Best Food Processors to Help You in the Kitchen in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 5, 2019
Have you ever registered how much time you spend on cooking? Would you like to change this routine? Not a problem! With the help of a food processor, you'll be able to handle most of the tasks with ease! Mixing, shredding, slicing - food processors can do these and much more. We've gathered for you the best food processors on this shortlist. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
POWER
AUTO COOK OPTIONS
ATTACHMENTS
WORK-BOWL CAPACITY
CONVENIENCE
USABILITY
WARRANTY
 
PROS

Thanks to its extra-large feed tube that can accommodate whole or large pieces of veggies or fruits, you will save your time on pre-cutting. To get access to hundreds of recipes that can be prepared with the Magimix 5200XL model, just download a Magimix App to your smartphone or tablet.

CONS

For cleaning the bowls, hand wash is preferable.

OUR VERDICT

Multifunctional and efficient, this Magimix food processor boasts intuitive one-touch operation allowing you to accomplish a variety of tasks with ease. In the box, you'll find three bowls of assorted sizes and an impressive selection of accessories and attachments including a citrus press, a BlenderMix attachment for mixing liquids, and a  whisk for beating eggs and cream. An ergonomic storage box is also included.

detailed parameters
POWER

1100 Watts

AUTO COOK OPTIONS

Salads, Purees, Sauces, Creams, Smoothies, Pastry, Grated cheese, Citrus juice, Beaten eggs

ATTACHMENTS

Main knife blade, Mini knife blade, BlenderMix, Dough blade, Egg whisk, Triple pusher, Citrus press with 2 cones, 2mm and 4mm slicing discs, 2mm and 4mm grating discs included

WORK-BOWL CAPACITY

Main bowl 3.6 L,

Midi bowl 2.6 L,

Mini bowl 1.2 L

CONVENIENCE

Auto mode, Pulse mode

USABILITY

Extra wide feed tube, Spatula, Storage box, Recipe book, Magimix App, Safety interlock, Sturdy base, Dishwasher-safe accessories

WARRANTY

3 years, 30 years motor guarantee

PROS

This Kenwood Multi-Pro food processor boasts as many as 8 speed settings and a pulse mode for precise control of the unit's operation and effective processing of both hard and soft vegetables, fruit, and other ingredients.

CONS

The motor might emit smell at first. 

OUR VERDICT

The Kenwood FDM781BA unit will help you quickly and effortlessly chop and slice veggies and fruit, make refreshing smoothies and hot soups (the blender is made of thermo-resistant glass), and knead dough. The appliance is easy to clean after use; all the removable parts are dishwasher-safe.

detailed parameters
POWER

1000 Watts

AUTO COOK OPTIONS

Salads, Purees, Sauces, Creams, Smoothies, Pastry, Grated cheese

ATTACHMENTS

Dough tool, Main knife blade, Mini knife blade, Coarse grate disc (4mm), Fine grate disc (2mm), Whisk tool included

WORK-BOWL CAPACITY

Main bowl 3 L,

Blender jug 1.5 L,

Mini bowl 0.5 L

CONVENIENCE

8 speed settings, Pulse mode

USABILITY

Cord storage, Non-slip feet, Safety interlock, Spatula, Dishwasher-safe parts

WARRANTY

5 years

PROS

Distinguished by an A+ energy efficiency class, this food processor won't hit your electricity bills too much even in case of extensive use. Meanwhile, its 800-watt motor is powerful enough to process fruits, veggies, nuts, and other produce.

CONS

The lid is a bit stiff to open.

