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The 12 Best Food Processors, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most worthwhile. 

While we’ve covered a wealth of kitchen appliancesslow cookers, toasters, and even sous-vide machines — here, we’re doing a deep dive into the pesto-producing, dough-kneading, veggie-slicing-and-dicing world of food processors as told by its most enthusiastic Amazon purchasers. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.) 

Best 8-Cup Food Processor

Hamilton Beach 70450 8-Cup Food Processor
$40 at Amazon

“I abused this item, big time. I use it all the time and load it up. I make ‘ice cream’ with it. I throw in unthawed, frozen bananas, and it’s able to make them into a smooth frozen treat. I turn nuts into nut butter. It’s high-speed, handles anything. It lasted me four years of hard-core use. I’m not easy on small appliances, and I am impressed with how long this very inexpensive item lasted.”

Best 14-Cup Food Processor

Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY 14-Cup Food Processor
$159 at Amazon

“This thing … it’s my best friend. Hands down, no joke, I’m in love. I don’t use it every day, and sometimes not for a week or so, but when I need it, it’s there. And it never fails. As soon as I use it for something, I’m looking around the kitchen to see what else I can slice or chop or shred because it’s fun to use and mind-blowingly simple. I’m upset with myself for waiting so long to buy this. It is the most expensive thing I’ve ever bought for my kitchen (appliances not included), and I would buy it again in a heartbeat.”

Best Multipurpose Food Processor

Braun FP3020 12-Cup Food Processor
$159 at Amazon

“When I unboxed this food processor, I thought, Durn, I done bought me a toy food processor, but I was wrong. The Braun has been the best one for my needs by far. It has the convenience of a Mini-Prep with the functionality of a full-size processor. I have used it every day and oftentimes multiple times a day because it is so light and easy to clean. I have made bread dough, pizza dough, and a batch of cookies; shredded cheese; minced cooked chicken; and sliced vegetables. I love that there are arrows on the base, the large bowl, the lid, and the mini-bowl showing the appropriate place to put each item and then move to close or engage. I don’t see the Braun available in many places, so I have to stop myself from buying a backup and, Adrian Monk–like, a backup for the backup. Can you tell that I love this little dude?”

Best Mini–Food Processor

Cuisinart DLC-2A Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor
From $33 at Amazon

“I have a larger Cuisinart food processor as well, but since I am single, I thought this smaller one would be a good choice for me. It is small enough that it minces garlic or ginger well and is a lot easier to use than my garlic press or mini-grater for this purpose. I like to use whole spices like nutmeg, cumin seeds, Szechuan peppers, etc., grinding them as I need them. I love the fact that the blade will go in both directions, one to chop and the other to grind. I doubt if it was intended for this, but it works well as a blender. It works excellent in making dips like hummus by just adding all the ingredients at once. I use this processor almost daily and hardly ever use my larger processor any more. I have taken the larger processor off of my counter, and it has given me more counter space.”

Best Professional-Grade Food Processor

Breville BFP660SIL Sous Chef 12 Food Processor
$251 at Amazon

“I simply LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this food processor! I have had three food processors in the last 15 years, and since a cook a lot I wear them out. I had decided to order a Breville the next time I needed one. Eventually, my Cuisinart gave up the ghost and I was very sad to lose an old friend, plus the $$ to reinvest always hurts. I read a bunch of reviews and decided to purchase this one. It has been four months now and I am so super-duper happy with this masterpiece that I’m almost glad my old food processor died! Crazy, huh?”

Quietest Food Processor

Cuisinart DLC-10SY Pro Classic 7-Cup Food Processor
$100 at Amazon

“I received it today and it’s better than expected. Very durable, simple design, super easy to use — including switching the mouth from wide to small use (I heard it was challenging, but not at all!). I love the flat lid you get, and the blades are sharp!! Oh, and I must mention, this is the quietest machine I’ve ever used, so silent that even my husband commented on how pleasant it was not to hear a super-loud machine! So glad I bought this!”

