The unit is a bit tricky to clean.
Powerful and efficient, the Magimix 18471 4200XL is a fantastic choice for a big family. It comes equipped with 3 assorted BPA-free bowls, a wide selection of accessories, and a handy storage box. To get inspiring recipes, you can either refer to the provided recipe book or download a Magimix app (available for free).
Salads, Purees, Sauces, Creams, Smoothies, Whipped cream, Pastry, Grated cheese
2 Grating discs (2mm and 4mm), 2 Slicing discs (2mm and 4mm), 2 stainless steel Sabatier blades, BlenderMix ring, Dough blade, Egg whisk
Main bowl 3 L,
Midi bowl 2.6 L,
Mini bowl 1.2 L
Auto speed plus, Pulse mode
Spatula, Accessory storage box, Recipe book, Magimix app, Quiet Mark accredited, Non-slip base
30 years (motor), 3 years (parts)
Combining unique processing/pausing patterns, the Auto-iQ Technology will take the guesswork out of chopping, pureeing, slicing, and mixing your ingredients. You will get the desired consistency at a push of a button and the unit will stop automatically when processing is complete.
The set includes only one bowl.
The Ninja BN650UK is an intelligent kitchen appliance designed to do the hardest cooking chores for you. Thanks to the Ninja Blade technology, the blades will stay super sharp for years. Dishwasher-safe parts ensure easy cleaning and a thermal cut-off feature will guarantee the safe use of the unit.
Salads, Purees, Sauces, Creams, Smoothies, Pastry, Grated cheese
Chopping blade, Dough tool, Slicing/grating disc
Main bowl 2.1 L
Auto-IQ programmes (Chop, Puree, Slice, Mix), Manual programmes (Low, High, Pulse)
Thermal cut-off, Dishwasher-safe parts, Recipe guide, Non-slip base
In addition to making delicious sauces, salads, creams, and smoothies, the Kenwood Multipro food processor will allow you to grind spices, herbs, nuts, and coffee beans, thanks to the included multi mill attachment.
Installing glass jugs is somewhat inconvenient.
Stylish and compact, this functional food processor will become your reliable kitchen helper. The appliance will easily handle all your mixing, chopping, whisking, and kneading tasks. Its large feed chute will make adding ingredients during processing a breeze.
Salads, Purees, Sauces, Creams, Smoothies, Pastry, Grated cheese, Ground nuts and herbs
Knife blade, Thick slicing/coarse grating disc, Thin slicing/fine grating disc, Extra fine grating disc, Dough tool, Whisk tool, Multi mill
Main bowl 2.1 L (1.2 L working capacity),
Blender jug 1.2 L
2 speed settings, Pulse mode
Cord storage, Dishwasher-safe parts, Non-slip feet, Spatula included
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.
The lid is a bit stiff to open.
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.
Salads, Purees, Sauces, Creams, Smoothies, Pastry, Citrus juice
Stainless steel S-blade, Citrus press, Emulsifying tool, Kneading tool, Reversible slicing/shredding disc
Main bowl 2.1 L (1.5 L working capacity),
Blender jug 1.5 L (1 L working capacity)
2 speed settings, Pulse mode
Cord storage, Dishwasher-safe accessories, Integrated cord storage, Non-slip feet
To ensure safe and comfortable use, the bowl is secured with a double safety lock and the base features reliable non-slip feet. Thanks to that, it will stay securely in place so you can easily do other cooking tasks while the machine is processing foods.
This model has relatively low wattage.
Moderately-priced and functional, this Russell Hobbs food processor has a large processing bowl and blender jug. The machine will quickly and neatly slice and chop your ingredients and thoroughly mix them together to help you make a variety of salads, dips, sauces, soups, and knead the dough.
Salads, Purees, Sauces, Creams, Smoothies, Pastry, Grated cheese
Stainless steel blades, Reversible slicing/shredding disk, Dough hook, Creaming disk
Main bowl 2.5 L (1.5 L working capacity),
Blender jug 1.5 L
2 speed settings, Pulse mode
Double safety lock on the bowl, Cord storage, Rubber suction cup feet, Dishwasher-safe bowl and parts
2 years (plus 1 extra year after registration)
For a Big Family
Whether you cook for a family or just for yourself, this innovative and functional food processor will help you prepare the ingredients for cooking in a fraction of the time you'd spend doing it manually. The Magimix 4200XL comes with a number of bowls and a variety of attachments that will help you perform big and small kitchen tasks without a hitch. In the meantime, the unit capacity is big enough to cook for up to 6 persons, which makes it a fantastic choice for a family.