OUR VERDICT

The Philips Viva Veggie is a practical and reliable multifunctional unit that can perform 29 food processing functions. Equipped with two capacious bowls, it will allow you to make up to 5 servings at a time. Besides, it comes with a whole set of dishwasher-safe accessories. With that, this portable model won't take much of your countertop space.

detailed parameters
POWER

800 Watts

AUTO COOK OPTIONS

Salads, Purees, Sauces, Creams, Smoothies, Pastry, Citrus juice

ATTACHMENTS

Stainless steel S-blade, Citrus press, Emulsifying tool, Kneading tool, Reversible slicing/shredding disc

WORK-BOWL CAPACITY

Main bowl 2.1 L (1.5 L working capacity),

Blender jug 1.5 L (1 L working capacity)

CONVENIENCE

2 speed settings, Pulse mode

USABILITY

Cord storage, Dishwasher-safe accessories, Integrated cord storage, Non-slip feet

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

The unit comes with a wide set of attachments that includes a MultiLevel6 knife. Featuring 6 blades, this knife will let you quickly chop various ingredients, blend sauces, and mix cocktails. To have all accessories at hand, you can neatly store them in the bowl.

CONS

The user instructions are not clear enough.

OUR VERDICT

Compact and functional, this BOSCH food processor is perfect for making soups, salads, pastries, creams; you can even use it for crushing ice and grinding coffee. To ensure comfortable and safe use, it is equipped with a safety locking lid, a bowl and non-skid rubber suction feet.

detailed parameters
POWER

800 Watts

AUTO COOK OPTIONS

Salads, Purees, Sauces, Creams, Smoothies, Pastry, Beaten eggs, Crushed ice, Ground coffee/grains/spices

ATTACHMENTS

MultiLevel6 knife, Reversible slicing (thick and thin) discs, Reversible grating (coarse and fine) discs, Dough tool, Whisking disc, Beating disc

WORK-BOWL CAPACITY

Main bowl 2.3 L,

Blender jug 1 L

CONVENIENCE

2 speed settings, Pulse mode

USABILITY

Smart storage, Rubber suction feet, Safety locking lid and bowl, Dishwasher-safe accessories

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

Compact and portable, the Kenwood Multi-Pro food processor will perfectly fit even a small-sized kitchen. It is equipped with 2 working bowls and can handle most cooking tasks as easily as its more expensive competitors.

CONS

A dough blade is not included.

OUR VERDICT

The Kenwood FDP301SI is a great alternative for those who seek a frills-free appliance or/and need something portable that won't take a lot of space. It has all the essential features you need in a food processor and comes with a bundle of attachments so that you can prepare a greater variety of recipes with ease.

detailed parameters
POWER

800 Watts

AUTO COOK OPTIONS

Salads, Purees, Sauces, Creams, Smoothies, Grated cheese

ATTACHMENTS

Stainless steel knife blade, Reversible slicing/shredding, Emulsifying tool included

WORK-BOWL CAPACITY

Main bowl 2.1 L (1.2 L working capacity),

Blender jug 1.2 L

CONVENIENCE

2 speed settings, Pulse mode

USABILITY

Non-slip feet, Safety interlock, Compact space-saving design, Dishwasher-safe parts

WARRANTY

1 year

Magimix 5200XL

Powerful and Versatile

If you are looking for an efficient, multifunctional food processor to save your time, money, and cooking space, consider this model. Thoughtfully designed and portable, it is able to replace as many as eight other appliances in your kitchen. To help you handle your kitchen tasks with ease and comfort, the machine is equipped with an 1100-Watt motor, efficient and ultra-quiet in operation. The unit has three buttons on its front panel allowing you to use all the functions; the motor power adjusts automatically depending on the ingredients processed.

This functional food processor has an extra-wide feed tube allowing you to save lots of time on pre-cutting the produce: you will be able to process whole or large pieces of fruits and veggies. The appliance comes with three bowls of assorted sizes enabling you to perform as many kitchen tasks as possible. For example, the largest 3.6 L bowl is perfect for mincing, chopping, mixing, grating, slicing, and emulsifying foods as well as for kneading dough. The middle-sized 2.6 L bowl will come in handy for slicing and grating vegetables, fruit, and cheese. Finally, the smallest 1.2 L bowl is perfect for chopping onions and herbs and for making delicious salad dressings and mayonnaise.

