The 8 Best Food Processors to Buy in 2018

Shop for the best food processors available from KitchenAid, Cuisinart, and more

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There are so many food processors to choose from on the market today that it can be hard to choose which one is right for you. They come in a range of sizes and have a variety of features including chopping, pureeing, shredding, dicing and even juicing. Plus, they are available at every price point. The good news is that there's perfect model for you out there, once you know what to look for.

There are a few common design features in most models—the standard hook shaped blades, the slicing disks, and large and small feed tubes to make adding foods to your chopper easier. Many food processor parts are also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. However, some manufacturers recommend hand-washing the bowls as the heat can weaken the plastic.

With that in mind, these are the best food processors on the market today.


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    Best Overall: Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor

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    Cuisinart made food processors a standard kitchen appliance, and they continue to update and innovate. This 14-cup can handle whatever you throw at it with its big bowl size making it a great buy for those who entertain or have large families. It also has an extra large feed tube which can fit whole produce items like onions so you can chop up stuff in a jiffy. 

    This Amazon Choice will chop, slice and dice everything you need with the simple, on, off and pulse button. It can handle a ton of dense vegetables with its strong 720-watt motor. Reviewers love it for its big size and somewhat quiet sound. For those who have small kitchens or only use a few times a year, you might want to try another option. 

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    Best Basic: Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor

    If you liked the original no-frills Cuisinart food processor, you’ll love this updated version. It still has the same paddle buttons for “on” and “off/pulse” that made the original so intuitive to operate. The brushed stainless steel body is the same shape as the original, but with a more modern finish.
    This includes a slicing disc, and shredding disc, and an updated chopping blade. The 14-cup Lexan work bowl is large enough for a picnic’s worth of cole slaw, yet it can mince a single clove of garlic. The extra large feed tube and the small and large pushers can handle whole fruits and vegetables, or keep your celery and carrots upright for pretty slices.

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    Best Budget: Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Food Processor

    Food processors are handy to have, but some can break your budget while offering features you might never use. This wallet-friendly model can chop, puree, shred and mix just like the higher-end machines, and it has one extra feature that makes it unique — a scraper attachment that lets you clean the sides of the bowl without needing to open the lid to use a spatula. The scraper works whether the machine is on or off, and makes it easy to get a consistent mix or blend.

    The bowl holds 10 cups, so it can handle most kitchen jobs without emptying, while also being small enough to store easily. This includes a stainless steel blade and a reversible slicing/shredding disc, so you don’t need to find storage space for a lot of extra pieces.

    This has a large feed tube, so you don’t need to cut everything before processing, and the bowl, lid, and blade are dishwasher safe. This has low speed, high speed, and a pulse option, for extra versatility.

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    Best Stand Mixer Food Processor Attachment: KitchenAid Food Processor Attachment

    If you like the idea of a food processor, but you don’t have extra counter space to dedicate to another appliance, this food processor attachment might be the perfect option, if you already own a KitchenAid stand mixer.
    This attachment fits the front hub of any KitchenAid stand mixer, and uses the mixer’s power to slice, dice, shred and julienne fruits, vegetables and cheeses. The ExactSlice system is an external lever that lets you change the slicing thickness easily, while the wide feed tube lets you work with large or small vegetables.
    This includes a storage case that holds the dicing kit as well as the discs for slicing, shredding, and julienning, so it’s easy to keep all the parts safely together in storage. 

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    Best Mini: KitchenAid 3.5-Cup Mini Food Processor

    KitchenAid KFC3516CU 3.5 Cup Mini Food Processor, Contour Silver
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    If your food processing needs are modest and you don’t envision a need to make pie crust in a machine, this little food processor might be the perfect thing in your kitchen. It’s great for making salsas and salad dressings, chopping herbs and vegetables, and other small tasks. It even has a “drizzle basin” for slowly adding oil to your dressings so they emulsify properly.

    This processor is compact and lightweight for easy storage, and has a locking blade and a pour spout for transferring your food to another bowl or container. It has two speeds and can be pulsed for better control of your chopping, mixing, blending, and pureeing.

    The work bowl, lid, and blade are dishwasher safe, so cleanup is easy. This is available in a variety of colors to complement your kitchen décor. While it’s great for small tasks, it’s limited by its container size.

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    Best Mid-Size Food Processor: KitchenAid KFP0922CU 9-Cup Food Processor

    When a mini chopper is too small, but you don’t need a full-sized food processor, this 9-cup model will fit nicely on your counter, and it stores easily, too. The 3-in-1 feed tube adjusts to three different widths for different sized foods, while the high, low and pulse options give you versatility for processing hard or soft foods. The adjustable slicing disc lets you choose a thickness with just a single disc to keep track of.

    This has a proprietary sealing system that locks the lid and keeps it leakproof, with a ring that prevents flour from wafting out in a cloud, and keeps liquids from splashing and leaking, even when the bowl is filled to capacity.

    When you have small batches of salsas or you just need to chop a few garlic cloves, there’s a 3-cup work bowl. This includes a reversible shredding disc, a multipurpose blade, a dough blade and a multipurpose blade for the 3-cup bowl.

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    Best Multi-Use: Cuisinart Smartpower Duet Food Processor and 7-Speed Blender

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    Many people waffle between buying a food processor or a blender, since some of their functions overlap. At the same time, they each have functions that are all their own. Which to choose?

    This dual-use food processor and blender answer the question elegantly. It has a durable die-cast metal housing with a brushed chrome exterior that will look great on your counter. A simple push button turns it on, with the seven speeds controlled with an electronic touchpad. It blends, purees, chops, mixes and liquefies in the 48-ounce blender jar.​

    With the 3-cup food processor bowl attached, it becomes a full-service food processor with a feed tube, pusher, shredding/slicing disk and a stainless steel chopping blade so you can shred carrots for salad, slice zucchini or chop tomatoes, peppers and onions for salsa.
    The removable parts are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. 

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    Best for Baby: Hamilton Beach bébé All-in-One Baby Food Maker

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    This food processor is designed for moms who want to make their own baby and toddler food, but it’s also useful for adults. Not only does it chop, shred, slice and puree, but it also steams foods, so you won’t have to wash an extra pot or pan.

    This also includes two stackable caddies with ten 3-ounce containers for refrigerator or freezer storage of baby food, chopped herbs, and more. It has a 3-cup steam bowl, a 5-cup food processor bowl, a double blade for pureeing and chopping, and a reversible disk for slicing and shredding. Recipes are included for homemade baby food.
    Removable parts are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

    Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best baby food makers