The appliance is driven by a powerful and reliable 950-watt motor that operates so quietly it has been even awarded a Quiet Mark for its ultra-quiet work. Besides that, the device is also extremely durable which is proven by a 30-year warranty for the motor and 3-year warranty for its parts.
When it comes to the bowls, they are made of high-quality plastic that is BPA-free, very durable and wear-resistant. What's more, instead of a conventional blender jug and one bowl, you get as many as three bowls that will let you handle all processing tasks with ease.
This way, the main 3L bowl is ideal for mixing, blending, and chopping larger quantities of food. You can also use it for blending soups ( 1.3L), chopping up meat (~1 kg), and kneading up dough (~1 kg). A mini bowl (1.2L), in turn, is good for chopping herbs, making baby food, and combining small quantities of ingredients. While a medium-sized 2L pot will be perfect for slicing and grating vegetables.
As for the attachments, the package includes a couple of stainless steel blades (one for the main bowl and one for the mini bowl), a dough blade, an egg whisk, and a BlenderMix attachment for creating the smoothest smoothies and creamiest soups. Also, you will get two slicing discs (for medium and fine slicing) and two grating discs accordingly. Along with the accessories, the set is complete with a handy storage box that will help you neatly keep all the attachments within easy reach. Plus, the box comes with a comprehensive user manual containing over 100 recipes and helpful tips, so, you will never run out of ideas.
With only three buttons on its control panel, this all-in-one appliance is simple to operate. To ensure excellent processing results each time, you can use an AUTO setting to make the motor automatically adjust its speed depending on your chosen ingredients or a PULSE setting that gives you full control over the food preparation.
Summing up, the Magimix 4200XL food processor can perform multiple cooking tasks and, therefore, save you lots of countertop space. As functional as it is, the unit boasts intuitive operation. Meanwhile, a reliable motor and dependable accessories will make the unit last.
Saves Your Time and Storage Space
Most food processors need quite a lot of storage space because they come with multiple bowls and attachments. Let's be honest, many of those accessories are rarely if at all used. Equipped with pretty basic add-ons, the Ninja BN650UK will allow you to perform most kitchen tasks while saving lots of storage space and time for cleaning.
So, the package includes a motor base, a 2.1L mixing bowl, a chopping blade, a dough blade, a feed chute lid and a pusher, a reversible slicing/grating disk, and a disk adapter. The mixing bowl has a comfy handle and helpful measuring marks. A durable chopping blade is made of high-quality stainless steel using the patented Ninja Blade technology. And a compact reversible slicing/grating disk is a real space-saver. You will also get instructions and a booklet with quick and easy recipes.
Cleaning the food processor is also a breeze. All the included attachments are dishwasher-safe, however, for the blades, bowl, lid, and disc, top-rack wash is recommended. As for the motor base, simply wipe it clean with a damp cloth when necessary. Just remember to turn the unit off and unplug it before cleaning.
As space-wise as it is, the appliance will bring the whole cooking process to the next level, thanks to the innovative technologies employed here. We are talking about one-touch programmes that will make processing foods as easy as never before. In addition to manual controls (LOW, HIGH, and PULSE buttons for speed adjustment), the unit has four pre-programmed settings for chopping, slicing, pureeing, and mixing foods.
Compact and Functional
For those seeking a functional yet compact food processor that will not take up a lot of storage space, we recommend the Kenwood FDM302SS. This model is designed with concise kitchens in mind and can easily handle most kitchen tasks providing you with extended cooking capabilities. It comprises a power unit with a small footprint and three assorted interchangeable bowls that will ensure convenient operation and highly efficient processing of various food items. Plus, unlike most food processors out there, it comes complete with a grinding mill in addition to the main bowl and a liquidiser, a handy addition that can bring you to a whole new level.