Review of Magimix 5200XL Food Processor - Satin

Keeps All Attachments Organized

Now, let's look at the attachments and accessories included in the box. The Magimix 5200XL food processor comes with a triple pusher, perfect for slicing smaller items like carrots, spring onion, and celery. The main bowl can be used with a sharp stainless steel blade for mincing, chopping, blending, and emulsifying foods, a BlenderMix attachment to make creamy soups and smoothies, a whisk for beating eggs or creams, and a dough blade for effortless mixing and kneading dough. The midsized bowl can be used with two slicing discs (2mm and 4mm) and two grating discs (2mm and 4mm) for grating and slicing fruit, vegetables, and cheese. In the box, you will also find a citrus press with two cones for making freshly-squeezed lemons, limes, grapefruit, and other citrus juice. The provided mini bowl and mini blade allow you to process small quantities of food. In addition, the package includes a spatula for easy cleaning. To keep all accessories organized and within easy reach, an ergonomic storage box comes with the purchase. It has comfy slots for grating/slicing disks and a transparent lid to protect the attachments from dust.

Additionally, you will get a recipe book with 100 culinary ideas and a free access to the Magimix App (available for your tablet or smartphone) with more delicious recipes you can follow using this wonderful appliance.

Magimix 5200XL Food Processor - Satin in the use

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Kenwood FDM781BA

Get Control Over Cooking

Designed to help you to prepare a family dinner, make nutritious smoothie or juice for breakfast, or knead dough and whip cream for delicious pastries to go with your tea, this Kenwood Multi-Pro food processor will handle most kitchen tasks with ease. The unit has a powerful 1000-Watt motor for efficient performance; it features eight speed settings and a pulse mode for the most precise control while processing various ingredients. This efficient model is equipped with a 3-litre main bowl, perfect for a variety of slicing, grating, and chopping tasks and a 0.5-litre mini bowl with its own blade for processing smaller quantities of food without the need to wash the larger bowl. Moreover, you will get a 1.5-litre liquidizer for blending soups and sauces or making refreshing smoothies. Made to last, the appliance has a die-cast all-metal housing, stainless steel knife blades, durable plastic bowls, and a thermo-resistant glass liquidiser. For convenient and safe use, the unit has non-slip feet, a safety interlock, and an ergonomic cord storage. All removable parts are dishwasher safe, plus a handy spatula is included in the box, so the unit is easy to clean after use.

Review of Kenwood FDM781BA Multi-Pro Classic Food Processor

Saves Your Time and Kitchen Space

With this Kenwood food processor, you will get varied accessories for hassle-free food preparation. The main bowl can be used with a stainless steel knife blade for chopping vegetables and meat. You can go either with a 4-mm thin slice/fine grate disk, or a thick slice/coarse grate 4-mm disk for grating or slicing veggies or cheese; using these reversible disks is also a great way to save storage space. Do you like to make pastries and toothsome desserts? Use an included dough tool to knead dough and a dual metal whisk to beat eggs or whip cream. For chopping smaller items, use a 0.5-litre mini bowl with a mini blade.

This model comes with a blender jar made of thermo-resistant glass so you can make appetizing hot soups and refreshing ice-cold smoothies. Both the food processor and blender were designed to be used on one base which also helps to save space in your kitchen. Summing up, this wonderful appliance thought-out to the tiniest detail can become your reliable kitchen aid that will make cooking easy and enjoyable.

Kenwood FDM781BA Multi-Pro Classic Food Processor in the use

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Philips Viva Veggie HR7510/11

Healthy Cooking is Easy

The Philips Viva Veggie HR7510/11 was created to help you enjoy wholesome meals while spending minimum time on cooking and money on electricity bills. This energy-saving food processor (energy class A+) has a quite powerful 800-watt motor that will easily manage a variety of kitchen tasks. It will easily cope with processing cheese, chocolate, and hard vegetables without stalls and failures. Moreover, thanks to the whole set of accessories included in the box, the appliance will allow you to slice, shred, and chop ingredients, puree soups, make smoothies, mince meat, knead dough, beat eggs, whip cream, and even make fresh citrus juice.

