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|Plenty of attachments for various prep techniques, 1200-watt motor for extended or strenuous use, backed by a 25-year motor warranty.||Convenient features, large capacity, and stellar customer service.||All the power and processing options you'd expect from high-end units for half the price.||Larger capacity and more blade options than the Hamilton Beach 79740 8-Cup.||Well-made base, bowl, and blade for indiscriminate food processing.|
|Considerably more expensive than the others on this list.||Complicated locking mechanism can make it difficult to start the machine.||The handle and chute are a bit weak, so not meant for heavy, high volume use.||Tends to overheat with thick, elastic ingredients and you may need to replace the blades or spindle.||Incredibly small capacity and just one setting: On or Off.|
|The most precise, professional-level food processor for home chefs.||A solid unit that's worth the extra money.||If you need an affordable unit for occasional or light use, this fits the bill perfectly.||Good if you need the higher capacity, or process a lot of liquids.||Great for small jobs like chopping onions or shredding herbs.|
Food processors are a marvel of modern culinary science, providing a multitude of services with just one machine. Food processors can gently chop herbs and nuts, or blend fresh ingredients into soups and purees. They can make velvety sauces or rustically rendered salsas. The possibilities are only limited to your imagination!
Chefs love food processors because they save a lot of prep time in the kitchen, especially when it comes to chopping fruits and vegetables. For home use, we're looking for food processors which are easy to operate without complicated instructions, have plenty of options for different chops, dices, and blends, as well as those which provide long-lasting, unfailing performance.
Since we're not all professional chefs, home cooks need food processors to be easy to operate, load, and clean. If the processor doesn't meet these conditions, it's more likely to gather dust in the pantry than become a kitchen staple.
Most of the food processors on this list are around or under $50, intended for casual home cooks who want save time and gain some inspiration in the kitchen. The exception is the Breville model, listed for serious home cooks who demand professional results.
Important features for food processors include capacity, motor power, speed control, and accessory blades for special preparations, like grating. Depending on your cooking skill and processing demand, you may need all or just some of the advanced features.
Much of a food processor's performance comes down to the quality of the blades and the complexity of the programming within the machine. More motor power does not always equal better results when it comes to food processors.
Featuring an extra-large, 5.5” wide chute for ultimate convenience, you still maintain full control with your choice of small or large pushers for more precise handling of differently sized ingredients. Assembly is easy, and changing blades or discs is simple too. This food processor requires you to have the bowl, lid, and chute are properly engaged before the motor will turn on, which is good, because you don't want to be in the way of this thing's powerful blades.
This food processor is built for volume with a strong motor and two chute sizes. The smaller chute can be used for pre-cut ingredients, while the wide chute gives you some versatility with whole vegetables or pieces of meat. In order to turn the unit on, the container must be secure to the base, and the lid and chute must also be secure. This triple-safe locking feature is bothersome to some reviewers, but is intended to keep customers safe.
This model weighs just 6.5 lbs., with a collapsible top for easy storage. When you're ready to use it, the Hamilton Beach 70740 8-Cup processor has straight-forward operation with a single chute. Removable parts are all machine washable and easy to disassemble. Users report that the machine is quite loud, but speedily processes food in seconds. This processor foregoes buttons for a dial to choose from two speeds or pulse control.
Featuring a slightly larger capacity than typical, we're glad that Hamilton Beach decided to include an oversized feed chute. You can easily fit a halved potato or block of cheddar in the chute without sticking or blade resistance. We also love the single-button operation, allowing you to either keep the machine on continuously, or use pulse control for more measured processing. As with all the units on this list, the blades, bowl and pusher are all machine washable.
It doesn't get much simpler than the Black & Decker HC306 1-1/2-Cup One-Touch Electric Chopper. Void of a chute or pusher, this processor requires users to load ingredients into the bowl, lock the unit lid into place, then press the pulse button until food reaches the desired texture. This machine is perfect for the home cook who's sick of crying over onions or wasting time mincing garlic, but who don't need the large capacity for mixing whole meals.
Perhaps the only downside to this machine is the price, coming in at $399.95 on Amazon. While this still represents a significant saving from the list price, it is still quite expensive for what most would call an optional appliance. If you have the money to spend, however, and require professional grade results with a large variety of preparation techniques, this processor is an excellent choice, especially with the 1-year general warranty and 25-year motor warranty.
At the high end of our common-use food processors, the Black & Decker FP2500B PowerPro Wide-Mouth 10-Cup starts new at $49.42. Considering the manufacturer and the glowing customer service reviews for this product, this processor is worth the price in quality and lasting-power. This processor comes with a 1-year warranty, but for a nominal fee, 2- or 3-year warranties can be purchased.
While not the cheapest model on our list, the Hamilton Beach 70740 8-Cup processor embodies value for money, starting new at just $23.99. Providing the capacity, speed and precision you'd expect from processors twice the cost, this unit is still reported to last A 1-year warranty is included. For the price, you may expect a cheap processor that lasts about a year, but users report quality construction and a strong motor.
On par with the Black & Decker, this processor starts at $52.99. While the processing power and capacity of this model are impressive, some users complain of having to replace blades periodically, which adds to overall price. It comes with a 1-year warranty with fairly priced additional warranties available. This is certainly a solid machine, but for the price, you may be better with Hamilton Beach's 8-Cup alternative.
New for $13.01, this product offers exceptional value, not least of all based on brand. It may not have all the versatility, features, or motor power of the other processors on this list, but it performs exactly as it promises, and will easily pay for itself after years of dependable use. Even more remarkably, this model comes with a 2-year warranty.