Ideal for processing smaller food quantities, the Kenwood FDM302SS is equipped with a pretty mighty 800 W motor and high-quality stainless steel blades to beat through harder and denser ingredients equally efficiently. It has two operating speeds and a pulse mode to help you get perfect cooking results time and again. The operation is very straightforward, just use the dial to set the desired setting and stop processing when you achieve the desired consistency. Notably, the user manual includes a speed chart where you can see which setting is the best for your task. This chart also includes the recommended processing time and a maximum ingredients capacity, which can be especially helpful for beginner cooks.
A Helping Hand for Various Jobs
As we've already mentioned, the Kenwood FDM302SS comes with three attachments that will allow you to accomplish a wide variety of food preparation tasks. The main bowl capacity of 1.2L will suffice for cooking in small batches. Equipped with a knife blade, a dough tool, a dual whisk, a reversible thick slicing disk/coarse grating disk, a reversible fine slicing/fine grating disk, and an extra-fine grater to be installed into the main bowl, the food processor will allow you to chop, slice, and grate various ingredients as coarsely or finely as you need. Moreover, it will help you make the dough, whisk eggs, whip creams, and realize hundreds of delicious recipes as well as experiment with ingredients to toss off your signature dishes.
The liquidiser and grinding mill are both made of glass, one of the best food-safe materials, durable and expensive-looking. The 1.2L blender bowl will be great for blending wholesome smoothies, soups, sauces, and other liquid recipes while the mill is ideal for grinding coffee beans, spices, and nuts.
All in all, the Kenwood FDM302SS Multipro is a wonderful kitchen helper for a couple or a small family. It will allow you to prepare the most delicious meals, make wholesome beverages, and grind coffee or spices in no time and with minimum effort.
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 W motor that will easily manage a variety of kitchen tasks. That is, 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.
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 liquidiser 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.
Russell Hobbs 24732 Desire
A Match for Basic Tasks
While most food processors come with a whole range of attachments for multiple food prep tasks, in practice, we really use only a few of them. Hence, if you seek a solid unit to cover most common jobs you have to handle on a daily basis, the Russell Hobbs 24732 will catch your fancy. Equipped with a large processing bowl, pretty standard assortment of attachments, and a liquidizer, this model will become your faithful and reliable kitchen helper.
As far as the appliance design goes, the Russell Hobbs 24732 is very space-efficient. Its compact base is meant to be used with either the main bowl or with a blender depending on your cooking needs. Though at 600 W, this model is less powerful than its competitors and it has fewer attachments than other units on our list, it is a great work-horse that will easily handle most food processing tasks. Moderate power in a combo with rugged steel blades can really work wonders in breaking through and crushing tougher and softer foods alike. Besides, it offers 2 processing speeds and a pulse mode so you can chop or blend your ingredients as coarse or fine as you need. Just choose the desired setting using a handy dial on the unit's control panel and the appliance will help you make all kinds of salads, purees, sauces, smoothies, and many other dishes.
Compact as it is, this item has a roomy 2.5L main bowl and a 1.5L blender so making big batches is not a problem at all. Meanwhile, all accessories are made of high-quality BPA-free plastic. Both the bowl and attachments are dishwasher-safe, which will greatly simplify your cleaning routine.
Stylish and Versatile Enough
Packed into a modern design, this stylish food processor in matte black by Russell Hobbs will perfectly blend with any kitchen interior and won't stick like a sore thumb on your countertop.
In the box, you will find a quality stainless steel blade, a reversible slicing/shredding disk, a dough hook, and a creaming disk. Those are the most commonly used attachments, they will slice, dice, shred, whip, beat, blend, and puree various ingredients. Needing minimum space for storage, those accessories make the unit versatile enough to help you prepare breakfasts, lunches, and dinners in no time as well as cut down cooking times when serving a table for some special or festive event.
A double safety lock on the bowl and reliable non-slip feet will ensure safe and comfortable use of the unit. That way, whether you are blending a smoothie or kneading some thicker dough, the food processor will stay stable on the countertop.
In a nutshell, this mid-range food processor from Russell Hobbs looks stylish and provides all the necessary features to meet your basic food prep needs and cook single-serve and family-sized meals in a flash.
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 come with 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
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.
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.
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).
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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