To take every strain off out of multiple cooking tasks and ensure excellent processing results time and again, this model features colour-coded speed guidance. You'll have a choice of two speeds and each of them is marked with a particular colour, and so are all of the attachments. To achieve optimum performance of the appliance, you just need to match the accessory colour to the corresponding speed setting.

One more advantage of this model is its one-of-a-kind PowerChop technology that combines a special blade shape, cutting angle, and an inner bowl design to guarantee maximum efficient and smooth processing of both hard and soft ingredients. However, the advantages of the Philips Viva Veggie HR7510/11 do not end here.

Review of Philips Viva Veggie HR7510/11 Food Processor

For Smaller Kitchens

As functional and versatile as it is, the food processor boasts a space-wise design. The item has only one base for both bowls, so it has a small footprint and you can conveniently keep the unit on the counter if you use it quite often. Created with the user comfort in mind, the appliance is equipped with a double-sided shredding/slicing disc, which means you'll need less space for storage and less time for cleaning. When the cooking is done, the attachments can be neatly stored in the main bowl.

The unit assembly is a breeze and operation is just as easy. A large feeding tube of the main bowl will ensure minimum precutting of the produce. Two processing speeds, a pulse option, and a colour-coded knob will give you full control over the cooking process. After use, all the accessories can be safely washed in a dishwasher (top rack is recommended).

Finally, this compact food processor has a competitive main bowl and liquidizer capacities (1.5 L and 1 L respectively), allowing you to toss up to 5 servings at a time.

To wrap it up, the Philips Viva Veggie is a budget-friendly and space-saving solution for smaller house kitchens and flats. Reliable and versatile, it will help you cook wholesome meals and drinks for all your family.

Philips Viva Veggie HR7510/11 Food Processor in the use

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Bosch MCM3501MGB

Handles Most Kitchen Tasks

This functional and compact unit from one of the most renowned brands will deserve a decent place in any kitchen. Not only is the appliance energy-efficient with its 800-watt motor, but also it is incredibly effective, thanks to its thought-out design and high-quality materials it is made from. Solid stainless steel blades are sharp and wear-resistant while all plastic parts are made of food-grade BPA-free plastic and won't leach any harmful elements to your foods.

Along with the processor unit, you will get a reversible coarse and fine grating disc, a reversible thick and thin slicing disc, a whisking disc, a plastic dough tool, and a beating disc. Even more, the box comes with a special MultiLevel6 knife blade attachment designed for the most efficient chopping of herbs, nuts, or onions. This unique attachment has 6 blades placed on different levels to ensure hassle-free processing of soft and hard ingredients alike.

In addition to the main mixing bowl and a liquidizer, the manufacturer has provided a special attachment for grinding coffee and spices. That way, you will be able to quickly blend soups and sauces and season them with freshly ground pepper. Using the grinding blade, you can also crush ice cubes for refreshing cocktails and frozen desserts.

Owing to the functional attachments included in the set, the processor offers more than 50 functions such as cutting, grinding, grating, chopping, mixing, kneading, whisking, and many more. With that, when you are not using the appliance, all the accessories can be compactly stored in the mixing bowl.

Review of Bosch MCM3501MGB Food Processor

Inspires For Cooking

So, the Bosch processor is versatile and it takes minimum countertop and storage space, and how about the ease of use? Though some users claim that the instructions are not clear enough, most consumers agree that the unit operation is very intuitive and the appliance is simple to use and clean. All the parts are easy to attach and you'll quickly get the hang of the processor assembly. A safety locking lid and bowl plus non-skid rubber suction feet will ensure stable unit positioning on the countertop and safe and comfortable use. All the accessories are dishwasher-safe, so, cleaning is a cinch as well.

The food processor has two operating speeds and a pulse setting. In the instruction manual, you will find guidance that will help you select the necessary tool and choose the perfect speed for each processing task. The manual also includes a number of cooking recipes, which is a great option for inexperienced cooks.

In a word, whatever your cooking skills, the Bosch MCM3501MGB will allow you to try tons of new recipes and prepare your favourite dishes in no time at all.

