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The best food processors for chopping, slicing and shredding

Published: July 28, 2021 at 1:50 pm
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A food processor can help you slice, dice, chop and blitz. We tested leading brands including Kenwood, Magimix and KitchenAid to see which models performed best.

A food processor is one of those kitchen appliances that, once you own one, you wonder how you ever lived without it. One of the most versatile pieces of kit in the kitchen, a food processor acts as your very own sous chef – chopping, mixing, and blending a whole host of ingredients – saving you time and energy.


While a good quality kitchen knife is an essential, a food processor can finely chop and slice ingredients in a matter of seconds. Whether it’s soffritto for spaghetti bolognese or thin slices of potato and onion for boulangère potatoes, a food processor will produce even and consistent results that even Michelin-starred chefs would be envious of.

Food processors are also great for desserts and can significantly reduce the time it takes to make pastry. You can make sweet shortcrust pastry and pie pastry by popping all of the ingredients in the bowl and pulsing until they form a ball. A brilliant time-saving (and mess-free) way to make pastry.

We put 13 food processors to the test by chopping, slicing and dicing a range of ingredients as well as making pastes, sauces and kneading doughs. Read on to find out which models came top.

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How to choose the best food processor

What is a food processor?

A food processor is an appliance designed to act as an extra pair of hands in the kitchen. One key benefit of a food processor is that it's a multitasker, often coming with various accessories and functions. Almost all use a rotating gear to turn their various accessories, which will typically include extra discs for slicing or grating, alongside the main blade arrays for chopping or mixing.

Some food processors come loaded with additional blender-like functions, like smoothie-making or dough-mixing, so you can tick several appliance boxes with one purchase.

Before choosing the best food processor for you, you need to ask yourself which functions you’d like it to perform. All food processors will come with a chopping blade as standard. This can be used for most tasks, including making hummus, cauliflower rice, even homemade tomato sauce. And then there are other attachments to consider. Some of the most common attachments include:

  • Whisking disc: with a ripple design, this can be used to whip cream, make mayonnaise and even whisk egg whites
  • Dough blade: looking not dissimilar to the chopping blade, this is often made from plastic with a dull edge and shorter arms. As the name suggests, it can be used to knead all kinds of dough, from cookie dough for our chocolate & hazelnut thumbprint cookies to pizza dough
  • Shredding disc: this has teeth like the kind you have on a grater. Ideal for grating cheese, carrot and chocolate while keeping your knuckles safe
  • Slicing disc: for super-even slices, ideal for preparing potatoes to make next-level potato dauphinoise. On some models only one thickness of slice is available – on higher-end models you’re able to adjust the thickness

The more expensive, premium food processors often come with these additional extras:

  • Dicing and French-fry attachments: to produce perfect cubes of hard ingredients or batons for French fries
  • Different-sized bowls: an additional small bowl that fits inside the main bowl makes life a lot easier if you’re only looking to process a small quantity of food

You should also consider how much of a technical challenge you are willing to tackle. As a rule, the more functions a food processor has, the more complex it will be to assemble and use correctly.

What can a food processor be used for?

There are countless uses for a food processor, a small selection of which have been detailed above. The action of the machine is modified by switching between attachments – so you might set it up with a disc attachment to chop some ingredients, then switch to a blade to mix those ingredients into a sauce or paste. Food processors are multifunctional and multipurpose, and are useful for making sweet and savoury dishes alike.

Best food processors at a glance

  • Best basic food processor: Cuisinart FP8U Easy Prep Pro, £125
  • Best value food processor: VonShef 1000W food processor, £77.99
  • Best food processor for gadget lovers: Sage The Kitchen Wizz Peel & Dice, £518.95
  • Best food processor to leave out on the counter: Russell Hobbs Retro cream food processor, £79.99
  • Best 2-in-1 food processor/stand mixer: Bosch CreationLine Kitchen Machine, £369
  • Best food processor for bakers: Kenwood FPM810 MultiPro Sense food processor, £229
  • Most compact food processor: KitchenAid 2.1L food processor, £179.99
  • Best food processor for versatility: Ninja 3-in-1 food processor with Auto IQ, £149.99
  • Best food processor for fine blitzing: Russell Hobbs Desire food processor, £54.99

Best food processors to buy in 2022

Cuisinart FP8U Easy Prep Pro

best basic food processor

Cuisinart Easy Prep Pro on a white background

Pros: high-quality components, attractive design

Cons: no jug attachment

Star rating: 4.5/5

This is a great food processor if you're looking for a reasonably priced machine that will do the basics with minimum fuss. The components are pared back but highly effective, working through ingredients quickly and efficiently. The materials all feel well-made, from the stylish outer shell to the strong blades.

Read our full Cuisinart Easy Prep Pro review

VonShef 1000W food processor

best value food processor

VonShef food processor on a white background

Pros: more power than previous 750 model, XXL feeder tube, 3.5L food processor capacity, smart blade storage draw

Cons: cheap-feel components

Star rating: 4/5

This 1000W food processor is a step up from its 750W predecessor in a number of ways. The first and most obvious is power. The next is capacity. You can blitz a whopping 2.8 litres worth of ingredients in its 3.5-litre bowl, which is very useful for batch cooking.

Read our full VonShef food processor review

Sage The Kitchen Wizz Peel & Dice

best food processor for gadget lovers

Sage The Kitchen Wizz Peel and Dice on a white background

Pros: dazzling build quality, innovative functions, quiet

Cons: very expensive

Star rating: 4.5/5

Minimalist in design but not in stature, this is a serious hunk of die-cast metal finished to an incredibly high spec. For such an innovative and complex machine, it's actually very easy to use. One major perk is how quiet it is. While lots of food processors shriek and whine, the Sage has a pleasingly low whirr. The accessories are particularly sharp and come in a large storage case, which is worth bearing in mind if you're low on kitchen space.

