test out products), our culinary team identified a clear favorite, as well as two runners up.
Best Overall: Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor
This stainless steel Cuisinart food processor is perfect for tackling all sorts of kitchen tasks—from chopping and shredding to slicing and dicing like a dream. Our culinary experts appreciated its simple controls, its 14-cup capacity and the three different blades it comes with.
This dishwasher-safe model impressed our entire Test Kitchen by sailing through every challenge. It chopped an onion in seconds (and minced it with just a few extra pulses), quickly ground up peppermint candies (perfect for all sorts of minty candy cane recipes), and sliced through both a potato and a tomato with ease. We only had to slice these foods in half in order to fit them into this food processor’s large top chute.
Our Test Kitchen was most impressed by how well this Cuisinart model tackled chopping jobs both large and small. Want to put together a giant batch of homemade pesto? It’s a cinch. Got just a few chiles to blitz? No problem. The blade sits very low to the bottom of the bowl so it can capture every last bit of your ingredients. The three hot peppers were instantly blitzed (ready for stirring into your favorite spicy chili recipes).
- Settings: On and pulse
- Blades: Chopping blade, slicing disc and shredding disc
- Strength: 720 watts
- Price: $230
Best for Casual Cooks: KitchenAid 7-Cup Food Processor
If you only need to use a food processor occasionally or are just starting to get the hang of one, the KitchenAid food processor will do the job—and look great doing it. It’s easy to assemble and is amazingly quiet at high speeds.
With three different speed settings (low, high and pulse), you can chop, mince, puree, mix, slice and shred various foods. This model’s two-in-one feed tube includes a pusher than can help you guide ingredients into the bowl, and it has a small tube that you can drizzle oil into while making homemade salad dressings.
This plastic food processor has a leak-resistant seal and is dishwasher-safe.
- Settings: Low, high and pulse
- Blades: Multipurpose blade and reversible slicing/shredding disc
- Strength: 250 watts
- Price: $99
Most Budget Friendly: Black + Decker 8-Cup Food Processor
For the (very affordable) price, this Black + Decker food processor performed way above our expectations. It’s lightweight yet stable—thanks to some mighty suction cups—but incredibly loud, even on the lowest speed.
This dishwasher-safe food processor has stainless steel blades and a pusher that you can use to nudge ingredients into the bowl. With non-skid suction feet, this appliance won’t shift around as you’re chopping, mincing, slicing and dicing.
- Settings: On and pulse
- Blades: Chopping blade and reversible slicing/shredding disc
- Strength: 450 watts
- Price: $35
What to Make with a Food Processor
You might just rely on your food processor to accomplish normally tedious tasks—like shredding cabbage for this Pennsylvania Dutch coleslaw or crushing up graham crackers for a crumb crust.
But you can get creative with this tool. Our Test Kitchen recommends using the shredding disc (which comes with all three food processors featured here) to shred up veggies like cauliflower and cabbage and incorporate them into meatballs for an easy, healthy appetizer—try it with our recipe for sneaky turkey meatballs.
While food processors can do many of the same tasks as blenders, it’s helpful to know when to use your food processor vs. your blender—for instance, food processors are better at crushing up dry, crunchy foods like nuts and grains.
If you want a miniature version, here’s our list of the best mini food processors.
How to Care for Your Food Processor
Like all kitchen gadgets, your food processor needs a certain level of care and cleaning to keep it running like new. All three of the food processors featured here have dishwasher-safe bowls and blades, but these tips for how to clean a food processor can help ensure that yours always says sanitary and squeaky-clean!
Note: This blind taste test was performed by our staffers and was not part of a sponsorship. All opinions shared are our own, and have not been influenced by advertisers.