Bosch MCM3501MGB Food Processor in the use

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Kenwood FDP301SI

Compact, Functional, and Efficient

To make your food preparation as easy and comfortable as possible, it is important to properly equip your kitchen, especially if it lacks space. With this in mind, Kenwood has created this Multi-Pro compact food processor. Like other models from this manufacturer, the appliance is made to last; its metal parts are made of high-quality stainless steel; its body and removable parts are made of durable plastic. To ensure optimal performance of the unit, it is equipped with an 800-Watt motor. Moreover, this compact machine features 2 speed settings and a pulse mode that will help you to get the desired food texture in a breeze. Equipped with a 2.1-litre bowl with a 1.2-litre working capacity and a 1.2-litre blender (both are used on the same base), the appliance is perfect for efficient chopping, pureeing, and blending of smaller quantities of food, which makes it a great choice for a small family or a couple. Elaborately designed, the food processor won't take much space on your countertop, nor will you need much space for storing its parts and accessories.

In addition to all the benefits, the unit has a sleek stylish design and is also available in white so you can choose the colour scheme that suits your kitchen interior best.

Review of Kenwood FDP301SI Multi-Pro Compact Food Processor

Your Reliable Kitchen Helper

As compact as it is, this Kenwood food processor is equipped with a set of attachments for various kitchen tasks. As we have mentioned above, it has both a processing bowl and a blender. With this wonderful appliance, you will be able to chop and grate vegetables for fresh salads, make nutritious smoothies, process the produce before cooking your meals and blend creamy soups from the cooked ingredients.

So, the package includes a stainless steel knife blade for chopping, blending, and pureeing foods. You will also get a reversible disc for coarse grating and thick slicing, which is quite enough if you do not use fine grate too often. Besides, using one attachment for both tasks is a plus because you will need less space for storing accessories. In the box, you will also find an emulsifying tool for beating eggs or whipping cream, allowing you to make toppings for desserts and follow a variety of tasty recipes. When your delicious meals are ready, all the parts are easy to clean in the dishwasher.

One more multifunctional appliance that will be appreciated in any kitchen is a pressure cooker, designed to make cooking delicious healthy meals a piece of cake.

Kenwood FDP301SI Multi-Pro Compact Food Processor in the use

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What Is a Food Processor?

A food processor is a multi-functional device, which is really irreplaceable in the kitchen. Why? Because it can do so many things - cut, chop, whisk, grate and even knead.

A food processor is widely popular with housekeepers due to a wide variety of cooking options it provides and its relatively compact size. Featuring a bundle of additional accessories, a food processor allows you to perform a great variety of cutting tasks, thus, saving you a lot of time. What's more, most food processors produced today have a blender attachment, meaning they can also be used for making delicious smoothies and soups, thus, eliminating the need to buy a smoothie maker additionally. Not without a reason, a food processor is considered a universal soldier in the kitchen, able to replace most kitchen appliances you can think of.

So, if you've been thinking about buying a food processor for yourself, our review of the best food processors available currently on Amazon should come in handy. Here we list the best-selling models suitable for any needs and budget.

While a food processor certainly is a universal kitchen tool to keep at hand, it won't be able to replace a cooker, so if you need one, we recommend taking a look at our slow cooker and multi cooker reviews as well.

What Features to Compare

Performance

First things first, consider the power of a food processor you've chosen and its speed controls. These two features determine the performance of a device. As a rule, the power of such appliances varies from 80 to 1600 Watts, depending on its class. Which one will be most suitable for you depends on the tasks you are planning to perform with its help. 400-600 Watts is considered average and will be sufficient for cutting most vegetables and fruit. However, it will struggle if you put something more substantial inside the bowl. For more heavy use and kneading we recommend going with food processors yielding 1000 Watts and more.

Speaking of speed controls, you should have a range of options because different operation modes (juicing, blending, kneading, etc) require different speeds. Some food processors have a simple manual speed switch while others offer from 4 to 15 fixed speed settings, giving you a wider variety of options. Additionally, food processors should feature a pulse mode. This mode is handy as it allows for a temporary acceleration of speed at the end of the operation for achieving better and more consistent results.