In addition to an extra-wide chute, this processor features both a 16-cup capacity bowl and a smaller, 2.5-cup capacity bowl, a handy LCD display with easy-set timer, and even a retractable power cord. Out of the box this processor includes 5 disc and 3 blade attachments, made for everything from slicing, chopping, shredding, kneading, pureeing... you name it. We really like the non-skid rubber feet, too, which are the best solution we've found to the problem of processors sliding around the counter during use.
Starting with a 10-cup capacity, the Black & Decker FP2500B PowerPro Wide-Mouth 10-Cup isn't short on features. It also comes with convenient suction-cup corners for more stable usage, 3 blades including one for chopping, one for shredding, and one for kneading dough, seamless Mylar buttons, and more. The 500-watt motor ensures that large volumes of food fed through the wide-mouth chute can be easily processed.
While the chute is fairly slim, this budget model holds an incredible 8-cups of food. Thanks to its loud but effective 450-watt motor, even high volumes like this won't overtax the Hamilton Beach 70740 8-Cup. This model comes with two attachments, including stainless steel shredding disc and S-blade. Reviewers are thrilled with the uniform chopping and grating power of this machine, especially coupled with how easy it is to clean.
The nicest feature of the Hamilton Beach 70670 Chef Prep 525-Watt food processor is easily the reversible blades, giving you a greater variety of preparations. It comes with 2 such discs, as well as a chopping blade, all made of stainless steel. The biggest complaint with this unit is sadly that the blades and spindle are weak and may need to be replaced after heavy use. Conveniently, this processor has cord storage and weighs just 7 lbs.
Not surprisingly, the Black & Decker HC306 1-1/2-Cup One-Touch Electric Chopper doesn't come with a lot of extra features, but for its purpose, it doesn't need them. The 1 ½ -cup bowl is ideal for nuts, seeds, herbs, single vegetables and similar ingredients, and is not intended for whole blocks of cheese or huge salads. Blade and bowl are dishwasher safe.
As one would expect from a $400 appliance, the Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef offers an incredible variety of different food preps with stellar, uniform results time after time. Slicing attachments can be adjusted from as little as .33 mm thin to 8.0 mm thick, and this processor includes fry-cutter and julienne attachments as well. Unlike other food processors, whose motors may give out during heavy kneading or multiple uses, the Sous Chef keeps going strong with a 1200-watt motor and die-cast housing.
Running at a low to middle volume, the Black & Decker FP2500B PowerPro Wide-Mouth 10-Cup uses stainless steel blades to deliver uniform results. Two speeds plus pulse control give you more precision as you work. One user reports this unit lasting over 9 years with dependable results like the first day out of the box. With a brand like Black & Decker, a certain level of quality is expected, and this food processor certainly delivers.
For everyday chores, like chopping vegetables or grating cheese, the Hamilton Beach 70740 8-Cup performs beautifully. The S-blade takes on everything from raw beef to tomatoes with the same precision, while the shredding disc is perfect for slaws or salads. We did find that this processor's blades may have difficulty with tougher ingredients like dry nuts, but it always works well with softer, wetter foods.
Reversible discs allows you options between slicing, shredding, fine shredding, or crinkle cutting, with quality results. Users are thrilled with how quickly this processor works, and how uniformly ingredients process. Also, while most other food processors can only handle 3 cups or so of liquid before making a mess, the Hamilton Beach 70670 Chef Prep 525-Watt is designed to let you process up to 6 ½ cups of liquid. Users do report, however, that kneading dough or making thick mixtures will cause the motor to overheat.
There's just one blade with this model, run by a 70-watt motor. Importantly, Black & Decker's “stay-sharp” blade does just that, and users report lasting uniformity of results years after purchase. It may take some time to get used to the push-pulse nature of this machine, which depends entirely on the user to determine proper processing time, but the learning curve is low and reviewers report even chopping without leaving large, unprocessed chunks.
Not everyone has simple tastes. Maybe you're a professional chef, and want to bring commercial processing power into your own kitchen. Maybe you're just a foodie who loves to experiment with new cooking techniques and gadgets. Whatever the case, when you need a high-performance, professional quality food processor at home, look no further than the Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef.
As the name suggests, this machine will easily become your second set of hands in the kitchen. With a dizzying array of blade attachments, ultra-wide chute, and absurdly powerful 1200-watt motor, if this machine can't get the job done, you need a wood chipper, not a food processor.
Although this unit only comes with a 1-year standard warranty, it also includes a 25-year motor warranty. Since the motor is commonly the most costly and difficult piece to repair, this is extremely convenient. Put simply, if you demand exceptional capacity, speed, versatility, and reliability in your food processor, stick with the Breville Sous Chef.
The Hamilton Beach 70740 8-Cup is a fine food processor made for the average home cook. While it's versatile enough to handle a number of ingredients and preparations, this processor doesn't attempt to overreach with added features or world-class blades. What makes this product such a great value is that everyone could benefit from having one in their kitchen, and it's definitely priced to sell.
Easy to clean and store, you can tuck this model away when not in use, which let's be honest, for the average home cook will be most of the time. When you do need it, this processor provides uniform results and works especially well on softer foods, fruits and vegetables. Whip up a tasty guacamole in seconds, then tuck the unit back into the pantry for the next time you feel inspired.
We're especially impressed with the construction and potential longevity of this unit considering the price. With so many devices out there built to fail within the first year or two, it's understandable that some consumers may be wary of a product like this being so cheap, but we assure you, the Hamilton Beach 70740 8-Cup was built to last.