Being a kitchen-holic, I found food processor an indispensable appliance that makes cooking quicker, easier and more productive. There are many options in the market; however, it might be very confusing for consumers to choose the best food processor that fits their budget as well as their purpose of usage.
Understanding such problems, I put a lot of effort in computing the interactive charts of food processor comparison as below, and the analysis that follows will help you to have in-depth understand and be able to choose what the best food processor is for you!
Warning: This article will be very LONG and packed with VALUABLE INFORMATION. Keep calm and continue!
The content of this article includes four main parts:
- The ultimate food processor comparison chart
- Why food processor? Differences between food processor and blender
- How to find the food processor that meets your needs?
- Top 3 full-size food processor review in 2013
Are you ready? Let’s get started!
The Ultimate Food Processor Comparison Chart
To read the details on pros and cons of each food processor, please click on the picture.
Food Processor Models
Motor Power (Watts)
Rate (Out of 5)
|Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef ||1200||16 & 2.5||26||399.95||4.7|
|Cuisinart DLC-2007N Prep 7||600||7||12.5||69.99||4.5|
|Cuisinart DLC-2009CHB Prep 9, Brushed Stainless||600||9||14||131.99||4.5|
|Cuisinart DLC-10S Pro Classic 7 Cup||600||7||15.6||99.95||4.4|
|Cuisinart DLC-8S Pro Custom 11Cup||625||11||16.9||129.95||4.2|
|Cuisinart DFP-14BCN, Brushed Stainless Steel||720||14||17.8||179||4.4|
|Cuisinart DFP-3 Handy Prep ||N/A||3||9.5||59.63||4.4|
|Cuisinart DLC-2ABC Mini-Prep Plus, Brushed Chrome||250||3||3||39.95||4.1|
|Cuisinart FP-12BK Elite Collection||1000||12 & 4||21||199||4.2|
|Black & Decker FP1700B ||450||8||7||29.92||4.4|
|Hamilton Beach 70610||500||10||7,9||39.75||4.1|
|Cuisinart DLC-2014N PowerPrep Plus||720||14||17.5||171.32||4.5|
|Hamilton Beach 70760 Compact Storage||500||10||7||55.21||4.1|
|Cuisinart FP-14DC Elite Collection, Die Cast||1000||14, 11 & 4.5||26.9||299||4.1|
|Hamilton Beach 70579 Big Mouth Duo||525||14 & 5||10||94.48||4.8|
Included in the chart are 6 columns
- Food processor models and pictures (Click to view more details or to purchase)
- Motor Power – in watts/wattages
- Capacity – in cups (size of the containing bowls)
- Weight – in pounds
- Price – in USD
- Rating – based on the average user rating on Amazon.com. This might be helpful in evaluating the products based on previous users/buyers.
Note: Click on each column title to sort the data easier.
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Why Food Processor? Differences between Food Processor and Blender
There is some confusion out there that people think food processor and blender are basically the same thing. Indeed they are not!
Blender is designed to blend or mix soft food, liquids and any substance containing a lot of liquid (smoothies, shakes, soups, sauce, salad dressing, etc.) Anything solid can be a challenge to work with a blender. It always needs liquid to work efficiently. You can easily leave veggies or frozen fruits in food processor without any liquid. But with blender you need to mix with liquid as water, milk, yogurt, etc to puree properly
Food Processor is much more versatile and able to deal with non-solid, heavier food. Food processor functions to chop, shred, grate, slice or mix. One thing you may haven’t know is you are able to make frozen desserts with a food processor (yes, you don’t need an ice-cream maker for that!)
How to find the food processor that meets your needs?
The best isn’t necessarily the most expensive. It should be the one that fits your purpose of usage and your budget the most. Below is the list of most important features you should consider when choosing a food processor for your kitchen:
. Size/Capacity: As seen in the upper comparison chart, food processors come with so many different sizes, from the small 3-cup bowl to the big 20-cup bowl versions. The small size is normally limited to a chopping function, thus it’s good for small jobs such as chopping herbs/nuts, making sauce, mincing garlic in small quantities. A full-functioned food processor is more versatile with varieties of tasks (slice, dice, chop, shred, grate, zest, mash, mix, puree, knead, grind and emulsify) – which can function well in a restaurant kitchen. For average home cook, a medium size of 9-14 cups is recommended.
Note: Feed-tube size is also worth considering. A wide feed-tube saves you time from cutting big ingredients into small pieces.
. Weights: A full-functioned food processor is usually really heavy, with over- 20-pound weight since it contains a strong motor and a big bowl that fits a big amount of ingredients. A small-sized chopper is light with less than 3 pound weight, which is handy to move around and easily store.
. Motor: The power of motor is measure by wattage. The higher the wattage, the heavier load of food the food processor can tackle. Motor is the main core of a food processor since it does the most difficult and important job. For a home cook, the wattage of over 600 is recommended for the best use. If you care about the warranty, the reputational Cuisinart has 10-year motor warranty on most of their food processors – which is a very generous period of time for a machinery warranty. More impressively, Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef has a 1200-watt motor warranty of up to 25 years. This machine is what I call a Beast.
. Noise: This is an issue buyers normally forget about. Some food processors make very loud noise that is very frustrating to use. Moms cannot cook when their kids are sleeping just because of this problem. But this feature isn’t commonly mentioned in user’s guide. Thus, I’ve gone through user’s comments on food processors’ noise and combine into the upper comparison chart.