Best Manual Pull Food Processor

Kuhn Rikon Swiss Pull Chop
$25 at Amazon

“I had my doubts about this little gizmo, but trusted the Amazon reviews. I needed a small-size chopper that would help (mostly) with onions. Took me a while to put to use — and I’M SORRY I DELAYED! This thing is a mini-wonder! I’ve thrown out powered choppers that didn’t do the job that this little chopper accomplished with a few pulls of its cord. It’s small, but BOY did it do a job chopping my veggie of choice today (an onion) to a fine mince! Time will tell if the chopping blades hold their razor edge. In the meanwhile, I have a little workhorse that will help me chop a few cups of veggies like no tomorrow!”

Best One-Touch Food Processor

Hamilton Beach (72850) Food Processor Mini Chopper
$15 at Amazon

“I have been using this little chopper for about six months, about three to four times a week. It is great! I have arthritis in my hands. It is vastly superior to the other mini-choppers I have gone through in that it doesn’t require a whole lot of dexterity to get it in the correct position. I make salad dressings in it, mince herbs, garlic, shallots, onions, etc. for recipes that require mincing and fine chopping. I use it to beat eggs for various recipes, and to break down bread crumbs. Even before my fingers got so stiff, I struggled with the mini-choppers that required that you twist it into position, and I always broke a couple of pieces that snapped off from just trying to wrangle them in there just right. No problem with this little guy. I will never use another mini-chopper but this one. It’s that good.”

Best Food Processor–Hand Blender Combo

KOIOS Powerful 500 Watt Hand Blender
$30 at Amazon

“Sometimes I wonder where certain kitchen gadgets have been all my life — this is one! When I opened the box, I was immediately impressed with the quality, color, and design. I gasped when I took it out of the box because it was just so chic, no kidding. I am not an emotional person. Anxious to try it out, I found out this hand-blender was everything I had hoped for and more. First, I used the beater and it outperformed my Bella and Hamilton, and it did the same with the other two attachments. The variable speed is a great addition and I used that as well. The light is not just another smooth move but does actually help to light the numbers, and it reminds me it is still plugged in, something to note for safety reasons if small ones are around. The unit is heavier than the other two, but the design makes it easy to hold. I no longer need my small food processor or my Ninja blender for smoothies.”

Best Food Processor (That’s Also a Blender)

Ninja Master Prep Chopper, Blender, Food Processor (QB900B)
$35 at Amazon

“I’ve been needing some type of processor for a while, and I’ve had my eye on a Cuisinart hoping the price would go down. So when I was given the opportunity to try out the Ninja, I gladly accepted! After about two weeks of use, I can wholeheartedly say I LOVE this product! So far, I’ve made a few smoothies, margaritas, and my first batch of baby food. Unlike with my old food processor, this blends to a smooth consistency and doesn’t leave big chunks (unless you want them, of course). And unlike my old blender, I no longer have to tip, stir, and bang it on the counter to get the air bubbles out.”

Best Food Processor With Built-in Scraper

Hamilton Beach 70730 Food Processor & Vegetable Chopper With Bowl Scraper
$50 at Amazon

“I do a lot of window-shopping before I decide on something. My SO goes nuts because it takes me three months to decide on a kitchen knife. That being said, I did my usual amount of research before buying this thing and my due diligence did not fail me yet again. The scraper is seriously so useful. Being Korean, I make kimchee every couple of months or so — which means a lot of friggin’ garlic. This thing is awesome for mincing up some serious amounts of garlic because bigger chunks tend to get stuck at the top and not get minced evenly. The scraper solves that problem. I also tried using it to process crabmeat to make it flaky to make California rolls, and the motor can handle dry and dense foods like crabmeat. I also tried processing chicken breast for chicken salad with it and no problems there either. The control options are pretty basic, but if you can handle your own around a kitchen, then gadgets with crazy settings only get in the way. With this product, there is absolutely no need to hesitate. The amazing price is just that — an awesome deal.”

Best Food Processor for Making Dough

Cuisinart DLC-8SBCY Pro Custom 11-Cup Food Processor
$130 at Amazon

“I know it’s older, but this has got to be, still, one of the best food processors out there. No parts get moldy and for a food processor of this size it’s easy to clean. The attachments are easy to use and it makes pizza dough like a dream. I was on the fence, not sure if I’d really use it, but I do. I’m so glad I bought this!”

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The 12 Best Food Processors, According to Amazon Reviews