Design

Next, consider the food processor design. Although they all look quite similar, they can be made from different materials and differ in size. Usually, the bowl of a food processor is manufactured from transparent plastic, but sometimes you can see models with glass or even metal bowls. Which one is better is a matter of personal preferences, but if you ask us, we prefer plastic bowls since they are difficult to break and easier to clean up after use. You should also decide on the capacity of the bowl. Obviously, having a smaller bowl doesn't stop you from running a food processor several times, but it'd be more sensible to go for the one of the right size. 1200-1500 ml is the volume enough for a family of 4-5 people. Some food processors come with a few bowls offering several size options and will be the best option for those who frequently cook at home. Along with the bowl capacity, we recommend checking out attachments and blades included with the purchase. Besides the standard blades used for chopping ingredients, some manufacturers supply their models with an extra set of attachments so that a food processor can also be used for extracting juice, kneading the dough, crushing ice and blending. Speaking of dimensions, despite a seemingly bulky design, most food processors have a rather small footprint and do not take up too much countertop space. Plus, when disassembled, they easily fit in a kitchen cabinet when not in use. When it comes to exterior design, the housing of food processors can be made either of plastic or metal. Plastic food processors are not expensive yet rather impact resistant while metal units are the best.

Usability

Finally, take a look at the usability features. By this, we mean additional features designed to make food preparation quicker and easier for you. The best food processors usually have such extras as a safety lock, a blade locking system, non-slip feet and a cord storage area for comfortable storage and transportation of the unit. Also, we recommend making sure all of the removable parts of the device are dishwasher-safe so you won't need to wash them under the tap.

Did you know?

It is hard to believe that a food processor was invented just half a century ago for it has become an essential piece of kitchen equipment nowadays. However, it is true - the appliance was introduced by Pierre Verdon in 1971. Unlike a blender, it was able to process foods without adding liquid. The machine was aimed to cut food preparation time in a professional kitchen. Luckily, after some time and with some adjustments made to adapt it for home use, a food processor became one of the most popular kitchen appliances. Today, you can select units that easily handle most cooking tasks from chopping, slicing, and grating to making wholesome beverages and delicious desserts to pamper your nearest and dearest. We would like to list some uses of the appliance and tips and tricks to ensure excellent results each time.

Food processor uses you might not have known about:

1. You can make bread crumbs for making crunchy fried foods and for many other recipes.

2. Grind nuts and granulated sugar for dusting cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts.

3. Experiment making wholesome and nutritious nut butter from various nuts.

4. Prepare delicious dairy butter out of heavy whipping cream.

5. Make mouth-watering frozen fruit sorbet, a healthy homemade alternative to ice-cream.

6. Prepare healthy homemade ice-cream.

7. Use your food processor for tearless onion chopping (pulse mode is recommended if you don't want it chopped too fine).

Useful tips:

1. Make sure that the bowl is on the base and the blade is properly affixed before you add the ingredients.

2. When processing hard foods like nuts, cheese, or garlic, for even chopping it is recommended to drop them through the feed chute when the appliance is on.

3. Use a pulse button to have the chopping or blending immediately stopped just when you need; this setting will give you more control over food processing.

4. To prevent leakage, do not overload the food processor bowl and liquidiser. For the best chopping and blending results, please keep in mind the bowl and blender working capacity and carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Most units have an ergonomic max level line to indicate how much liquid you can add.

5. Making a dough, add dry ingredients first and use a pulse button to mix them. Then, slowly pour chilled liquid ingredients into the feed tube while the unit is operating. Try not to over knead the dough, it usually takes just a half a minute to get a perfect consistency.

6. For the best chopping and shredding results, foods like meat, poultry, cheese, and dried fruit are recommended to put in a freezer for a quarter to half an hour before processing.

7. To save even more time on food preparation and the appliance cleaning, you can chop, shred, and mince foods in advance, vacuum seal them and keep in your fridge or freezer.

8. After cleaning the food processor, it is important to have all the parts properly dried before you reassemble the unit. This will help to prevent odours and bacteria growth.

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