Top 3 full-size food processor review
All the items listed in the food processor comparison chart above are excellent options for your kitchen. However, there are a few outstanding food processors that we need to point out as our favorites. Below is our top 3 picks for best full-size food processor in addition with a detailed review of each. If you are looking for a smaller size food processor, here is another comprehensive comparison chart on mini food processors.
Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef:
With a powerful motor of 1200 watts, a wide variety of 3 blades and 5 multi-function discs, a big 1 6-cup bowl going with a mini 2.5 cup bowl, a 5.5 inch super-wide feed tube that reduces the pre-cut task , Sous Chef is a very powerful, durable and high-end food processor.
The set of 8 discs and blades are really fantastic, including a French fry cutting disc, a whisking disc, and a reversible shredding disc, a micro-serrated universal S blade, a dough blade for kneading and combining ingredients, and a mini blade for use with mini-bowl. Their variable slicing discs can be set to 24 different thicknesses. The slicing blade changes the width of a slice with just a simple twist.
Sous Chef makes beautiful and clean cut; no little pieces stay unprocessed. It has several safety features which prevent any accidental start. It also includes BPA-free bowls and parts.
The greatest thing about Breville is their post-purchase customer service. They listen and quickly react to customers. Some customers claimed that Sous Chef is unable to process soft cheese. And Breville decided to address the problem in 2013 and add an extra kit free of charge in their 2013 models.
The machine is very heavy though (26 pounds). However, that helps to keep the machine stay in position without hesitation. The price is quite expensive ($359.99) but I would say it is well-invested for a high quality product. The minus for Breville Sous Chef is that you need to hand brush the blades and slicing discs (only the bowl is dishwasher safe). But all the customers’ reviews on Amazon stated cleaning was such a breeze. The other thing to notice is that Sous Chef is quite high so it doesn’t fit an average kitchen counter top.
This Breville Sous Chef is #1 on Consumer Report and rates 4.7 out of 5 on Amazon. For more information, click here to see pricing, ratings and reviews on Amazon.
Cuisinart DFP-14BCN 14Cup Brush Stainless Steel
If you have ever been a Cuisinart fan, this food processor is something you might love. Cuisinart DFP -14BCN is an old model but still a great one to go for. It is sturdy, durable, sleek and easy to use. Along with all great features, this processor still has some disadvantages. But let’s talk about the strengths first.
The reasonable price of $179 fits an anverage budget. In terms of power and capacity, Cuisinart DFP-14BCN is very powerful with 720 watt motor. The 14-cup bowl is large enough to handle a big amount of food. Some consumers have regretted for choosing a 7-9 cup size since this 14-bowl is much more handy and usable. All parts are able to clean hands-off by being safe with top-rack dishwasher. The big sized feed-tube can hold a big block of food without the need of pre-cutting. What is also impressive about this food process is that it’s very quiet compared to other full-sized food process. Customers’ reviews also claimed that the dough making function is ridiculously impressive. You never have to touch butter and flour with your hands again when making ie dough, pizza dough, puff pastry, biscuit dough… You just jump ahead to a wonderful ball of dough and proceed to the flour and roll out phases. On top of all these great features, it is a small one that doesn’t take up much countertop space in your kitchen.
However, there are a few minuses to this Cuisinart DFP-14BCN. The ”safety first” rules makes it a bit hard for users when they cannot add more stuff while operating the machine. Plus, it’s required to assembly properly to be able to work with all parts in right position and locks in place. So you may have confusions at the first time. The bowls and components are made of plastics which are not so durable and may start cracking after a period of time.
In general, Cuisinart DFP-14BCN is a great choice for medium budget and big batch cooking. It is now rated 4.4 out of 5 on Amazon. For more information, click here to see pricing, ratings and reviews on Amazon.
Hamilton Beach 70579 Big Mouth Duo
In compare with other full-sized food processor in excess of $300, this Hamilton Beach 70579 Big Mouth Duo is a perfect substitute with much lower price. It slices, shreds, chops, purees, and mixes. The 525-watt motor is powerful enough for home cooking. The generous 14-cup bowl goes with a small 5-cup bowl – which is great for multi-purpose using. The extra large feed tube “swallows” a big amount of food without pre-cutting. All parts are dishwasher safe. Unlike other brands, Hamilton Beach 70579 Big Mouth Duo has 3 different speeds and pulse for users to adjust. It is also space-saving for your kitchen since all parts nest in each other for a compact storage. And it’s very light with 10 pound weight. Also the reviews on Amazon may prove the great value of this food processor.
However, Big Mouth Duo is a noisy machine. For flour lovers, this machine isn’t a good choice because it can’t knead dough.
If your budget is limited and you still want a powerful and compact food processor, this 70579 Big Mouth Duo won’t make you regret. It is now rated 4.8 out of 5 on Amazon. For more information, click here to see pricing, ratings and reviews on Amazon.
SO, YOUR OPINIONS!??
You have now seen different options along with our reviews of the top picks for the best food processor in the market. It’s now your turn to decide which one meets your need the best according to price range, power and functions.
It is obvious that new food processor models are being produced and introduced to the market all the time. Thus, I will keep the comparison chart updated as new good models need to be added to the list. Or if you see any powerful product missing from the list, please let me know by leaving a comment below! Thank you and enjoy!