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Top 10 Food Processors 2014

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We found that the best food processors possess some important factors and convenient features, including:

1. Durable stainless steel blades that won’t wear down or become dull
2. Easy to disassemble parts that are safe for the dishwasher
3. A sturdy base that can be easily wiped clean
4. Slicing and shredding discs
5. A wide feed tube that fits large foods easily

What size food processor to buy depends on your family size and how regularly you plan to use the appliance. Singles and couples may be satisfied with a miniature model that holds just a few cups of food. Larger families should look for large-capacity food processors, some of which can hold up to 14 cups of food. Also consider how much you’ll use the food processor as you look at models with various special features and wattage levels: Don’t pay extra for features or power you don’t need.

Colors: White, Red, Pink, Black
12-cup work bowl
700 watts
16 1/8″ x 8 1/4″ x 10 1/2″

A large, well-designed food processor from KitchenAid, this model can handle any chopping, pureeing, and grinding needs you have; it even kneads and mixes dough. While the vast … read more


Color: White
7-cup work bowl
600 watts
11.2″ x 7″ x 13.8″

A medium-size appliance for an affordable price ($99.95), this Cuisinart food processor has the power to handle complicated tasks while still small enough not to take over … read more


Color: White
14-cup work bowl
720 watts
8″ x 11″ x 15.5″

The rounded design of this Cuisinart model’s base adds an attractive touch to an already sleek food processor. The large capacity of the work bowl holds up to 3 pounds of dough…read more


Colors: Silve, White, Chrome, Red, and Black
13-cup work bowl
10 7/8″ D x 11 13/16″ W x 16 5/8″ H

This excellent 13-cup food processor from KitchenAid comes with three different bowls in the box so you’ll always have just the right amount of work space…read more


Color: White
10-cup work bowl
500 watts
8.9″ x 10.8″ x 15.5″

With a generous 10-cup bowl, this Hamilton Beach food processor handles just about any type of food, processing it quickly and uniformly. An added advantage is that it… read more


Color: White
8-cup work bowl
300 watts
8.6″ x 10.6″ x 13.2″

For a medium-size food processor at a low price of $31, this Hamilton Beach model holds up well against a lot of use. Able to chop, grind, and grate up to eight cups of food, it’s ideal for … read more


Color: Black Chrome
21-oz. Work bowl
4.6″ x 6.2″ x 8″
 

If you’re looking for a compact, no-fuss food processor, you’ll be pleased with this Cuisinart mini model in sleek black chrome. Only eight inches tall, it nevertheless chops… read more


Color: White
3-cup work bowl
240 watts
11.2″ x 8.1″ x 6.4″

A handy little device to have in the kitchen, the 3-cup KitchenAid food processor saves you time performing simple cooking tasks: chopping, mixing, and pureeing veggies, nuts, and … read more


Color: Black
8-cup work bowl
450 watts
11.3″ x 7.8″ x 15.7″

For a mid-size food processor for the surprisingly low price of $28.95, you get some effective chopping, mincing, and grating action with this Black & Decker model. With an attractive … read more


Color: White
1.5-cup work bowl
70 watts
8″ x 5″ x 4″

A college student or a couple just starting out in a small apartment will appreciate this miniature food processor from Proctor Silex. With a 1.5-cup bowl, it holds just the smallest … read more



 

Food Processor Buying Guide

Features to Look For When You Purchase a Food Processor

A food processor can save you lots of time and work in the kitchen. Today’s most versatile models offer chopping, grating, slicing, grinding, mincing, and pureeing features: essentially doing everything that you would otherwise have to do by hand. High-end models even have convenient accessories and features, like juicers and reversible slicing discs.

What’s extremely important, however, is that you carefully consider how you plan to use your food processor. The last thing you need is to spend all that money on an appliance that just sits on the counter taking up space and collecting dust. The happier you are with the food processor’s functions and capabilities, the more likely you are to use it on a regular basis. Here are some factors to consider as you shop for the perfect model.

Bowl Capacity

You don’t need the biggest bowl available if you have a small or average size family. Medium-size food processors, which hold up to 7 cups of food, are usually adequate. Only spring for the largest size if you have a huge family, cook in large quantities, or regularly entertain company.

Stainless steel blades
This is a must-have feature. Stainless steel is the most durable and effective material when it comes to blades. They are strong enough to slice through even the toughest foods and won’t rust or wear down. Consider models that offer multiple blades for added versatility.

Wattage

The higher the wattage, the more powerful the food processor. The most expensive models cost so much because they have enough watts to quickly and efficiently pulverize any type of food. If you plan to use your food processor heavily, don’t buy a model with less than 750 watts or it just won’t last as long as you’d like.

Versatile functions
The more functions a model performs, the more value you’ll get out of the appliance. Food processors often come with various blades, discs, and other accessories that cover a range of functions. Some save you even more time by performing several functions at once. You should feel comfortable that you’re getting your full money’s worth with a food processor. See if the manufacturer has additional discs and blades for purchase.

Juicing

If you are a fan of fruit and vegetable juice, consider a food processor with handy juicer accessory.

Dishwasher-safe parts

Keeping the food processor clean will be so much easier if you can simply throw the bowl, lid, and blades in the dishwasher. Check to see if a model has any small crevices that could trap food and require extra brushing or cleaning.

Warranties
Read the warranty details carefully to see if a manufacturer will replace or repair a faulty model. Sometimes a replacement part is all that’s necessary, but be sure that it won’t cost almost the price of a new machine.

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