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 appliances — slow 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 overall food processor
“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 professional-grade food processor
“I researched this food processor for weeks and [I tried] to convince myself I could live with something cheaper. I purchased it and have been in awe of it ever since it arrived. My Breville 16-Cup Monster arrived three days ago and yes: It is a BOSS. I love this thing. It is a Monster, a mighty Beast. Today I used it to make breakfast hash browns in the morning and made up a real nice pie crust for some Epic Apple Pie in the afternoon.”
Best multi-purpose food processor
“With this Braun food processor, I’m in paradise! The bowl and parts are all dishwasher safe, and don’t accumulate small particles from the dishwasher anywhere. The base isn’t crazy heavy. The bowl doesn’t leak, no matter how full you fill it. And the fact that I can change the processor speed to whatever I want is unbelievably useful. I doubt I’ll ever use all the attachments that it came with, but I have already used the shredder and chopper attachments and it was way better than my old food processor. I could see clearly what I was doing and the end result was exactly what I wanted. Clean-up was a cinch!”
Best medium-sized food processors
“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!”
“This thing is a workhorse in our kitchen. It sees use for almost every meal. Cuisinart food processors are consistently rated at the top, so if you have done your research you’ll know this is the one to get. The only question is whether to pick up this 9-cup model or the 14 cup. I live in a small apartment with a small kitchen and am usually making meals just for two people, so this works for me. However if you have more kitchen space or regularly cook for more people, I’d recommend the 14-cup model.”
“I wanted something a little bigger so that I could make pie crust, and this is fantastic. Not just for pie crust, but if you knew how much I hate making pie crust, you would understand my excitement. I used to have an 11-cup Cuisinart that I loved, but it was too big for just the two of us and the size of this kitchen, and those little guys are cute, but not big enough for what I needed. This rocks!”
Best food processor with built-in scraper
“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 crab meat to make it flaky, to make California rolls, and the motor can handle dry and dense foods like crab meat. I also tried processing chicken breast for chicken salad with it and no problems there either. The amazing price is just that — an awesome deal.”
Best mini-prep food processors
“I LOVE THIS THING! I hesitated because I have a larger Cuisinart and thought this may be redundant, but it is not. IT IS SO MUCH EASIER TO CLEAN. And perfect for small jobs which are mostly what I do in day-to-day cooking. And for a quick fresh salsa … you cannot beat it. Just throw everything in and it comes out with a great rough chopped texture if you want, or keep it in longer for a smooth salsa.”
“After years, and $$$ of buying every food chopping and slicing gimmick, I have found my goal with this Ninja Express Chopper. I have never been a big Ninja product line fan, but this chopper is awesome. Extremely powerful, but gentle at the same time. Two or three pulses and my onions and peppers are perfectly chopped without getting mushed. Super easy to clean and small enough to store in a tiny area. I used to waver between, ‘Should I dig out that (old) chopper or just chop these with my knife?’ all of the time, but not a second thought with the Ninja. All of my older plastic box choppers and mandolins are in the donation box now.”
Best manual food processor
“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!”
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