Food processors are extremely helpful gadgets - they are designed to quickly carry out some of the most standard kitchen tasks quickly and efficiently. Chopping, pureeing, blending, making sauces… a good food processor will save you a significant amount of prep time when making tasty foods! To help make your decision easier, today we’re looking at 5 of the best food processors currently on the market, ready to save you time and money!
Kenwood has been a household name since 1947, known for their reliable mixers and food processors. The MultiPro Compact - as the name suggests - is a small food processor designed to take up as little space as possible. It has a very small footprint, but still manages to find space for a 1.2L capacity, or 2.1L for blending.
The power level isn’t the highest in our list - 800W - but it serves purposes, and allows the MultiPro Compact to grind, chop or blend most ingredients with ease. However it only has a limited selection of attachments - it lacks multiple sizes of grating/slicing discs, no dough tool and few of the specialised tools seen in other models reviewed here.
Finally, while the build quality is good, it’s not as stable as other models. The housing is made of plastic rather than metal, and the design is rather utilitarian. However this is balanced out by the price - the MultiPro Compact is competitively priced, and combined with the small footprint, it makes for a good budget option. You won’t get as many bells and whistles as the most expensive food processors, but it won’t steer you wrong, and does the basics very well.
Another compact food processor: KitchenAid’s ‘Mini Food Chopper’ is actually smaller than the MultiPro Compact, which is a blessing and a curse. Its smaller footprint makes it easier to keep out on the kitchen, and doesn’t take up too much space. On the other hand, it has a very small volume- only 0.8L. This may be a dealbreaker for some people - especially if you’re cooking for a large family.
If the capacity doesn’t turn you away, then the Mini Food Chopper is an attractive appliance - it has an elegant design, and is available in a variety of colours. It’s a reliable piece of kit, and boasts power enough to chop most ingredients, and can easily make sauces and dressings.
Unfortunately it also lacks extras - there are few specialist blades, and no blender capability like the Kenwood. This limits the capability of the Mini Food Chopper - and makes it hard to recommend for larger families - but for couples or solo use it is excellent for taking the work out of annoying kitchen jobs.
Moving to bigger models: if the small capacity of the MultiPro Compact or Mini Food Chopper is a dealbreaker, then look at the KitchenAid’s 3.1L Food Processor. As the name suggests, this food processor has a capacity of 3 litres - making it far more suitable for large cooking jobs. The metal body is solid and reliable, and the machine is surprisingly quiet when running - something your flatmates will thank you for!
When you start to use it, the 3.1 Food Processor has a lot to recommend it. There are a large array of attachments, and the feeding tube comes in various different sizes. It also has an ‘Exactslice System’ - a very helpful lever on the front used to safely control the thickness of the cutting blade.
Unfortunately this food processor doesn’t contain much power - only 300W, which may limit its ability to mince or blend more difficult ingredients. The price is a substantial increase from the Mini Food Chopper, but that’s to be expected given how much more functionality you’re gaining.
Magimix is another household name for kitchen appliances - the 4200 XL is an excellent choice for a serious food processor. It has a 3L capacity, but also comes with 2 other bowls (2.6 and 1.2 litres respectively) for smaller jobs. As for attachments, it comes with pretty much everything you could need - multiple graters & slicers, a whisk attachment and a dough hook for bread.
The 4200XL is well-built and handles heavier ingredients well, and even if you do over-tax the machine, it comes with a 30 (!) year guarantee for the motor! Unfortunately the motor only has a single speed - as well as a pulse setting - which may limit the effectiveness when performing more delicate tasks. Apart from that, the 4200XL performs very well indeed - the capacity and power make it a good choice for large families. However the size and price means that it may be unsuited for small families or couples.
If you require more power and capacity, then take a look at the 5200XL: the larger and more expensive big brother of the 4200XL.
Finally, if you want to go big and powerful - the Sage Kitchen Wizz Pro is the food processor for you! This solidly-built appliance has a 3.6L capacity, and a ridiculously powerful 2000W motor - double what any of the other processors reviewed here hold. That means it can make short work of pretty much anything - it will chop and blend with ease. A unique 4-bladed cutting blade will chop anything into regular pieces with no mess or fuss.
The included attachments for the Kitchen Wizz aren’t quite as extensive as the 4200XL, but they still cover all the necessities - slicing, grating, whisking, mixing and kneading dough. All the extras come in a nice little storage box - it’s a small thing, but help bring it all together as a top-notch package.
Unfortunately you’re going to pay for this package - this is easily the most expensive appliance on our list. However the premium price does give you the best in power and capability. Less excusable is the single speed - it would be helpful to have multiple speeds like the KitchenAid model, and it may limit the ability of the device with more delicate tasks.
In the end, your choice as to whether to get the Kitchen Wizz will depend on how much food you prepare - if you are frequently cooking for large families, and do a *lot* of chopping, grating, etc every day, then this will be a worthy investment. It’ll handle everything you need and more. However for everybody else, it may be worth looking at a smaller and cheaper model.