Read our full Sage The Kitchen Wizz Peel & Dice review

Russell Hobbs Retro cream food processor

best food processor to leave out on the counter

Russell Hobbs retro cream food processor on a white background

Pros: lovely retro design, decent performance

Cons: noisy when used on higher speed setting

Star rating: 4/5

Affordable and attractive, this food processor is good value for money and works through ingredients quickly and evenly. It comes with added blades for creaming and dough mixing, and the basics are operated by a three-speed dial. It's particularly safe – it won't start until the lid is firmly in place. It's a little noisy when on high, so we recommend using the lower, quieter settings if you're not in a hurry.

Read our full Russell Hobbs Retro food processor review

Bosch CreationLine Kitchen Machine

Best 2-in-1 food processor / stand mixer

Bosch CreationLine kitchen machine

Pros: integrated scales and timer, dishwasher-safe attachments, BPA-free plastics

Cons: outdated acronym in product name, weighs in increments of 5 grams, expensive

Star rating: 5/5

Multi-functional appliances make life easier in the kitchen, not least because they saves you from having to buy and store multiple machines. Bosch’s MUM5XW10 kitchen machine is a unique stand mixer and food processor hybrid that backs its versatility with easy-to-use integrated scales so ingredients can be weighed directly into the bowl. The touchscreen controls are intuitive to use, its 1000W motor incredibly efficient during testing and with dishwasher-safe attachments, it earned Star Buy status from BBC Good Food experts.

Read our full Bosch CreationLine kitchen machine review

Kenwood FPM810 MultiPro Sense food processor

best food processor for bakers

Silver food processor with see-through top half and smoothie maker on side

Pros: excellent whisk attachment, easy to assemble and operate

Cons: takes up lots of space

You'll need storage space for this machine – the amount of attachments is mind-boggling! As well as the usual grating and slicing discs, it comes with a huge array of excellent extras, including a blender, twin-geared metal whisk and folding tool.

The metal whisk incorporates more air into the mix, the blender copes with hot food and makes fantastic soups. As for its basic functions, we found it simple to assemble with an easy-to-operate control dial. It's slightly slower at grating and slicing than other models, even though it has a 1000W motor, but slices evenly and produced the best pastry by far. The integrated scales are a nice touch and save on the washing-up, which is always a bonus. It has a working bowl capacity of 1.7 litres so there’s no need to do stuff in batches. A great all-rounder.

KitchenAid 2.1L food processor

most compact food processor

KitchenAid 2.1l food processor, best food processors

Pros: small footprint, easy to store, innovative reversible stacking discs, quiet, oil drizzler

Cons: not great at finely blitzing smaller quantities

Star rating: 4.5/5

The KitchenAid's style and small footprint are the first things we noticed about this machine. It's compact (about the width of a large kettle), lightweight, easy to unpack and manoeuvre, and sports handy grooves at its base. Non-slip feet keep it stable once settled.

Each component and accessory feel quality-made and built to last. This is a step-down in size from the 3.1L KitchenAid, so better suited to those who don't want to bulk-blitz ingredients, but do want a practical machine for everyday use.

Read our full KitchenAid 2.1L food processor review

Ninja 3-in-1 food processor with Auto IQ

best food processor for versatility

Ninja 3-in-1 food processor with Auto IQ

Pros: hands-free automatic pre-sets, BPA-free and dishwasher-safe attachments, easy-to-follow instructions, three kitchen functionalities

Cons: very loud, awkwardly sized attachments and accessories to store

Star rating: 4.5/5

The Ninja 3-in-1 is a powerful kitchen gadget that offers levels of versatility unmatched by most brands. It chops, slices, grates, purées and mixes, plus it comes with a 1.8-litre food processor bowl, 2.1-litre blending jug and a 700ml personal blender cup with water-tight lid for use on-the-go. All attachments are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe (top rack is recommended). The 1200W motor base also has non-slip feet.

Read our full Ninja 3-in-1 food processor with Auto IQ review

Russell Hobbs Desire food processor

best food processor for fine blitzing

Russell Hobbs Desire Matte Black Food Processor

Pros: dishwasher-safe bowls and attachments, 1.5-litre jug blender, 2.5-litre food processor bowl, non-slip feet, cord storage

Cons: 1.5-litre usable capacity within the 2.5-litre food processor bowl

Star rating: 4.5/5

At around £50, this 2-in-1 food processor and blender set offers great versatility for the price. Despite only having one reversible slicing and shredding disk, it over-performs. The simplicity of this model actually plays in its favour.

Read our full Russell Hobbs Desire food processor review

How we tested food processors

The food processors featured in this review were tested against a wide range of factors. Depending on the attachments and blades included with the food processor we made and prepared the following dishes and ingredients:
BBC Good Food’s classic pesto and Basa gede to test out the chopping blade
We grated carrots and cheese
Diced onions
Shredded herbs
Crushed nuts
Blitzed breadcrumbs
Used the plastic dough blade to make BBC Good Food’s pizza dough

Our criteria included:
• The strength of the blades, jugs and mixing bowls included
• Ease of use
• Speed of processing
• Safety
• Kitchen footprint and storage
• Loudness
• Finished results – especially the consistency of ingredients processed
• Design and aesthetic
• Functions

Food processor jug with pinenuts and other ingredients for pesto being poured in

Food processor reviews

Cuisinart Easy Prep Pro food processor review
VonShef food processor review
Sage The Kitchen Wizz Peel & Dice review
Salter Prep Pro Mini food processor review
Russell Hobbs Retro food processor review
Tefal DoubleForce Pro food processor review


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