With the holidays just around the corner, it's almost time for gifts and gatherings galore. If you find yourself playing host during the season, you're probably no stranger to spending hours in the kitchen prepping ingredients of all kinds before your guests arrive. Fortunately, a food processor might be the tool you need to save yourself both time and stress.
The best food processors will save you prep time and offer versatility so you can prepare anything sweet or savory. Think of this countertop appliance as your personal sous chef that’ll quickly slice, chop or knead dough while you put your focus elsewhere.
From sleek automatic designs to handy mini choppers, we’ve rounded up the best food processors to add to your kitchen.
Top-rated mini food processors
There's no need for a separate blender and food processor with this all-in-one device. The small kitchen-friendly set comes with a 3.5-cup food processor and two tall cups that can be used for blending individual servings, alongside other accessories that make food prep a breeze.
A smaller food processor is ideal for cooking for one or two people or working in smaller spaces. This no-frills two-cup model has two speeds and an affordable price tag to match.
For less heavy-duty meals, this 250-watt mini food processor from Cuisinart brings power without the bulk. With almost 13,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, it's designed to hold up to three cups of ingredients with ease, while its stainless steel blade and plastic bowl are dishwasher-safe for an easier cleanup.
Take convenience with you on-the-go. Featuring a locking blade, handle and pour spout for easier serving, this 4.6-star-rated mini food processor by KitchenAid packs a ton of power in a smaller, storable design. You could even easily make homemade dressing using a convenient drizzle basin to add in liquid ingredients.
Would you rather slice your ingredients by hand? You can still get clean cuts in less time using a manual model. Using a multi-blade design, this food processor from Zyliss can chop and blend ingredients together in seconds, without the hassle of plugging it in.
This multipurpose Ninja model with a strong 4.7-star average helps out with most of your chopping, food processing and blending needs. Using three different sized bowls, you can customize your portions for single-serve or entertaining sizes.
Designed with a glass bowl and four stainless steel blades, this smaller food processor can handle up to five cups of food for chopping and slicing — it can even grind meat for you! Cleaning is also a breeze; either throw it in the dishwasher or just wipe the glass and stainless steel until it's spotless.
Top-rated large-scale food processors
Imagine saving time and arm strength in the kitchen. This Hamilton Beach model with over 10,000 five-star ratings can handle most cooking projects with a capacity of eight cups. Whether you’re shredding cheese or slicing vegetables, this food processors come with two different speeds and a pulse button to help control the consistency.
Setting aside prep time in the kitchen is a thing of the past, thanks to this 4.7-star-rated processor from Cuisinart. Enhance your precision using the measurement markings on the bowl and receive clean cuts from the spinning blade. It even includes reversible shredding and slicing discs to customize cuts from fine to medium.
Ingredient prep will be a breeze with this 13-cup food processor from KitchenAid. It can slice, dice, knead, chop, shred and mix anything you need when the right attachment is applied.
Become an expert chopper without picking up a knife. This S-shaped blade can adapt to almost any meal you’re cooking, whether it’s chopping vegetables or mixing dough. No pre-chopping necessary! You can easily drop most uncut ingredients into the food chute to seamlessly chop, slice and knead ingredients.
If you’re looking for value, this 4.7-star-rated food processor from Cuisinart can practically double your servings. With the ability to hold up to 14 cups of ingredients, this design was created with a stainless steel finish for more durability. Included with this model is a work bowl, an extra-large feed tube, small and large pushers and a spatula to help scoop out your finished product.
Even if you’re prepping a feast, this food processor with almost 21,000 five-star ratings can handle it all. Fill up to 10 cups' worth of ingredients, and with two speeds to choose from, you can quickly chop things up in the blink of an eye. You can also make sure every last ingredient gets mixed using the special attachment that scrapes the side of the bowl to push ingredients towards the blades.
Featuring a stainless steel blade, this 4.5-star-rated Black+Decker model also includes a food chute at the top of the lid to help guide ingredients to the slicer. For extra safety, the food processor was also designed with a safety interlocking system, so the blade won’t work unless the lid is securely attached to the bowl.
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